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Canadian Broadsides Collection

Broadsides, Canadian; Ephemera, Canadian; Canadian poetry--20th century

The collection has been growing steadily since circa 1975 through gifts, purchases and legal deposit. In 1995, when the transfer of 1000 items from the National Archives Library doubled the size of the collection, it was decided to physically separate all broadsides to form a special broadside collection.

The collection comprises approximately 2000 Canadian broadsides printed between 1755 and 1995. Four hundred titles are 20th-century limited edition Canadian poetry broadsides printed since 1950. The remaining items cover a wide range of subjects: from a Halifax Custom House form printed in the 1750s by John Bushell and a royal proclamation of 1775 printed in Quebec by William Brown to early nineteenth-century circulars from the Postmaster General's Office and late nineteenth-century election broadsides.

English and French.

2000 titles.

Bibliographic Access
Half of the collection is catalogued and accessible on AMICUS. The remaining items, those transferred from the National Archives in 1995, are in the process of being catalogued. LC classification is used.

Physical Access
Material from the collection can be consulted in the Special Collections Consultation Room, 3rd Floor. For further information visit: Service and Opening Hours.

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: Photocopying of broadsides is often difficult because of their size. However, approximately one-third of the collection has been photographed, and copies can be supplied to researchers.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at the present.