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Edith and Lorne Pierce Collection of Canadiana
Queen's University, Douglas Library, W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library

Canada--History; Social sciences--Canada; Canadian literature

The collection was established in 1925 with a gift of one thousand items from Lorne Pierce, editor of Ryerson Press from l920 to l960. The gift included first editions, early Canadian imprints, and books about Canadians or Canada. Pierce continued to add to the collection over the years. The collection has been augmented by the gift of the private library of Blanche Hume in 1967 and by items purchased from regular operating funds, the Edith Chown Pierce Trust, special university funds, grants, and other donations and gifts.

The collection is a comprehensive collection on Canadian literature and history, with particular strengths in discovery and exploration narratives, Loyalists, the War of 1812, the opening of the West, local history, Arctica, native peoples, drama, and Canadian literature. (See the "Linguistics, Languages and Literatures" section for individual Canadian writers). Much scarce material is included in the collection. Both in-print and out-of-print titles are acquired to build the collection.

English and French.

52,758 monographs (9,058 are uncatalogued); 65,000 microforms; 32 audiotapes; 3,616 varied files; 12 linear metres of manuscripts held in the University Archives, Kathleen Ryan Hall; 24,000 maps, broadsides, ephemera files, and programmes. Supplementary material to support this collection will be found in the main stacks collection.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued on-line. LC subject headings and NLC Canadiana authorities are used. The material is classified according to LC and NLC classification schemes. Items catalogued before June 1980 and after February 1990 are recorded in the National Library Union Catalogue. Special indexes and/or bibliographies include "imprint" files for certain parts of the collection.

Physical Access
The collection is open to the public. Patrons are encouraged to use the CIHM microfiche collection, rather than the original materials, for older imprints. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: At the discretion of the curator.

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at present.