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John Buchan Collection
Queen's University, Douglas Library, W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library

Buchan, John; Scottish literature

The collection was established in 1955. The personal library of John Buchan (lst Baron Tweedsmuir and Governor-General of Canada, 1935-40) was purchased from the Tweedsmuir family through the offices of the Rector of Queen's University, Dr. L.W. Broekington. Principal donors were Col. and Mrs. R. S. McLaughlin.

As the private working library of John Buchan, the collection covers many fields: belles-lettres, biography, history, classics, philosophy, and religion. Thirty literary manuscripts and first and early editions of all of Buchan's works are included. Critical works and new editions of Buchan's works are added to the main stacks collection. Any early editions, not already in the collection, are purchased as they become available.


4,590 monographs; 1 vertical file (consisting of 6 items); 30 literary manuscripts; 7.6 linear metres of papers in the University Archives, Kathleen Ryan Hall. Supplementary material to support this collection will be found in the main stacks collection.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued in a separate catalogue. The catalogue consists of a printed checklist, and an on-line catalogue. LC subject headings and classification are used. Items catalogued before June 1980 and after February 1990 are recorded in the National Library Union Catalogue. Special bibliographies and/or indexes include "imprint" files.

Physical Access
The collection is in a special collections area which is open to the public. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: At the discretion of the curator.

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Douglas Library. Buchan Collection. -- A checklist of works by and about John Buchan in the John Buchan Collection, Queen's University. -- Kingston, Ont. : Douglas Library, Queen's University, 1958.