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The Marvin Orbach Collection of Canadian Poetry
University of Calgary, Library

Canadian poetry (English); Canadian poetry (English)--20th century; Canadian poetry--21st century

The collection was established in 2002. It was donated by Marvin Orbach through the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board. Marvin Orbach is a book collector and a librarian who lives in Montreal, Quebec. He has since the age of 17 collected works primarily by English Canadian poets and in 2002 donated over 2400 items including inscribed copies, some manuscript materials including letters, and some ephemera such as advertisements for poetry readings. The collection is being developed through frequent donations by Marvin Orbach.

The aim of the collection is to provide a research collection which reflects the development of English Canadian poetry with particular emphasis on the highly creative period of the 1960s which saw a flowering of creative work by Canadian poets and a burst of Canadian publishing. It also provides important documentation for the study of book collecting and the history of the book in Canada.

Mutilingual but primarily English. Includes translations into other languages such as French, Spanish, Italian, etc.

Over 4000 monographs; some manuscript materials including correspondence; some ephemera

Bibliographic Access
The collection is listed in a finding aid in Special Collections and is being catalogued into the University Library’s on-line catalogue.

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

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: Yes.