Collection LA.SC020 - Canadian bookplate collection

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Canadian bookplate collection


  • 1800s-2000s (Creation)

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Extent and medium

178 bookplates
1 leaf of textual records : ill.

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Archival history

The materials constituting the Canadian bookplate collection were acquired in 1969, 1975, 1978 and later by the AGO from various sources.

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AGO credit line: various.

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Scope and content

Collection consists of ornamented and illustrated bookplates accumulated by the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) Library and Archives beginning in 1969. In that year, AGO librarian Sybille Pantazzi acquired the first group of items now included in the collection, and added to it in 1975 and 1978. The Library and Archives continues to augment the collection.
The bookplates in the collection were chiefly designed for Canadian book collectors, libraries and associations by Canadian, American and other artists from the 19th century to the present day. The collection includes armorial, presentation and other bookplates and 1 leaflet, and comprises various forms of prints such as engravings, etchings and woodcuts. Most of the bookplates have not been used.

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Conditions governing access

Open. Access to Special Collections is by appointment. Please contact the reference desk for more information.

Conditions governing reproduction

Various copyright holders. It is the researcher’s responsibility to obtain permission to publish any part of the collection.

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  • English

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The Art Gallery of Ontario holds works of art in its permanent collection by artists named in the fonds: William Walker Alexander, Timothy Cole, Ann MacIntosh Duff, Sylvia Hahn, Micah Lexier, Stanley Harrod, Alfred Harold Howard, Julius John Lankes, James Edward Hervey Macdonald, Thoreau Macdonald and Frederick Horsman Varley.

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Some items have attributions and other information noted on verso.

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Description and finding aid created 2004, revised 2017.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description prepared by Sylvia Lassam (2004), modified by Gary Fitzgibbon (2017).
Uploaded and adapted by Nirvana Chainani, 2019.

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