October 5, 2015

Library and Archives Canada Purchases Large Collection of War of 1812 Documents

From the CBC:

A large collection of letters, maps and other papers that once belonged to Sir John Sherbrooke, the lieutenant-governor of Nova Scotia who conquered Maine for the British during the War of 1812, has sold for $573,000 at auction in London.

The winning bidder was Library and Archives Canada, and the future Canadian Museum of History. Including commission, the sale cost the federal government about $690,000.

The government said its acquisition is the largest known collection of War of 1812 documents.


CBC’s Ann MacMillan reported from London that the collection won’t be heading back to Canada right away. Because the artifacts are considered to be of historic importance to Britain, a government body will have to grant an export licence. However, the auctioneers say that should not be a problem.

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