The development of our special collections has been greatly aided by the generosity of many individuals and organizations.
Approximately 50,000 volumes. This collection concentrates on Canadian history, especially that of Western Canada. Old and rare materials, including 18th and 19th century editions of explorers' and missionaries' accounts, make up part of the collection. Current publications of primary sources and significant monographs and collections are added on a monthly basis. Access: material is fully catalogued and the records are accessible on the on-line catalogue.
Almost 2,200 volumes. The Library actively collects material authored, edited or translated by the University of Saskatchewan staff since 1910. This collection is the repository for monographic publishing. For inclusion in the University Authors Collection the work must be: a monographic work, a chapter in a monographic work, a translation of a monographic work, a subsequent edition (not a reprint) of a monographic work, or edited conference proceedings; authored, edited, translated or compiled by a U of S faculty or staff member; published during the period of the individual’s U of S employment or retirement. U of S lecture series' publications, such as those of the Sorokin and Whelen lectures, are also included in this collection. The work can be in any format.
8,300+ volumes; includes all masters' and doctoral theses accepted by U of S since 1912. Theses are generally available within 6 months of the author's graduation date. Access: material is catalogued and the records are accessible on the on-line catalogue. Note: To limit your search only to theses, use the Advanced Search function. Limit the location to "Special Collections" and use "theses" as a keyword in your search.
Theses must be used in the Special Collectons reading area. In addition, theses may be accessed through the Electronic Theses Database depending on the time of thesis' submission or its inclusion in the digitization program currently underway.
Roughly 3,860 items covering a wide variety of subjects. Publication dates range from 1491 to the 21st century. The collection includes first editions, limited editions, works of aesthetic importance, and books subject to loss or mutilation if part of the general collection. Access: material is fully catalogued and the records are accessible on the on-line catalogue.
This collection of materials from Irving Layton includes published monographs, anthologies, tape recordings; manuscript papers, lecture notes and other published material. Also included is some correspondence, 1954 - 1961 and material that others have published about Layton. Access: material is fully catalogued and the records are accessible on the on-line catalogue. Additionally, some of the collection has been digitized and is available for viewing online here.
The Richards Collection, containing rare and/or fragile titles and collections dealing with sexual and gender diversity, complements the Library's extensive circulating collections on these subjects. Among the collection's particular strengths are holdings of LGBT periodicals, books by Canadian authors and publishers, queer mystery and detective fiction, and titles of both nonfiction and fiction (including pulp novels) which predate the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and the beginning of the Gay Liberation Movement. Access: material is fully catalogued and the records are accessible on the on-line catalogue.
Additionally, you may search for titles in three of the collection's subseries through the following links:
Canadian Gay and Lesbian Collection
Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Pulp Literature
Queer Mystery and Detective Fiction
10,000 items; includes written and pictorial material on Canadian political parties, labour, women, native people, Saskatchewan agriculture. Access: material is catalogued and records are available through U-Search.
The Pamphlets Collection houses well over 2,000 postcards that represent Saskatchewan and Western Canada in the early twentieth century. Some of these have been digitized (see Special Collections' Digital Projects) and records of all of them are available through USearch.
About 33 feet of material; consists of original manuscripts, copies and photographs on the history of western Canada, especially Saskatchewan. Incudes material on fur trade and exploration, white settlement and interaction with native people and the Riel Rebellions. Access: typed finding aid available in department; the records are available through USearch.
A significant collection of books, serials, and articles relating to German resettlement in Russia, Canada and more specifically in Saskatchewan. Items were acquired from Dr. A. Becker. Primarily genealogical source materials, with an emphasis on Catholic, Lutheran, Baptist and Mennonite Colonies. The collection has been catalogued and can be found here. A finding aid is also available.
The Abram Hoffer Orthomolecular Collection was donated by Abram Hoffer (1917-2009) shortly before his death. Dr. Abram Hoffer, a well-known and somewhat controversial psychiatrist, was born and raised in Saskatchewan. Over the course of his long career, Dr. Hoffer collected a large library of materials relating to his interest in mental health, nutrition, and orthomolecular medicine, which he offered to the University Library at the University of Saskatchewan prior to his death. The donation of his personal collection, now referred to as the Abram Hoffer Orthomolecular Collection, consists of 1,520 books, of which he authored or co-authored 65 (including translated works and various editions). In addition to the well-known material on the hallucinogens, Dr. Hoffer collected books on a variety of topics including, but not limited to, schizophrenia, nutrition, orthomolecular therapy, psychiatry, cancer, alcoholism, mental illness/disorders, medicine, vitamin therapy, depression, diet therapy, and health.
Approximately 2 metres of manuscripts, notebooks, clippings, etc; 4.4 metres of correspondence; and 27 metres of books from the private library of Dr. Pitirim A. Sorokin.
Dr. Sorokin was born near Syktyvkar, taught in St. Petersburg, but soon after the 1917 Russian Revolution was forced to emigrate to the United States due to his political views. He became an internationally renowned scholar in the developing field of sociology, teaching for the rest of his life at Harvard University. Some of the Sorokin Collection has been catalogued and can be found in our library catalogue or USearch. A detailed finding aid is also available. A website dedicated to making Sorokin material available online is located here.
At over 800 titles consisting of more than a thousand items, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt collection is not only one of the most complete collections about the former US president, but a rich and curious resource that demonstrates a strong connection between the policies of Saskatchewan’s CCF party and the policies outlined by FDR’s administration.
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