Over 1,000 examples of the chapbooks genre may be found in Archives & Special Collections, dispersed throughout the collections.

The main recreational reading matter of the poor in the 18th and 19th Centuries, these ephemeral booklets are incredibly diverse in subject matter and contain everything from the popular songs of the day to weird and wonderful accounts of meetings with mermaids. The Wylie Collection, for example, is a rich source for chapbooks of Scottish interest.

How to find material in the Chapbooks collection