16th Century Books for a 21st Century Library

Post Date:
Nov 23, 2016

We are delighted to introduce the Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection. This collection is the result of a generous partnership between Mr. Seymour Schulich and Principal Daniel Woolf who jointly donated their personal collections to create the Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection at Queen’s University.

The collection comprises more than 400 books, with a focus on 16th-18th century English history and culture, and also includes volumes on travel, antiquities, and Canadiana. It was unveiled to the public during a ceremony at W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections in Douglas Library on November 23. In addition to the rare books, Mr. Schulich made a $2 million donation to help build and preserve the collection and make it accessible to students and researchers, both at Queen’s and beyond.

“We are honoured to receive these gifts from the personal collections of Mr. Schulich and Principal Woolf” says Martha Whitehead, Vice-Provost and University Librarian. “We are fortunate at Queen’s to have strong special collections, and this donation raises them to a new level. This gift will serve to highlight the special collections as resources that can be engaged with as well as treasured, which is one of the important goals of the library.”

Please visit us to explore the collection, and view the exhibit in W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special collections. The exhibit will be in place until February 28, 2017. To take a virtual tour of the exhibit, please see our website.

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