UBC began collecting materials related to Malcolm Lowry with the first deposit of his papers with Rare Books and Special Collections by his widow, Margerie Lowy, in 1961. Since that initial deposit, UBC has collected published and archival materials by and about Malcolm Lowry from a variety of friends and family of the Lowrys, Lowry scholars and collectors, and auctions. The breadth and depth of UBC’s collection of Malcolm Lowry materials draws scholars and enthusiasts from around the world. Prominent among them is UBC's own Professor Emeritus Dr. Sherrill E. Grace, who published the collected letters of Malcolm Lowry in her book, Sursum Corda!: The Collected Letters of Malcolm Lowry. UBC has also sent representatives to several Malcolm Lowry conferences, including the 1984 London Conference on Malcolm Lowry.
UBC’s Malcolm Lowry holdings are divided between the circulating collections of the UBC Library, UBC Open Collections, Rare Books and Special Collections, and University Archives. In the Library's circulating collection, one can find published works by Malcolm Lowry, including Under the Volcano and his collected letters, published works of criticism about Lowry’s works. UBC Open Collections holds a collection of theses and dissertations pertaining to Malcolm Lowry’s life and works. RBSC holds the Malcolm Lowry Manuscripts Collection and several other collections, fonds, and papers relating to Lowry. RBSC also holds Lowry’s Personal Library Collection, as well as a small collection of published works by Lowry, including a clothbound hardcover first edition of Ultramarine, which are too rare, fragile, or valuable to be in regular circulation.