Library and Archives

Trade Literature

The Canada Science and Technology Museum’s Library and Archives has one of the country’s largest collections of trade literature.

Trade literature consists of any type of printed material published by a company or manufacturer to promote sales of its products. It includes technical and repair manuals, operating guides, parts lists, price lists, sales brochures, pamphlets, posters, advertisements, and more. The covers of these items often feature beautiful art.

The Museum’s Library and Archives holds more than 40,000 pieces of this kind of literature, covering multiple fields of science, technology, and medicine. The collection is particularly strong in the area of transportation.

Among the gems of the collection are:

  • 10,000 items relating to automobile history, including 5,000 car brochures, in the Gary Green Automobile Collection
  • 8,000 automobile ads in the Jon De Bondt Collection of Automobile Advertising
  • 2,200 railway travel brochures and published timetables, as well as thousands of employee schedules
  • 1,500 items related to the history of cycling, in the Lorne Shields Bicycle Collection

Items from the collection can be viewed on-site, by appointment with a trade literature specialist. Requests for appointments or other inquiries should be emailed to

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