Collection paa-8072 - Montreal Book Auctions Limited archival records collection

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Montreal Book Auctions Limited archival records collection

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PAA paa-8072

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  • 1870-1936 (Creation)
    Montreal Book Auctions

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141 photographs and other material

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Bernard Amtmann was born in Vienna, Austria in 1907. He immigrated to Canada in 1947 to join his brother in Ottawa, Ontario and started a small antiquarian bookselling business. He transferred his business to Montreal, Quebec in 1950 and founded Montreal Book Auctions Limited (Ltd.) in 1967. Amtmann died in January 1979 and Montreal Book Auctions was sold to Canada Book Auctions Ltd. and relocated to Toronto, Ontario.

Custodial history

These records were purchased from Montreal Book Auctions Ltd. by the Provincial Archives of Alberta in seven separate accessions from 1973-1979.

Scope and content

Collection consists of lantern slides depicting photographs and drawings of First Nations people in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, maps depicting the Dominion of Canada, a photograph album depicting farm scenes along the Canadian Pacific Railways (CPR) line in Manitoba and Assiniboia and a souvenir album for the Fifth Congress of the Chambers of Commerce of the Empire which depicts members of the congress as they traveled to various cities across Canada. The collection also includes a letter from William Aberhart to R.H. Babbage of Westmount, Quebec.

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Includes 53 transparences, 6 maps, and 0.01 m of textual records. Copies of the lantern slides have been made in slide form.

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Some books received with the records of the Montreal Book Auctions Ltd. have been transferred to the Provincial Archives of Alberta Reference Library.

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  • The material is in English.

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Access Conditions: None. Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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Associated materials

Records pertaining to Montreal Book Auctions Ltd. can be found in the Canada Book Auctions collection at the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, and in the Canada Book Auctions fonds and the Bernard Amtmann fonds, located at the National Library of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Further accruals are not expected.

General note

Deposited at the same time in accession PR1975.0572 is the following unrelated collection: James Ferrier Canadian Methodist collection. Other records deposited by Montreal Book Auctions Ltd. can be found in PR1272 Montreal Book Auctions Limited. collection of letters to Robert Bell, PR1268 James Ferrier Canadian Methodist collection, and PR1271 Montreal Book Auctions Limited collection of letters by Nellie McClung. Information for the administrative history was taken from the biographical sketch provided for the Bernard Amtmann fonds at the National Library of Canada.<br><br>Record No. Fonds consists of the following accessions: PR1973.0542, PR1975.0313, PR1975.0480, PR1975.0572, PR1976.0062, PR1979.0199<br><br>

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