University of Victoria Libraries Publication Series

In 2013, the University of Victoria Libraries launched its publishing imprint and released the first in an ongoing series of award-winning publications devoted to our special collections and university archives. Prepared for publication by General Editor Christine Walde, Grants and Awards Librarian at the University of Victoria Libraries, these open-access volumes support the Libraries' commitment to dynamic learning and vital impact.


The Malahat Review at Fifty: Canada's Iconic Literary Magazine (2018), edited by John Barton, editor of The Malahat Review from 2004-2018. The University of Victoria Libraries is pleased to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of The Malahat Review with this limited-edition publication, which features essays, critical commentaries, and memoirs from past and present editors, contributors, and editorial board members, as well as nationally prominent writers with long associations with the magazine. This special publication outlines the magazine's fifty-year history, its role in the lives of Canadian writers, and its international legacy.

The full publication is available for download here.


Fronts of Modernity: The 20th-Century Collections at the University of Victoria Libraries (2016), edited by J. Matthew Huculak, Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of Victoria Libraries. This publication is a richly collaborative work that celebrates the diversity of UVic Libraries' twentieth-century collections with a wide range of articles by distinguished scholars of twentieth-century literature. Each essay highlights a particular feature of these rare holdings, which include material from Djuna Barnes, Lawrence Durrell, T. S. Eliot, Robert Graves, Sylvia Plath, and Ezra Pound.

The full publication is available for download here.


UVic Athletics: A Tradition of Excellence, the McKinnon Years (2015), produced in partnership with Vikes Athletics and Recreation, and written by award-winning sportswriter Tom Hawthorn, this publication chronicles the dynamic history of sport at the University of Victoria, with a particular focus on the forty remarkable years of the "McKinnon Era."  

The full publication is available for download here.


The Transgender Archives: Foundations for the Future (2014), written by Aaron H Devor, Chair in Transgender Studies at the University of Victoria and founder and director of The Transgender Archives. As the largest collection of transgender archival materials in the world, the Transgender Archives include rare books, ephemera, and memorabilia with records of research related to and activism by and for trans, gender non-binary, and two-spirit people. This publication describes the origins of the collection and explains the context and significance of its unique, invaluable holdings and was a Lambda Literary Awards finalist in the category of LGBT nonfiction in 2015.

The first edition of the publication (2014) is available for download here.

The second edition of the publication (2016) is available for download here.


The Seghers Collection: Old Books for a New World (2013), written by Hélène Cazes, professor in French and Medieval Studies at the University of Victoria. This monograph outlines the bibliographic history and cultural significance of the Seghers Collection, which contains the personal library of Charles John Seghers (1839-1886), the second Archbishop of Victoria, and additional volumes contributed by the diocese after his death.The Seghers Collection was recognized by the Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada in 2014. 

The full publication is available for download here.


The Lion and the Fox: Art and Literary Works by Wyndham Lewis from the C.J. Fox Collection (2009), created by past Information Services Librarian Danielle Forster, is a 48-page catalogue with full colour reproductions designed for the Lion and the Fox Exhibition, a collection of art and literary works by Wyndham Lewis at the University of Victoria Libraries from 1 April - 28 May 2009. The catalogue was the winner of the 2010 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Award (Division Three).

The full publication is available for download here.


All University of Victoria Libraries publications devoted to our special collections and university archives are published using a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 agreement (CC BY-NC).