Selected Special Collections

The Microforms Collection at the Harriet Irving Library has an extensive and diversified collection of materials such as newspapers, periodicals, thesis, literary manuscripts, government documents, and historical records. Because, many of the collections in the Microforms Department are not included in the UNB Libraries' online catalogue, UNB WorldCat, and also require specialized finding aids to access information within, you are welcome to ask staff for assistance.

One special collection of particular note is the Loyalist Collection, containing British, North American Colonial, and early Canadian primary sources from approximately 1760-1867. There are numerous finding aids and reference tools available, as well as a searchable database of the general inventory. For location, see Floor Plan.

Index of Special Collections
The following are descriptions of just a few of the special collections in microforms:
Periodicals Literary Manuscripts Newspapers Books Government Documents Historical Records

PERIODICALS

American Periodical Series
FORMAT: MICROFILM
HOLDINGS: 34 Reels
Two collections, American Periodicals, 18th Century, and American Periodicals, 1800-1850 provide basic source materials for the study and understanding of eighteenth century and early nineteenth century American society. American Periodicals, 18th Century contains 88 periodicals on 33 reels (HIL-MIC APS18 TH C). For location, see Floor Plan, Special Collections area #4. American Periodicals, 1800-1850 covers an era when there was an extraordinary outburst of magazine activity. Of this collection, the library holds reel 204 consisting of 5 titles ( HIL-MIC AP2 .R35).
FINDING AIDS:
  • American Periodicals, 1741-1900: An Index to the Microfilm Collections. (HIL-MICGD PN4877 .H65)
  • UNB Libraries' online catalogue, UNB WorldCat, contains the individual titles.
Canadian Institute for Historical Reproduction (CIHM), Microfiche Series
FORMAT: MICROFICHE
HOLDINGS: Pre-1900 Canadian
CALL NUMBER: FC18 .C53
The Institute is a non-profit corporation founded by the Canada Council to locate, preserve and distribute early printed Canadiana. For location, see Floor Plan, Library of Congress Classified Microfiche Collections.
FINDING AIDS:
  • Pre-1900 Canadian Periodicals: Catalogue (HIL-MICGD PN4908 .P73)
  • Canada, the Printed Record (HIL-MICGD AC1 .C682 Volume 1 & 2 and HIL-MICF FC18 .C5 no. 99966
  • UNB Libraries' online catalogue, UNB WorldCat, contains the individual titles.
  • National Library of Canada's Catalogue on the world wide web entitled resAnet contains the current titles included in CIHM. The internet address is http://amicus.nlc-bnc.ca/resanet/reslogine.htm.
English Literary Periodicals
FORMAT: MICROFILM
HOLDINGS: 341 Titles
This series of early journals, magazines, and reviews, published in Great Britain during the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. These items reflect British contemporary life and culture. They are arranged by year of filming on the shelves in the microform area. For example, if you were looking for the title "Lay Monk," the call number would be HIL-MIC 4th YR NO. 15. For location, see Floor Plan, Special Collections area # 4.
FINDING AIDS:
  • Accessing English Literary Periodicals is kept in the microforms area (HIL-MICGD Z692. S5 U56).
  • English Literary Periodicals is shelved in the regular stacks (HIL-STACKS PN5124.P4 G73 1966).
  • UNB Libraries' online catalogue, UNB WorldCat, contains the individual titles.

