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Eric Gill Collection
University of Waterloo, Library

Gill, Eric; Illustration of books; Typography

The collection was established in the early 1970s. The principal donors were Mr. William Watson and Sir John Galvin. The collection has been developed as part of the private press collections and is supported largely by the Hague and Gill Press, and St. Dominic's Press collections. The collection is now made up of books, periodicals, engravings, ephemera, and manuscript material. Some materials are from Gill's library.

The collection is noted for its comprehensive holdings of works by and about Eric Gill. Gill was a printer, type and letter designer, sculptor, engraver, stone cutter, and writer. His writings covered a wide range of topics, including religion, sociology, art, and engraving. The collection contains works illustrated or designed by Gill, and works by and about his pupils and contemporaries. Some unique items are: two holograph manuscripts; variant editions; and ephemeral items printed by Gill, such as wedding invitations and Christmas cards. Printed and ephemeral materials, engravings, and other items of realia make this a comprehensive collection. The collection offers scope for bibliographical and textual analysis due to the large number of variant editions available. Present acquisition plans are to acquire all material by or about Gill which is lacking from the collection. Excluded from collection development plans are engravings and manuscripts (except those which come as part of a large collection).

English, French, and selected foreign language material.

350 monographs; 22 manuscripts; 57 engravings; 5 glass plates; 1 original watercolour, 1 wood block; 3 original drawings.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued in the general library catalogue. Uncatalogued material is accessible by author/title in the library's automated acquisition system. LC and NLC subject headings are used. The material is arranged according to rare book shelf number. LC class numbers are used as alternate numbers in some cases. The holdings are recorded in the University of Waterloo Union Catalogue, the National Library Union Catalogue, and ESTC (where appropriate). The standard Gill bibliography, Bibliography of Eric Gill (London: Cassell, 1953) has been annotated to reflect local holdings.

Physical Access
The collection is in the Doris Lewis Rare Book Room which is open to the public with identification. Additional hours are provided with prior appointment. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: Only to libraries on IUTS and as the condition of the material warrants. The material must be used in a rare book room.

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at present.