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Rosalynde Stearn Puppet Collection
McGill University, Rare Books and Special Collections Library

Puppets and puppet plays

The original collection was formed by the Canadian puppeteer Rosalynde Osborne Stearn to be a comprehensive library on the puppet theatre with representative examples of puppets characteristic of different periods and countries. The collection was given to McGill by its creator in 1953. Since that date, books and puppets have been added to the collection by the library.

The collection includes books and periodicals from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries on the puppet theatre in various European languages as well as scripts for puppet plays. There are puppets from Europe, Asia (including shadow puppets), and the Americas, from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. Also included are toy theatres, prints, and posters.

English and selected European language material.

2,714 monographs; 171 puppets; toy theatres; theatrical portraits, paintings, prints, and posters.

Bibliographic Access
A printed catalogue arranged alphabetically by main entry provides access to the collection (see below). Additions not in the catalogue are accessible in a card file under main entry.

Physical Access
The collection is open to the public upon registration with the Department and the presentation of a suitable piece of identification. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: Yes.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Rosalynde Stearn Puppet Collection. -- The Rosalynde Stearn Puppet Collection. -- Montreal: McGill University Library, 1961. -- (Special Collections/McGill University Library; no 4).