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
Purchased with the aid of a grant from the
Macdonald Stewart Foundation in 1975, the Jacobite Collection has been
expanded extensively since then. Generous university funding and support
from SSHRC have allowed the collection to grow substantially.
The Jacobite Collection is undoubtedly one of
the finest in the world. While some of the materials are to be found on the
open shelves, the majority are rare and limited editions of contemporary
books, pamphlets, maps, and broadsides housed in the Rare Book Room.
Editions of tales of the Young Chevalier often include flattering
portraits of Bonnie Prince Charlie while other works such as the
Collectanea curiosa, a collection of English newspaper clippings from
1745 to 1747, present anti-Jacobite views in the flamboyant and emotional
journalistic terms of the times. Contemporary literary treatments of the
Jacobite cause, both pro and con, are well represented. The archival
collections contain, among other things, a letter with the earliest
reference to the coming birth of Prince Charles Edward Stewart.
English predominates, with lesser amounts of
material in French and Gaelic present. Primary or secondary materials in any
language are collected if concerned with the Jacobite rebellion.
700 monographs, theses, pamphlets, broadsides,
maps, serials, and archives are included in the collection; of these, 223
items are in the Rare Book collection and 13 linear cm of manuscript
material is in the archives.
All titles are catalogued or coded. Access is
through the library’s online catalogue. LC classification is used.
Government documents are coded in the CODOC system. The archival collections
are coded in an adaptation of the cataloguing and coding system. A finding
aid (2001) is available.
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 archival
Yes, as the condition of the material warrants,
and as the copyright allows.
PUBLICATIONS DESCRIBING COLLECTION
Steele, Margaret. -- "The Jacobite Collection."
-- Collection update. -- No. 8 (1984). -- [Guelph, Ont.]: University
of Guelph Library, 1984.
Edwards, Louise. -- “Maps in the Jacobite
Collection.” -- Collection update. – No. 2 (1980) -- [Guelph, Ont.]:
University of Guelph Library, 1980
Source: the Directory of special collections
of research value in Canadian libraries reproduced with the permission
of the National Library of Canada.
John Ker, Memoirs of John Ker.
rare books s0358b25
James, Prince of Wales, His majesty’s most
generous declaration. (1743) rare books s0355b10
Thomas Burnet, Some new proofs by which is
appears that the rare books s0310b18
Pretender is truly James the Third.
Collectanea, or a collection of
advertisements and paragraphs rare books
from newspapers. (17--)
And here we have just a few pictures from this
The above pictures are of a new addition just
added to the library
The book on the right holds the details of where
to find everything in the collection. Hopefully this has given you a wee
flavour of what you can find
And here is an account of the Battle of Culloden