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Collection highlights and introduction: Special Collections and Rare Books

Aldine Collection
Aldus Manutius (1452-1515) was the foremost editor, printer, and publisher of the Italian Renaissance. There are over 100 volumes in the collection (Wosk-McDonald Aldine Collection at SFU).

Book Publishing, Book Arts, History of the Book
This collection contains publisher’s archives of Caitlin Press, Douglas & McIntyre, Nightwood Editions, Sono Nis, Polestar Press, and Talonbooks and the records of the Book and Periodical Council of Canada. This collection also contains the W. Lyon Blease English Private Press Books, a collection of Thoreau MacDonald illustrated books, the Alcuin Society Prize for Excellence winners since 1988 and a Pie Tree Press/Jim Rimmer archive.

Contemporary Literature Collection
In-depth collection of 20th century avant-garde, innovative, and ‘underground’ writing in English – North American poetry mainly, including numerous limited, scarce, and rare editions. The collection also includes extensive audiotape, videotape, and manuscript holdings – writers' and poets' papers; periodical and publisher archives.

Dickens Chronology
This chronology by Phillip Currah documents Charles Dickens' whereabouts from 1812 to June 1870. Plans are for this to be expanded as additional letters are published.

Editorial Cartoons
This collection is comprised of more than 9800 original drawings, many political cartoons, by Bob Bierman, Graham Harrop, Bob Krieger, John Larter, Dan Murphy, Len Norris, Geoff Olson, Roy Peterson, Ingrid Rice, Jim Rimmer, and Edd Uluschak. These were published in Canadian newspapers from the early 1950s through to the present day.

History of Canada and History of Western Canada
This collection includes extensive holdings of Social Credit, C.C.F./labour material, Doukhobor collection and histories of the west.

Manuscript Collection
There are over 160 separate manuscript collections, many of which are literary.

William Wordsworth
Extensive holdings of Wordsworth’s lifetime and Victorian editions, and the Lake District. For a detailed history of the collection, visit SFU Department of English emeritus professor Jared Curtis’ web site.

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