Alphabet Books

The items in this exhibit are examples 19th Century alphabet books. While we take the existence of alphabet books for granted in the present day, they are actually a 19th century invention, and reflect the various changes in cultural and religious attitudes toward children that occurred during the course of the century. For historical context, please visit the page containing an overview of Alphabet Books, a page explaining the Puritian Influence, and how they became secularlized.


Mike Hajostek