Introduction: The Blackader-Lauterman Collection includes rare and beautiful historical and contemporary works on architecture and art. “Particular strength is found in iconography, catalogues raisonnés, modernism and the avant-garde, and Renaissance architectural treatises (Leon Battista Alberti, Sebastiano Serlio, Antonio Labacco, Andrea Palladio, Vignola). Also collected are architecture and planning monographs, treatises on painting and the arts, and material related to Canadian art.”
Extent: of about 10,000 titles
Types of material: Books
Highlights: Particular strength is found in iconography, catalogues raisonnés, modernism and the avant-garde, and Renaissance architectural treatises. Among this last group are works by Leon Battista Alberti (15th c), Sebastiano Serlio (15th– 16th c), Antonio Labacco, Andrea Palladio, and Vignola (all from the 16th c.), and Vitruvius Pollio (1st c. BCE), who was such an inspiration to them. The collection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century journals includes important Canadian and European titles: Canadian Architect and Builder, Canadian Homes and Gardens, Construction, The Builder, Camera Work (Stieglitz), and Verve (Tériade).
Date range: The bulk of the collection dates from the 19th C to the present, with key works from the 16th-18th centuries.
Language/s: The collection is primarily English, French, and German.
Geographic coverage: Europe, Britain, United States, Canada.
Provenance: The origin of this collection dates to the early 1920s, when an endowment was made in memory of Captain Gordon Home Blackader, B.Arch 1906. Established by his family and friends, the Blackader Library was created to build a working collection of architecture and art books. It was significantly expanded in the 1940s by the family of Montreal sculptor Dinah Lauterman, with an endowment in memory of her, and has since been expanded through purchases and donations.
Access to the collection: The collection is fully catalogued. Researchers are able to search and request catalogued material via the McGill Library catalogue. Requests can also be made by contacting the librarian or visiting the Rare Books and Special Collections reading room.
Librarian & Curator: Jennifer Garland, Liaison Librarian (e-mail: Jennifer.garland [at] mcgill.ca telephone: 514-398-4785)
See also: The Blackader-Lauterman Collection complements other holdings related to architecture and art, including the John Bland Canadian Architecture Collection, the Max Stern Collection, and the Lawrence Lande William Blake Collection, as well as those related to caricature, printing, and illustration, such as the Napoleon Collection, the William Colgate History of Printing Collection, the Woodblock Collection, and the Children’s Collection. And, finally, the Prints Collection offers a great many scenes and images for study, including several large size early editions of Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s architectural etchings.