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. TRELLIS,
the 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
Although small amounts of
material have been added since the founding of the Scottish studies
programme, family and clan history was not really significantly developed
until the middle 1970s when funding for Scottish studies became available,
initially from private agencies and special university initiatives, and then
later from government sources (SSHRC).
Material on all aspects of
Scottish clan and family history 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, photographs, and other ephemera. Included are the family
histories by Sir William Fraser which provide a rich source of genealogical
information. The archives collection is particularly strong in the family
papers of Scottish immigrants to Upper Canada, of which the most significant
single family represented is the Mickle family that settled in the Guelph
area in 1832 from Edinburgh. Other significant family papers include those
of the Ewen-Grahame family of Aberdeen, the Urquhart-Campbell-Sutherland
family, Campbell of Monzie, the MacIntosh-Duff family, and the Godwin-Haines
family. There is significant overlap with the topographical collection, as
much of the history of a place or region is often connected to one family.
English predominates, almost
exclusively, but there is some Gaelic, early Latin, old Scots and old
English manuscript material, and some related French printed material in the
collection. Material in any language will be acquired if relevant and
monographs, serials, charts, maps, pamphlets, documents, and archives are
included in the collection; of these, 135 volumes are in the Rare Book
Collection and 25 linear metres in the archives.
All titles are catalogued
and available via the library’s online catalogue. 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 archival materials.
Yes, as the condition of the
material warrants, and as the copyright allows.
Beattie Family Papers.
archives XS1 MA a099
Anderson Family Papers.
rare books XR1 MS a110
Brough Family (letters).
archives XS1 MS a224
archives XS1 MS a239
Mackay, Eneas, The songs of Skye: an
anthology. (1934) archives XS1 MS a239
MacLeod, Isabel, 50 years of history:
Glengarry Clan MacLeod. 1986)
XS1 MS a239
Morrison, Alick, The
chiefs of Clan MacLeod. (1986) archives
XS1 MS a239
It should be noted that there are many clan
histories on the third floor of the library which you can borrow but the
books and papers mentioned above and others are only held in the rare book
dept. and thus can only be read in their reading room. Below are just
a few pictures of the rare book clan and family collection.
It is amazing what you find... these pages are
accounts of the Highland Regiments
There is also considerable Clan and Family
Histories on the third floor of the library. See the page on
Scottish History for more details.