The Herbert Robertson Banks collection, amassed over many years, is a remarkable record of Nova Scotian and Maritime life and culture. Included is fiction, non-fiction and poetry, some of it quite rare, as well as political works, literary criticisms, an outstanding accumulation of materials on art and antiques, and an impressive number of periodicals dealing with Nova Scotia. Mr. Banks also collected small local newspapers, unpublished manuscripts, scholarly papers on Nova Scotia history, and local histories. There is no aspect of Nova Scotia life which is not touched by this remarkable compilation.
The collection was given to the Western Counties Regional Library Charitable Association in 1983 by H.R. Banks and his wife Kathleen. Most items in the collection are available on interlibrary loan to regional, public and university libraries from the Western Counties Regional Library. Some items cannot be sent out because of their fragile nature or their extreme rarity. Researchers may, of course, study most of these on site, at the Western Counties Regional Library, 405 Main Street, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
The Banks collection divides in two parts: the main part, which consists of about 3,000 monographs; and the supplementary part, which holds uncatalogued serials and other ephemeral materials.
Go to the Western Counties Online Catalogue to view the collection.
The uncatalogued materials in the collection include unpublished manuscripts, serials and pamphlets. A fuller description is given under The Supplementary Collection: A Description.
The Supplementary Collection: A Description
Supplementary Collection Categories
Dalhousie Review - Selections
Gallery Catalogues and Related Materials
Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia
Index to Dalhousie Review
Periodicals and Serials
Periodicals and Serials: Individual Issues
Reviews, Criticisms of Haliburton
Unpublished Manuscripts, Photocopies and Related Materials