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Treaty of Union and the Darien Experiment
University of Guelph, McLaughlin Library

Scotland--History--The Union, 1707; Darien Scots' colony; Company of Scotland--Commerce--Africa; Company of Scotland--Commerce--India

The collection was begun in 1965, shortly after the History Department was formed. The importance of the Darien disaster, arguably the single most significant factor leading to the Treaty of Union, is so central to the study of Scottish history that it received a very high profile and was quickly built up while the contemporary material was relatively inexpensive. Although the library contains only about one half of the contemporary material recorded for this period, most of what is missing is the rarest material consisting of tracts of under ten pages, many of which the library holds on microfilm.

The contemporary materials for both the Treaty of Union and the Darien disaster chiefly consist of pamphlets and small monographs and, of course, government publications (e.g., acts). The collection includes over one third of the Darien items listed in the J.J. Spencer Collection at the University of Glasgow, as well as an additional twenty contemporary items not listed there. The collection contains virtually all secondary materials.

English predominates to the exclusion of almost everything else, but there are a few French items in the collection. Material will be purchased in any language if it concerns the topic.

185 monographs, pamphlets, broadsides, government documents, serials, maps, and archives are included in the collection; of these, 97 items are in the Rare Book Collection.

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
None at present.