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Temperance Collection
McMaster University, Mills Memorial Library

Temperance--Literature, sermons, etc.; Prohibition

The collection is composed largely of three groups of materials bought in 1974, 1984, and 1985. Single items have also been purchased.

The collection is an extensive collection of literature, sermons, and medical material on the temperance movement in North America, from 1800 to 1950. The collection contains much primary material, particularly manuscripts and ephemera. Also included are many scarce items (pamphlets, bulletins, and broadsides). Items are acquired from antiquarian booksellers when available.


2,200 monographs; 200 serials; .5 linear metre of manuscripts; ephemera (broadsides, pledge cards, newspaper clippings, etc.).

Bibliographic Access
About ninety per cent of the collection is catalogued on the Libarary's online catalogue. Uncatalogued material is not accessible. LC subject headings and classification are used. The holdings are recorded in OCLC.

Physical Access
The collection is in a special collections area which is open to the public. For further information about the collection visit: For information about access to the collection visit:

Interlibrary Loan: Limited to selected libraries on IUTS.

Reprography: Photocopying is done by the staff.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Stewart, Charlotte A. ; Spadoni, Carl. -- "The research collections at McMaster University Library". -- Library research news. -- Vol. II [i.e. Vol. 11], no. l (1987). -- Hamilton, Ont. : McMaster University Library Press, 1987.