Special Collections

Special Collections

Special Collections

The Kelly Library Special Collections chiefly consist of archival, manuscript, and rare books collections. All items in Special Collections are non-circulating and can only be used in the Special Collections Reading Room. The Reading Room is currently closed due to precautionary COVID-19 measures. We are available to answer any questions via email at: specialcollections.kellylibrary@utoronto.ca.

Seating is limited. To ensure that there is a seat for you, please email us for an appointment.

Where to Access Special Collections Materials

See AlsoUniversity Archives for institutional records.

Archival Collections

The Archival and Manuscript Collections include the papers of individuals and organizations collected by the Kelly Library for primary source research with particular emphasis on supporting the research and teaching mission of the College programs (Celtic studies, Christianity and Culture, Mediaeval Studies and the Book and Media Studies) and the Faculty of Theology.

Private papers that enrich the research component of the College programs including the papers of Canadian writer Sheila Watson and Marshall McLuhan bibliographer James Feeley, Irish politician Patrick O’Neill, The New Catholic Times Inc. fonds among others. The Collection is particularly strong in the areas of Christianity, Christian spirituality and Catholicism. The archival collections that document the Christian spiritual and faith experience including the Henri J.M. Nouwen Archives and Research collection and records related to Jean Vanier and his communities of l’Arche and Faith and Sharing. The department also houses archival collections that complement the Kelly Library Rare Book Collection including an extensive 19th French theatre collection and a small archives of intellectual and writer G.K. Chesterton.

Archival Collections Highlights

See Also: University Archives for University of St. Michael’s College corporate records.