New Acquisitions

Donations may be accepted from affiliated institutiosn and campus orgranizations, faculty members, as well as local organizations, individuals, and families. Archivists and Librarians work with donors to appraise their offered donation, to identify material of potential value, and to assist in the preparation and transfer of materials.

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If you are interested in donating or accessing materials, please contact us by phone at 519-661-4046 or by email.


Donations to the archives

Title Description
Bill Saul fonds Bill Saul had an extensive career in marketing and advertising in Canada. The material is comprised of marketing reports for clients, ad agency administrative records, creative briefs, communication plans, internal and external correspondence, and workshop documentation developed by Mr. Saul.
Concert Program and Ticket Stubs Material from London concerts: Jose Greco, Nana Lorca, Antonia DelCastillo, Mireille Mathieu, Ivan Rebroff, and Dionne Warwick.
Dr. Alan Beck fonds The fonds consists of records kept by Dr. Beck from his early career in England and Australia as well as his long period of service at Western. The fonds was received in two installments, one deposited by Dr. Beck in 2003 and another in 2021.
Dr. Roderic Beaujot fonds Dr. Roderic Beaujot is a retired demographer who worked in the Sociology Department at Western between 1975 until his retirement in 2012. His records related to his research in population studeies, including in Tunisia. There is also some documentation of his work in professional and Western committee service.
Dr. Roger Emerson fonds Dr. Roger Emerson was born in Vermont and emigrated to Canada in 1969 to teach History at Western. He retired in 1999. The accrual adds to the holdings of his personal papaers as well as those of his mother in Vermont.
Ed Phelps Correspondence Correspondence from Ed Phelps, previous head of Regional Collection, Western Libraryes and local historian, relating to local history topics.
Fourth Estate Newsletter 1986 copy of the newsletter of the staff of the London Free Press / Blackburn Media.
Jason McLean fonds Two Cough Park CDs, Cough Park zine, and the Cyrillic Typerwiter album.
Ken Jensen Photography Negatives Ken Jensen was a photographer who was active in London during the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Stereoscope and Stereo Cards Stereo cards and stereoscope dating from the 1895-1905 period.
W.C. Tamblyn The fonds consist of photographs of sports teams at Western.

Special collections donations

Donor Title and Description
Anonymous Slave bill of sale for woman and child in the US, date to be verified.
Gravitis, Karl Black, G.W. A work on operative dentistry, 1908.
Hill, Benjamin Locke, John. Of human understanding, printed in 1689. Leather bound volume.
Knight, Charles Grant, Ted. This is our work: the legacy of Sir William Osler. 1994. Signed by author. Number 74 of 250 copies. Leather binding.
Russell, Gord Graphic novels, artoons, and books.
Smet, Dr. Eddy Smet Comic Book Collection. New accrual to this major collection.
Toswell, Professor Jane Medieval Antiphoner / Missal, 119pp, 8 vol, 140mm x 95mm, c.1500. Illuminated letters, contemporary leather binding. Spanish.


The Golden Helmet, W.B.Yeats. New York, John Quinn, 1908. First edition, numbered 25 of 50 copies, printed by John Quinn. Inscribed by John Quinn to Yeats’s friend Frederick James Gregg.

From Peter Harrington, London: The Golden Helmet is the rare first appearance, here in prose, of the Cuchullain play that would eventually be reworked into verse as The Green Helmet and published in The Green Helmet and Other Poems. The play was first conceived in 1907, in the aftermath of the Abbey Theatre riots over Synge’s Playboy of the Western World, and was produced at the Abbey Theatre on 19 March 1908, where Yeats himself took a curtain call. The only other printing of the text was in the later 1908 Collected Works in Verse and Prose.


Our Special Collections contain a number of early editions on slavery, abolition, and the Underground Railroad in Canada. Our newest acquisition to the James Alexander and Ellen Rea Benson Special Collections is a very rare first edition of “ Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb an American Slave, Written by Himself” (1849).

After escaping from Kentucky to Detroit in 1842, and then migrating to Upper Canada after the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, Bibb published his book and then started the first black newspaper in Canada, The Voice of the Fugitive. You can read more about the life of Henry Bibb in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, and you can visit the Archives and Research Collections Centre at Western University to examine the first edition of his book.