Canadian small presses, literary publishers and periodicals collection.
[196-]-[200-]. 1.6 m of textual records.
In contrast to mainstream publishers that distribute, sell, and advertise
quality printed books, journals and newspapers commercially in standard
formats, small presses are modelled on alternative forms of publishing
in which writers take control of all aspects of publishing their work.
Print runs are invariably small and difficult to find. Works that are
printed are often experimental in nature and embody a literary aesthetic.
In Canada the small press movement flourished especially in the 1960s
as an outgrowth of the literary renaissance of that time. Some small
presses from that era such as Coach House Press, Oberon Press, and House
of Anansi are now considered to be mainstream.
This collection consists of catalogues, announcements, and ephemera
from approximately 245 small presses in Canada. Several presses in this
collection such as Broadview Press and Red Deer College are academic
Title based on content of collection.
The collection (07-2011) was acquired from Nelson Ball on 10 February
Finding aid available.
There are no access restrictions.
Further accruals are not expected.