Archives and Special Collections are open by appointment only, limited to UMN affiliates. Appointments must be made one week in advance of your visit. Contact or the curator of the collecting area you wish to use for assistance. We continue to provide scans of requested research materials when possible, especially for our non-campus clientele.

Welcome to the Lionel Johnson Collections

Illustrated Treasure Island, Alice in Wonderland, and Pirate Collections

Hundreds of books collected by Lionel Johnson arrived in 2000 from Milwaukee. Three major collections given to the CLRC include the Illustrated Treasure Island Collection, The Alice in Wonderland Collection, and the Pirate Collection. Collecting over many years, Mr. Johnson traveled to New York, London and Paris to peruse bookstores. He meticulously gave each an accession number as he cataloged his books. An appraiser stated,  "Unity of subject matter gives this group of books scholarly importance and great bibliographic research value. The books are primarily hard cover and in fine condition, with a few in leather bindings. It is a collection lovingly assembled through the expense of much time and money."

Sharon McQueen, a library school doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin--Madison and friend of Lionel Johnson, recommended the University of Minnesota as the appropriate place for his collection.

Within the Treasure Island Collection, artists such as Edmund Dulac, Milo Winter and N. C. Wyeth interpreted the novel since its first appearance in magazine form. An American publisher provided the first illustrated edition in 1884, and the first printing is among the books donated. The Treasure Island and Alice in Wonderland collections contains numerous editions of the titles published over the years, as well as reference works and other materials related to the titles. The Pirate Collection contains extensive books related to the subject, both fiction and non-fiction.

All books can be located through the library catalog.

Lionel Johnson

Lionel Johnson

 illustrated by John Tenniel

Alice in Wonderland: illustrated by John Tenniel