About the Project

Letters of Marque - IV

An excerpt from the Ballard Scrapbbok

Digital Kipling Project

In 2017, the Dalhousie Libraries’ Digital Kipling Project team digitized the Kipling Collection Scrapbooks and created an online exhibit in the Libraries’ new digital exhibit space with Omeka, an open source web-publishing platform. By digitizing the scrapbooks, this project makes a portion of the Dalhousie's Kipling Collection accessible, and provides contextual and background information crucial to the scrapbooks and to further support research surrounding Kipling.

Kipling Room

Kipling Room

at Dalhousie University

Dalhousie Libraries' Kipling Collection

Dalhousie's Kipling Collection has an international reputation as one of the most comprehensive collections of Rudyard Kipling’s published works in the world. Containing an exhaustive selection of Kipling’s literary and journalistic works, the Kipling Collection also holds important research ephemera and support material by and about Kipling, such as manuscripts, letters, pamphlets, original illustrations included in Kipling’s works, autographs, sketches, and sheet music for poems set to music. It contains the Kipling Collection Scrapbooks: informal compilations that preserve Kipling’s early journalistic works, various versions and editions of poems, short stories, and serials, many of which no longer survive in any other form.

A drawing of the entrance to the Kipling Room

Entrance to the Kipling Room 

Kipling Collection Scrapbooks

The Dalhousie Kipling Collection Scrapbooks were created and compiled through the collecting efforts of notable nineteenth and twentieth century Kipling enthusiasts from England and the United States. The Dalhousie Kipling Collection has eleven scrapbooks by seven collectors: Sir William Garth, Ellis Ames Ballard, G. D. Wells, and James Todman Goodwin. The remaining collectors are unidentified. These fragile scrapbooks are filled with rare and invaluable publications, making them an important resource for international researchers. 

This unique collection of scrapbooks is now available to researchers and Kipling enthusiasts alike. Find the full digitized scrapbooks on Dalspace.

To learn more about the Kipling Collection, visit the Dalhousie Libraries Special Collections site here