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Book Collections – Archives and Special Collections

Book Collections

The Special Collections print collection includes broadsides, pamphlets, periodicals and monographs, and ranges in time from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century. There are examples of incunabla (books printed before 1500), a leaf of the Gutenberg Bible, 1493 Biblia Latina printed by Anton Koberger, and an early sixteenth century Book of Hours Use of Amiens. Paperbacks, comics, and genre fiction document 20th and 21st century popular culture. Books held in Special Collections are listed in the library search tool and display “Archives and Special Collections TFDL Reading Room Use Only” as their location.

The Bob Gibson Collection of Speculative Fiction

The Bob Gibson Collection of Speculative Fiction

The University of Calgary’s Bob Gibson Collection of Speculative Fiction consists of 28,000 published items of speculative fiction (SF), and reflects a lifetime of collecting by the late William Robert (Bob) Gibson.

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The Brian L. Mazza Mountain Studies Collection

The Brian L. Mazza Mountain Studies Collection

Brian Mazza (1961 – 2007) grew up in Rocky Mountain House, graduated from the University of Calgary, and was the editor of The Mountaineer newspaper. Mazza left a generous bequest to the University of Calgary’s library to establish and develop a mountain studies collection. The collection consists of historical and contemporary materials devoted to mountain […]

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Canadian Paperback Collection

Canadian Paperback Collection

The University of Calgary’s Canadian Paperback Collection contains over 700 mass market paperback novels, significantly representing Canadian paperback publishing prior to 1961.

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The Dr. George F.G. Stanley Book Collection

The Dr. George F.G. Stanley Book Collection

The Dr. George F.G. Stanley Collection was donated to Special Collections by the late Dr. George F.G. Stanley. It represents the working library of a noted Canadian scholar of the 20th century.

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Edgar Osborne Collection

Edgar Osborne Collection

The Edgar Osborne Collection contains a diverse selection of Early Modern [1592-1830] European books and manuscripts. Ranging from the 15th to 19th Century, the collection is comprised mainly of British manuscript documents.

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Eric Korn Collection of H.G. Wells

Eric Korn Collection of H.G. Wells

The collection of over 2,000 items documents the impact of Wells on social thinking, popular culture and literature.

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The Eugene Strens Recreational Mathematics Collection

The Eugene Strens Recreational Mathematics Collection

Acquired through the dedication and generosity of Professor Richard and Mrs. Louise Guy, the estate of Eugene Strens and many other individuals who established the original collection of books, periodicals, puzzles and manuscripts.

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Evelyn de Mille Collection on the Book and the Book Arts

Evelyn de Mille Collection on the Book and the Book Arts

The Evelyn de Mille Collection on the Book and the Book Arts has grown through several donations from Dr. de Mille. It reflects Dr. de Mille's personal interest in the book from production, publication, preservation and marketing.

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The George Morley Cartoon Collection

The George Morley Cartoon Collection

George James Morley (1927-2004) was a founding member of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society with a very strong interest in Canadian war history serving as the first editor of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society Journal.

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The Margaret P. Hess Collection

The Margaret P. Hess Collection

The Margaret P. Hess Collection reflects not only the collecting activities but also the intellectual pursuits of an educated and cultured woman.

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The Marvin Orbach Collection of Contemporary Canadian Poetry

The Marvin Orbach Collection of Contemporary Canadian Poetry

Established in 2002, with an initial donation of 2400 items, the Marvin Orbach Collection now exceeds 5000 titles and was continually strengthened thanks to Mr. Orbach’s regular contributions.

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Rare Book Collection

Rare Book Collection

The Rare Book Collection includes representative works from many centuries of Western print culture including several incunabula (such as the 1493 Biblia Latina cum postillis Nicolai de Lyra Nuremberg: Anton Koberger) and other titles dating from 1477 to 2008.

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The William Whitehead Collection of Timothy Findley Books

The William Whitehead Collection of Timothy Findley Books

In 2001 celebrated Canadian writer Timothy Findley, accompanied by writer William Whitehead, was the Distinguished Writer in the University of Calgary's Markin-Flanagan Distinguished Writers Programme.

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