The nucleus of the collection was given to the library in 1946 by the Montreal book collector Norman H. Friedman. To this was added the library's holdings of Kipling and subsequent purchases. The collection of some 1541 items includes first, early, variant and collected editions of Kipling's works. As well, single issues of periodicals containing articles and stories by Kipling are in the collection. Other material includes scrapbooks of clippings by and about Kipling, some secondary works including bibliographies; a manuscript Traffics and Discoveries (1904) and autograph letters.