Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln



Casey D. Hoeve

Date of this Version



Casey D. Hoeve (2021): From the Trenches to the Writer’s Desk: Establishing a Collection of Children’s Books Authored by Military Veterans in an Academic Library, Collection Management, DOI: 10.1080/01462679.2021.1891490


Copyright © 2021 Casey D. Hoeve. Published by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Used by permission.


Kansas State University possesses a collection of juvenile literature to aid Education and English Department programs. KState is also the university with the largest military population in the state. It was discovered that several famous children’s authors were military veterans. Building upon this research, over 160 children’s authors who served in the military were identified. K-State Libraries NEH Endowment Committee funded the curation of a military veteran children’s literature collection, the only known academic library to possess such a collection. The collection enabled the libraries to provide outreach through access to the materials, internet resources, and special collections exhibits.