Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays -- Research Guide

French Canadian Literature

The Collection

The aim of the 19th century private collectors who began the Harris Collection was to acquire all American and Canadian poetry, plays, and music, and this is still the guiding principle of the Collection today. It is the largest collection of Canadian poetry and drama outside Canada, and is much larger than collections in most Canadian research libraries.

The Collection includes a number of great rarities, of which the foremost is Marc Lescarbot's Les muses de la Nouvelle France, a masque performed in Nova Scotia in 1606 and published in Paris in 1609. This is not only the earliest Canadian title, but the earliest title in the entire Harris Collection.

In addition, there are extensive collections of major French-Canadian writers of the 19th and 20th centuries, including: Anne Hebert, Francois-Xavier Garneau, Louis Frechette, Emile Nelligan, Gaston Miron, Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau, Gratien Gelinas, Marcel Dube, Marie-Claire Blais, Michel Tremblay, Felix-Antoine Savard, Alain Grandbois, Roland Giguere, Gilles Vigneault, Nicole Brossard, among many others. Included in the Collection are extensive holdings of vocal music and hymnals, anthologies, and literary periodicals. There are also considerable holdings of Canadian poetry broadsides.

See Also:
» Canadian Literature

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Related Collections

The John Carter Brown Library at Brown University is an internationally renowned, constantly growing collection of primary historical sources pertaining to the Americas, both North and South, before ca. 1825. It includes an extensive collection of Canadiana.

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Related Internet Resources

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Essential References

Amtmann, Willy
Music in Canada, 1600-1800.
[s.n.] : Habitex Books ; [Cambridge, Ont. : Distributed by Collier-Macmillan Canada, c1975]

The Annotated bibliography of Canada's major authors / edited by Robert Lecker and Jack David
Downsview, Canada : ECW Press ; Boston : distributed by G. K. Hall, 1979-1994

Ball, John Leslie
A bibliography of Canadian theatre history, 1583-1975. / John Ball, Richard Plant; general editor, Anton Wagner
[Toronto : Playwrights Co-op, c1976]

Ball, John Leslie
The bibliography of Canadian theatre history : supplement, 1975-1976 Toronto : Playwrights Co-op, 1979

Canadian Music Centre, Toronto
Canadian vocal music, available for perusal from the library of the Canadian Music Centre.
Toronto [1967]

Canadian writers, 1890-1920 : edited by W.H. New
Detroit : Gale Research, c1990

Canadian writers, 1920-1959. First series / edited by W.H. New
Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., c1988

Canadian writers, 1920-1959. Second series / edited by W. H. New
Detroit : Gale Research, c1989

Canadian writers before 1890 / edited by W.H. New
Detroit : Gale Research, c1990

Canadian writers since 1960. Second series / edited by W.H. New
Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., c1987

Cass-Beggs, Barbara
A reference list on Canadian folk music / prepared for the Canadian Folk Music Society by Barbara Cass-Beggs and Edith Fowke
Revised and updated.
[Montreal?] : Canadian Folk Music Society, 1973

Coppens, Patrick
Litterature quebecoise contemporaine / Patrick Coppens ; preface de Gaston Miron
[Quebec] : Gouvernement du Quebec, Ministere de l'education, Direction generale des moyens d'enseignement : Centrale des bibliotheques ; La Pocatiere, Quebec : Diffusion exclusive, Societe du stage en bibliotheconomie de La Pocatiere, [1982]

Directory of Canadian plays and playwrights / editor, Jane Cunningham
10th anniversary ed.
Toronto : Playwrights Canada, c1981

Doucette, Leonard E.
Theatre in French Canada : laying the foundations, 1606-1867
Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, c1984

ECW's biographical guide to Canadian poets.
Toronto, Ont. : ECW Press, c1993

Encyclopedia of music in Canada / edited by Helmut Kallmann, Gilles Potvin, Kenneth Winters
2nd ed.
Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, c1992

Fraser, Ian Forbes
Bibliography of French-Canadian poetry.
New York, Columbia University [c1935-

Geddes, James
Bibliographical outline of French-Canadian literature
[Chicago, 1940]

Jackson, Rick
Encyclopedia of Canadian rock, pop & folk music.
Kingston, Ont. : Quarry Press, c1994

Johnston, Richard
Folk songs of Canada; Edith Fulton Fowke, literary editor, Richard Johnston, music editor. Illus. by Elizabeth Wilkes Hoey
Waterloo, Ont., Waterloo Music Co. [1955]

Kallman, Helmut
A history of music in Canada, 1534-1914
[Toronto] University of Toronto Press [1960]

Kandiuk, Mary
French-Canadian authors : a bibliography of their works and of English-language criticism
Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press, 1990

Laforte, Conrad
Le Catalogue de la chanson folklorique francaise / par Conrad Laforte ; preface de Luc Lacourciere
Qu┌bec : Presses universitaires Laval, 1958

Legare, Yves
Dictionnaire des ecrivains quebecois contemporains
Montreal, Quebec : Quebec/Amerique : Diffusion, Hachette Canada, c1983

Livesay, Dorothy, comp.
40 women poets of Canada; edited by Dorothy Livesay, with the assistance of Seymour Mayne
Montreal, Ingluvin Publications [1971]

Morey, Carl
Music in Canada : a research and information guide.
New York : Garland Pub., 1997

Nos livres
[Montreal, Office des communications sociales]
Brown has: v.8-19; 1977-1988;

The Oxford companion to Canadian literature / general editors, Eugene Benson & William Toye
2nd ed Toronto ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1997
» See also Online Edition

Platnick, Phyllis
Canadian poetry : index to criticisms (1970-1979) = Poòsie canadienne : index.
[Ottawa, Ont.] : Canadian Library Association, c1985

Poetry by Canadian women / edited by Rosemary Sullivan.
Don Mills, Ont. : Oxford University Press Canada, 1989

Robert, Lucie
L'institution du litteraire au Quebec
Quebec : Presses de l'Universite Laval, 1989

University of British Columbia. Library
A check list of printed materials relating to French Canadian literature. Liste de reference d'imprimes relatifs ├ la litterature canadienne-francaise. [By] Gerard Tougas
Vancouver, The Library, 1958

Who's who in the League of Canadian Poets : directory of members 1999/2000 [compiled by Edita Petrauskaite]
Toronto, Ont. : League of Canadian Poets, c1999

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