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James A. Gibson Library
The Special Collections and Archives possess a strong assembly of primary and secondary records from the War of 1812 era and many research materials written afterwards. Some of these resources include: Canadian, American and British newspapers from the war period; contempory booklets, addresses, speeches, legal records and more; written documents from the War; research and writings of 1812 historian Dr. Frederick Drake; research of 1812 historian Robert Malcomson; and modern works of history about the War
The Brock University Library partnered with six Niagara heritage institutions to digitize and place online their 1812 era records and artefacts. The result was over 1000 items captured by 22000 images. The website for this initiative is www.1812history.com. To search the site immediately, enter a keyword in the box above.
Survey maps and land appropriation records concerning the construction and course of the First and Second Welland Canal through the Niagara Peninsula. These records span the years 1826 to the 1860s and detail the natural and human impacts on the land.
To view the locations of the Second Welland Canal survey maps on a modern day map, visit this link:Second Welland Canal - Google Maps.
Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends member, Terry O'Malley, made significant contributions to the field of advertising as creative director and president of Vickers & Benson. These archival records reflect his creative efforts and include not only successes but also rough drafts and sketches of ideas that never made it off the page. Terry O'Malley and the Vickers & Benson team not only promoted commercial products such as beer, fast food, hockey equipment and sporting events, but also promoted national government sponsored events and programs.
As Brock University approaches its fiftieth anniversary in 2014, interest in its past will continually grow. This digital collection contains historic photographs, papers, promotional items and other interesting materials that document the history of Brock University from its inception to the present. This is a work in progress. We will keep adding to the collection up to the fiftieth anniversary celebration and beyond.
Literary clubs were places where women could socialize and exchange ideas. The Women's Literary Club of St. Catharines was founded in 1892 by local author Emma Harvey Currie after a call went out for "all those interested" to meet in the parlour of the local Y.M.C.A. The club's stated purpose was "to study, and to promote literary and historical pursuits."
In 1969, the Women's Literary Club of St. Catharines donated a rich body of records including meeting minutes, letters, papers, invitations, photographs and postcards to the Brock University Archives.
In January of 2002, the Library hosted a birthday celebration for its namesake, James A. Gibson, Founding President of Brock University. Visit the 90th birthday photo exhibit and find out more about this distinguished Canadian