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Norman Friedman Stephen Leacock Collection
McGill University, Rare Books and Special Collections Library

Leacock, Stephen Butler; Canadian literature

The collection was formed in 1945 from Stephen Leacock's bequest of his literary manuscripts and a gift of books by Leacock from the Montreal book collector Norman H. Friedman. Since that time, the collection has been developed by gifts and purchases. In 1984, a grant helped the department acquire an important body of manuscript material.

The collection includes first, variant, and signed editions of Stephen Leacock's books. As well, there are periodical articles by Leacock, books about Leacock, books owned by Leacock, photographs, and portraits. The manuscripts include drafts of many of his books and articles as well as some correspondence both to and from Leacock.


265 monographs; 53 portrait photographs and drawings; 2.1 linear metres of literary manuscripts.

Bibliographic Access
The collection has been completely catalogued using LC subject headings and classification. The records appear on MUSE (McGill Libraries Online Catalogue).

Physical Access
The collection is open to the public upon registration with the Department and the presentation of a suitable piece of identification. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: Limited.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Whiteman, Bruce. -- "Leacock Remains at McGill". -- Fontanus VII. (1994). -- 11-14.