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Marshall J. Gauvin Collection
University of Manitoba Libraries, Elizabeth Dafoe Library

Free thought; Rationalism; Christianity--Controversial literature; Religion and science

Marshall J. Gauvin's collection of rationalist and free thought literature was deeded to the University of Manitoba in 1980 by Gauvin's daughter, Madeleine Gauvin.

The collection is noted for its comprehensive holdings in free thought and rationalist literature. It contains many obscure rationalist, free thought, religious, and anti-religious books, pamphlets, and papers. In addition, there is substantial material on atheism, biblical studies, science, oratory, early women's studies, and English literature and history. Included in the collection are four signed prints of Thomas Paine, Charles Bradlaugh, Robert Ingersoll, and Abraham Lincoln. The primary scope of the collection is American free thought and rationalist literature with little material on Canada or Europe. The chronological emphasis is from 1890 to 1945. No current acquisitions or ongoing purchases are expected.


3,636 monographs; 400 serials; 1.5 linear metres of vertical files; 1.5 linear metres of manuscripts; 4 prints.

Bibliographic Access

Physical Access
The collection is open to the public, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at present.