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LITERARY MANUSCRIPTS

Manuscripts in Keats House, Hampstead
FORMAT: MICROFILM
HOLDINGS: 4 Reels
CALL NUMBER: 820 A1 #104
This microfilm has been reproduced from the original manuscripts in Keats House, Wentworth Grove, Hampstead, London by courtesy of the London Borough of Camden. John Keats (1795-1821) was an English romantic poet and letter writer. The reels contain the poetry of Keats' friends Benjamin Bailey, (James Henry),  Leigh Hunt (1784-1859), John Hamilton Reynolds (1796-1852), and various correspondence including letters from Keats' love Fanny Brawne to his sister Fanny Keats; writer Charles Armitage Brown (1786-1842); Charles Cowden Clarke, the schoolmaster who introduced Keats to poetry; Benjamin Robert Haydon, painter; Leigh Hunt, editor of influential journals, poet and friend and supporter of Keats; and Joseph Severn, (1793 -1879), painter; as well as letters from Keats to Charles Wentworth Dilke (1789-1964), critic and friend; members of his family and Fanny Brawne. It also includes books belonging to Keats, notes and manuscripts. For location, see Floor Plan, Dewey Classified Microfilm Collections.
FINDING AIDS:
  • An itemized description is found at the beginning of each reel.
  • This collection is not in UNB WorldCat. Please ask for assistance in the Microforms Office.
The John Clare Collection in the Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery
FORMAT: MICROFILM
HOLDINGS: 10 Reels
CALL NUMBER: PR A1 #12
This microfilm has been prepared from the original manuscripts in the Peterborough City Museum and Art Gallery. John Clare (1793-1865) was an English romantic poet known for his nature poems. The reels include manuscript notebooks of poems prepared for printing; transcripts of Clare's poems in book form; other manuscript poems and prose, letters and other memoranda in Clare's hand; other contemporary letters, transcripts and printed papers including letters to Clare; letters and other material after Clare's death, including press articles and material relating to the Clare Centenary Exhibition of 1893; and portraits, relics and printed books in Clare's possession. For location, see Floor Plan, Library of Congress Classified Microfilm Collections.
FINDING AIDS:
  • The John Clare Collection in Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery (HIL-MICGD PR4453 .C6 Z468)
  • A Descriptive Catalogue of the John Clare Collection in Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery (HIL-STACKS PR4453 .C6 Z84)
  • An itemized description is found at the beginning of reel #1.

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NEWSPAPERS

Atlantic Regional Collection
FORMAT: MICROFILM
HOLDINGS: 199 Reels
The Library has an extensive collection of newspapers representing the Atlantic Provinces of Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. This collection continues to grow with the current subscriptions to seven Atlantic newspapers, and the ongoing preservatin of filming of 6 weekly New Brunswick newspapers. This material is arranged by title in the newspaper section of the Microforms Department, but not neccessarily every title, which makes it neccesary to check Newspapers on Microfilm at UNB (see Floor Plan under guides).Please note that the Library also subscribes to and maintains papers in print - recent issues are found in the Current Periodicals Reading Room located on the First Floor, and back issues are located in basement storage. See Newspaper Guide for more information.
FINDING AIDS:
  • UNB Libraries' online catalogue, UNB WorldCat, contains the individual titles.
  • Alphabetical title lists are found at the end of each newspaper aisle (see Floor Plan).
  • Newspapers on Microfilm at UNB
  • Online database Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA), 1982 to date, which includes in its indexes the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, is accessed through the Research Databases tab on the library homepage.
Canadian Labour Newspapers
FORMAT: MICROFILM
HOLDINGS: 100 Reels
This microfilm collection contains labour publications, the majority of which are or were official organs of Canadian or international labour organizations, while the remainder are sponsored by fraternal groups, political parties, and private individuals. Some of these latter publications, while written for the labouring man, are definitely anti-union in character. The criteria for inclusion was whether it was addressed primarily to the working people of Canada. The papers range in time from 1872 until the 1970's. For location, see Floor Plan, Library of Congress Classified Microfilm Collections.
FINDING AIDS:
  • Canadian Labour Papers on Microfilm in the Labour Canada Library (HIL-MICGD HD8106 .A252)
  • UNB Libraries' online catalogue, UNB WorldCat, contains the individual titles.
Early American Newspapers
FORMAT: MICROPRINT
HOLDINGS: 28 Titles
CALL NUMBER: number
The major thrust of the Readex newspapers program was to micropublish newspapers cited in Clarence S. Brigham's History and Bibliography of American Newspapers, 1690-1820 (HIL-REF PN4867 B674). For location, see Floor Plan, Special Collection area #4.
FINDING AIDS:
  • Supplement to Charles Evans' American Bibliography (HIL-MICGD Z1215 .E92334)
  • UNB Libraries' online catalogue, UNB WorldCat, contains the individual titles.

