Locating sets of the
Old Readers’ Guide

A note by John Walker, the Kipling Society Librarian

There is no easy way to trace sets, or individual volumes, of the original Reader’s Guide to Rudyard Kipling’s Works, edited by Roger Lancelyn Green, and published in the 1960s in a limited edition by Reginald Harbord. Sixty years after the first volume came out, any records of the first recipients have disappeared.

Many of the sets have been bequeathed, donated or sold on. Others were produced in loose-leaf form, and the “part work” nature of this publication meant that some sets were sent many ways. Of one hundred and five sets, it took more than a year to locate some six hundred volumes. We have used the established academic search engines, library union catalogues by the dozen, discussion groups for librarians such as Exlibris, and the Jiscmail Kipling database, as well as appeals through the Kipling Journal, and this web-site.

It was always intended that the information would be made available for researchers, and especially for contributors to the New Reader’s Guide. (On this basis, we should perhaps relocate to New York, since six of the libraries that have a set would then be within striking distance!)

Thanks must be recorded to librarians all over the world who patiently checked individual volumes for provenance, to Society members who set us on a scent, and to Vinton Cerf et al, and – of course – for the Internet, without which we would have been unable to compile the  list.below.

We would be very grateful for confirmation or correction of the list, and for news of further sets. Of course, the location of all privately owned material must remain confidential.

J.W.A.Walker, August 2021

 

Publicly accessible sets of the
Old Readers’ Guide

COUNTRY CITY UNIVERSITY/
ORGANISATION
LIBRARY/
COLLECTION
SETS/
NOTES
AUSTRALIA CANBERRA NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA READERS SERVICES 1 TO 8?
CANADA ONTARIO UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH WATERLOO LIBRARY 1 T0 8
CANADA ONTARIO UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO ROBARTS LIBRARY 1 TO 8
CANADA ONTARIO UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO D.B. WELDON LIBRARY 1 TO 8
CANADA VANCOUVER CITY OF VANCOUVER
VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY 1 TO 8
EIRE DUBLIN TRINITY COLLEGE EARLY PRINTED BOOKS STACK 1 T0 8
GERMANY KONSTANZ UNIVERSITY OF KONSTANZ UNIVERSITY LIBRARY 8 (Verse)
SOUTH AFRICA CAPE TOWN UNIVERSITY OF
CAPE TOWN
RARE BOOKS AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS 1 T0 8
U.K. BIRMINGHAM UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM MAIN LIBRARY 1 T0 8
U.K. CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY 1 TO 8
U.K. DURHAM UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM PALACE GREEN LIBRARY, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS 1 TO 8
U.K. EAST YORKSHIRE UNIVERSITY OF HULL BRYNMOR JONES LIBRARY 1 T0 8
U.K. CANTERBURY UNIVERSITY OF KENT AT CANTERBURY TEMPLEMAN LIBRARY 1,2,3,4,5,7,V
U.K. HERTFORDSHIRE HAILEYBURY AND I.S.C. KIPLING SOCIETY LIBRARY 1 TO 8
U.K. LONDON THE BRITISH LIBRARY ST.PANCRAS READING ROOM I TO 8
U.K. LONDON THE BRITISH LIBRARY ORIENTAL AND INDIA OFFICE COLLECTION 1 TO 8
U.K. LONDON THE LONDON LIBRARY ENGLISH LITERATURE 1 TO 8
U.K. OXFORD OXFORD UNIVERSITY THE BODLEIAN LIBRARY 1 TO 8
U.K. SCOTLAND : NATIONAL LIBRARY OF SCOTLAND, EDINBURGH RARE BOOKS DIVISION 1 TO 8
U.K. SUSSEX UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX SPECIAL COLLECTIONS 1 TO 8
U.K. WALES NATIONAL LIBRARY OF WALES, CARDIFF DEPARTMENT OF PRINTED BOOKS 1 TO 8
U.K. YORKSHIRE UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS BROTHERTON COLLECTION 1 TO 8
U.S.A. ARIZONA ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY HAYDEN SPECIAL COLLECTION 1 TO 8
U.S.A. CALIFORNIA HUNTINGTON LIBRARY REFERENCE SECTION 1 T0 8
U.S.A. CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF BERKELEY BANCROFT LIBRARY 1 TO 8 + MICROFILM
U.S.A. CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE SPECIAL COLLECTIONS 1 TO 8
U.S.A. CONNECTICUT YALE UNIVERSITY STARR MAIN REFERENCE ROOM 1 TO 8
U.S.A. GAINESVILLE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA LIBRARY WEST (REFERENCE) 1 TO 8
U.S.A. MIAMI UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI ARCHIVES AND SPECIAL COLLECTIONS 1.2
U.S.A. GEORGIA EMORY UNIVERSITY WOODRUFF LIBRARY 1,2,3,4,5
U.S.A. ILLINOIS ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS 1 TO 8
U.S.A. ILLINOIS SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY, EDWARDSVILLE LOVEJOY LIBRARY, RARE BOOK COLLECTION I TO 8
U.S.A. INDIANA PURDUE UNIVERSITY HUMANITIES, SCIENCE AND EDUCATION 1 TO 8
U.S.A. INDIANA INDIANA UNIVERSITY, Bloomington LILLY LIBRARY 1 TO 8
U.S.A. INDIANA NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY HESBURGH LIBRARY 1 TO 8
U.S.A. MASSACHUSETTS HARVARD UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES HOUGHTON LIBRARY 1 TO 8
U.S.A. MICHIGAN MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY MAIN LIBRARY 1 TO 8
U.S.A. MINNESOTA UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, MINNEAPOLIS T.C. WILSON LIBRARY AMES (RARE BOOKS) 1 TO 8
U.S.A. MISSOURI UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, COLUMBIA ELLIS LIBRARY 1 T0 8
U.S.A. MISSOURI WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY OLIN LIBRARY 1 TO 8?
U.S.A. NEBRASKA UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA, LINCOLN SPECIAL COLLECTIONS 1 TO 8
U.S.A. NEW YORK COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY RARE BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS LIBRARY 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
U.S.A. NEW YORK CORNELL UNIVERSITY KROCH LIBRARY 1 TO 8
U.S.A. NEW YORK NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY BERG COLLECTION 1 T0 8
U.S.A. NEW YORK NEW YORK UNIVERSITY BOBST LIBRARY, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS 1 T0 8
U.S.A. NEW YORK STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS 1 TO 8
U.S.A. NORTH CAROLINA DUKE UNIVERSITY PERKINS LIBRARY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS 1 TO 8
U.S.A. NORTH CAROLINA U.N.C. AT CHAPEL HILL DAVIS LIBRARY 1 to 8
U.S.A. OHIO MIAMI UNIVERSITY KING LIBRARY 3,4,5,6,7,V
U.S.A. OKLAHOMA OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY STILLWATER LIBRARY 1 TO 8
U.S.A. OREGON UNIVERSITY OF OREGON KNIGHT LIBRARY 1,2,3,5,6,7,V
U.S.A. TEXAS TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY CUSHING MEMORIAL LIBRARY, EVANS 4.5
U.S.A. VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA ALBERT AND SHIRLEY LIBRARY 1 T0 8
U.S.A. WASHINGTON LIBRARY OF CONGRESS JEFFERSON, RARE BOOKS, SPECIAL COLLECTIONS 1 TO 8
U.S.A. WISCONSIN UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, MADISON MEMORIAL LIBRARY 1 TO 8