The Library’s archival, rare, and special
collections section can be reached by taking the single elevator or stairs
in the south-east corner (past the Circulation/Reserve area) to the lower
level where researchers can use materials in the Wellington County Room.
TriUniversity Libraries catalogue, is the primary tool for identifying and
locating materials in Archival and Special Collections. TRELLIS can
be accessed via the public terminals through the Library home page (http://www.lib.uoguelph.ca),
where various electronic resources, such the rare books in Early English
Books Online and Eighteenth Century Collection Online, are also
The collection was begun in
1965, shortly after the History Department was formed. Interest in Scottish
topography was general but tended to concentrate on Edinburgh and the east
of Scotland until the purchase in 1981 (with the assistance of a SSHRC
Fleeting Opportunities Grant) of the Joe Davis collection on Glasgow and the
west of Scotland, a collection especially rich in parish, local, and
regional histories. Since that time, efforts have been made to collect for
all of Scotland. Special attention has focused on the north-east, including
Orkney and Shetland. In addition to generous regular contributions of
library funds for the collection, faculty and library staff have been
fortunate in securing grants from private and government sources for the
acquisition of Scottish studies materials.
Material on all aspects of
Scottish topography is collected at a comprehensive level, in printed works
as well as manuscripts.The collection includes books, periodicals,
pamphlets, local histories (private and society publications), broadsides,
maps, atlases, photographs, and other ephemera. The collection is not
limited to history, but also includes parish and church congregational
histories, and local, natural, corporate, economic, and social histories on
topics from golf clubs to redevelopment schemes. The archives hold the
Ewen-Grahame Collection of Aberdeen manuscript material of the eighteenth
and nineteenth century. The collection includes complete sets of all three
Statistical accounts of Scottland as well as all the Board of Agriculture
reports for all the Scottish counties published in the late eighteenth and
English predominates to such
an overwhelming extent that the collection is virtually unilingual. There
are only a few French and Gaelic items in the collection.
5,000 monographs, booklets,
viewbooks, pamphlets, maps, atlases, and documents are included in the
collection; of these, 200 items are in the Government Document Collection,
more than 300 in the Rare Book Collection and 900 linear centimetres in the
All titles are catalogued and
available via the library’s online catalogue, TRELLIS. LC classification is
used for all material.
The collection is open to the public. The hours
of opening for circulating books in the library are posted. Rare and
archival collections are open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. (4:30 in
Available except for rare and
Yes, as the condition of the
material warrants, and as the copyright allows.
Beattie, William, Caledonia illustrated.
(1838) rare books s0286b23-24
Chapman, Robert, Topographical pictures of
Glasgow. (1822) rare books s0499b24
Cooke, George Alexander, Topography of Great
(1810-1830) rare books s0217b88
Lawson, John Parker, Scotland delineated.
(1858) rare books s0340b22
Lothian, John, Lothian’s county atlas of
Scotland. (1826) rare books s0327b01-08
Maitland, William, The history of Edinburgh
from its foundation to the present time.
rare books s0274b01
M’Ure, John, View of the
city of Glasgow. (1736) rare books
Thomson, John & Lizars,
William, The atlas of Scotland, containing maps of each county...
(1832) rare books s0014b08