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Special Collections


Collections are built from curiosity. We research opportunities for collection development, both exhaustive and tangential.


Collections happen through trade. We're proud to belong to an international search network of dealers, scouts, and auctioneers.


We gather, evaluate, and quote Special Collections materials: rare books, ephemera, manuscripts, archives, photographs, and prints.


Through exhibitions, catalogues, and digital projects, we aim to share our discoveries with academic and Special Collections communities.


  • print • image
  • design • tech
  • work • medicine
  • psychiatry • crime
  • war • business

Curriculum Vitae

In 2010, to develop doctoral research on curiosity, Jason designed a bookshop and event space in downtown Toronto. Two years later, at the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar, his focus shifted to Special Collections and the design 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 at Rare Books and Special Collections, while pursuing SSHRC-funded research on the history of book trade catalogues and the design of discovery systems. He is a member of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (of the American Libraries Association) and of the Ephemera Society of America.