Skip navigation links (access key: Z)Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives CanadaSymbol of the Government of Canada
Français - Version française de cette pageHome - The main page of the Institution's WebsiteContact Us - Institutional contact informationHelp - Information about using the institutional WebsiteSearch - Search the institutional - Government of Canada Web site

Archived Content

This archived Web page remains online for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. This page will not be altered or updated. Web pages that are archived on the Internet are not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards. As per the Communications Policy of the Government of Canada, you can request alternate formats of this page on the Contact Us page.

Banner: Directory of Special Collections of Research Value in Canadian Libraries
Introduction SearchHelp

J.J. Stewart Collection
Dalhousie University, Killam Memorial Library

Nova Scotia--History--18th-19th centuries; Canada--Economic conditions; Presbyterian Church--History

John James Stewart, a noted Nova Scotian newspaper publisher and bibliophile, willed his extensive collection of Maritime history, literature, and religious material to Dalhousie University. The original 1910 gift was supplemented by an additional donation from the Stewart family in 1974.

J.J. Stewart was a knowledgeable bibliophile who collected books and pamphlets on Maritime history, politics, finance, literature, and religion. The main strength of the collection is Nova Scotiana. Good newspaper and literary serial files, extensive almanac coverage, and a good selection of Canadian biographical dictionaries are also included. Unique materials include a number of natural history items; early Nova Scotia imprints, such as the first Nova Scotia printed textbook; unique copies of early Nova Scotia literary journals; early eighteenth century Nova Scotia printed almanacs; Micmac gospels; and society reports. The chronological emphasis is from 1752 to 1907. The geographic emphasis is primarily Maritime with key Newfoundland and Upper Canadian material. Some British imperial material is included. Subject areas not collected by Stewart are excluded from the collection.


1,200 monographs; 70 serials; 1,000 pamphlets; 70 historical prints; 1 diary (1873); notebooks (1855-1872); 22 letters; 14 legal documents; 20 music scores; miscellaneous speeches and certificates.

Bibliographic Access
Most of the collection is catalogued in a separate card catalogue. There is full LC cataloguing for monographs and serials, and in-house author/title and subject cataloguing for pamphlets and music scores. A separate shelf list is also maintained. Some 125 uncatalogued items (early textbooks, religious tracts, and Gaelic items) are accessible through itemized lists. The holdings are recorded in the Nova Scotia Union Catalogue. Serials are recorded in National Library's Union list of serials in the social sciences and humanities: CANUC : S. A pre-1900 Canadian publisher's file is based on the J.J. Stewart collection. Partial holdings provided in Libraries online catalogue, Novanet.

Physical Access
The collection is available for consultation in the Special Collections Department which during term is open to the public. The collection is not available for browsing for the patron. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: Photocopying is done by the staff as the condition of the material warrants. Photography is done by the University Photography Services Department.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at present.