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Henry S. Chapman Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 404
  • Collection
  • 1833-1853

This collection reflects Henry S. Chapman's relationships with a number of important figures in Montreal's political and business history, between roughly 1833 and 1853, the period following Chapman's return to London. A significant...

Chapman, Henry Samuel, 1803-1881

Charles Burney Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 1279
  • Collection
  • 26 March 1808

Consists of autograph letter from Charles Burney to Lady Banks, dated 26 March 180 and written from Chelsea College. The letter is written in brown ink and has remains of wax seal. The letter contains in particular lengthy discussion of the Italia...

Burney, Charles, 1726-1814

Rosalynde Stearn Puppet Collection

  • CA RBD RS001
  • Collection
  • before 1952

The collection was formed by the Canadian puppeteer Rosalynde Osborne Stearn as a comprehensive library on the puppet theatre with representative examples of puppets characteristic of different periods and countries. It includes some 2714 books an...

Expo 67 Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 1234
  • Collection
  • 1963-1981, 1997

The collection consists of ephemera, artifacts, and publications related chiefly to the Expo 67 World Fair in Montreal and some documents relating to its continuation, Man and His World (Terre des Hommes), an exhibition that was the successor to E...

Menu Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 1269
  • Collection
  • 1880-

Collection consists of menus acquired individually by the library. Menus date back to approximately 1886, but most of the menus are twentieth century. The bulk of menus are from Montreal-area restaurants and hotels, representing French, Quebecois...

Edward Murphy Irish Manuscripts Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 88
  • Collection
  • between approximately 1650 and 1812

The collection consists of four early Irish manuscripts assembled by the Montreal collector Edward Murphy as part of his private library. The manuscripts include a copy of The Midnight Court (Cúirt an mheán oíche) by Brian Merriman, the Life of St...

Montreal Night Patrol Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 338
  • Collection
  • 1801

Collections includes records relating to the Montreal Night Patrol, to which many prominent Montrealers subscribed. Files include lists of expenses incurred by the patrol, minutes from sessions, accounts and receipts, and subscription lists.

Montreal, Night Patrol, active 1801

Thomas Storrow Brown Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 405
  • Collection
  • 1816-1888

The collection consists of falls into two series: Papers and Diaries. The Papers primarily reflect Brown's political concerns and activities in Montreal between 1832 and 1838. They include excerpts from the Vindicator newspaper, notes, resol...

Brown, Thomas Storrow, 1803-1888

ALS Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 1215
  • Collection
  • 1775-1977

The collection consists of autographed signed letters from multiple senders, representing authors, artists, politicians, and other figures from Canada and Europe. The letters were accumulated by the Rare Books and Special Collections unit of the M...

Nicole Allardet Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 1267
  • Collection
  • between approximately 1940 and 1959

Collection consists of an illustrated manuscript containing a map and brief guidebook to Paris landmarks, created by Nicole Allardet probably during the 1940s or 1950s. The item is inscribed to Vivienne Horne. A folded booklet on heavy grey paper,...

Allardet, Nicole

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