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 Pioneer Collection was
acquired by the Library in 1982 as part of its efforts to increase the scope
of Canadian-Scottish materials. The books, pamphlets, periodicals and maps
include many rare Scottish publications.
The Pioneer Collection
represents the personal library of Mr. Daniel Lizars, a Scottish immigrant
who came to Canada from Edinburgh with his family in 1833 and settled near
Goderich, Ontario. There are 650 volumes, including many books and
pamphlets, brought directly from Scotland, thus providing an indication of
what an early pioneer circulating library must have been. Daniel Lizars was
a printer and bookseller in Edinburgh, who sold his stock and in 1833
emigrated with his family to Upper Canada. They settled near Colborne
(Goderich) Ontario. The Lizars’ library of books and pamphlets was very
valuable to early settlers.
English is the predominate
Approximately 650 volumes:
books are shelved in wooden cabinets by Library of Congress call number.
All titles are catalogued and
available via the library’s online catalogue. Library of Congress
classification is used for all material. Use of the search limit, Pioneer
Collection, is the most efficient way to retrieve items in conjunction with
keyword searching. A printed list of available titles is also available for
consultation in the Wellington Country Reading Room.
Rare and archival collections
are open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. (4:30 in the summer).
No publications are available
Yes, as the condition of the
material warrants, and as the copyright allows.
PUBLICATIONS DESCRIBING COLLECTION
Cunliffe, Vera – From
Edinburgh to Colborne Township: Daniel Lizars and the Pioneer Collection at
Guelph – [Guelph, Ontario] : University of Guelph Library, 1984.
Xenophon, Cyrus Into
Persia. (1776) Pioneer
Collection DF 231.32 A3
Hugo, Les Miserables.
Collection PQ 2286 A45
Collection PQ 4315 C4
Library of Useful Knowledge,
The Horse. (1843) Pioneer
Collection SF 285 Y66
Swift, Gulliver’s Travels.
Collection PR 3724 G8
Tennyson, Enoch Arden.
Collection PR 5556 A1
Trail, Canadian Crusoes.
Collection PS 8489 R3 C3
Potts, Euclid’s Geometry.
Pioneer Collection QA 451 S63
Confession of Faith.
Collection BX 9183 W47
Lockhart, Life of Scott.
Collection PR 5332 L6