Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

From rare material to modern scholarship, open house showcases StFX's Fr. Charles Brewer Celtic Collection

June 4th, 2014
L-r, NS Gaelic Affairs executive director Lewis MacKinnon, the Hon. Randy Delorey, StFX Celtic Studies chair Dr. Michael Linkletter and Celtic Collections Librarian Susan Cameron

StFX's Fr. Charles Brewer Celtic Collection – with over 10,000 items from very rare material dating back to 1690 to the most modern scholarship – was the site of an open house on Friday May 23 as part of Gaelic Awareness Month, Mìos na Gàidhlig.

The Celtic Collection, located on the third floor of the Angus L. Macdonald Library, at the far end of the Hall of Clans, is recognized as one of the premier collections in North America and the largest of its kind in Canada.

Celtic Collections Librarian Susan Cameron was on hand to showcase this exceptional collection during the open house.

Minister for Gaelic Affairs, the Hon. Randy Delorey, was also in attendance.

Minister Delorey, StFX Celtic Studies Department chair Dr. Michael Linkletter, and Ms. Cameron all provided remarks on some of the benefactors and history of the collection.

“It’s remarkable that we have a collection like this. It’s quite impressive,” says Ms. Cameron, who spoke about the importance of the collection and how it came about and how for generations of students it has provided a unique place in the educational world.

Established in 1965 when the Angus L. Macdonald Library opened, the collection represents the heritage and culture of university founders and helps preserve and promote the literature, folklore, history, language, and music of the Celtic peoples, specifically the Scottish Gael.

Although the emphasis is on Scottish Gaelic, Ms. Cameron says all Celtic languages are represented including Irish, Manx, Welsh, Cornish and Breton. As well, the collection is also home to some important Canadiana and Nova Scotia history resources.


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