Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00397 - Readers' Club of Canada Collection

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Readers' Club of Canada Collection


  • 1959-1981 (Creation)

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1 box (6.5 cm)

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The Readers' Club of Canada was launched by Peter and Carol Martin in 1959. At the time, it was the only book club in Canada to offer its members an entirely Canadian book selection. When the club got into financial difficulty in 1978, it was sold to New Leaf, the holding company that owned Saturday Night magazine. Substantial investments in promotion failed to raise the club's membership from 6000 to a target 20 000, and it was eventually closed down by Saturday Night's next owner, Norman Webster.

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The collection consists largely of generic shareholders' correspondence, shareholder reports and annual audited financial reports of the Readers' Club of Canada. There are also a few personal letters between Peter Martin and Patricia Blackburn.

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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:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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