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Nova Scotia Authors
Dalhousie University, Killam Memorial Library

Canadian literature; Nova Scotia--History; Bird, Will R.; Bruce, Charles; Day, Frank P.; DeMille, James; MacMechan, Archibald; Raddall, Thomas

The Archibald MacMechan literary papers and published works were donated in the 1930s. The Raddall, Bruce, Day, and Bird collections were acquired in the 1970s following the expansion of the Special Collections Department.

The collection contains the published creative writing of Nova Scotians. Authors for whom the library has extensive published and manuscript holdings are: Will R. Bird, Charles Bruce, Frank Day, James DeMille, Archiba1d MacMechan, and Thomas Raddall, Robert Norwood, Andy Wainwright, Lesley Choyce, Harry Thurston, Budge Wilson and Joyce Barkhous. The collection contains all the first editions of these authors. Many volumes are limited editions, inscribed, and/or interesting association works. Working drafts of published novels and comprehensive correspondence files are present. Poetry and prose works predominate although writings on local history, Nova Scotia travelogues, and Canadian literary criticism are also included. There are also strong holdings in local little magazines. The chronological emphasis is from 1820 to the present. The holdings for mainland Nova Scotia are stronger. The library attempts to collect all Nova Scotia creative writing currently published and retrospective items not already held.


385 titles of the 12 authors noted above (plus additional holdings of approximatively 1,500 titles for other Nova Scotia writers); 100 Canadian literary journals; 8 Atlantic creative writing journals currently received; 10 microform titles; 4 audiotapes; 25 biography files; manuscripts.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued. LC subject headings and classification are used for published material. Individual collection inventories are available for the collections of literary manuscripts. The holdings for published works are recorded in the Nova Scotia Union Catalogue. Manuscript holdings are recorded in the Union list of manuscripts held in Canadian repositories. Partial holdings on Libraries online catalogue Novanet.

Physical Access
The material is available for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room and the Archives consultation area. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: Second copies of published works only.

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants, and as the copyright allows. Limited photocopying is permitted. Photo services are available.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at present.