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Special Collections and Rare Books collections policy

History and Collections Policy

The Special Collections and Rare Books Division at Simon Fraser University’s W.A.C. Bennett library has developed outstanding Special Collections in the first 35 years of its existence. We are fortunate to have two mature collections in the Contemporary Literature Collection and the William Wordsworth Collection.

In 2001 the unit agreed to undertake the development of three new collections: a reference collection, a collection on the history of the book and the history of the book in Canada, and a collection on the history of western Canada. This will allow us to support a broader range of academic disciplines and this, in turn, will bring in new collections to the thematic areas, new additions to existing collections, and new vitality to Special Collections and Rare Books. We expect that the use of the collection and the number of classes taught in the Yosef Wosk Seminar Room will increase.

Materials that are placed in Special Collections and Rare Books fall into the following categories:

Early imprints:

  • Books printed before 1750
  • Books printed in the Americas before 1800
  • Books printed in Canada in the Maritime provinces, Quebec and Ontario before 1867
  • Books printed in the four western provinces and two federal territories before 1900

Rare or irreplaceable books:

  • Important limited editions
  • Significant association copies or autographed books
  • Important first editions
  • Books with added manuscript material of significance
  • Rare or ephemeral Canadiana

Books of aesthetic importance, including books with:

  • Fine printing
  • Fine binding
  • Fine illustrations
  • Rare maps
  • Books produced by presses notable in the history of printing

Books which by their nature may be subject to loss or damage:

  • Books of exceptional cost
  • Fragile books
  • Miniature books
  • Folio or plate books
  • Erotica
  • Curiosa
  • Esoterica

Rare or special non-book material:

  • Manuscripts
  • Photographs of literary or historical interest
  • Broadsides and posters
  • Rare newspapers
  • Rare maps
  • Realia

Special Collections: Material of sufficient importance as a collection to be held together even though individual items may be neither rare nor valuable. E.g. the Contemporary Literature Collection.

Contemporary Literature Collection

The Contemporary Literature Collection is a sharply focused, research-level collection of 20th-century avant-garde, experimental, formally innovative, and ‘underground’ writing in English – poetry mainly, much of it published in limited editions thus scarce and/or rare.

Post-WW II, postmodern writing predominates, especially that of the various American groups brought together in Donald Allen’s influential 1960 anthology The New American Poetry – the Beats, San Francisco Renaissance, New York School, and the Black Mountain poets led by Charles Olson. In addition, the collection includes Canadian avant-gardists, such as the Tish and Coach House Press groups, plus a smaller number of British experimentalists.

While emphasizing mid- through late-century writing, the collection also includes various early-century modernist precursors (Pound, W.C. Williams, et al.) as well as numerous present-day descendants (e.g. the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets).

The 172 writers listed below have been identified for collection in depth. CLC gathers as much published material as possible (ideally, all published material) by and about these writers, including both primary and secondary appearances, plus sound and video recordings; also to the extent that availability and library budget permit, the unpublished work of certain of the writers – i.e. manuscript and archival material.

American writers

Adam, Helen
Andrews, Bruce
Antin, David
Armantrout, Rae
Ashbery, John
Baraka, Amiri (LeRoi Jones)
Barnes, Djuna
Bernstein, Charles
Berrigan, Ted
Bialy, Harvey
Blackburn, Paul
Bronk, William
Broughton, James
Brownstein, Michael
Burroughs, William
Butterick, George
Clark, Tom
Clarke, John (Jack)
Coolidge, Clark
Corman, Cid
Corso, Gregory
Creeley, Robert
Dahlen, Beverly
Davenport, Guy
Davidson, Michael
Dawson, Fielding
Di Prima, Diane
Doolittle, Hilda (H.D.)
Dorn, Edward
Duncan Robert
Eigner, Larry
Enslin, Theodore
Eshleman, Clayton
Everson, William (Brother Antonius)

Ferlinghetti, Lawrence
Ford, Charles Henri 
Ginsberg, Allen
Glover, Albert
Greene, Jonathan
Grenier, Robert
Hejinian, Lynn
Hollo, Anselm
Howe, Susan
Irby, Kenneth 
Jess (Collins)
Jonas, Stephen
Kelly, Robert 
Kerouac, Jack
Koch, Kenneth
Kyger, Joanna
Lamantia, Philip
Laughlin, James
Levertov, Denise
levy, d.a.
Loewinsohn, Ron
Mac Low, Jackson
Markson, David
Mathews, Harry
McClure, Michael
McNaughton, Duncan
Meltzer, David
Niedecker, Lorine
Notley, Alice
O’Hara, Frank
Olson, Charles
Oppen, George
Oppenheimer, Joel
Padgett, Ron
Palmer, Michael

