Canadian Royal Heritage Archives and Library
King George III Canadian Royal Heritage Library
The library reflects the fact that throughout discordant times, the concept of monarchical society has been a dominant theme for mankind. For not only have most societies in history been monarchies, but also many important and stable modern nations are monarchies, and the ideal of constitutional monarchy commands the loyalty of many people not living under one. Canada has been a monarchy for over five hundred years. This library, unique in the English-Speaking world, is devoted to the study of kingship in all its varied aspects, not least of which is its history and practice in this Dominion of the North.
The library currently has four branches, each of which highlights Canadian royal history and general royal biographies.
The Claudia Willetts Branch (named in memory of the first Librarian) is the main branch. It is housed at the Lower Suite – 33 Lytton Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario and serves the greater Toronto-Hamilton area.
The Queen’s Bush Branch is at the Canadian Royal Heritage Museum, 144 Barbara Street, Neustadt, Ontario, also includes general Canadian and Diefenbaker histories, and serves Midwestern Ontario.
The Quinte Branch is at the Belleville Scout – Guide Museum, 350 Dundas Street West, Belleville, Ontario and serves the Quinte area.
The Elgin Branch is at the Duncombe House Heritage Centre, 30/32 Talbot Street, St Thomas, Ontario, also includes extensive military publications, and serves Southwestern Ontario.
This is a reference library system, and may be used for reference and research on the premises. As most material is out of print, items generally may not be borrowed. Telephone and written enquiries are accepted, and will be dealt with as quickly as possible by our volunteer, part-time library staff. Extensive research may be provided for a negotiated fee.
King George III
“King George III was one of the great book collectors of his age and a founder of the British national library … He began to collect books before he came to the throne … The library was not acquired for his personal use but as the nucleus of a [future] national library … The King’s library was designed for scholars and was open to all … Its value today is incalculable. The King bequeathed the library to his successor, who in 1823 presented it to the British Museum.”
[King George III, John Brooke, London, 1872, pp. 482-486]
The Canadian Royal Heritage Institute’s library was named in honour of King George III (reigned 1760-1820), who, in addition to his contributions to learning and scientific research, was the first Sovereign to reign over all of Canada, following the union of New France and British North
The King George III Canadian Royal Heritage Library possesses a growing collection of more than 10,000 books, pamphlets, journals and articles. It is built on donations. For its size it has a broad and varied collection dealing with specific monarchs and the philosophy of monarchy, as well as more specific dynastic topics such as:
The library has a special collection of books for children, ranging from pre-school storybooks, to non-fiction reading material, to stimulate interest in monarchy for older children.
There is a selection of French language material on Canadian and European subjects.
Books from some extensive private collections on related topics may be made available to users of the library on request.
Donations of books and magazines are always gratefully received and acknowledged. The donor’s name will be entered on the item, and also on a permanent list of donors to the library. Charitable tax receipts are available for donations to the library, gifts in kind or financial donations to the Canadian Royal Heritage Trust.
On The Library Shelf
These essays, use library materials to expound relevant topics of interest, so indicating the richness of the collection. Click here to view the essays.
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King Louis XIV Canadian Royal Heritage Archives
The archives of monarchical material held by the Canadian Royal Heritage Institute comprise a unique collection for research and display. Established in 1980 by Mary Miller (Mrs W.H.) Freeman as the Archives of the Monarchist League of Canada, they include the extensive M. Ida New Collection of photographs and prints. In 1995 the archives were transferred to the Canadian Royal Heritage Trust and considerably expanded since. They are housed at the Lower Suite – 33 Lytton Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario. The material is available to the public on the premises for research purposes, and arrangements may be made for public display.
King Louis XIV
King Louis XIV of the Royal House of Bourbon, was one of the most important monarchs in Canadian history, and his reign was the longest (1643-1715). In 1663 he made New France a royal province, the first step in Canada’s evolution from colony to independent kingdom. In his reign he also fostered the social and economic growth of Canada. The King was one of the great patrons of literature and art, established many academies and wrote his memoirs. The Canadian Royal Heritage Archives were named in his honour to recognise the contributions of this great Canadian king.
The King Louis XIV Canadian Royal Heritage Archives include: