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Samuel Beckett Collection
McMaster University, Mills Memorial Library

Beckett, Samuel; Irish literature

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

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.

English, French, and selected foreign language material.

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: For information about access to the collection visit:

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.