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Riche-Covington Collection
Queen's University, Douglas Library, W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library

Radio--Science and technology--History

The collection was started by the presentation of two books by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Covington in 1973. A Riche-Covington Trust was established in the same year for the collection maintenance, and the acquisition of primary materials in the history of radio science and technology. The collection is complemented by the McNicol Collection.

The collection deals specifically with the development of radio science in Canada. It includes material on radio astrophysics, radio astronomy, solar radio astronomy, radar, and early radio astronomy. Primary source and printed materials gathered by the donor (pamphlets , correspondence, newspapers, reports, posters, journal issues, and books) are included. The chronological emphasis is from World War II to the present. New titles in related subjects are purchased. The donor continues to add personal material to the collection regularly.


1,264 items (including monographs, serials, pamphlets, correspondence, newspaper items, committee reports, etc.). The material in the Physics Library is more general and supports the Riche-Covington Collection.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is uncatalogued although a separately published bibliography is available (see below).

Physical Access
The collection is open to the public. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: At the discretion of the curator.

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Riche-Covington Collection. -- A catalogue of the Riche-Covington Collection in Queen's University Library. -- Kingston, Ont. : Queen's University, Douglas Library, 1984.