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BOOKS

German Baroque Literature
FORMAT: MICROFILM
HOLDINGS: 656 Reels
CALL NUMBER: PT 275 .G46
This series contains approximately 2400 German books published between 1575 and 1740 from the collection in the Yale University Library. Included are translations from classic and modern literatures.
FINDING AIDS:
  • German Baroque Literature; A Catalogue of the Collection in the Yale University Library (HIL-MICGD PT 275 .Y34 v. 1-2)
Early English Books, 1475 - 1640
FORMAT: MICROFILM
HOLDINGS: Up to reel #2034, year/unit 64
This collection, also known as STC 1, contains most books printed in England, Scotland, and Ireland and English language books printed abroad from the introduction of printing in England to 1640. It reproduces almost all of the works listed in Pollard and Redgrave's Short-Title Catalogue. For location, see Floor Plan, Special Collections area #3.
FINDING AIDS:
  • A Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland, and Ireland and of English Books Printed Abroad, 1475-1640 (HIL-MICGD Z2002 .P77 1976)
  • A complementary guide (covering up to reel #2034, year 64) and a cross index (covering up to reel # 1979) are also kept in the Microforms area.
  • A partial card catalogue of the collection is located near the Microforms Guides (see Floor Plan).
Early English Books, 1641-1700
FORMAT: MICROFILM
HOLDINGS: Up to reel #2068, year 81
This collection, also known as STC II or Wing, is a continuation of the Pollard and Redgrave project, containing books printed in Great Britain and British North America and English language books printed elsewhere from 1641-1700. It includes all works listed in Donald Wing's Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and British America, and of English Books Printed in Other Countries, 1641-1700 (HIL-MICGD Z2002 W52), except separate printings of the bible, separate statutes and proclamations, American imprints found in Charles Evan's American Bibliography (HIL-MICGD Z1215 .E923), books in Welsh, and certain almanacs, sermons, liturgical works, Quaker tracts, and Irish and Scottish official publications. For location, see Floor Plan, Special Collections area #1.
FINDING AIDS:
  • Accessing Early English Books, 1641-1700: A Cumulative Index to Units 1-32 of the Microfilm Collection (HIL-MICGD AI3 .U68)
  • A cross-index (up to reel #2164, unit 68) and a guide (up to unit 81) are kept with the Microforms Guides (see Floor Plan).
  • UNB Libraries' online catalogue, UNB WorldCat, contains the titles for reels #1 to #1662, unit 62.

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GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS

Journal Officiel de la Republique Francaise
FORMAT: MICROFILM
HOLDINGS: 74 Reels (1920-1940)
CALL NUMBER: number
The Journal Officiel is the official record of France's legislative body, the National Assembly, and gives verbatim accounts of parliamentary debates, records of roll call votes, texts of laws and decrees, and various public documents. This collection ends with the dissolution of the Third Republic on July 9, 1940, at Vichy. For location, see Floor Plan, Special Collections area #3.
FINDING AIDS:
  • Twenty-two additional reels of indices, covering 1871-1965, are shelved with the Journal Officiel.
Published Colonial Records of the American Colonies
FORMAT: MICROFILM
HOLDINGS: 166 Reels
CALL NUMBER: number
This collection includes colonial and state records of the original thirteen colonies and of Maine and Vermont up to about 1800. These include the following: Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, and Virginia. Laws readily traced through indices have been omitted except where the compilation has historic value. This collection is included in the Loyalist Collection. See Floor Plan, Loyalist Collection.
FINDING AIDS:
  • The guide to the collection, Microfilm Publication of Published Colonial Records of the American Colonies, is kept with Microforms Guides.
Letters Received by the Office of Indian Affairs, Fort Wayne Agency
FORMAT: MICROFILM
HOLDINGS: 1 Reel (1824-1830)
The Fort Wayne Agency was established in 1802. The main Indians living in the Fort Wayne area (Indiana) were Miami, including the Eel River Indians, and Potawatomi, but particularly in the earlier years, there were also Wea, Wyandot, Kickapoo, Ottawa, Shawnee and other tribes. The records reproduced in M234, reel #304, are part of Record Group 75, Records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, located at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Until 1824, when the Bureau was established, correspondence was transmitted directly to the office of the Secretary of War. This material consists of communications received from superintendents, agents, and other field officials of the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington. For location, see Floor Plan, Special Collections Area #3.
FINDING AIDS:
  • The Office of Indian Affairs, 1824-1880: Historical Sketches (HIL-STACKS E93 .H64)
Records of the Department of State Relating to...
FORMAT: MICROFILM
HOLDINGS: 51 Reels
The material is from the American Department of State's Internal and Foreign Affairs' Central Files (Record Group 59, Decimal Files) now housed in the National Archives, Washington, D.C.. These files consist of instructions and correspondence received from and sent to diplomatic posts abroad and include a wide range of materials reporting on political, military, social and economic developments, minutes, interviews, texts of letters and instructions, and translations of foreign documents. For location, see Floor Plan, Special Collections area #3. Our holdings include parts of the following series:
  • Records of the Department of State Relating to Internal Affairs of Russia/Soviet Union, 1910-1929 - 38 reels (M316)
  • Records of the Department of State Relating to Political Relations between Russia/Soviet Union and Other States, 1910-1929 --- 9 reels (M340)
  • Records of the Department of State Relating to Political Relations between the United States and Russia/Soviet Union, 1910-1929 ... 4 reels (M333)
FINDING AIDS:
  • Pamphlets accompanying series M316, M333, and M340 are kept with Microforms Guides.

