Theses & Dissertations

A theses or dissertation is the extended body of research produced by students for a higher degree such as a Masters of PhD or an extended essay undertaken as part of an undergraduate program of study.

Donations to Special Collections

W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections is a rich and diverse research resource containing a wide range of materials acquired either through purchase or donation. We serve researchers locally, nationally, and internationally. We actively collect and preserve old and rare material—especially if published before 1850—as well as finely printed, bound or illustrated modern books, and material that is special because of format, historical or monetary value, condition, or distinguished provenance (former ownership).

Finding Aids for Special Collections

Finding aids, or guides, are helpful in locating primary material. Please note that not all finding aids are online at this time. Paper checklists are available at the Jordan Library.

Most of the material in Special Collections are recorded in QCAT, Queen's Library Catalogue. Some tips for locating special collections material:

Digital Humanities Undergraduate Assistantship

The Digital Humanities Undergraduate Assistantship was created in September 2014 in collaboration with the Bader International Study Centre’s (BISC) Field School in the Digital Humanities. In 2017 the assistantship will be open to all interested Queen’s University undergraduates.

Preservation/Conservation Graduate Assistantship

The Preservation/Conservation Assistantship is a work-study position created in September 2014. The purpose of this position is to better conserve the collection at the W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections while offering a student from the Queen’s University Art Conservation Graduate Program the opportunity to better their professional conservation skills.

Teaching with Special Collections

We welcome undergraduate and graduate class visits. We offer instructional sessions using collection materials in either our Seminar Room (the Graham George Room) or our Reading Room depending on availability.

Our collections are intended for teaching. Special Collections instruction sessions provide students with the opportunity to conduct hands-on research with primary sources, develop research skills, learn how to handle rare materials, and prepare for future independent work in special collections.

Collecting Policies

We adhere to collecting policies to determine what materials belong in the W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections. Please refer to these documents should you have any questions.