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Western Canadiana Collection of Rare Books and Pamphlets
University of Manitoba Libraries, Elizabeth Dafoe Library

Manitoba--History; Arctic regions--Discovery and exploration; Prairie Provinces--History

The collection has been developing since the founding of the University of Manitoba in 1877. Purchases and gifts have strengthened the collection. Material from lending libraries in the University of Manitoba library system has also been transferred to the collection.

The collection consists of several rare monographs on the history of the Canadian West (e.g., Palliser, Hind, MacKenzie, and Lord Selkirk) and a large number of rare pamphlets and broadsides, in English and French, on such topics as the early Red River settlement; Louis Riel and the uprisings of the 1880s; the 1890 Manitoba School Question debates; the Reciprocity debate of 1911; the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike; and contemporary local history. The books contain a fine collection of maps on Western Canada.

English, French, and Cree.

2,500-3,000 titles.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued. LC subject headings and classification are used.

Physical Access
The collection is open to the public, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Material must be used in the reading room and under staff supervision. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at present.