Brendan Edwards

Curator, W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections

Brendan supports scholarship, teaching, and learning in relation to the library's rare books and special collections. His research interests relate broadly to book history, the book as material culture, and the history of libraries in Canada.


Prior to joining the Queen's University Library, Brendan was the Department Head of Library and Archives at the Royal Ontario Museum, and Librarian at First Nations University of Canada. He has taught undergraduate level courses in History and Canadian Studies and supervised numerous diploma, undergraduate, and graduate student experiential learning projects.

Ph.D. (History, Canadian/Native-Newcomer Relations), University of Saskatchewan

M.A. (Canadian Studies and Native Studies), Trent University 

M.L.I.S., McGill University

B.A. (Canadian Studies and Native Studies), Trent University 

Alcuin Society

Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA-Canada)

Association of College and Research Libraries, Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (ACRL RBMS)

Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC-SBC)

Canadian Historical Association (CHA)

National Indigenous Knowledge and Language Alliance (NIKLA)

QUFA Council Representative, Queen's University Library Association (2022-2024)

Nominating Committee, Queen's University Library Association (2022)

Web Presence for Collections Project Group (2021-2022)

Appointments Committee, Queen's University Library (2021-2022)

Awards Committee, Queen's University Library Association (2021)

Tom and Christine Symons Archival Fellowship Committee, Trent University (2020-2023)

Brendan is the author of Paper Talk: a history of libraries, print culture, and Aboriginal peoples in Canada before 1960 (Scarecrow, 2005), Slovakia: Culture Smart! The essential guide to customs and culture (Kuperard, 2011) and numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. 



Douglas Library, Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections
Room 603
(613) 533-6000 x36320

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