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Special Collections: Canadian Literature

About this Collection

UBC library has a significant collection of little magazines (small press literary magazines), most of which are held in Rare Books and Special Collections. Little magazines, or small magazines, published experimental and non-mainstream writings produced by relatively unknown authors. These magazines were usually not published with the intention of making a profit and were published irregularly. This collection includes not only magazines produced in British Columbia, but also includes most of the important Canadian titles.

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Indexes, Catalogues, and Bibliographies in Print

McNight, David. An Annotated Bibliography of English-Canadian Little Magazines: 1940-1980. MA Thesis; Montreal: Concordia University, 1992.

Meister, Marilyn and Rothstein, Samuel. The Little Magazines of British Columbia: A Narrative Bibliography. Vancouver: University of British Columbia, 1967.

Leverette, Clarke E. Index to Little Magazines of Ontario. London ON: Killaly Press, 1973.

Norris, Ken. The Little Magazine in Canada. Toronto: ECW Press, 1984.

Subject Search

Canadian Literature--Periodicals

Canadian Poetry--Periodicals

Canadian literature--19th century--Periodicals

Canadian literature--20th century--Periodicals

Canadian literature--British Columbia--Periodicals

Special Pamphlets

SPAM Periodical Collection 

  • some of the literary magazines are featured in this ephemera collection

Related Works

Francis, Wynne. "The Little Presses," Canadian Literature 33

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