Dickens Project Library

Serial parts of David Copperfield, 1849-50. Ada B. Nisbet Archive, University of California, Santa Cruz.

The Dickens Project Library includes various editions of all of Dickens's novels, historical and literary criticism on Dickens, Dickens biographies, Dickens's letters and journalism, as well as videos, DVDs, and audio recordings of many Dickens adaptations. The library also includes an extensive collection of works by other Victorian novelists and historians, books on Victorian literature and culture, and a vast array of literary, historical, and social criticism, both classic and contemporary. The library is available to students and scholars of Dickens who have made prior arrangement with the Project Assistant Director, JoAnna Rottke.

The crown jewel of the Dickens Project library is the Ada Nisbet Archive, the private collection of UCLA Professor Emerita Ada Blanche Nisbet (1907 - 1994). The archive includes rare first editions of most of Dickens's novels (including serial parts), as well as classic works of Victorian literature and literary criticism that are difficult to find today. Much of the rare material included in the archive is housed in McHenry Library's Special Collections. Scholars interested in working with these materials need to make arrangements with Special Collections two weeks prior to the visitation date.