Book Collections

Various books available in Special Collections

To access information about books from any of the following collections, please consult the Library’s main catalogue.

The Rare Book Collection was acquired for the library in 1971, and was housed in the Archives for the past 10 years before moving to Special Collections in 2008. The collection contains around 500 works of Canadiana and eighteenth century English literature, including the thirteen volume periodical The Yellow Book: An Illustrated Quarterly (1894-1897). Ryerson Library is not actively adding materials to this collection.

The Nicholas M. and Marilyn A. Graver Collection was acquired in March 2005. Built up over many years, the collection consists of over 1,000 books (some rare), periodicals, catalogues, and other similar material related to the history of photography. An alphabetical listing of the titles in the Graver Collection is available in the Library catalogue.

The Michael Mitchell Photographic Collection, acquired in December 2005, of over 2,000 monographs, anthologies, catalogues and periodicals was assembled over the past quarter century and includes numerous unusual and rare items. Browse this collection on our Library Catalogue.

The Fred Spira Collection was acquired in 2007 and contains approximately 1200 books related to the history of the technology of photography. The collection includes first edition nineteenth century German texts, photographic manuals and journals.

The Bergerson Collection was acquired in 2007. The collection consists of a variety art books, including many books on photography, Surrealism, Dadaism and Canadian artists. These works were part of the private collection of Phil Bergerson, a photographer and Ryerson University Professor in the School of Image Arts. Search the collection on our Library Catalogue.

The Ryerson Press Collection was acquired in 2016. The collection contains books published by the Ryerson Press in Toronto between 1862 and 1971. Subjects include educational texts and guides, Canadian history, religion, fiction and poetry. The collection also includes 3 boxes of records from Ryerson Press, including authors contracts, correspondence, and memorandums. The books can be browsed through our Database or the Library Catalogue

The Robert MacIntosh City of Toronto Collection was donated to Special Collections in Browse the MacIntosh History of Toronto book collection on our library catalogue