Skip navigation links (access key: Z)Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives CanadaSymbol of the Government of Canada
Français - Version française de cette pageHome - The main page of the Institution's WebsiteContact Us - Institutional contact informationHelp - Information about using the institutional WebsiteSearch - Search the institutional Websitecanada.gc.ca - Government of Canada Web site

Archived Content

This archived Web page remains online for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. This page will not be altered or updated. Web pages that are archived on the Internet are not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards. As per the Communications Policy of the Government of Canada, you can request alternate formats of this page on the Contact Us page.

Banner: Directory of Special Collections of Research Value in Canadian Libraries
Introduction SearchHelp

Samuel Beckett Collection
McMaster University, Mills Memorial Library

Subjects
Beckett, Samuel; Irish literature

History
The nucleus of this collection is Theodore Besterman's Samuel Beckett Collection acquired in 1969.

Description
The collection is a large collection of material by and about Beckett. Almost every edition and translation is included, as well as most rare items. The chronological emphasis is from ca 1925 to the present. New works, including translations and commentaries, are acquired from antiquarian and other booksellers.

Language
English, French, and selected foreign language material.

Holdings
800 monographs; 100 serials; 3 serials currently received; a small manuscript collection.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued in the library's online catalogue. LC subject headings and classification are used. The holdings are recorded in OCLC. Special bibliographies include an annotated copy of Federman and Fletcher's Samuel Beckett: his works and his critics: an essay in bibliography (Berkeley : University of California Press, 1970).

Physical Access
The collection is in a special collections area which is open to the public. For further information about the collection visit: http://library.lib.mcmaster.ca/cat-coll/coll/policies/rc.htm. For information about access to the collection visit: http://library.lib.mcmaster.ca/archives/readyweb.htm.

Interlibrary Loan: Only to selected libraries on IUTS.

Reprography: Photocopying is done by the staff.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Library research news -- Vol. 2, no. 4 (1973). -- Hamilton, Ont. : University Library Press, 1973.