Patchen, Kenneth
Perelman, Bob
Pound, Ezra
Rakosi, Carl
Rexroth, Kenneth (selected works)
Reznikoff, Charles
Robinson, Kit 
Rodefer, Stephen
Rothenberg, Jerome
Samperi, Frank
Sanders, Edward
Saroyan, Aram
Scalapino, Leslie
Schuyler, James
Schwerner, Armand
Silliman, Ron
Snyder, Gary
Sorrentino, Gilbert
Spicer, Jack
Stein, Gertrude
Taggart, John
Towle, Tony
Tyler, Parker
Wakoski, Diane
Waldman, Anne
Waldrop, Keith
Waldrop, Rosmarie
Watten, Barrett
Welch, Lew
Whalen, Philip
Wieners, John
Williams, Jonathan
Williams, William Carlos
Woolf, Douglas
Zukofsky, Louis

British writers

Bunting, Basil 
Butts, Mary
Clark, Thomas A
Crozier, Andrew
Finlay, Ian Hamilton
Fisher, Roy
Harwood, Lee 
Nuttall, Jeff
Pickard, Tom
Prynne, Jeremy
Raworth, Tom
Tarn, Nathaniel
Tomlinson, Charles
Turnbull, Gael

Canadian writers

Atwood, Margaret (selected works)
Avison, Margaret 
Ball, Nelson
Barretto-Rivera, Rafael
Bisset, Bill
Blaser, Robin 
Bowering, George
Bromige, David
Brossard, Nicole
Cohen, Leonard
Cole, Norma
Coleman, Victor
Copithorne, Judith
Coupey, Pierre
Culley, Peter
Curnoe, Greg
Davey, Frank
Dawson, David
Derksen, Jeff 
Dewdney, Christopher
Dutton, Paul
Fawcett, Brian 
Fones, Robert 
Gadd, Maxine
Gardiner, Dwight
Gilbert, Gerry
Gold, Artie 
Hindmarch, Gladys
Hogg, Robert
Huse, Peter 
Jones, D.G.
Kearns, Lionel
Kiyooka, Roy 
Kroetsch, Robert 
Marlatt, Daphne
McCaffery, Steve
McFadden, David 
McKinnon, Barry
Mouré, Erin
Nichol, bp
Ondaatje, Michael
Persky, Stan (selected works)
Phillips, David
Purdy, Al
Reid, Jamie
Robertson, Lisa
Scott, Gail
Shikatani, Gerry
Souster, Raymond
Stanley, George
Thesen, Sharon
Tostevin, Lola Lemire
Wah, Fred
Watson, Sheila
Webb, Phyllis

CLC also includes many literary journals and ‘little magazines’ associated with the above writers. As well, the publications issued by the 165 literary presses listed below are comprehensively gathered. In addition therefore to the selected 172 writers, numerous other modern poets and literary fellow travelers are represented in the collection, though less exhaustively than the primary group. For example, from the ‘B’ shelf, Wendell Berry, John Berryman, Earle Birney, Paul Bowles, Richard Brautigan, Robert Bringhurst and Charles Bukowski, among others, are significantly present.

(* = selected titles)

American presses

Alternative
Angel Hair Books
Arif
Ark
Avec
Awede 
Bamberger
Barn Dream
Big Mountain
Big Sky
Black Sparrow
Black Sun
Black Swan* 
Blackberry
Blue Wind
Boa
Bowery
Broadside
Broken Moon*
Burning Deck
Cadmus
Camels Coming
Capra
Cat’s Pajamas
Caterpillar
Chax
Cherry Valley Editions
City Lights
Coffee House (was Toothpaste)
Coglioni
Copper Canyon
Corinth Books
Coyote Books
Cyle
Dalkey Archive
Despa
Diablo
Druid Books
Elizabeth
Estes
Figures
Four Seasons 
Edge
Friendly Local
Frontier
Full Court
Gambit
Giligia
Giorno Poetry Systems
Glide Publications
Gnomon
Godine*
Golden Atom
Goliard/Santa Fe
Granary Books
Great Society
Grey Fox
Halcyone
Harian
Institute of Further Studies Salt Works
Irego
Jargon
Kelsey St.
Krupskaya
Kulchur
Lapis* 
Lighthouse 
Little Caesar
Lookout Free
Manroot
McPherson & Co.
Membrane*
Milkweed
Moving Letters 
National Poetry Foundation Swallow
New Rivers*
North Atlantic
North Carolina Wesleyan* 
North Point*
O Books
Okra
Paisano
Paradigm
Perishable
Pod
Poets
Poltroon
Potes and Poets
Pulse-Finger
Pym-Randall 
Red Dust
Roof
Sand Dollar
Segue
Serendipity 
Sixties(Seventies)
Skanky Possum
Smyrna
Something Else
Station Hill
Stone Wall
Stone-Marrow
Sumac
Sun and Moon
Sun*
Telephone
Tender Buttons
Tenfingers
This
Times Change
Tombouctou
Toothpaste
Tribal
Trident
Truck
Turkey*
Turtle Island
Tuumba
Twowindows
Tyndall Creek
Unicorn
Walden
White Rabbit /OpenSpace
Wild Dog
Windhover
Worthy Labor
Z

