Skip navigation links (access key: Z)Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives CanadaSymbol of the Government of Canada
Français - Version française de cette pageHome - The main page of the Institution's WebsiteContact Us - Institutional contact informationHelp - Information about using the institutional WebsiteSearch - Search the institutional Websitecanada.gc.ca - Government of Canada Web site

Archived Content

This archived Web page remains online for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. This page will not be altered or updated. Web pages that are archived on the Internet are not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards. As per the Communications Policy of the Government of Canada, you can request alternate formats of this page on the Contact Us page.

Banner: Directory of Special Collections of Research Value in Canadian Libraries
Introduction SearchHelp

Baby Collection
Université de Montréal, Direction des bibliothèques

Subjects
Canada--History--16th-19th centuries; Indians of North America--Canada; Canada--Description and travel

History
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.

Description
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.

Language
French, English and other languages.

Holdings
3,500 monographs; a few serials; 1 charcoal portrait of the donor and several antique etchings; autographs.

Bibliographic Access
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.

Physical Access
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.

Reprography: Limited.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Université de Montréal. -- Catalogue des imprimés de la Collection Baby. -- Montréal : Service des collections spéciales, Services techniques, 1989.