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Kenneth Webster Collection of Castles
Dalhousie University, Killam Memorial Library

Castles; Architecture, Medieval; Middles Ages; Romances; Military art and science

Dr. Kenneth G.T. Webster (1871-1942) collected material about castles and ruins as a natural extension of his research into the literary sources of medieval romances. He planned to publish an illustrated inventory of pre-1400 European castles. He bequeathed his personal research library to Dalhousie University. Backfiles of publications issued by twenty-one learned societies were included in his bequest and some of the subscriptions were continued by the Webster family until 1952. They also supplemented the original bequest with research notes and files.

The collection consists primarily of books on castles including guidebooks, pamphlets, directories, handbooks, and society proceedings. As well as collecting material on specific castles, Dr. Webster collected related material on architecture, ancient monuments, archeology, military history, geography, topography, heraldry, battle accounts and city plans. Almost all the texts include finely engraved illustrations and maps or photographs.

Primarily Latin, English, French and German.

614 published items, 5 large scrapbooks of castle illustrations, 10 volumes of research notes and 5 research files.

Bibliographic Access
All items are fully LC catalogued and accessible through the Libraries' online catalogue, Novanet. Novanet is available through the Dalhousie University Libraries' web page - ( and telnet at:

Physical Access
The collection is housed in the main Special Collections Department and during term (September-April) is available to the public. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: Photocopying is done by the staff as the condition of the material permits. Photography is done by the University Photography Services Department.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at present.