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Louis Melzack Canadiana Collection
Université de Montréal, Direction des bibliothèques

Canada--History--16th-20th centuries; Canada--Description and travel; Canadian literature (English); Canadian poetry (English)

Louis Melzack began purchasing Canadiana in 1934. In addition to the works he discovered, he also procured several collections already assembled by Messrs Johnson, Ketcheson, and Bahr. Melzack donated his collection to the University of Montreal in 1971 and it was opened to the public in 1973.

The collection, developed by Melzack, consists of printed material and manuscripts on Canada from its discovery up to the early twentieth century. The books and pamphlets illustrate Canada's political, social, religious, and literary history. Treatises on law, books of prayers, accounts of voyages and discoveries, and guide books of the first tourists are included. Works of English Canadian poetry, primarily from the early twentieth century, and French, English, and German language journals are also present. Autographed documents from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries and many unpublished papers of H. W. Ryland form part of the manuscript collection. Material on the Rebellion of 1837-38 includes the original warrant for the arrest of Louis-Joseph Papineau. The chronological emphasis of the collection covers the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Mr.Melzack added sixty documents in 1990.

English, French and other languages.

3,500 volumes and pamphlets; 85 serials; 34 watercolours and etchings, primarily from the l9th century; sales catalogues and public notes; 7 files of autographed documents.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued. Laval subject headings are used, and the material is arranged according to the library's own classification scheme. The holdings are recorded in the general university catalogue, ATRIUM and in ISM.

Physical Access
The collection is open to the public, Monday Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5 :00 p.m. It is closed on Friday during the summer. For further information visit: .

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: Limited.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Université de Montréal. Service des bibliothéques. Collections spéciales. -- Catalogue de la collection de Canadiana Louis Melzack. -- Montréal : Direction des services aux usagers, Service des bibliothéques, Universite de Montréal, 1988