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Special Collections


We appraise and quote collectable traces of modernity: fine books, manuscripts, ephemera, archives, photographs, & prints.


Collections are built from curiosity. We research opportunities for collections to develop both exhaustively and via tangents.


Collections happen through networks. We're proud to belong to a vibrant network of dealers, scouts, auctioneers, collectors, & librarians.


Through exhibitions, catalogues, and digital projects, we aim to share our discoveries with the broader Special Collections community.


  • visual culture
  • design • technology
  • work • medicine
  • psychology • crime
  • fleurs du mal

Curriculum Vitae

In 2010, to develop doctoral research on curiosity, Jason curated an open bookshop and event space in downtown Toronto. Two years later, at the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar, his focus shifted to Special Collections and the structures of cultural memory, "because the Cloud forgets."

From 2014–2016, he completed his Master of Information Studies degree at McGill University, where he worked as Curatorial Assistant and Reading Room Coordinator at Rare Books and Special Collections, while also pursuing SSHRC-funded research on book-collecting and information systems design. Bibliographical interests include fine books, manuscripts, visual culture, archives, and the human sciences.