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Howay-Reid Collection
University of British Columbia, Special Collections and University Archives Division

British Columbia--History; Pacific Northwest--History--18th-20th centuries; Canada--History--18th-20th centuries; Canadian literature

Judge F.W. Howay and Dr. R.L. Reid bequeathed their collections to the University of British Columbia in 1945. The library has built up these collections with purchases.

The emphasis of the collection is on British Columbia history and literature. Other subjects covered include the history of the Pacific Northwest (including Alaska, Washington, and Oregon), and the history of the Prairie Provinces, the fur trade, and the Canadian Pacific Railway. The collection is very strong in nineteenth century Canadian literature. Unique and rare items include first and later editions of important voyage and travel accounts, complete runs of major journals, samples of early printing of Western Canada, works from modern private presses of Western Canada, pamphlets, photographs, and rare ephemera. The chronological emphasis is from the eighteenth to the twentieth century. The geographic emphasis is on the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. Current collection policies concentrate on all British Columbia authors who publish commercially or privately; significant Canadian poets; and the history of British Columbia, Western Canada, and the Pacific Northwest.

English and selected non-English language material.

50,000 monographs; 250 serials; 125 serials currently received; 200 audiotapes; 3,000 picture files; 800 vertical files; 6.5 linear metres of manuscripts (Howay and Reid's personal collections).

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued on cards and on line. LC subject headings are used. The material is classified according to the National Library classification scheme for Canadian history and the University of British Columbia's own classification scheme.The holdings are recorded in the National Library Union Catalogue and the National Union Catalog. There are a number of bibliographies relating to the collection (Lowther, Strathern, Peel, etc.).

Physical Access
The collection is in Rare Books and Special Collections, which is open to the public. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

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

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at present.