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Special Collection of Modern Poetry
Carleton University, Maxwell MacOdrum Library

Poetry, Modern

The collection was started in 1969 to support specialized courses in Canadian, British, and American poetry published since about 1940. While relevant general holdings have also been strengthened, the Special Collection has been developed chiefly from standing orders with small and private presses, and through current in-print and out-of-print specialist dealers.

The collection includes Canadian, American, British, and other English-language poetry published by small and private presses since about 1940. Limited editions (mostly numbered and signed), irregular formats (broadsides), mixed media, corrected proofs, manuscript inserts, and runs of defunct little magazines (especially Canadian) are included. The holdings are strongest for the period 1969-1980. Canadian monographs and ceased little magazines are also represented for the period 1940-1969. Reference works and critical monographs and journals are held in the open stacks and are not part of this special collection. Future plans are to increase holdings of little magazines.

English predominates in the existing collection. Small press foreign translations and polyglot items relating to English-language authors and presses are presently being collected.

2,585 monographs (1,164 Canadian; 693 American; 428 British; 300 other); 32 serials.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued on-line with central records. There is also an enhanced local shelf list. LC subject headings are used. LC and NLC classifications are used. The holdings are recorded in DOBIS. Special indexes include "imprint" indexes. Student bibliographic studies are also on file.

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

Interlibrary Loan: Available except for fragile, special-format (e.g. poster poems), and expensive items.

Reprography: Seldom permitted; done by the staff.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at present.