Finding Rare Materials at UVic

Special Collections

Special Collections homepage

Quick link to SCUA guides

Quick link to Finding Aids

Read about Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) in the 2009-2010 annual report:


Overview of Books in Special Collections: Has links to collection overviews and finding aids.

ESTC Books (English Short Title Catalogue, 1490-1800): There are 4698 books on this list, about 1/4 of them donated by Patricia and Karl Koster. There are about 200 recent acquisitions waiting to be catalogued. Go directly to the list of ESTC Books

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Digital Collections


A-Z List of Digital Collections

Literary Archives

Overview: You’ll find all the fonds listed alphabetically by author. Heather Dean also suggested that you search the Library Catalogue to turn up correspondence between authors.


Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts Collections This finding aid is amazing! You get metadata, the shelfmark, a thumbnail image from the item, and (in a few cases) a longer description.

Victorian Serial Fiction

See our extraordinary collection listed here: