Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00697 (Downsview Offsite) - Patrick McGahern Papers

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00697 (Downsview Offsite)


Patrick McGahern Papers


  • 1888-2012 (Creation)

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Manuscript Collection

Extent and medium

50 boxes and items (11 metres)

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Name of creator


Administrative history

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.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Patrick and Liam McGahern

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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.

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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

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form: Please note that this material requires 2 business days to retrieve.

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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