The Norman Colbeck Collection

This collection includes materials written by English and Anglo-Irish poets and essayists of the Romantic, Victorian and Edwardian periods with 450 authors represented in more than 13,000 volumes. Unique items include many rare first editions, special editions, limited editions and association and presentation copies.

Attend an exhibition and symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Colbeck Collection

Attend the symposium hosted by UBC’s Department of English and the Library.

Time & Date: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., October 25, 2017
Location: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Speakers for this event include:

  • Mark Samuels Lasner, University of Delaware Library
    "The Victorians Come to Vancouver and Delaware"
  • Florence Boos, University of Iowa
    "The Pre-Raphaelites in the Colbeck Collection"
  • Yuri Cowan, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    "The Mirror of Everyday Life: William Morris's Book Collecting and the Kelmscott Press"
  • Kristin Mahoney, Michigan State University
    "Out and Out from the Family to the Community: the Housmans and the Politics of Queer Sibling Devotion"

Registration is now closed. For more information, please contact Chelsea Shriver (604 822-0645).

Who was Norman Colbeck?

Norman Colbeck was a British bookseller and dealer of nineteenth-century and Edwardian poetry and belles-lettres. Colbeck emigrated to Vancouver in 1967 when UBC acquired his collections of books and manuscripts. In 1987 Colbeck was awarded an honorary UBC degree in recognition of his contributions to scholarship and research.