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Robert J. Woods Collection of Californiana and Western Americana
University of Alberta, Bruce Peel Special Collections Library

California--History; West (U.S.)--History; Printing--California; Book design

The collection was begun in the early 1930s by Robert Woods, through his interest and membership in various California historical and typo-bibliophilic clubs and societies. The University of Alberta purchased Woods' collection in 1968.

The collection includes material on Pacific voyages; early contacts with the inhabitants of the West Coast; pioneer life; the 1849 Gold Rush; and the histories of towns, cities, and counties of California. The states surrounding California are well represented. Historical works about the exploration and eventual settlement of southern Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah are among the titles represented. Difficult-to-find items on the early development of the Mormon Church form a minor subject field in the collection. The collection includes books, periodicals, pamphlets, leaflets, broadsides, photographs, maps of California and its environs, and printed ephemera representing the major printers of the area. The chronological emphasis is on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The historical part of the Woods Collection is not being actively developed. Various components on the history of California, printing, typography, and book design continue to be developed. The printing component of the collection is developed as part of the Twentieth Century Book Arts Material Collection.

English and selected non-English material.

7,500 items.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued on OPAC.

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

Interlibrary Loan: As the condition of the material warrants.

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at present.