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Apiculture Collection
University of Guelph, McLaughlin Library

Apiculture (Bee culture)

The collection was established ca 1914. The core collection was placed in the Department of Apiculture by Dr. E. J. Dyce in collaboration with Dr. E. F. Phillips of Cornell University. The collection was begun by Morley Peffit and continued by Eric Milne and Dr. Burton N. Gates, former Chairman of the Department of Apiculture. In 1973, the personal library of Dr. B. N. Gates was acquired. The bulk of the collection was built by Professor Gordon F. Townsend who was responsible for the Library of the Department of Apiculture until 1968 at which time all books were consolidated with the central campus library.

The collection contains periodicals, monographs, and rare books on apiculture. Also included are beekeeping journals from various countries; virtually complete files of the major periodicals; and most pre-1800 monographs. Among items in Dr. B. N. Gates' personal library are several hundred monographs; serials (including scarce turn-of-the century American journals); beekeeping supply catalogues from North America and some sample catalogues from Europe; Gates's personal archives; a 10,000 card apiculture bibliography; an extensive photograph collection; ephemera; and historic beekeeping equipment. Theses are included selectively. The library continues to develop the collection to support research and teaching in apiculture.


2,300 monographs; 1,000 volumes of bound journals; 31 serials currently received; 5,000 reprints; 300 picture files; 3.9 linear metres of manuscripts; artifacts (beekeeping equipment).

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued. LC subject headings are used. The material is classified using LC, CODOC, and the Guelph Archival System. There is an in-house finding aid for the Gates Collection. The holdings are partially recorded in the Union list of manuscripts in Canadian repositories and are also accessible through CD-ROM, local dial-up, and iNET.

Physical Access
Rare and archival material is located in a special collections area. The collection is open to the public. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: Available except for rare and archival material.

Reprography: Yes.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Sauer, T. -- "Apiculture Collection". -- Guide to special collections. -- Guelph, Ont. : University of Guelph Library, 1979. Troyer, Gloria. -- "The Gates Apiculture Collection". -- Collection update. -- No. 6 (1982). -- [Guelph, Ont.] : University of Guelph Library, 1982. Pal, G. -- "Apiculture bibliographies" -- Collection update. -- No. 6 (1982). -- [Guelph, Ont.] : University of Guelph Library, 1982.