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Rosa Breithaupt Clark Collection
University of Waterloo, Library

Architecture, Ancient and modern; Architecture, Domestic

The collection was established in 1982. The nucleus of the architectural collection was purchased with money donated by H. Spencer Clark, in memory of his late wife, Rosa Breithaupt Clark. This fund has been supplemented by the School of Architecture, and by additional gifts and purchases which focus specifically on the development of architecture in Canada (e.g., the John Rempel and W. H. E. Schmalz Collections). Grants have also helped develop the collection.

The collection is noted for landmark and representative tides in the history of architectural publications from the seventeenth century to the present day. Included in the collection are scarce items (such as Chemikhov's Architectural fictions) and rarebooks on Rome (such as Letarouilly's Edifices de Rome moderne). Important titles on neoclassicism (e.g., Albers, Interactionof colour) and treatises on landscape design (e.g. Chambers) are also present. An international selection of periodical titles, current and retrospective exhibition catalogues, major reference works and reprints, and working copies of rare items complement the collection. The geographic emphasis is on Western Europe, more particularly Italy, and also on are works in areas of related but peripheral interest, such as numismatics, antique sculpture, and neoclassical furniture design. Rare materials are purchased with funds from the School of Architecture budget. A desiderata list is maintained. Excluded from present acquisitions are works which do not support architectural teaching and research at Waterloo.

English, French, and selected foreign language material.

250 monographs; 29 serials; 180 photographs; 37 drawings and designs; a small number of manuscripts.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued in the general library catalogue. Uncatalogued materials are accessible by author / title in the library's automated acquisition system. LC subject headings are used. Rare book accession numbers are used to shelve material LC classification is used for alternate numbers for some material. 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 further information visit:

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

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Doris Lewis Rare Book Room newsletter. -- No. 18 (1982). -- Waterloo, Ont. : University of Waterloo Library, 1982. Doris Lewis Rare Book Room newsletter. -- No. 20, 21 (1983). -- Waterloo, Ont. : University of Waterloo Library, 1983. An exhibition catalogue is also available.