The collection was purchased in 1954 and includes over four hundred books on Shakespeare, his plays and the Elizabethan theatre; and some two hundred pamphlets, reviews, transcripts of lectures, magazine articles and brochures, for the years between 1850 and 1950 from Chamber's library. There is the Jahrbuch der Deutschen Shakespeare-Gesellschaft (1865-1929) and the fifteen facsimiles of the Shakespeare Association. (1931-1938). The collection is complemented and supplemented by the Rare Books holdings of Shakespearean material including copies of the second and fourth folios, and numerous eighteenth-and nineteenth-century editions of the plays, many from the nineteenth-century Montreal collector and dealer in antiquities T.D. King. There are also various facsimile editions of plays including the 147 volumes of the Old English Drama Students Facsimile Edition (1907-1914).