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Women's Studies
University of Waterloo, Library


The collection was established in 1976. The principal donors include the Toronto Women's Press Club, the Canadian Federation of University Women, and the Doris Lewis Memorial Book Fund. Grants have also been received.

The holdings are comprehensive on the history of women, with particular emphasis on Canada. Included are Frances Brooke's The history of Emily Montague (London: Printed for J. Dodsley, 1769) which is known as the first novel set in Canada; rare Canadian literary works by women; archive and book collections of Canadian women writers; and major treatises on feminism. The collection also contains first editions of Virginia Woolf and Dorothy Livesay, and works by Gwendolyn MacEwan, Elizabeth Brewster, Anne Marriott, P.K. Page and others. Also present are several major reprint and microform collections on HERstory, sex, marriage, and family and the Harvester Press series. Currently, materials are acquired to support teaching and research in the Women's Studies Program.

English, French, and selected foreign language material.

2,000 monographs; 212 serials; 40 collections of manuscripts.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued in the general library catalogue. A separate card file is also maintained. Uncatalogued items are 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 numbers and/or LC classification. The holdings are recorded in the University of Waterloo Union Catalogue, the National Library Union Catalogue, and ESTC (where appropriate).

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 futher information visit:

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

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Journal articles have appeared in the following: Atlantis (1985); Canadian women's studies = Les cahiers de la femme (1980); Special collections (1985). A portion of the collection is described in: University of Waterloo. Library. Lady Aberdeen Collection. -- A catalogue of the Lady Aberdeen Library on the history of women in the University of Waterloo Library. -- Compiled by Jane Britton. -- Waterloo, Ont. : University of Waterloo Library, c1982.