British presses

Allardyce & Barnett
Anvil
Atlas* 
Enitharmon
Ferry 
Fulcrum
North and South*
Pig* 
Spectacular Diseases*
Trigram
Wild Hawthorn

Canadian presses

Aya
Barsheit
blewointment
Caitlin* 
Caledonia Writing Series
Coach House*
Cross Country
disOrientation*
ECW*
housepress 
Intermedia
Leech Books* 
Longspoon 
Nightwood (blewointment)
Pomflit
Red Deer College
Seripress
Slug
Tsunami
Turnstone*
Underwich
Vehicule
Weed/Flower

Other presses

Editions fourbis* 
Editions Royaumont*
Zasterle

Subject areas of English Department faculty specialization supported by the CLC include:

American literature – 20th Century
American poetry – 20th Century
Avant garde (Aesthetics)
Canadian literature – 20th Century
Canadian poetry – 20th Century
English poetry – 20th Century
Literature, Experimental
Modernism (Poetry and fiction)
Postmodernism (Literature) 
Postmodernism (Literature) – Canada
Writing
Writing in British Columbia

General Collection Information

Location in Special Collections and Rare Books:  The Contemporary Literature Collection is a discrete collection located in the Special Collections and Rare Books area of WAC Bennett Library. (CLC). Additional copies of some items can be found in the Bennett general collection.
Collection Development Responsibility: Collection development is the responsibility of the CLC Liaison Librarian. Liaison with the English Department is maintained through the CLC Committee, consisting of the liaison librarian and two faculty members appointed by the Department. Present committee members are Tony Power, Roy Miki and Stephen Collis. The liaison librarian also consults with other faculty members and library staff.
Languages:  With minor exceptions, materials are in English.
Chronological guidelines: Mid–20th century--post-war to present; also some earlier 20th century.
Geographical guidelines: Primarily American and Canadian; some British; a few French and other.
Treatment of subject: Selection is primarily from publishers’ and booksellers’ catalogues (both printed and on-line), as well as bibliographies, biographies, reference works, etc. An approval plan with Small Press Distribution (Berkeley, CA) is in place.
Types of materials: Books, chapbooks, pamphlets, broadsides, posters and other ephemera written or translated by CLC writers or issued by CLC presses; periodicals; biographies, histories and bibliographies of the writers and presses; relevant scholarly and critical works; manuscript and archival material; video and sound recordings; and e-books.
Date of Publication: Current publications and retrospective acquisitions.
Coordination and cooperation with other campus resources: None at this time.
Other factors for consideration:  None at this time.
Regional Resources: The University of British Columbia Library has a large Canadian poetry collection. The University of Victoria has strong holdings in British poetry.

William Wordsworth Collection

The Wordsworth collection is a sharply focused, research-level collection of the lifetime editions of the works of William Wordsworth. In addition to the lifetime editions, it includes the post-1850 principal and popular editions published in the 19th century. An associated collection of late 18th- and 19th-century guides, tours and histories concerning the Lake District complements the collection.

Barring extreme cost or rarity the goals are to collect:

  • all the Wordsworth lifetime editions
  • the principal and popular post-1850 editions published in the 19th century
  • the late 18th- and 19th-century guides, tours and histories of the Lake District

While recognizing the primary goal of completing the core collection, the English faculty have expressed a desire to broaden the collection. Adding selected lifetime editions of various 18th-century Wordsworth precursors or associates and 19th-century contemporaries and descendants will increase the relevance and usefulness of the collection.

Areas for future development

Wordsworth's Romantic Associates

The lifetime editions of the works of Wordsworth's Romantic contemporaries are an obvious area for future development. In particular the works of authors with whom Wordsworth had some connection would complement the collection. Specific authors are Anna Letitia Barbauld, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Felicia Hemans, Mary Lamb, Charlotte Smith, Robert Southey and Francis Wrangham.
Folk poetry and ballad collections
The publication of Wordsworth and Coleridge's joint work under the title "Lyrical Ballads" suggests they were influenced by the vogue which ballads enjoyed during this time. To help contextualize their literary contribution, the library should acquire some of these ballad collections. In particular, the collections of David Herd, Thomas Percy, Joseph Ritson, Anne Bannerman and Walter Scott should be targeted. Collections put together by less well-known figures are also of interest.

