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Thomas Murray Collection
University of British Columbia, Special Collections and University Archives Division

Canada--History--17th-20th centuries; Ontario--History, 17th-20th centuries; Quebec (Province)--History--17th-20th centuries

The collection was established in 1960. It was from the estate of the late Thomas Murray, a Montreal bookseller, and was purchased from Bernard Amtmann by the Friends of the University of British Columbia Library.

The collection consists of material on pre-Confederation Canadian history, primarily that of Upper and Lower Canada. The collection contains many rare and early Canadian books and pamphlets. The chronological emphasis is on the seventeenth to the twentieth century.

English and French.

2,500 monographs; 25 serials.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued on cards and online. LC subject headings are used. The material has been classified according to a University of British Columbia scheme developed for Canadian history (pre-1976), and the National Library of Canada's classification scheme for Canadian history (after 1976). The holdings are recorded in the National Library Union Catalogue and the National Union Catalog. Staton's and Tremaine's bibliographies of Canadiana cover the main scope of this collection.

Physical Access
The collection is in Rare Books and Special Collections, which is open to the public. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: Photocopying is done by the staff, as the condition of the material warrants.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at present.