McGill receives collection of Voltaire manuscripts as estate gift


McGill University has received a rare collection of materials related to the Enlightenment period philosopher Voltaire as an estate gift from Professor Peter Lambert-David Southam. The gift includes historical handwritten documents, some of which were written by Voltaire himself and many of which have not been published. Documents include letters, poems, essays, and memoirs. “The collection adds immense depth and richness to McGill’s already formidable holdings on the Enlightenment Period and Voltaire, now making McGill’s holdings one of the most important Voltaire repositories of books and manuscripts in North America,” said McGill University Librarian Ann Marie Holland.