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Ontario Local Studies Collection
Queen's University, Douglas Library, W.D. Jordan Special Collections and Music Library

Ontario--History; Ontario--Description and travel; Canada--History; Canada--Description and travel

The collection was established in 1964 and has been built up through intensive collecting. A grant has also helped develop the collection.

The collection is a comprehensive collection of Ontario provincial, regional, and community histories, including explorers' and settlers' narratives, immigration pamphlets, travellers accounts, local directories and gazetteers, early surveys, maps, plans, and atlases. The collection includes rare items. The geographic emphasis is on Ontario, from its earliest settlement to the present. Current acquisition plans are to acquire all new materials relating to Ontario history in general, and Eastern Ontario local history in particular. Relevant out-of-print items are also acquired when available.


3,500 titles; 75 serials; 4,000 microforms; 6,000 pamphlets; 3,500 manuscripts; 460 maps, local atlases, typescripts, theses, posters, and newspapers. Supplementary material to support this collection will be found in the main stacks collection.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued. LC subject headings and NLC Canadiana authorities are used. The material is classified according to the National Library of Canada's schedule for Canadian literature, and LC classification for non-literary works. Items catalogued before June 1980 and after February 1990 are recorded in the National Library Union Catalogue. Special indexes and/or bibliographies include "imprint" files.

Physical Access
The collection is open to the public. Patrons are encouraged to use the CIHM microfiche collection, rather than the original material, for older imprints. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: At the discretion of the curator.

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
None at present.