Special Collections

Institute of Urban Studies Collection

Founded in 1978, the IUS library houses over 7,000 items including monographs, reference works, municipal plans, government documents, periodicals, and vertical files. It supports internal research and student coursework from the urban studies program at the University of Winnipeg and the City Planning program at the University of Manitoba. 


United Church Archives

Open by appointment only, this collection onsists of materials generated by the United Church of Canada from its founding in 1925, as well as most of those emanating from the Manitoba conferences of its precursors, the Presbyterian, Methodist, and Congregational churches, from 1870 to 1925. Also housed here are papers by such church-connected figures as Andrew Baird (1877-1941).


Rare Book Collection

Located in the Archives, the core of the Rare Book collection is based on the libraries of Manitoba, Wesley, and United Colleges. These volumes are primarily theological and classical texts, much of them in Latin or Greek.


Eckhardt Gramatté Library

The Eckhardt Gramatté Library contains the professional and personal library of the late Dr. Ferdinand Eckhardt, director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery from 1953-1974, as well as books owned by the composer and musician Sophie Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté and the German Expressionist painter Walter Gramatté. It is a rich collection of over 8,000 books, journals and exhibition catalogues dealing with art history from many regions of the world and with many forms of visual art.


Children's Picture Book Collection

Margaret Graham (1909-1992), the dedicated Associate Librarian who served some 40 years from 1933 to 1971, is said to have voluntarily forfeited her salary during the Depression. She and her mother Edith committed their estates toward the establishment of a trust fund for the purchase of materials in history and literature. This ongoing collection of picture books, founded in 1996, is one of the results. It is non-circulating.


Wanka Collection

These items concern the fate of Germans who, after World War II, were expelled from what was known as the Sudetenland, located in the northeast part of Czechoslovakia. For Willi Wanka (1910-1992) the Sudeten question never lost its importance, although he became a Canadian citizen in 1946 and came to regard Canada as his home. The Wanka Collection, donated to the University in 1994, is a valuable source of information on the history of the Sudeten Germans, their activities since World War II, and the issues and controversies which have divided them. It consists of two parts, shelved separately:


East European Genealogical Society Collection

This ongoing collection was established in an advantageous agreement struck in 1996 with the Eastern European Genealogical Society, Inc, whereby the University agrees to house all materials and the Society covers cataloguing and housing costs. Not strictly devoted to family history, the collection also contains valuable gazetteers, maps, and monographs relating to Slavic, Baltic, and Germanic history and ethnography. It is located in the Special Collections Room, and a detailed list of the holdings is available online.