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[Bookplate for Mechanics Institute of Montreal]
[Bookplate for Mechanics Institute of Montreal]
Title[Bookplate for Mechanics Institute of Montreal]
Date Created[between 1845 and 1962]
Sort Date1962
DescriptionIn black ink. The seal of the Mechanics' Institute of Montreal is located above with pre-printed lines for library information below. The seal contains an escutcheon quartered per saltire with argent (silver) and gules (red) backgrounds. The chief quarter features a train car, the sinister quarter a couped arm with hammer, the base quarter a lever, the dexter quarter a telescope. At the fess point the institution's motto appears.
Extent1 bookplate : relief printing ; 7.4 x 9.9 cm
SubjectHeraldry ; Libraries
Subject - GeographicCanada
Personal NamesMechanics Institute of Montreal
TypeStill Image
NotesThe concept of mechanical institutes emerged in the 1820s in England. They were conceived as collaborative, voluntary associations of men seeking to further their education. Services offered included ; reading rooms, lending libraries, lectures, and in the case of Montreal, even musical soirees and exhibitions. As their institutional popularity declined, many mechanics' institutes were closed or integrated into the public library system ; today, the Atwater Library of the Mechanics' Institute of Montreal remains the last mechanical institute in Canada. The Montreal Mechanics Institute has its origins in 1828 although it was not formally incorporated until 1845. Founders of the institute included, John Molson and Louis-Joseph Papineau. It first opened with it's own building in 1855 on the corners of St. Jacques and St Pierre, and in 1920 moved into a new building at 1200 Atwater Ave, where it still remains. In 1962, it changed it's name to the Atwater Library of the Mechanics' Institute of Montreal and in 2005 the building was declared a National Historic Site and is considered the oldest lending library in Canada.
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2) Gaffield, Chad 'Mechanics' Institute' The Canadian Encyclopedia. Accessed 24 Nov. 2009 from
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Access IdentifierBP MUR CAN I M434d
Digital IdentifierBP_MUR_CAN_I_M434d
Is Part OfRBSC Bookplates
SourceOriginal Format: University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. Thomas Murray Bookplates Collection. Leslie Binder. BP MUR CAN I M434d
Date Available2010
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:
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