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Centre for Canadian Landscape Architecture archives at University of Guelph Library

For many years, the Library has supported the University's program in landscape architecture with archival and special collections materials. In 1998, a new project, known as the Centre for Canadian Landscape Architecture Archives, was established to enable access to Guelph’s resources. By providing the profession and the broader public community with historical resources, ideas, and information not available from any other source, this project aimed to make the work of such great Canadians as the Dunington-Grubbs, the Stenssons, Lois Lister, George Tanaka, Macklin Hancock, Roger du Toit Architects and many others accessible on the web.

Canada has a rich history in landscape design and architecture. Constantly in development, this site offers valuable original fonds and collections pertaining to the landscape architecture: finding aids, online catalogue access, digital images, photographs, books, and textual records. The University of Guelph library has many additional resources on landscape architecture to complement its Canadian archival resources: rare books on landscape gardening before 1900, works by the English landscape designer, Humphry Repton (1752-1818), and prints of projects by Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) and Associates. As the library's commitment to the Centre has increased, its holdings have become a significant national resource for historical and current resources, including the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects awards archives which was established in the library after 1987.

Guelph's archival resources can help Canadians understand the interrelationship between people and the environment in our urban and rural areas. Our holdings also provide insight into how the profession of landscape architecture has developed ideas about planning, designing and managing this complex relationship.