Finding Aid for the Bound Manuscripts.
Our holdings include over 600 manuscript volumes representing a range of disciplines including history, theology, literature, philosophy, science, and medicine. Complementing the broad subject interests is the time span they represent - from the eighteenth century B.C.E. to the twentieth century of the common era. The most ancient 'manuscript' is a cuneiform tablet in the form of a deed, likely from the city of Ur, and dating to about 1789 B.C.
Bound Manuscripts describes in more detail the nature and extent of the Library's holdings.
Finding Aid for General Manuscripts.
The General Manuscript Collection, as its name suggests, contains a very broad cross section of individual items. These are interesting for the light a given document may shed on an individual's personality, a unique event, or an historic setting. They date in age from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, and are principally (though not exclusively) focussed on British and Canadian personalities. The main series is composed of correspondence and includes such important artefacts as Susannah Moodie's letter to her English publisher describing her dire straits in the wake of her husband's death, several letters from the pen of Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir Robert Borden, Prime Ministers of Canada, as well as individual letters of such icons as Claude Debussy, Walter de la Mare, Charles Dickens, and Sir Walter Scott.
General Manuscripts describes in more detail the nature and extent of the Library's holdings.
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