Université de Montréal, Direction des bibliothèques
Canada--History--16th-19th centuries; Indians of North America--Canada; Canada--Description and travel
The collection was established in 1975. The collection of François-Louis-Georges Baby had been bequeathed to the university in 1906. It was held at the library of Saint-Sulpice until 1942 when it was moved to a new location at the university.
The collection contains some 3,500 books, periodicals, and pamphlets from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. It consists principally of Canadian works or works on Canada, with emphasis on French Canada. The material covers the political,social, religious, economic, and literary history of Canada. Some works are considered very rare (e.g., Thevet's Les singularitez de la France antarctique, 1558). First editions and important autographs are also included. The chronological emphasis is pre-1763. Manuscripts will be found in the university archives.
French, English and other languages.
3,500 monographs; a few serials; 1 charcoal portrait of the donor and several antique etchings; autographs.
The collection is catalogued. Laval subject headings are used and material is arranged according to the library's own classification scheme. The holdings are recorded in ATRIUM, the general university catalogue and on ISM.
The collection is open to the public, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Closed on Friday during the summer. For further information visit: http://www.bib.umontreal.ca/CS/ .
Interlibrary Loan: No.
Reference Assistance: Yes.
Publications Describing Collection
Université de Montréal. -- Catalogue des imprimés de la Collection Baby. -- Montréal : Service des collections spéciales, Services techniques, 1989.