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Sir Herbert Read Collection
University of Victoria, McPherson Library

English literature--20th century; Art, British; Design, Industrial; Art and society; Art, Modern--20th century

The collection was established in 1965. Professors Ann Saddlemyer and Roger Bishop resolved a disagreement between the University of Texas and Sir Herbert Read (1893-1968). Consequently three trunks of Sir Herbert's papers were deposited with the University of Victoria Library.

The collection includes all editions of books and pamphlets, all periodical articles, all manuscript materials, and all related materials. The chronological and geographic emphasis is on twentieth century England. The collection does not include museum material such as artifacts, clothing, etc. Material in many languages is constantly being added to the collection.

English predominates. There is also material in Gemman, Hungarian, Italian, and Arabic.

380 monographs; 20 serial titles; 2 microforms; 1 film; 1 audiotape; 50 picture files; 2 vertical files; 12 linear metres of manuscripts; and 2 phonograph records.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued in a card catalogue. The holdings are recorded on UTLAS. Uncatalogued material is accessible. Special indexes, bibliographies, and other finding aids are available. LC classification is used.

Physical Access
The collection is open to the public. After-hours consultation can be arranged. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: Yes.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Gerwing, Howard; Pidgeon, Michael W. -- "A checklist of the Herbert Read Archive in the McPherson Library of the University of Victoria". -- Malahat review. -- No. 9 (January 1969). -- Victoria, B.C. : University of Victoria, 1969.