Special Collections at Queen's is a rich and diverse research resource containing a wide range of materials acquired either through purchase or donation over the last 160 years since the inception of the University.

Today, the collection (including the Canadiana collections) numbers in excess of 120,000 volumes. For more information on the library and its collections, go to the library's website.

Collections in this community

Recent Submissions

  • Contemporary Book Arts in Eastern Ontario 

    Special Collections Staff (2013-03-01)
    Library Exhibit, 1 March - 31 May, 2013 Opening Reception: Thursday, 7 March, 5:00pm - 6:30pm. Contributing Artists: Hugh Barclay, Wendy Cain, Rebecca Cowan, Holly Dean, Roberta Heubener, Mary Kritz, Margaret ...
  • Charles Dickens at 200 

    Special Collections Staff (2012-04-02)
    Charles Dickens at 200 Library Exhibit, 2 April - 31 December, 2012 Queen's Special Collections joins the global celebration of the man and his great achievements by showing some of the treasures in its rare and valuable ...
  • Catherine Parr Traill, Jessie Roy and Annie Boyd - Early Canadian Botantists 

    Crowder, Adele (2001-11)
    The W. D. Jordan Special Collections & Music Library and The Fowler Herbarium at Queen's University, are pleased to present an exhibit & lecture relating to three early Canadian botanists - Catherine Parr Traill, Jessie ...
  • Bookbindings in Paper and Cloth, 1800 - 1925 

    Lock, Margaret (2004-03-03)
    This exhibition featured both utilitarian and quality bindings. Most were publishers’ bindings or edition bindings; that is, one of many copies of the same title given an identical binding by the publisher. Modern book ...
  • Bible through the Ages: an exhibit to honour Dr. Fraikin, Queen's University Theological College 

    Special Collections Staff (2002-12-06)
    Bible Through the Ages Library Exhibit, 6 December 2002 - 26 January 2003 On display are selected items from the Jordan Library's collection of about 1200 Bibles, representing many historically significant versions. ...
  • A Selection of Gifts to Special Collections from Queen's Alumni 

    Special Collections Staff (2001-09)
    A Selection of Gifts to Special Collections from Queen's Alumni Libary Exhibit, September - October 2001 Presented for Homecoming Weekend, September 2001, this exhibition is one way of saying, “Thank you” to all our ...
  • A Dickensian Holiday 

    Sparks, Jillian (2015-12-16)
    A Dickensian Holiday, Dec. 16 – Jan 4, 2016 A Christmas Carol is arguably Charles Dickens best Christmas story, but he wrote several other Christmas stories including two more novellas: The Chimes and A Cricket by ...
  • The Young Ladies Journal Latest Winter Parisian Winter Fashions 1878 

    Unknown author (1878-10)
    Panoramic fashion plate of 17 women and 3 children in fashionable dresses. | Extensive outdoor backdrop of either a park or a promenade square. Dress colors ordered from left to right are Top: brown with black coat, grey ...
  • The Young Ladies Journal Parisian Summer Fashions 1878 

    Unknown author (1878-05)
    Panoramic fashion plate consisting of 15 women and 4 young girls wearing fashionable dresses. | Extensive pavilion backdrop with steps, a pond, and a house. | Dress colors ordered from left to right Top: purple, blue with ...
  • The Young Ladies Journal Monthly Panorama of Fashion 

    Unknown author (1877-11)
    Panoramic fashion plate consisting of 12 women and 2 young girls in fashionable dresses. | They are inside a room with wallpaper and carpeting. | Dress colors ordered from left to right are burgundy with creme coat, green ...
  • The Young Ladies' Journal Summer Latest Parisian Fashions 1877 

    Unknown author (1877-05)
    Panoramic fashion plate containing 17 ladies and 3 young girls in dresses. | Outdoor pavilion scene with stairs, trees, bushes, and large plants. | Dress color order from left to right Top: green with white details, blue ...
  • Complete Set of Lace Designs in Honiton and Point Braid 

    Unknown author (1878-09)
    Five lace patterns printed on a purple background, including designs for lace, collar, cuff, handkerchief border, and plastron trimming.
  • June Roses 

    Unknown author (1877-06)
    Red, yellow, and pink rose floral arrangement, with the ink shading still preserved.
  • Designs for Glove Box & Handkerchief Sachet 

    Unknown author (1876-10)
    Full color floral designs within squares and rectangles. Two of the four designs are bordered by blue ribbon.
  • Published with The Young Ladies' Journal, September 1st, 1874 

    Unknown author (1874-09)
    Embroidery design for slippers consisting of floral and geometric patterns in green, blue, purple, yellow, and orange. Printed on raised-grid canvas.
  • The Young Ladies Journal Monthly Panorama of Fashion 

    Unknown author (1879-07)
    Panoramic fashion plate containing 12 women and 3 young girls in fashionable dresses. | Garden backdrop with heavy foliage. | Dress colors ordered from left to right are brown with black coat, purple with white details, ...
  • The Young Ladies Journal Latest Parisian Summer Fashions 1879 

    Unknown author (1879-05)
    Panoramic fashion plate containing 14 women and 6 young girls in fashionable dresses. | Garden background with decorative wooden fencing. | Dress colors ordered from left to right are grey with rust details, black and white ...
  • The Young Ladies Journal Monthly Panorama of Fashion 

    Unknown author (1879-04)
    Panoramic fashion plate containing 12 women and 3 young girls in fashionable dresses. | They are standing on a green carpet, and green plants are in the background. | Dress colors ordered from left to right are pink with ...
  • The Young Ladies Journal Monthly Panorama of Fashion 

    Unknown author (1879-03)
    Panoramic fashion plate containing 12 women and 3 young girls in fashionable dresses. | Interior backdrop of room with black and white tiled floor. | Dress colors ordered from left to right are brown with blue details, ...
  • The Young Ladies Journal Monthly Panorama of Fashion 

    Unknown author (1879-02)
    Panoramic fashion plate containing 12 women and 3 young girls in fashionable dresses. | Blank backdrop aside from grey floor and grey curtains. | Dress colors ordered from left to right are red with black details, blue ...

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