11. News from Special Collections, University of Calgary Library

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11. News from Special Collections, University of Calgary Library


Steele, Apollonia Lang, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada


Research materials in the Special Collections department of the University Library were greatly increased in 2002 principally through generous donations by individuals from across Canada and from the United States.

Gifts of 17th to 20th century rare and limited edition books were received from Michael McMordie, Lyndsay Dobson, Derek Cowan, L. R. Kennard, Hallvard Dahlie, Hugh Anson-Cartwright, Kenneth Dyba, Sheilagh Simpson, the Estate of Canadian writer Timothy Findley, John Lichtenbelt and Stanislaw Lukasiewicz.

Three substantial collections of books were added to Special Collections. The first is a gift from Mrs. Ruth Stanley of over 800 Canadian art books and pamphlets. The second, a major addition to the Eugene Strens Recreational Mathematics Collection, is a gift by Mrs. Francine Bankoff of California. Her donation of the private library of her late husband Leon Bankoff contains books (1002 volumes), journals (1246 issues), correspondence, manuscripts and other archival material, all of which strengthen collections previously acquired from the estates of recreational mathematicians such as Charles W. Trigg and Wade E. Philpott.

The third is a major collection of Canadian poetry, The Marvin Orbach Collection of Canadian Poetry, presented by Mr. Marvin Orbach from Montreal who started collecting at the age of 17 when he first began studying at university. His area of interest has been in the long tradition of Canadian poetry and the creative output of internationally recognized poets such as Bliss Carman, Charles G.D. Roberts, A.J.M. Smith, Dorothy Livesay and Margaret Atwood. The collection is particularly strong in the post-1960 period which saw the flowering of Canadian literature in all genres and the great expansion of small presses across the country. …

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