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Javitch Collection
University of Alberta, Bruce Peel Special Collections Library

Indians of North America,Central and South America; Voyages and travel; Explorers; Ethnography; Schoolcraft, Henry R.

The University of Alberta purchased the collection in 1981 from the Javitch family of Montreal. After emigrating to Montreal in the 1950s, Gregory Javitch became interested in the history of the aboriginal peoples of North America and began to develop a collection relating to the voyages of discovery and to the initial impact of Europeans on the native populations.

The collection includes material on the customs, dances, music, traditions, and languages of American Indians; Indian warfare; peace treaties and removal grants; and the general disposition of the aboriginal inhabitants. The collection covers North, Central, and South America, from Eusebius (1518) to the twentieth century. There is also European material related to voyages of discovery and antiquities. The library continues to purchase selected foreign language material and continues to augment the collection as items become available.


2,500 monographs.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is fully catalogued on OPAC.

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

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Javitch, Gregory. -- A checklist of American Indian dances, songs, and music in the library of Gregory Javitch. -- Montreal : Osiris Publications, 1973. Javitch, Gregory. -- A selective bibliography of ceremonies, dances, music and songs of the American Indian from books in the library of Gregory Javitch : with an annotated list of Indian dances. -- Montréal : Osiris, 1974. Javitch,Gregory. -- A checklist of legends, myths and tales of the American Indian from 100 books in the library of Gregory Javitch : with a list of names of Indian tribes. -- Montreal : Osiris (Alfred Van Petegham), 1980. "The Javitch Collection: a treasure of Amerindian history." -- Square Old Yellow Books: aspects of the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library (1993)