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John W. Spurr Military Studies Collection

Canadian military history; Military studies; International strategy; Nuclear deterrence

The Royal Military College of Canada opened in 1876. Between 1917 and 1949, Professor W. R. P. Bridger was responsible for the library. After World War II, when the college reopened, the new librarian-in-chief John W. Spurr developed the collection with the purchase of ancient military history monographs published in England and France.

The Canadian Military History Collection is part of the John W. Spurr Military Studies Collection. It contains a wide variety of documents on the military life of Canadians in Canada or abroad (e.g. during the Boer War and the two World Wars). Emphasis is put on the acquisitions of out-of-print titles.

English predominates. Many French texts are included.

The Canadian Military History Collection represents five to ten per cent of the John W. Spurr Military Studies Collection. In the complete collection there are approximately: 23,000 monographs; 318 serials; 203 current subscriptions; 15,000 microforms; 9 linear metres of vertical files.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued on-line and on cards except for some rare military studies monographs. There is no separate catalogue. The holdings are recorded in the Union list of serials in the social sciences and humanities: CANUC: S. Uncatalogued material can be found in the author accession file. LC classification is used with the addition of a manuscript (MS) location symbol. LC, Canadiana authorities, and Laval subject headings are used.

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

Interlibrary Loan: Available except for rare books which must be consulted in the library.

Reprography: Yes.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at present.