Women writers

Apart from works of Wordsworth's female associates mentioned above, the collection should be expanded to include other British women writers of the period. The lifetime editions of the following authors are of particular interest:
 
(Countess) Marguerite Blessington
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Hannah Cowley
Mary Whateley Darwal
Anne Grant
Mary Howitt
Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Hannah More
Caroline Norton
Amelia Opie
Anna Seward
Jane West
Helen Maria Williams

The school of sensibility

The work of Joanna Baillie was especially influential on Wordsworth. Baillie's "Introductory Discourse" from "Plays on the Passions" is often compared by critics to Wordsworth's "Preface" to the "Lyrical Ballads." Baillie, and Wordsworth in turn, were influenced by the Scottish school of sensibility, whose ideas are found in the work of Adam Smith and Henry MacKenzie, for example. The library should try to acquire the important lifetime editions of these authors.

Labouring poets

Recent criticism has argued that the "new poetry" of Wordsworth and other middle-class, mostly male "Romantics" not only influenced the work of individual ballad-writers and women writers, but to some extent appropriated the voices of social groups new to authorship. Of particular interest is the work of women and other individuals of the labouring classes. Selected lifetime editions of the following labouring-class or artisan poets should be collected: Stephen Duck, Robert Tatersal, Mary Collier, John Bancks, Mary Leapor, James Woodhouse, Ann Yearsley, Elizabeth Hands, Elizabeth Bentley, Janet Little (m. Richmond) and Ann Candler. It would also be of interest to follow the strain of labour poetry through to the early years of the Victorian period. Of specific interest are the works of the chartist poets Ernest (Charles) Jones, Thomas Cooper, and Ebenezer Jones as well as those of working class sympathizers such as Thomas Hood ("The Song of the Shirt" and the "Bridge of Sighs") and Arthur J. Munby, who married his servant Hannah Cullwick and wrote Faithful Servants.

Poetry collections

The poetry collections before and after Wordsworth's time provide an excellent means of accessing authors he was either influenced by or had an influence on.
Several of the above groups of writers would be represented in 18th- and 19th-century poetry/biography collections such as George Colman & Bonnell Thornton, Poems by Eminent Ladies (1755); Robert Dodsley, A Collection of Poems by Several Hands (1748-58); Scots Musical Museum, Anderson's Ballads (1808); Alexander Dyce, Specimens of British Poetesses (1825); Mary Ann Stodart, Female Writers (1842); George Bethune, The British Female Poets (1848); Fredric Rowton, The Female Poets of Great Britain (1848); Jane Williams, Literary Women of England (1861); Eric S. Robertson English Poetesses (1883); and Women Poets of the Victorian Era.

General Collection Information

Location in Special Collections and Rare Books: The Wordsworth and Lake District Collections are discrete collections located in the Special Collections and Rare Books area of the W.A.C. Bennett Library. Additional copies of some items may be found in the Bennett general collection.
Collection Development Responsibility: Collection development is the responsibility of the Wordsworth collection librarian. Liaison with English Department is maintained through the Print Culture Committee. The liaison librarian also consults with emeritus professor Jared Curtis and other faculty and library staff.
Languages:  English.
Chronological guidelines: 18th and 19th century
Geographical guidelines: Primarily British; some American.
Treatment of subject: Selection is primarily from printed and on-line booksellers catalogues, as well as from bibliographies, biographies, reference works, etc. It is also hoped that strategic gifts will augment the core collection in the future.
Types of materials: Books, selected single issues of periodicals.
Date of Publication: 1750-1900
Coordination and cooperation with other campus resources: None at this time.
Other factors for consideration: None at this time.
Regional Resources: The Burns and Colbeck collections at UBC complement the Wordsworth collection.

Wosk-McDonald Aldine Collection

This collection includes over 100 volumes from the presses of Aldus Manutius, Andreas Toressano, Paulus Manutius and Aldo Manutius II, pre-eminent humanist publishers of 16th-century Venice and Rome. Also included are important reference sources, exhibition catalogues, scholarly monographs, booksellers and auction catalogues related to Aldine books and the typographic and bibliographic innovations of the Manutius family.

Location in Special Collections and Rare Books: History of the Book (Spebh)
Collection Development Responsibility: Head of Special Collections and Rare Books
Relationship to Departments: This collection is of interest to the Humanities (Hellenic Studies and Classics), History, Political Science, and Publishing departments.
Languages:  The Aldine collection is in Latin, Greek, and Italian. The scholarly and related material is in English, French, Italian, and German.
Chronological guidelines: The Aldine collection is in Latin, Greek, and Italian. The scholarly and related material is in English, French, Italian and German.
Geographical guidelines: The geographical source of material is Western Europe and North America.
Future growth: Additional material will most likely be added from donations with the occasional purchase of scholarly material.
Types of materials: The bulk of this collection consists of books but there are also broadsides, digital images, exhibition catalogues, bookseller and auction catalogues.
Size of Collection: There are about 135 bibliographical entries for this collection.
Coordination and cooperation with other campus resources: None.
Other factors for consideration: Other significant Aldine collections in Canada are at McGill University and the University of Toronto.
Regional Resources: A few Aldines are located in UBC’s Special Collections.
Subjects: History, rhetoric and literature of ancient Greece and Rome. Renaissance politics. Church history. Dictionaries. Greek and Roman letterforms and typography. Bibliography of the Manutius’s production.

W. Lyon Blease English Private Press Books

This collection consists of some 450 books and ephemera from the English private press movement concentrated between the two world wars. Included are important works from the Ashendene, Doves, Golden Cockerel, Gregynog and Nonesuch presses. There are also ephemera, reference works, bibliographies and histories related to the presses.

Location in Special Collections and Rare Books: History of the Book (Spebh)
Collection Development Responsibility: Head of Special Collections and Rare Books
Relationship to Departments:

This collection is of interest to the Humanities (Hellenic Studies and Classics), History, Political Science, and Publishing departments

 

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Languages:  Most of this collection is in English but there are books in Latin, Greek, and French.
Chronological guidelines: The collection is limited to the late 19th century and the 20th century.
Geographical guidelines: The geographical source of material is Western Europe especially the British Isles.
Future growth: Additional materials for this collection will in most cases be acquired by gift.
Types of materials: The collection is limited to books and printed ephemera.
Size of Collection: The collection should have about 450 bibliographical items once it is completely catalogued.
Date of Publication: The time span covered is 1899 to date.
Coordination and cooperation with other campus resources: None.
Other factors for consideration: None.
Regional Resources: The University of British Columbia holds a very extensive collection of Kelmscott Press books.
Subjects: Classical Greek and Roman Literature, the Bible, English Literature, Book illustration, Costume, Art, Erotica.

Alcuin Society Prize for Excellence in Book Design

This collection consists of the annual prize-winning books of the Alcuin Society Book Awards for Excellence in Book Design. These awards were first given in 1983. The collection begins with the 1988 year of the awards and is added to each year. By 2000 there were some 300 items in the collection.

Location in Special Collections and Rare Books: History of the Book (Spebh)
Collection Development Responsibility: Head of Special Collections and Rare Books
Relationship to Departments: This collection is of interest to the Education, Fine Arts, History, English, and Publishing departments.
Languages:  English and French.
Chronological guidelines: The collection is limited to the 20th and 21st century. 
Geographical guidelines: The geographical source of material is Canada. 
Future growth: Additional materials for this collection will be acquired by gift. The gap from the origin of the prize in 1984 to 1987 should be filled.
Types of materials: The collection is limited to books and printed ephemera.
Size of Collection: The collection has about 300 bibliographical items.
Date of Publication: The time span covered is from 1982 to date.
Coordination and cooperation with other campus resources: The Publishing department has a strong interest in this collection.
Other factors for consideration: The Alcuin Society of Vancouver (a society of bibliophiles) is the sole donor to this collection.
Regional Resources: None.
Subjects: Canadiana, Canadian literature, children’s books.

Thoreau MacDonald Illustrator

This collection consists of about 178 books and pamphlets illustrated by the Canadian book illustrator Thoreau MacDonald.

Location in Special Collections and Rare Books: History of the Book (Spebh)
Collection Development Responsibility: Head of Special Collections and Rare Books
Relationship to Departments: This collection is of interest to the Fine Arts, History and English departments.
Languages:  English and French.
Chronological guidelines: The collection is limited to the 20th century.
Geographical guidelines: The geographical source of material is Canada. 
Future growth: Additional materials for this collection will be acquired by gift.
Types of materials: The collection is limited to books, pamphlets, printed ephemera and realia.
Size of Collection: The collection has 178 bibliographical items.
Date of Publication: The time span covered is 1922 to 1996.
Coordination and cooperation with other campus resources: None.
Other factors for consideration: None.
Regional Resources: None.
Subjects: Canadiana, Canadian history and literature, Book illustration – Canada.

Len Norris Cartoon Collection

This collection is the largest extant grouping, some 1660 cartoons, of the famous Vancouver Sun cartoonist Len Norris (1913 –1997).

Location in Special Collections and Rare Books: History of Canada (Spech)
Collection Development Responsibility: Head of Special Collections and Rare Books
Relationship to Departments: This collection is of interest to the Communications, History and Political Science departments. 
Languages:  English and French.
Chronological guidelines: The collection is limited to the 20th century.
Geographical guidelines: The geographical source of material is Canada. 
Future growth: The collection can be considered to be complete. An occasion additional cartoon may be added by gift and any additional books can be purchased.
Types of materials: The collection is limited to cartoons and books.
Size of Collection: The collection has about 1689 bibliographical items.
Date of Publication: The time span covered is 1952 to 1988.
Coordination and cooperation with other campus resources: None.
Other factors for consideration: None.
Regional Resources: The National and Provincial Archives and Vancouver City Archives have smaller collections. 
Subjects: Politics and social mores of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Canada.

Doukhobor Collection

This collection gathers together manuscripts, documents, photographs, pamphlets and books on the Doukhobor people from Russia who immigrated to Canada in the latter part of the 19th century. About 230 books pamphlets and periodicals are present as well as about 150 manuscripts and photographs and 400 scanned images. Some of the material is in Russian.

Location in Special Collections and Rare Books: History of Canada (Spech)
Collection Development Responsibility: Head of Special Collections and Rare Books
Relationship to Departments: This collection is of interest to the Criminology, History, Political Science and Sociology Departments.
Languages:  Russian and English.
Chronological guidelines: The collection is limited to the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
Geographical guidelines: The geographical source of material is Russia, England, Germany and Canada. 
Future growth: This collection is growing through continuing donations.
Types of materials: The collection includes books, journals, printed ephemera, photographs, manuscripts, and scanned images and text.
Size of Collection: The collection has about 1689 bibliographical items.
Date of Publication: The time span covered is 1847 to date.
Coordination and cooperation with other campus resources: None.
Other factors for consideration: Much Doukhobor material has been destroyed so many items in this collection are rare. The URL for the scanned images and associated text is www.sfulib.ca/projects/Doukhobor-Collection/browse.html.
Regional Resources: There is a complementary collection at UBC Special Collections.
Subjects: Doukhobor religion, culture, history and life. The Russian writer Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910).

W.B. Yeats Collection

This is a small (65 volume) but fine collection mostly of early and first editions by the Irish poet W.B. Yeats.

Location in Special Collections and Rare Books: Rare Books (Specol)
Collection Development Responsibility: CLC librarian.
Relationship to Departments: This collection is of interest to the English Dept.
Languages:  English.
Chronological guidelines: The collection is limited to the 20th century.
Geographical guidelines: The geographical source of material is England and Ireland.
Future growth: Additional materials for this collection may be acquired by gift.
Types of materials: The collection is limited to books.
Size of Collection: The collection has about 65 bibliographical items.
Date of Publication: The time span covered is 1894 to 1970.
Coordination and cooperation with other campus resources: None.
Other factors for consideration: None.
Regional Resources: None.
Subjects: Irish literature.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Collection

This is another small (66 volume) collection of first and early editions of the American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Location in Special Collections and Rare Books: Rare Books (Specol)
Collection Development Responsibility: CLC librarian.
Relationship to Departments: This collection is of interest to the English Department.
Languages:  English.
Chronological guidelines: The collection is limited to the 19th and 20th centuries.
Geographical guidelines: The geographical source of material is the United States.
Future growth: Additional materials for this collection may be acquired by gift.
Types of materials: The collection is limited to books and pamphlets.
Size of Collection: The collection has about 65 bibliographical items.
Date of Publication: The time span covered is 1849 to 1967.
Coordination and cooperation with other campus resources: None.
Other factors for consideration: None.
Regional Resources: None.
Subjects: American literature and religion.

Esther and Robin Matthews May 1968 Paris Poster Collection

This collection consists of 115 handbills or pamphlets, 73 posters and 5 manuscripts posters from the May 1968 student rebellion in Paris.

Location in Special Collections and Rare Books: Rare Books (Specol)
Collection Development Responsibility: Head of Special Collections and Rare Books.
Relationship to Departments: This collection is of interest to the History, Political Science and Fine Arts Departments.
Languages:  French with a few English items.
Chronological guidelines: The collection is limited to the 20th century. 
Geographical guidelines: The geographical source of material is France and England.
Future growth: Additional materials for this collection may be acquired by gift.
Types of materials: The collection is limited to posters, pamphlets and handbills.
Size of Collection: The collection has about 200 bibliographical items.
Date of Publication: The time span covered is 1968.
Coordination and cooperation with other campus resources: None.
Other factors for consideration: There is a finding aid but the collection is not LC catalogued.
Regional Resources: A complementary collection exists at UBC.
Subjects: Riots – France – Paris. Student movements – France. College students – France – Political activity. France – Politics and government 1958.

