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Thoreau MacDonald Collection
University of Toronto, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

MacDonald, Thoreau; Art, Canadian

The collection, established in 1974, originated as a gift of Mrs. Margaret E. Edison. Other gifts have also enriched the collection.

The collection is a comprehensive collection of published works written, illustrated, or designed by the Canadian artist Thoreau MacDonald (b. 1901). It includes as many editions, impressions, and variants as are available, as well as critical works on MacDonald and some books owned and signed by him. The chronological emphasis is the 1930s to the 1970s. Ephemera (bookplates, Christmas cards, etc.) form part of a large manuscript collection containing original material by MacDonald as well as research notes by M. E. Edison who compiled a catalogue of MacDonald's work (see below).


Approximately 450 titles.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued. Margaret E. Edison's Thoreau MacDonald: a catalogue of design and illustration indicates the library holdings.

Physical Access
The collection is open to the public with identification. For furhter information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants, and as the copyright allows.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
MacDonald, Thoreau -- Thoreau MacDonald: a catalogue of design and illustration. -- Margaret E. Edison. -- Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 1973.