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Lady Aberdeen Library on the History of Women
University of Waterloo, Library

Women--History--19th-20th centuries

The collection was assembled by the National Council of Women of Canada. Members' donations and donations from other councils helped build the collection. The Council donated the collection to the university in 1967 as partof a centennial project of their Arts and Letters Committee. The Council, local councils, and individual members continue to donate on an occasional basis.

The collection is a mixed collection of books, periodicals, government documents, pamphlets, clippings, manuscripts, and ephemeral material on the history of women, with particular emphasis on Canada. The collection is especially strong in literary and biographical works by and about Council members. It includes the complete published work of Isabel Mackay and Elaine Catley, and material on women's organizations worldwide. The archival collection includes papers of Council members Elizabeth Long, Dr. Elizabeth Smith Shortt, Emily Murphy and Isabel Mackay. The chronological emphasis of the collection is on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

English, French, and selected foreign language material.

1,787 monographs; 100 serials; archival papers; pamphlets; ephemera of Council members. Currently, no serials are received.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued in the general library catalogue and in two printed catalogues (see below). There are also card files in the Rare Book Room and the public catalogue. Uncatalogued materials are accessible by author/title in the library's automated acquisition system. LC and NLC subject headings are used. The material is arranged according to Rare Book shelf numbers and/or LC classification. The holdings are recorded in the University of Waterloo Union Catalogue, the National Library Union Catalogue, and ESTC (where appropriate). Standard bibliographies are annotated to reflect library holdings.

Physical Access
A portion of the collection is in the Doris Lewis Rare Book Room. Other material is in the circulating collection. The library is open to the public with identification. Additional hours are provided with prior appointment. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: Only to libraries on IUTS, and as the condition of the material warrants. Material must be used in a rare bookroom.

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
University of Waterloo. Library. Lady Aberdeen Collection. -- A catalogue of the Lady Aberdeen Library on the history of women in the University of Waterloo Library. -- Compiled by Jane Britton. -- Waterloo, Ont. : University of Waterloo Library, c1982. Bellingham, Susan. -- Isabel Ecclestone Mackay bibliography. -- Waterloo, Ont. : University of Waterloo Library, c1987. In addition, articles have appeared in the following journals: Atlantis (1985); Canadian women's studies = Les cahiers de la femme (1980); Special collections (1985).