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Nineteenth Century Canadian Poetry
Victoria University, E.J. Pratt Library

Canadian poetry--19th century

The collection was established in the late 1890s. It was originally part of the four hundred volume Canadiana collection of Charles Canniff James, presented to Victoria University Library. Other items have been added by purchase and gift.

The collection is an extensive collection of nineteenth century English Canadian poetry. Much of the collection is rare. It includes scarce first editions, pamphlets, and broadsides. A limited number of French Canadian poets are represented. The collection contains first editions and variants of many nineteenth century poets including Wilfred Campbell, Bliss Carman, Isabella Valancy Crawford, Margaret Currie, Charles Heavysege, Archibald Lampman, Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon, and Thomas D'Arcy McGee.

English predominates. Selected French language material is also included.

Approximately 626 monographs; a number of serial titles and individual issues.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued. There is a separate card shelf list. LC subject headings are used. Newer material is classified according to LC. The holdings are recorded in the University of Toronto Union Catalogue on line and the National Library Union Catalogue. The James bibliography (see below) describes the author's Canadiana Collection donated to the library.

Physical Access
The collection is in a special collections area. Materials are available to the public with identification. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: At the discretion of the librarian.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
James, Charles Canniff. -- A bibliography of Canadian poetry (English). -- Toronto : Printed for the Victoria University Library by W. Briggs, 1899.