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Canadian Architecture Collection (CAC)
McGill University, Rare Books and Special Collections Library

Nobbs, Percy Erskine, 1875-1964; Traquair, Ramsay, 1874-1952; Maxwell, Edward, 1867-1923; Maxwell, W.S., 1874-1952; Safdie, Moshe, 1938- ; Architecture, Canadian

The Canadian Architecture Collection was established by Professor Emeritus John Bland, director of the McGill School of Architecture (1941-1972). The mandate of the CAC is to make available for teaching and research, documentation of teaching and practice by architects and urban planners associated with McGill University, past and present. The CAC seeks to represent the evolution of the McGill campus, the city of Montreal, and selectively, the architectural heritage of Quebec and Canada.

The CAC holds over 60 architectural fonds of varying scope and depth, including the major collections mentioned above. Material includes drawings, prints, photographs, models, water colors, slides, personal libraries, sketchbooks, correspondence and support documentation. There are approximately 11 different publications describing the collections. The CAC is open to students, researchers, curators, journalists, architects, urban planners, and the interested public. Courses in the history of Canadian architecture and historical preservation are based and taught in the CAC, and travelling exhibitions have been developed on the basis of CAC holdings.


Approximately 200 000 drawings and prints, and 30 000 photographs. The Safdie Archive alone contains 105 107 drawings, 114 sketchbooks, 117 models, 103.57 linear metres of project files, 3,681 slides, 4 595 photographs and 1 047 presentation boards.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued by publications. Newer collections, such as the Safdie Archive are accessible through the Internet ( and on CD-ROM.

Physical Access
Redpath Library Building, 4th floor, McGill University. The CAC is open to the public during session by appointment only. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: Limited.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Percy Erskine Nobbs and His Associates: A Guide to the Archive, (1986). Edward & W.S. Maxwell: Guide to the Archive, (1986). Ramsay Traquair and His Successors: A Guide to the Archive, 2 vols, (1987). The Libraries of Edward & W.S. Maxwell, (1991). Canadian Architecture Collection: A Guide to the Archives, (1993). Moshe Safdie: Buildings and Projects, 1967-1992, Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press (1996 with CD-ROM).