An Unmatched Devotion: A Symposium to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Colbeck Collection at the UBC Library

University of British Columbia Library and the Department of English invites you to attend a symposium, “An Unmatched Devotion” on October 25, 2017  (10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Irving K. Barber Learning Centre) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Library’s acquisition of the Norman Colbeck Collection of Nineteenth Century and Edwardian Poetry and Belles Lettres. Speakers for this event include: Mark Samuels Lasner, University of Delaware Library; Florence Boos, University of Iowa; Kristin Mahoney, Michigan State University; and Yuri Cowan, Norwegian University of Science and Technology. If you are interested in attending the symposium, please register by October 13, 2017 at

The Colbeck Collection, which comprises some 13,000 rare and often unique volumes – in addition to literary manuscripts and letters – is one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of Victorian and Edwardian English and Anglo-Irish literature. Its catalogue, issued by UBC Press in 1987, remains a vital work of reference for scholars, collectors, and members of the book trade.

To celebrate this indispensable research and teaching asset, the Library, in conjunction with the Department of English, has planned a major exhibition in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre from October 23-December 20, 2017.