World War One Propaganda Collection

This collection consists mainly of English and American pamphlets related to the politics of World War One, there are about 400 items.

Location in Special Collections and Rare Books: Rare Books (Specol)
Collection Development Responsibility: Head of Special Collections and Rare Books.
Relationship to Departments: This collection is of interest to the Communications, History and Political Science Departments.
Languages:  English, French and German.
Chronological guidelines: The collection is limited to the 20th century.
Geographical guidelines: The geographical source of material is England, France, Germany and the United States, but the great majority is published in England or the U.S.
Future growth: Additional material for this collection may be acquired by gift.
Types of materials: The collection is mostly government pamphlets and other official publications.
Size of Collection: The collection has about 400 bibliographical items.
Date of Publication: The time span covered is 1914 to 1918.
Coordination and cooperation with other campus resources: None.
Other factors for consideration: The collection is not LC catalogued. There is a finding aid.
Regional Resources: None.
Subjects: World War One - 1914-1918. War propaganda.

World War Two Propaganda Collection

This collection of about 300 items includes some very interesting propaganda material from various groups involved in World War Two. The largest grouping is from the French Vichy government, which collaborated with Nazi Germany.

Location in Special Collections and Rare Books: Rare Books (Specol)
Collection Development Responsibility: Head of Special Collections and Rare Books.
Relationship to Departments: This collection is of interest to the Communication, History and Political Science departments.
Languages:  English, French and German.
Chronological guidelines: The collection is limited to the 20th century.
Geographical guidelines: The geographical source of material is England, France, Germany and Austria.
Future growth: Additional material for this collection may be acquired by gift.
Types of materials: The collection is limited to posters, pamphlets and printed ephemera. The bulk of the material concerns the Vichy government of France and includes anti-Nazi and anti-Vichy propaganda produced by the French resistance, the Austrian Liberation Front and the Freies Deutschland movement. There is also Nazi or Nazi-collaborationist propaganda against the Allies especially Great Britain, the Soviet Union and the United States of America, and such groups as Jews and Communists.
Size of Collection: The collection has about 300 bibliographical items.
Date of Publication:  The time span covered is 1939 to 1945.
Coordination and cooperation with other campus resources: None.
Other factors for consideration: The collection is not LC catalogued. There is a finding aid.
Regional Resources: None.
Subjects: World War Two – 1939 –1945. War Propaganda.

William Blake Collection

This is a small study collection consisting of scholarly books on William Blake, The Trianon Press and other reprints of many of Blake’s famous manuscript books, and a few examples of books illustrated by William Blake.

Location in Special Collections and Rare Books: Rare Books (Specol)
Collection Development Responsibility: Head of Special Collections and Rare Books.
Relationship to Departments: This collection is of interest to the English and Fine Arts departments.
Languages:  The collection is in English.
Chronological guidelines: The material is from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Geographical guidelines: The geographical source of material is Western Europe and North America.
Future growth: Additional material will most likely be added from donations with the occasional purchase of scholarly material.
Types of materials: This is solely a book collection.
Size of Collection: There are about 65 bibliographical entries for this collection.
Date of Publication:  
Coordination and cooperation with other campus resources: None.
Other factors for consideration: None.
Regional Resources: None.
Subjects: William Blake, English Literature.

Archival Collections Concerning Book Publishing in Canada

This is a substantial archival collection on two B.C. publishers and the Book and Periodical Council. This material would most likely be used at the research level.

Location in Special Collections and Rare Books: History of the Book (Spebh)
Collection Development Responsibility: Head of Special Collections and Rare Books.
Relationship to Departments: This collection is of interest to the Communication, English and Publishing departments.
Languages:  English.
Chronological guidelines: The collection is limited to the 20th century.
Geographical guidelines: The geographical source of material is Canada.
Future growth: Additional materials for this collection will be acquired by gift.
Types of materials: The collection is limited to books and archival material.
Size of Collection: This archival collection is substantial and measures about 237 meters for Douglas & McIntyre, 32 meters for Sono Nis Press and 29 meters for the Book and Periodical Council.
Date of Publication:  
Coordination and cooperation with other campus resources: SFU Archives has the collection of Press Gang Publishers, a Vancouver feminist collective. Our Contemporary Literature Collection holds the archive of Talon Books publishers.
Other factors for consideration: Finding aids exist.
Regional Resources: UBC has some publisher’s archives.
Subjects: Book publishing – Canada. Douglas and McIntyre Limited. Sono-Nis Press. Book and Periodical Council [of Canada].

