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E.J. Pratt Collection
Victoria University, E.J. Pratt Library

Pratt, Edwin John; Canadian poetry

The collection was established in 1946 when it was purchased from Professor E.J. Pratt. Additional materials were acquired from Mrs. Viola Whitney Pratt in 1967 and from Miss Claire Pratt's estate in 1995.

The collection includes every edition of E.J. Pratt's published works; secondary biographical and critical sources; and his private library. Also included are Pratt's first privately published poem, Rachel; presentation copies; annotated copies; and variant bindings and issues. Reference works, critical monographs, and journals to support the collection are located in the open stacks. The library attempts to acquire all material by E.J. Pratt.


235 monographs; 59 audiotapes; 121 photographs; extensive manuscript material; 52 pamphlets (includes broadsides); 4 artworks by Claire Pratt; 1 art work by Eric Arthur.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued. There is also a separate local shelf list. Uncatalogued material is accessed alphabetically by author. LC subject headings and classification are used. The holdings are recorded in the University of Toronto Union Catalogue online and the National Library Union Catalogue.

Physical Access
The collection is in a special collections area. Materials are available to the public with identification. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: At the discretion of the librarian.

Reprography: At the discretion of the librarian.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
E.J. Pratt, 1882-1964: an exhibition. -- E.J. Pratt Library, Victoria University, October 1-November 30, 1986. -- [Toronto] : E.J. Pratt Library, Victoria University, [1986]. Laakso, Lila. - "E.J. Pratt; a preliminary checklist of publications...". -- The E.J. Pratt Symposium. Edited and with an introd. by Glenn Clever. -- Ottawa : University of Ottawa Press, 1977. E.J. Pratt: an annotated bibliography. -- Lila al. -- Downsview, Ont. : ECW Press, c1980.