Maps of North America, 1556-1940|
McGill University, Rare Books and Special Collections Library
Canada--Maps; Canada--Description and travel
Maps, atlases, and guide books have been collected by McGill Libraries since 1893. In 1969, the materials were brought together in the Map Room. In 1971-72, the North American holdings were increased by a major donation of early Canadian maps from William H. Pugsley. Donations have also been received from Mrs. Catherine Tudor Hart.
The Maps of North America (1556-1940) Collection constitutes a major subcollection of the university map collection. There are some 1,200 North American historical maps. The North American map collection includes the W. H. Pugsley Collection of Early Maps of Canada (49 maps dating from 1556-1850). The Nineteenth Century Guide Books to Canada Collection includes approximately 220 guides with significant Canadian content (1819-1900). The map collection also includes: several hundred atlases; city plans; and maps and guide books from other countries.
English and major European languages.
See "Description" above.
About half of the maps are catalogued and the records appear on MUSE (McGill Libraries Online Catalogue). The rest are available by main entry on card files.
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: http://www.library.mcgill.ca/rarebook/cube.htm.
Interlibrary Loan: No.
Reference Assistance: Yes.
Publications Describing Collection
A preliminary guide to nineteenth century Canadian guide books: a survey of holdings of the McLennan Library with an historical introduction. -- Montreal : McGill University, 1982. The W. H. Pugsley Collection of early maps of Canada. -- Montreal : McGill University Libraries, 1975.