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Collection Lewis Carroll Scrapbook

About this Collection

An original scrapbook that was kept by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Better known as Lewis Carroll, the Victorian-era children’s author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871), Dodgson was a lecturer in mathematics at the University of Oxford. The scrapbook contains approximately 130 items, including newspaper clippings, photographs, and a limited number of manuscript materials, collected between 1855-72. A timeline, authored by Edward Wakeling, former chairman of the Lewis Carroll Society, helps to place materials found in the scrapbook in their proper context.

Lewis Carroll is the pseudonym for the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), lecturer of mathematics at Oxford University, England. He is best known as the author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, a Victorian Era children’s story. The Lewis Carroll Scrapbook in the Rare Book & Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress consists of one scrapbook of approximately 200 unnumbered pages, containing 142 pasted and inlaid items. Carroll appears to have kept the scrapbook between the years 1855 and 1871. Of the approximately 200 unnumbered pages, only 63 pages contain clippings and writing, the remaining pages are blank. Blank pages are not included in the online collection. There are seven loose inlaid items that Carroll had presumably not yet pasted into the scrapbook. These seven items have been placed on page 64 of the scrapbook for presentation purposes.

Users of this online collection have the option of browsing the scrapbook, page by page; searching bibliographic information (title, subject, notes) or full-text of items within the scrapbook; or browsing the scrapbook items by author, title, and subject.