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Fr. Charles Brewer Celtic Collection
St. Francis Xavier University, Angus L. MacDonald Library

Scotland--History; Ireland--History; Gaelic language; Irish language

The collection was established in 1965. It was based on the private libraries of the Scottish Gaelic faculty members of the university during its early years. It has been augmented by donations, gifts, and grants.

The collection contains material on Scottish and Irish history; Scottish and Irish Gaelic literature; Jacobite material; travel literature on the Scottish Highlands; Scottish topographical literature; and some early Gaelic poetry collections. The chronological emphasis is on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The collection includes the first Gaelic book published in North America; several important first editions of Gaelic material; and the MacDonald "Ridge" Manuscript of Gaelic poetry.The collection is not strong on Breton, Manx, and Cornish material. Local oral history collections are accepted. The library is attempting to complete sets of older out-of-print periodicals.

English predominates. Some Gaelic language material is also included.

7,000 monographs; 76 serials; 24 serials currently received; 362 vertical files; 12 manuscripts.

Bibliographic Access
Approximately 50% of the collection is catalogued in the online catalogue: .  An online searchable database which lists all published items in the collection is also available at :

Physical Access
The collection is open to the public during the academic year. It is available for limited hours only during the summer. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
“Rare Books, Journals and Tracts”, Celtic Heritage, December 1994/January 1995, pp. 20,27. Special Collections in Canadian Libraries, Centennial Series, Occasional Paper No. 53, Canadian Library Association, April 1967, pp 6-8. Leabhar-Lann Gaidhlig, Casket, Vol. 72, no. 8, July 10, 1924.