Tell us about these books

Are you reading the same books as we hold in the Special Collection? (Search the catalogue to see if the book you are reading is held in the collection. Download the author list.)

If you are, would you like to help us collect information about them?

At Sheffield Hallam University we are storing information about the books in our catalogue.  The wealth of data collected includes genre, subject, plot summaries, and details of books, writers and artists mentioned within the novels. We are calling this ‘enhanced cataloguing’. This will form a unique resource of information about these books, many of which are very little known.

How to contribute

Quick links:

Catalogue form
Sample completed catalogue form
Genre and subject terms

You can contribute to the data held on the collection catalogue by completing this form. In order to do this we suggest you look at a sample completed form first. You will need the list of genre and subject terms in order to complete those sections of the form. To complete the ‘literary and cultural references’ section we find it is necessary to take notes as you go along! The form also contains an optional ‘book review’ section: we’d love to hear what you think of the novel. If you fill in this section your review may be posted on this blog.

You will receive email confirmation when your catalogue form is received. Please note that in submitting material to the Special Collection you also agree to your contribution being used for educational and research purposes. If you have any queries or feedback on the process please email Erica Brown e.brown@shu.ac.uk.

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6 thoughts on “Tell us about these books

  1. I am very interested in this project. I am, at present, in the process of writing my PhD thesis on the fiction of Sheila Kaye-Smith and was interested to see that you have two of her early novels in your collection.

    • I have 13 of Sheila’a books and some appeal to me more than others,This blog has slated 2 of her books and has almost put me off reading them.I got them in a job lot online.

  2. Hi Pat, Yes, we do – and it is great to hear that there is a PhD being written on Kaye-Smith! Have you seen the review on the site of Joanna Godden? We’d be very interested in your comments. Perhaps you would like to complete a catalogue form for Starbrace?

  3. Pingback: John Galsworthy and the Forsyte Saga keep turning up in other people’s novels… « Reading 1900-1950

  4. Hello. I am interested to know if your group will consider suggestions for authors to be included? My sugestions would be Lewis Crasssic Gibbon and Oliver Onions.

  5. What a fascinating project! You are absolutely right about the importance of these books in revealing social mores and pre-occupations of the time – one of the main reasons I find reading books of this period so interesting (as well as enjoyable!)

    Have you considered including the boys’ story papers of the period? Coming out weekly they provide minute details on the social history of the early twentieth century.

    There is an article on the Billy Bunter stories of 1908-1914 in this respect on my own blog at Moulders Lane http://www.moulderslane.wordpress.com

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