Rare Book Collection unveiled at Queen’s University

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

A special unveiling at Queen’s this afternoon.     A collection of rare books was gifted to the University.     Here’s Mike Postovit.


A special occasion calls for the pipes.     And this was a special occasion at Douglas Library.

Martha Whitehead/Vice Provost & University Librarian

“We’re very fortunate at Queen’s to have very strong special collections and the donation that we’re celebrating today really raises them to a new level.”

And that donation — is more than 400 volumes from the personal collections of Seymour Schulich and Queen’s Principal Daniel Woolf.     The books are from the 16th through the 18th century.     And the donors made it official.

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Alvan Bregman/Collection Curator

“We’ve divided it into categories in which the collection is particularly strong.     One case is devoted to English History and chronicle — another is devoted to books on Europe and the Middle East.     These’s a case on ancient history and a case on travel and exploration.     Finally there’s a case on English Topography and antiquities.”
After the speeches it was a chance for all parties to check-out the collection — a collection all hope will be well used.


“Students get really excited and researcher as well — we do try to provide digital facsimiles because it’s good to have that available around the world — and people can get it but we do find that researchers still want to come and see that original — there’s something different about holding that physical volume — you actually see different things when you’re looking through the physical volume — so those remain very important to us.”

Schulich also made an additional one million dollar gift towards the establishment, growth and preservation of the collection.     Mike Postovit, CKWS News, Kingston

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