Reference Collection

The purpose of the reference collection is to assist the librarians, faculty and students to understand and use the material held in Special Collections and Rare Books. Included are bibliographies, encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies and other materials that provide a context for an understanding of special collections and rare books held by the division.

Location in Special Collections and Rare Books: Special Collections Reference (Spref) is located in the Yosef Wosk Seminar Room.
Collection Development Responsibility: Head of Special Collections and Rare Books.
Relationship to Departments: This collection will be of interest to all departments making use of Special Collections and Rare Books. 
Languages:  The collection will mainly be in English but other languages should be included.
Chronological guidelines: The collection will mostly be of 20th-century publications but earlier imprints can be included.
Geographical guidelines: The geographical source of material is Europe and the Americas. 
Future growth: A budget line will be created for this collection. Focused donations are welcome. 
Types of materials: This collection will mainly consist of books. There may also be some journals. 
Size of Collection: This collection will begin with about 200 items and grow from there.
Date of Publication:  
Coordination and cooperation with other campus resources: None.
Other factors for consideration: None.
Regional Resources: None
Subjects: Bibliography of material held in Special Collections and Rare Books. Dictionaries, Encyclopedias.

History of the Book and History of the Book in Canada Collection

This collection is a thematic collection that gathers together existing groupings within rare books and develops them into a more integrated whole. Existing elements include the: Aldine, English private press, Thoreau MacDonald, Alcuin, E. Pauline Johnson, Douglas and McIntyre, and Sono Nis collections which together are a beginning to a collection of the history of the book and the history of the book in Canada. The emphasis on the growth of this collection will be on the History of the Book in Canada component.

This collection will support a variety of academic interests including faculty in English, Communications, History, Contemporary Arts, and Publishing. The editorial work for the History of the Book in Canada project volume three, which will be done at SFU, is likely to produce spin-offs and this collection will both benefit and benefit from the H.B.C. project. The collection will complement existing collection strengths at SFU Library.

Location in Special Collections and Rare Books: History of the Book (Spebh)
Collection Development Responsibility: Head of Special Collections and Rare Books.
Relationship to Departments: This collection is of interest to the Humanities, History, Communications and Publishing Departments.
Languages:  The collection will mainly be in English, with additional material in German, Italian, Spanish and Latin.
Chronological guidelines: The material spans the years from the 13th century to date but will grow most strongly in Canadian related material.
Geographical guidelines: The geographical source of material is mainly Canada followed by Europe and the Americas. The geographic area which is the main focus of the collections development is Canada.
Future growth: Additional material will most likely be added from donations with the occasional purchase.
Types of materials: This collection will consist books, manuscripts, broadsides, and digital images.
Size of Collection: There will be about 1200 items to start.
Date of Publication:  
Coordination and cooperation with other campus resources: None.
Other factors for consideration: None.
Regional Resources: UBC has several collections which will relate well to this one including the Norman Colbeck Collection.
Subjects: History of the Book, History of the book in Canada.

History of Canada and History of Western Canada

This collection is a thematic collection that mainly includes elements related to the history of western Canada. Existing collections include the Doukhobor collection, the C.C.F. collection and the Len Norris and Roy Peterson collections. There are pending gifts of Hutterite and early Canadian socialist material. Also included will be material on Social Credit, labour, peace, feminist and other social movements. This collection will complement strong holdings of SFU Archives that include the papers of W.A.C. Bennett and strong feminist archival collections. This collection can grow mainly through gifts-in-kind at least in its initial growth phase.

This collection will support vigorous academic interests in Criminology, Sociology, Political Science, Women’s Studies, Labour Studies, Business and History.

Location in Special Collections and Rare Books: History of Canada (Spech)
Collection Development Responsibility: Head of Special Collections and Rare Books.
Relationship to Departments: This collection is of interest to the History, Political Science, Women’s Studies, Sociology/Anthropology and Criminology departments. 
Languages:  The collection will be mainly in English but will include French, Russian and other languages.
Chronological guidelines: The collection will date from the end of the 18th century to date.
Geographical guidelines: The geographical source of material is Europe and the Americas. The area covered is Canada west of the Manitoba/Ontario border. 
Future growth: Initially, additional material will be added from donations, with the occasional purchase and cash donation.
Types of materials: This collection will include books, journals, pamphlets, broadsides, digital images and realia.
Size of Collection: The collection will grow substantially in future.
Date of Publication:  
Coordination and cooperation with other campus resources: None.
Other factors for consideration: None.
Regional Resources: Vancouver Public Library and UBC Library have complementary Special Collections.
Subjects: History of western Canada, labour history, women’s history, ethnic groups, Western Canada - politics and government.