May 16, 2022

McGraw-Hill Education Donates $1 Million Worth of Historical Books, Documents to Ryerson University in Toronto

From The Star:

Ryerson University has gained a slice of Canadian literary history after a donation of thousands of historical books and documents – collectively worth $1 million – from publisher McGraw-Hill Education.

The donated collection, which includes more than 3,000 books published from the 1860s to 1970 and over 2,000 documents including author contracts and letters, is the largest single donation to Ryerson’s library to date. The material is all from defunct Canadian publisher Ryerson Press, which was bought by McGraw-Hill in 1970 and shares a namesake with the university –Ontario educator and Methodist minister Egerton Ryerson.

“This is a very eclectic collection that can go in all kinds of different ways – history students, Canadian history students, church history students … just studies about the social times up to the 1970s and then people interested in publishing as well,” Ryerson chief librarian Madeleine Lefebvre told the Star.

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