John W. Graham Library & Internet Archive

Contributed by Thomas Power

Did you know that the Graham Library has almost 3,000 rare items from its collection posted on the Internet Archive? The Internet Archive is a free, open-access, online repository of library materials from around the world.

The earliest item, dating to 1636, is John Pocklington, Sunday no Sabbath: a sermon preached before the Lord Bishop of Lincolne, at his Lordships visitation at Ampthill in the County of Bedford, Aug. 17, 1635 (London).


The most recent addition dates to 2008 with the Trinity College School Record 2008-2009 (Port Hope). However, the bulk of the holdings digitized date to the nineteenth century.


In terms of subject matter, the vast majority of digitized items are theological and biblical with bible (numbering 384), Church of England (337), sermons in English (145), and Jesus Christ (109) being the greatest in occurrence in terms of subjects. Apart from items in Latin (18), German (5) and Greek (2), the vast majority of items are in the English language.

The page allows you to view or sort the holdings by title, date of publication, creator (or author), and number of views. Check boxes allow for the immediate selection of the chosen category.

There are a number of download options including as pdf, kindle, epub, and jpeg zip file. Items can also be shared and liked! Readers can also offer reviews of the items accessed.

When an item is opened, links to similar items in the Internet Archive collection appear at the foot of the page. From this website you can access the digital holdings of other Canadian Libraries.

You can judge the popularity of items by the number of views each has had. Currently the item with the greatest number of views (at 37,500+) is Richard Burton, A plain and literal translation of the Arabian Nights with entertainments now entituled The book of the thousand nights and a night vol. 1, published c. 1885.


You can access the Graham Library’s holdings in the Internet Archive here:

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