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Special Collections - Book Collections

For retrieval of books from these collections staff require the call number and location code from UNB WorldCat. eg. HIL-SPECAR, HIL-SPECH

Archives Book Collection (HIL-SPECAR) contains books, pamphlets, and periodicals relating to the Maritime Provinces, and New Brunswick in particular. Researchers should note that copies of items in this collection are frequently available in the open stacks or in the Microforms Dept. (3rd floor).

Bishop Medley Book Collection (HIL-SPECBM) contains the Christ Church Cathedral Theological Library and Medley's private collection with over 3700 items ranging from the 16th to the late 19th century, including Tractarian publications, histories of the church, commentaries and sermons, Greek and Hebrew texts, and books related to music that contain Medley’s own annotations.

King's College Book Collection (HIL-SPECKC) consists of books from King's College Library (1829-1859).

Lord Beaverbrook Collection of Rare Books (HIL-SPECBC) includes first, autographed, and special editions; books about Lord Beaverbrook; miniature volumes; Bible commentaries, sermons, and theological treatises by Calvin and Knox; and early Canadiana.

Marguerite Vaughan Collection (HIL-SPECVA) holds a number of specially bound and illustrated editions, including many from the Limited Editions Club. Also included in the collection are facsimiles of the Book of Kells and the Domesday Book.

Peter Lewis Paul Collection (HIL-SPECP) includes publications on ethnography, linguistics, and history of Indigenous peoples in New Brunswick, including materials on the Wabanaki, the Wolastoqey language, and local histories of York, Carleton, Victoria, and Maine’s Aroostook counties since 1950.

Rare Book Collection (HIL-SPECRB) includes books published pre-1900 in or about Canada, and a number of eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth century periodicals.

Rufus Hathaway Collection of Canadian Literature (HIL- SPECH) includes books, periodicals, manuscripts, and clippings collected by the renowned bibliophile Rufus Hawtin Hathaway. It is strong in first, special, and variant editions and the complete works of writers such as Bliss Carman, Charles G.D. Roberts, Duncan Campbell Scott, and Francis Sherman.

UNB Theses Collection (HIL-SPECAR) contains preservation copies of more than 6,000 dissertations, theses, and reports that have been accepted by UNB's School of Graduate Studies. Most are also available in the Microforms Dept. (3rd floor).


Aggie Sliwka (she/her)
History & Special Collections Librarian
Harriet Irving Library
(506) 453-5017