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A.M. Donaldson Burns Collection
University of British Columbia, Special Collections and University Archives Division

Burns, Robert; Scottish literature; Scotland--Description and travel

The collection was purchased in 1962 from the estate of the late A.M. Donaldson, a local Burns collector, and presented to the University of British Columbia Library by the Friends of the Library.

The collection includes many different editions of Burns' works, critical and biographical materials, Scottish song books, works by other Scottish writers, and works about favourite "haunts" of Burns. The chronological emphasis is the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. However, the collection also includes current new items. Significant new editions, critical works, and ephemera are currently collected. Reprints or new editions without considerable new editorial work are not collected. The collection is not being developed extensively at present.


1,500 monographs; 1 serial; 1 serial currently received; a few manuscripts; many pamphlets and catalogues.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued on cards and on line. LC subject headings and classification are used. The holdings are recorded in the National Library Union Catalogue and the National Union Catalog (NUC). Special bibliographies include Egerer's Bibliography of Burns (1964).

Physical Access
The collection is in Rare Books and Special Collections, which is open to the public. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: Photocopying is done by the staff.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at present.