MacOdrum Library Collections Fund

MacOdrum Library Collections Fund

The Rundown

Update: Since November 2015 we have been reaching out to parents, specifically, to help us raise $100,000 over the next 3 years. To date, parents have given $55,900 and pledged more than $39,000. When we reach our $100,000 fundraising goal, we will thank our parent donors by naming a room in MacOdrum Library in their honour.

MacOdrum Library is used by every Carleton student, in every program. It provides the resources our students need for their area of study, the space to learn and the staff to help. We are always updating our collection, to make sure we can provide current, reliable, relevant resources to support and expand student learning.

The Background

In addition to the purchases and subscriptions our budget allows, we depend on gifts to add more, new, current resources. We are guided by department needs to build a collections ‘wishlist’ and identify priority acquisitions. Our current acquisition priority is a primary source collection, the Migration to New Worlds: The Century of Immigration.

Migration to New Worlds offers a wide-ranging and in depth look at the emigration of peoples from Great Britain, mainland Europe and Asia to the New World and Australasia during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

It explores the aspirations, social conditions, labour opportunities and persecution which attracted or forced individuals and families to migrate to the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand during the ‘century of immigration’. Eye-witness accounts provided by unique personal diaries, letters and travel journals are supplemented by scrapbooks, government papers, hand-drawn maps, watercolours, objects, emigration pamphlets, shipping papers and rare printed material which provide significant context to the journey conditions and subsequent settlement.

Included within the collection are documents from the late seventeenth and eighteenth century discussing the early stages of emigration and the creation of convict colonies. Migration to New Worlds is also supplemented by mid-twentieth century photographs showing immigration depots and the McRoberts Collection of ocean liners spanning the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century.

It covers  Canadian emigration – discussing systems of emigration to Newfoundland, Ottawa, New Brunswick, Quebec, Vancouver, British Columbia and Nova Scotia. The resource includes exclusion papers, passenger lists and photographs from the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. The manuscript diaries and letter collections chart the life of Canadian immigrants and their reasons for emigration, whether promoted by family concerns, business opportunities, religious calling or military postings.

Migration to New Worlds: The Century of Immigration costs $37,500 USD.

The Rollout

We’ve reached out to parents, specifically, to help us raise $100,000 over the next 3 years, because MacOdrum Library is such an important part of their child’s Carleton education. When we reach our $100,000 fundraising goal, we will thank our parent donors by naming a room in MacOdrum Library in their honour.

You don’t have to be a Carleton parent to support MacOdrum! Our ‘wishlist’ is constantly changing as we discover new publications, on-line collections, research materials etc. relevant to our programs of study. Every gift we receive goes toward resources that will serve students enrolled throughout diverse disciplines.

The Benefits

MacOdrum Library helps every student at Carleton get his or her degree and find meaningful work. Having crucial, up-to-date, rich resources at their fingertips is essential for our students to acquire a superior education, and use that education to bring good into the world.


Hafsa Abubeker

Susan Dewar

Paul Mayers

Michael Liu

Robert Embree

Kerry Abel

kathleen Levasseur

Robert Edwards

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