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Lizars Family (Engravers, Printers, and publishers)
University of Guelph, McLaughlin Library

Lizars family; Goderich (Ontario); Lizars, Daniel, b. 1812

The collection was begun with the purchase in 1982 of the bulk of the Lizars family library. Daniel Lizars was a printer and publisher who emigrated to Upper Canada in 1833 and settled in Goderich. He brought with him, or subsequently had sent out, a substantial library of over seven hundred books, many of which are connected with the Lizars family as printers, engravers, publishers, etc. Since 1982, the library has acquired all material with any Lizars family connection.

The Pioneer Collection in which the Lizars material is located is basically static, unless material is acquired from the original library collection. There are many incomplete sets, due to loss, and a few items from the library's general collection and other collections have been found and added. Works associated with the Lizars family are acquired and connected to the collection but shelved separately from the Pioneer Collection. Restoration of the heavily worn collection is gradually being undertaken and is being done in a manner to return the material to its original state as it was in the mid-nineteenth century.

English tends to predominate, with some French and Latin as would be expected from an educated family of this period.

Over 700 volumes of monographs and serials are held in the Pioneer Collection. A further 75 Lizars family volumes are elsewhere in the library. In addition, there are 45 linear cm of Lizars papers in the archives.

Bibliographic Access
All books and periodicals are catalogued and available via the On-Line Public Access Catalogue or the CD-ROM catalogue. LC classification is used for all material except the archival material which is coded in an adaptation of the cataloguing and coding system.

Physical Access
The monographs and serials are separately shelved in the same area as the Pioneer Collection which is housed in the Donald Forster Room. The items do not circulate. The archival materials are stored together as the "Lizars Papers" in the archives. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: Available except for rare and archival materials.

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants, and as the copyright allows.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Cunliffe, Vera. -- From Edinburgh to Colborne Township: Daniel Lizars and the Pioneer Collection at Guelph. -- Guelph, Ont. : University of Guelph Library, 1984. Stelter, Gilbert A. -- "The John Galt letters in the Lizars Collection". -- Collection update. -- No. 7 (May 1983). -- Guelph, Ont. : University of Guelph Library, 1983.