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Ontario School Text Collection
University of Guelph, McLaughlin Library

School texts--Ontario

The Brewster family of Hespeler, many of them school teachers, donated a significant number of school texts to the library in 1962. These texts were official texts approved by the Ontario Department of Education. The collection was augmented by a donation of school texts from retired Guelph school teacher Hugh Douglass in 1965. These two donations form the bulk of the collection.

The collection includes spellers and readers as well as arithmetic, language, and history books from the early nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. The emphasis of the material is the 1840s to the 1920s. The collection provides source materials for the study of the history of education and social development in Canada.


400 titles (900 volumes, including variant printings).

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued. LC subject headings and classification are used. The holdings are accessible through CD-ROM, local dial-up, or iNET.

Physical Access
The collection is open to the public. Consult the library for hours. Note that the collection is housed in the Massey Library and that there is a twenty-four hour turn-around time to retrieve material. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: Yes.

Reprography: Available except for rare and archival material.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Grenier, Patricia. -- "The School Text Collection". -- Guide to special collections. -- Guelph, Ont. : University of Guelph Library, 1979.