- 1888-2012 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
50 boxes and items (11 metres)
Name of creator
Patrick McGahern Books is an Ottawa based book store specializing in Used and Rare Books, Canadiana, Americana, Arctic, Antarctic, Travel, Natural History & Voyages, Illustrated & Plate Books, Rare Books, Irish and Scottish History and Literature.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Gift of Patrick and Liam McGahern
Content and structure area
Scope and content
This collection demonstrates the scope and practice of operating an antiquarian bookseller’s establishment both before and during the use of computerized orders, payments, and catalogue creation. In particular, it deals with Patrick McGahern Books in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, also known as both The Book Boutique and Patrick and Liam McGahern Books. The collection contains business records,financial records, book orders, correspondence, memorabilia, a card catalogue, and bookseller’s catalogue proofs, masters, and prints related to the operation of Patrick McGahern Books.It also contains a moderate collection of nineteenth and twentieth-century bookseller’s catalogues either collected or used by Patrick and Liam McGahern.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Series 1: Administrative Records and Business-Specific Catalogues
Series 2: Financial Records
Series 3: Correspondence and Outreach
Series 4: Memorabilia and Miscellania
Series 5: Bookseller's Catalogues
Series 6: Card Catalogue
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form: https://fisher.library.utoronto.ca/stack-retrieval-request. Please note that this material requires 2 business days to retrieve.