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James A. Gibson Library
The Special Collections and Archives is continually digitizing our collections to make these more accessible to researchers. In some cases, entire collections of records have been placed online. Primarily, only selected items that best represent the holdings of a collection will be digitized. These are intended to assist researchers and inspire them to visit Brock University to see the rest of the collections.
Use the following format to cite a digitized record:
Letter - Bliss Carman to Ethelwyn Wetherald, 15 December 1897, Agnes Ethelwyn Wetherald Fonds, 1872-2007 (RG 84), Brock University Archives, Brock University Library. Accessed 17 March 2015. http://dr.library.brocku.ca/handle/10464/4391.
The Digital Repository (DR) is where all of the digitized items from the Special Collections and Archives are made available. The DR is keyword searchable and can be browsed.
We have categorized our digitized materials into three areas:
- Archival Resources - primary records from various collections within our Archives
- Digitized Books - published works from our specialized book collection
- University Archives - materials that chronicle the history of Brock University
Brock University's War of 1812 Collection
The Special Collections and Archives has a large collection of primary and secondary records about the War of 1812. 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 historians Dr. Frederick Drake and Robert Malcomson; and modern works of history about the conflict. The following are resources to help you find our 1812 related materials:
"The War: A War of 1812 newspaper" - an entire run of this newspaper online
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 below.
Welland Canal Maps - First and Second Canals
We have digitized some survey maps, land appropriation records and books on the Welland Canals.
And there more resouces on the Canals in our collection.
To view the locations of the Second Welland Canal survey maps on a modern day map, visit this link: Second Welland Canal - Google Maps.
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