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Religious Books Collection (C394)

1711-1961. - 300 cm of textual records (93 books).

Administrative History - Biographical Sketch:

The books in this collection come from a variety of sources, most of them unknown.

Scope and Content:

This collection consists of four series of documents spanning a period of 250 years, from 1711 to 1961. The four series are the Bible and New Testament; Book of Common Prayer; Devotional Books; and Song, Hymn and Psalm Books. Some of them belonged to leading Montrealers such as William Dawson, John C. Molson and David Ross McCord. The collection shows the importance attached to religious books in the 18th and 19th centuries. Several books contain notes indicating they were given as gifts on the occasion of weddings or communions or for pleasure. Some of them also contain family records of births, deaths, marriages, etc.

The collection is divided into the following series:

  • C394/A: Bible and New Testament
  • C394/B: Book of Common Prayer
  • C394/C: Devotional Books
  • C394/D: Song, Hymn and Psalm Books