Special Collections
Exhibition Catalogues

Exhibition catalogues are housed in large filing cabinets in the Visual Resources Collection (VRC). These consist primarily of pamphlets accompanying artists’ exhibitions of their work. In many cases, they represent the earliest documentation of an artist’s oeuvre.  The Exhibition Catalogues Collection at the NSCAD University Library dates back to the early 1970’s.
Exhibition catalogues may be borrowed and are searchable in the Novanet catalogue.

Archives & Artist's Books This growing Special Collection of rare and artist's books  is located in the Visual Resources Collection. It contains rare editions of art books and a unique collection of artists’ books made by Conceptual artists of the 1970s and 1980s.  These items do not circulate, but you can make an appointment to view these items by calling the VRC (902) 494-8182.     

Donald Cameron Mackay History and Culture Collection

This collection of books owned by Donald Cameron Mackay, Principal of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design from1945 to 1970, was donated by Ian Muncaster of Zwicker’s Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Mackay was both an historian and an artist. His collection consists of books from his personal library, reflecting the interests and concerns of the day.

A portion of this collection is housed in the Archives Room on the third floor of the Library. The remainder of the collection is in storage, awaiting cataloguing and further documentation.  These items are non-circulating.

Donald Soucy Early Art Education Collection

The Donald Soucy Collection contains books, pamphlets, journals, and textbooks covering 19th and early 20th century materials for teaching art education. Primarily focused on education for the arts in the schools, this collection is a valuable resource for researchers in the history of art education in North America.

The Donald Soucy Collection is currently housed in the photocopying room on the first floor of the NSCAD Library. These items are non-circulating but appear in the Novanet catalogue.

Janet Ferguson Craft Collection
Through a generous bequest from Janet Ferguson, the Library has been able to enhance its holdings in the areas of craft and craft history. Books purchased from the bequest have been labelled and are housed with other books in the subject area in the General Collection. These items are available for borrowing and their records are in the Novanet catalogue.

David Burke European Art History Collection
This collection of rare books of mainly European Artists and Art History was kindly donated to the NSCAD library by Mr. David Burke in 2008.  Together they provide a detailed look into artists working in a variety of media  throughout the ages.  These materials are available for in-library use and are found on the main floor, shelved by artist last name.  These titles are not available in the Novanet catalogue at this time.

Slide collection