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Kipling Collection
Dalhousie University, Killam Memorial Library

Kipling, Rudyard; English literature; Animals--Legends and stories

The collection was established in 1956. James McGregor Stewart, a private collector, willed his collection to Dalhousie University in 1954. Subsequent gifts and purchases, in particular a major manuscript purchase in 1982, have further developed the collection.

The collection is noted as being the most complete for Kipling textual study, and contains more than ninety percent of the known works of Kipling. The collection attempts to demonstrate the publication history of Kipling's work from manuscript to the last revised text published during the author's life. The collection contains some fifteen hundred first edition and association copies, pirated editions, private printings, inscribed editions, and other variant editions. Many unique newspaper and periodical issues are included. The collection also contains photographs and letters to Kipling's family, non literary writings, and original illustrations for Kipling's works. The main chronological emphasis is 1882-1936 with a geographic emphasis on Indian, British, American, Canadian, and French editions. Collection development is focused on all major Kipling criticism, new and out-of-print variant editions, and biographies.

Multilingual. The collection includes a wide selection of material in all applicable languages.

7,000 monographs; 2,373 newspaper issues; 1,288 periodical issues in which Kipling material appears; 100 serials; 1 serial currently received; 65 reels of microfilm; 4 audiotapes; 10 picture files; 40 vertical files; 43 manuscripts; 868 autographed and/or holograph letters; 5 galley proofs; 60 music records and scores.

Bibliographic Access
A separate card catalogue is located in the Kipling Room. LC cataloguing is used for monographs; main entry is used for manuscripts, letters, and the first periodical appearance for stories, poems, etc. The holdings are recorded in the Nova Scotia Union Catalogue. Special bibliographies include James McGregor Stewart's Rudyard Kipling: a bibliographical catalogue (Toronto : Dalhousie University Press and University of Toronto Press, 1959). Limited holdings recorded in Libraries on-line catalogue, Novanet.

Physical Access
The collection is in the Kipling Room which is open by appointment only. Staffing constraints may limit access time. Material must be used in the Special Collections Reading Room. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: Only for duplicate copies of trade editions.

Reprography: Photocopying is done by the staff as the condition of the material allows.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
See articles in Dalhousie review, APLA bulletin, Financial post magazine, and the local press.