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HISTORICAL RECORDS

Catholic Colonial Missions
FORMAT: MICROFILM
HOLDINGS: 2 Reels (1803-1827)
CALL NUMBER: 200 A1 #4
These documents chiefly consist of letters to Bishop William Poynter, Bishop of London, from overseas missions to which he had various degrees of responsibility and the British civil government overseas. For location, see Floor Plan, Dewey Classified Microfilm Collections. The material covers the period 1803-1827 and has been categorized geographically as follows:
  • North America relating to Baltimore, New York, Philadelphia and Quebec/Montreal
  • India and Mediterranean Islands relating to Ionian Isles, Gibraltar, Cape of Good Hope, Madras, Surinam and Mauritius.
  • West Indies relating to Guadeloupe, Granada, Haiti, Martinique, St. Lucia, Trinidad, and West India/Morne Fortune.
FINDING AIDS:
  • A Content Report is found at the beginning of each reel.
National Archives Collection of Foreign Records Seized
FORMAT: MICROFILM
HOLDINGS: 122 Reels
CALL NUMBER: number
A series of military and civil records which were captured from Germany, Italy, and Japan by the Allied Forces in 1945. These reels represent only a small portion of the total collection on film housed at the National Archives, Washington, D.C. as part of Record Group 242. Our holdings include parts of the following series:
  • Records of Headquarters, German Armed Forces High Command - T77 Rolls 1004 and 1027 (Finding Aid GG 7, 17-19, 79-80, 84-86, 94).
  • Records of German Ministries: Records of the German Foreign Office Received by the Department of State -
    T120 Rolls 376, 680, 681, 1028, 1205, 1454, 1726, 1787-1800, 2129, 2398, 2399, 3073, 3189, 3190, 3630, 3739, 3762, 4061, 4340-42;
    T136 Rolls 3-5, 33, 35-37, 52-53, 79-81, 83-85, 99-103, 107-110, 117-118 (Finding Aid - A Catalog of Files and Microfilms of the German Foreign Ministry Archives, Reel T149).
  • German Foreign Ministry Archives, post 1914 - T137 Roll 135.
  • German Foreign Ministry Archives, 1867-1920 - T149 Rolls 365-368, 406-7 (Finding Aid - A Catalog of Files and Microfilms of the German Foreign Ministry Archives, Reel T149).
  • Records of the Reich Leader of the SS and Chief of the German Police, "Heinrich Himmler"  - T175 Rolls 18, 65, 108 and 491. 
  • German Foreign Ministry Archives, 1867-1920. Index - T322.
  • Records of the German Army: Records of German Field Commands: Rear Areas, Occupied Territories, and Others, 1940-1945 - T501 Rolls 120 and 189.
  • Personal Papers of Mussolini & Other Seized Italian Records, Finding Aid -T586 Roll I.
  • Other German Military Records: Papers of General Wilhelm Groener [bulk 1892-1938] - M137 Rolls 2, 4-5, 7-26.
  • German Foreign Ministry Archives, 1867-1920, a selection - 85-86, 144-152.
  • Miscellaneous SS Records: The Einweindererzentralstelle, Waffen-SS, and SS-Oberabschnitte - T354 Rolls 153-156 (Finding Aid GG 27).
This material is shelved with Special Collections (see Floor Plan).
FINDING AIDS:
  • A Catalogue of Files and Microfilms of the German Foreign Ministry Archives, 1867-1920 (HIL-MICGD CD1261 .A52)
  • A Catalogue of Files and Microfilms of the German Foreign Ministry Archives, 1867-1920 [Reel T322]
  • A Catalog of Files and Microfilms of the German Foreign Ministry Archives, 1920-1945 [Reel T149]
    (HIL-MICGD CD1261 .G4 1962)
  • Guides to German Records Microfilmed at Alexandria, Virginia (HIL-REF DD256.5)

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