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Scottish Emigration (Especially to North America and Ontario)
University of Guelph, McLaughlin Library

Scotland--Emigration and immigration--Canada; Scotland; Scots--Ontario; Ontario--Emigration and immigration; Scotland--Emigration and immigration

The collection was begun in 1965, shorty after the History Department was formed at the university, as part of the Scottish Studies Collections. Interest in Scottish emigration stemmed from the first chairman of the Scottish studies programme. Everything that was available was purchased for the early period (1637-1651), using grants from the Macdonald Stewart Foundation and the general library allocation. Due to the prominent role the Scots played in the settlement of Upper Canada, the Eastern Townships of Quebec, and Canada in general, and the knowledge that first rate primary manuscript material was in the larger community, emigration was an obvious subject specialization within the larger Scottish studies area.

All aspects of Scottish emigration from the eighteenth century to the present are covered, although the level of intensity varies with Ontario, Canada, and the Commonwealth countries. With Ontario, everything, especially manuscript material of nineteenth century settlers is actively collected, while for Canada, this is done somewhat selectively, and for Australia, for instance, printed works only are purchased. The library does not actively seek manuscript materials on pre-eighteenth century emigration to Europe, but does acquire all printed materials available in this area. Family papers are included in the Goodwin-Haines, Fasken, Mickle, Connon, Watt-Argo, Anderson, Lizars, and H.B. Timothy collections, all of which are concerned with Scottish emigrants to Ontario.

English predominates, but material in any language (French, German, Latin, and Gaelic) is collected if it is on Scottish emigration. Gaelic material in the form of pamphlets and books describing prospects in Upper Canada, and Canada in general, is particularly sought.

1,400 monographs, theses, serials, pamphlets, broadsides, maps, and other ephemera are represented in the printed collection, and 12 linear metres of manuscript material in the archives.

Bibliographic Access
All titles are catalogued or coded. Access is via the On-Line Public Access Catalogue or the CD-ROM catalogue. LC classification is used. Government documents are coded in the CODOC system. The archival collections are coded in an adaptation of the cataloguing and coding system.

Physical Access
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Interlibrary Loan: Available except for rare and archival materials.

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

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Various elements of the collection are described as follows: Watt-Argo Collection Clow, Cynthia M. -- "Letters from Home". -- Collection update -- No. 7 (May 1983). -- [Guelph, Ont.] : University of Guelph Library, 1983. Connon Family of Elora Clow, Cynthia M. -- "The Elora Picture Gallery". -- Collection update. -- No. 8 (1983). -- [Guelph, Ont.] : University of Guelph Library,1983. Fasken Family Goodger-Hill, Carol. -- "The Fasken Family Collection : a Scottish family in Nichol Township". -- Collection update. -- No. 9 (1986). -- [Guelph, Ont.] : University of Guelph Library, 1986. Goodwin-Haines Family Troyer, Gloria. -- "The Goodwin-Haines Collection". -- Collection update. -- No. 9 (1986). -- [Guelph, Ont.] : University of Guelph Library, 1986. Cuncliffe, Vera. -- From Edinburgh to Colborne Township : Daniel Lizars and the Pioneer Collection at Guelph. -- Guelph, Ont. : University of Guelph Library, 1984.