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Lawrence Lande Collection of Canadiana
McGill University, Rare Books and Special Collections Library

Canada--History--16th-20th centuries; Canada--Description and travel; Canada, Western

Between 1965 and 1975, several collections were added by gift and purchase to Dr. Lawrence M. Lande's original donation of Canadiana. Some additions include a collection of western Canadiana formed by Mr. Nathan Arkin, prints of early Montreal, a collection of material on the Canadian Indian, and a collection on the Moravian Missions in Labrador.

The collection includes books, pamphlets, prints, maps, government documents, and ephemera on Canadian history from the mid-sixteenth century to 1867. It also includes material on Westem Canada (to 1920), Arctic voyages, early travel accounts, Indian life, and many aspects of nineteenth century Canada, such as agriculture, law, medicine, literature, music, etc. Religious texts in native languages are present. Some unique items include the first book printed in Montreal, Fleury Mesplet's Règlement de la Confrérie de l' adoration perpétuelle du Saint-Sacrement et de la bonne mort, a seventeenth century treatise on the beaver, Castorologia; and a hymnal printed in Cree syllabics.

English, French, German, and native languages.

11,949 monographs; serials (number unavailable); approximately 80 vertical files; 112 prints.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is not catalogued. The material is accessible through two printed bibliographies and two checklists which cover approximately two-thirds of the collection. Author/title entries are given for most of the collection in the McGill Union Catalogue.

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

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: Limited.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Quebec Library Association. -- Bulletin ABQ = QLA bulletin. -- Vol. 26, no. 3 (September-December 1985). -- Montreal : Quebec Library Association, 1985.