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Jacobite Collection
University of Guelph, McLaughlin Library

Jacobite rebellion, 1745-1746; Jacobite rebellion, 1715; Jacobites

Purchased with the aid of a grant from the Macdonald Stewart Foundation in 1975, the Jacobite Collection has been expanded extensively since then. Generous university funding and support from SSHRC have allowed the collection to grow substantially.

The Jacobite Collection is undoubtedly one of the finest in the world. While some of the materials are to be found on the open shelves, the majority are rare and limited editions of contemporary books, pamphlets, maps, and broadsides housed in the Rare Book Room. Editions of tales of the Young Chevalier often include flattering portraits of Bonnie Prince Charlie while other works such as the Collectanea curiosa, a collection of English newspaper clippings from 1745 to 1747, present anti-Jacobite views in the flamboyant and emotional journalistic terms of the times. Contemporary literary treatments of the Jacobite cause, both pro and con, are well represented. The archival collections contain, among other things, a letter with the earliest reference to the coming birth of Prince Charles Edward Stewart.

English predominates, with lesser amounts of material in French and Gaelic present. Primary or secondary materials in any language are collected if concerned with the Jacobite rebellion.

450 monographs, theses, pamphlets, broadsides, maps, serials, and archives are included in the collection; of these, 223 items are in the Rare Book collection and 13 linear cm of manuscript material is in the archives.

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
Steele, Margaret. -- "The Jacobite Collection." -- Collection update. -- No. 8 (1984). -- [Guelph, Ont.] : University of Guelph Library, 1984.