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Lillian Davies Memorial Collection
University of Guelph, McLaughlin Library

Canadian literature (French); Canada--History--17th-18th centuries; Education--Quebec (Province)

In 1969, Raymond Arthur Davies, a Montreal book dealer, donated over five thousand books and journals by and about French Canada to the University of Guelph Library, in memory of his wife Lillian.

The collection contains material on French Canadian history, religion, literature, law, education, philosophy, politics, and economics. Most of the monographs in the collection date from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and feature the works of well-known French Canadian poets such as Émile Nelligan and Louis Fréchette. Some non-French Canadian items are also present. Among the rare items of French Canada is l'Abbé Provancher's Flore canadienne, printed in 1862 by Joseph Darveau; an 1864 Paris edition of L'École sainte by Mère Marie de l'Incarnation, founder of the Ursuline Convent in Quebec City in 1639; and a Huron language grammer book, attributed to a missionary, Father Chaumonot. The collection also includes the bulk of the Library of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec. The collection is not being developed further.

French language material predominates.

5,000 monographs; 150 serials; 3 manuscripts.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued. LC subject headings and classification are used. The holdings are accessible through CD-ROM, local dial-up, or iNET.

Physical Access
This collection is identified by a bookplate in each book. Rare materials are shelved in the Rare Book Room while the remainder are shelved on the appropriate subject floors of the library. The collection is open to the public. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: Available, except for rare and archival material.

Reprography: Yes.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Grenier, Patricia. -- "The Lillian Davies Memorial Collection". -- Guide to special collections. -- Guelph, Ont. : University of Guelph Library, 1982.