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[Bookplate for Library of the Hamilton and Gore Mechanics’ Institute]
[Bookplate for Library of the Hamilton and Gore Mechanics’ Institute]
Title[Bookplate for Library of the Hamilton and Gore Mechanics' Institute]
Date Created[between 1839 and 1882?]
Sort Date1882
DescriptionBlack ink on yellow paper. Ornate curlicue floral border. Multiple fonts are present. The library title is written in bold and non-bold capital letters. The name of the institute is written in title case with gothic script. Separated by thin straight lines, the card number field is written in bold, stylized font. The lending rules are written in italicized serif font.
Extent1 bookplate : relief printing ; 8.3 x 5.5 cm
SubjectLibraries ; Mechanics (Persons)
Subject - GeographicHamilton (Ont.)
Personal NamesLibrary of the Hamilton and Gore Mechanics' Institute
TypeStill Image
NotesThe Hamilton and Gore Mechanics' Institute was founded on February 27, 1839 with Sir Allan MacNab as its Honourary Patron. The Institute was formed to share scientific and literary knowledge through a reference and circulation library, the formation of museums, lectures, and other similar activities. The library was controlled by the Library and Reading Room Committee, which reported to the Institute's Board of Directors. The library was open every day from 8 to 10am and 7 to 10pm from the Institute's building on James Street North. The Institute was incorporated on May 30, 1849. The Institute was central to the community in Hamilton, but it was also fraught with many problems. There were complaints that the library was too elitist and as membership declined, so too did the library's condition. The Institute also had a troubled relationship with Great Western Railways (GWR), who at one point provided an annual $200 grant that was then withdrawn after GWR founded its own reading room, in part because of the Institute's high membership fees and the narrow vision of library management. On April 25, 1839, the Institute disbanded due to financial troubles and the library was sold off in small lots to appease the Institute's creditors.
1) Act of incorporation [microform] : Rules and regulations and catalogue of library as revised, 1867. Retrieved from Freeman, B. (2001). Hamilton: A people's history. Toronto: James Lorimer & Company Ltd. Retrieved from'%20Institute%22&f=false
2) Kristofferson, R. B. (2007). Craft capitalism: Craftsworkers and early industrialization in early Hamilton, Ontario, 1840-1872. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. Retrieved from'%20Institute%22&f=false
3) Ontario Education Department. (1881). Special report on the mechanics' institutes. (). Toronto: C. Blackett Robinson. Retrieved from
4) Palmer, B. D. (1979). A culture in conflict: Skilled workers and industrial capitalism in Hamilton, Ontario, 1860-1914. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press. Retrieved from
5) Rules and regulations of the library of the Hamilton & Gore Mechanics Institute. Retrieved from
Access IdentifierBP MUR CAN I L5374a
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_CAN_I_L5374a
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. Morley Binder. BP MUR CAN I L5374a
Date Available2017-01-18
Publisher - DigitalVancouver : University of British Columbia Library
RightsImages provided for research and reference use only. Permission to publish, copy, or otherwise use these images must be obtained from Rare Books and Special Collections:
TranscriptLIBRARY OF THE Hamilton & Core Mechanics' Institute No. __ Time allowed for reading __ days, after which a Fine will be imposed. 237 14
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