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John Galt and the Canada Company
University of Guelph, McLaughlin Library

Galt, John, 1779-1839; Canada Company (London); Huron Tract (Ontario)

Begun in 1975 as a fitting tribute to the founder of Guelph, the collection has been expanded whenever suitable material has been available. The library collections had already contained some Canada Company material and this also has been greatly expanded as material became available.

The John Galt Collection includes almost all published works by John Galt, including many rare and first editions. The library is attempting to acquire copies of every variant edition (including American pirated editions) in the original issue state. The H.B.Timothy Collection consists of printed and manuscript materials on John Galt and his descendants; the research materials of Jennie Aberdeen, an early biographer of John Galt; and an early two-hundred page draft manuscript of a biography of Sir Walter Scott by John Galt. The Lizars Collection contains six original John Galt letters (his son, John Galt, married a Lizars) and many letters by other family members, especially Sir Alexander T. Galt, and his son Elliot Torrance Galt. Various other archival collections contain some twenty five examples of original Canada Company land deeds. The library's holdings contain books, pamphlets, and maps connected with the Canada Company.

English predominates. Original works by Galt are collected in any language (only French and German are known), and critical material in any language is collected on Galt or the Canada Company.

260 monographs, pamphlets and theses are held, representing approximately 350 volumes by or about John Galt. The Canada Company holdings consist of 63 titles of printed material. The archives have 2 linear metres of material on the Galts in the H.B.Timothy Collection, and an additional 5 linear cm on Galt consisting of original letters and manuscripts. The Canada Company material consists of 13 linear cm of papers including a copy of the charter, minutes of agreements, correspondence, and legal documents.

Bibliographic Access
All titles are catalogued or coded. Access is via the On-Line Public Access Catalogue or the CD-ROM catalogue. LC classification is used. Government documents are coded in the CODOC system. The archival collections are coded in an adaptation of the cataloguing and coding system.

Physical Access
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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
No present publication describes the entire collection. However, the following publications describe parts of it: Stelter, Gilbert A. -- "The John Galt letters in the Lizars Collection". -- Collection update. - No. 7 (May 1983). -- [Guelph, Ont.] : University of Guelph Library, 1983. Sauer, Tim. -- "Bibliographic comments on John Galt". -- Collection update. -- No. 7 (May 1983). [Guelph, Ont.] : University of Guelph Library, 1983. Cunliffe, Vera. -- From Edinburgh to Colborne Township: Daniel Lizars and the Pioneer Collection at Guelph. -- Guelph, Ont. : University of Guelph Library, 1984.