Claes Van Visscher. London Bridge. (1616)

Many children’s nursery rhymes have a long and at least partially recorded history. For example, English-speaking children and adults have been singing “London Bridge is Falling Down” since before the first known written version in 1744.*

Two important scholars and collectors of children’s rhymes, Iona and Peter Opie, published many collections and annotated compilations of children’s games, rhymes, chants, playground games and stories.  Their personal collection of 22,000 items is now in the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.

Part of that extraordinary collection is available at UBC Library on microfiche. Unit 1 and Unit 2 , “Stories pre-1850″, are available at Koerner Library, Level 2. Microforms may be read, printed or saved to a flash drive. Reference and Microform open hours.

Koerner Library Microform Hours   |     Information about Microforms

* Opie, Iona Archibald, and Peter Opie. The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.*

Opie Collection on Microfilm, Units 1 and 2
Opie Collection of Children’s Literature: a guide to the microfiche collection

Image Credit: Claes Van Visscher, London Bridge (1616)





LAW LIBRARY level 3: HQ1033 .B37 2012
Nicola Barker, Not The Marrying Kind: A Feminist Critique of Same-Sex Marriage (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K3585.6 .G87 2012
Lakshman D. Guruswamy, International Environmental Law in a Nutshell, 4th 3d. (St. Paul: Thomson/West, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K4610 .L43 2012
American Law Institute, Legal and Economic Principles of World Trade Law: The Genesis of the GATT, the Economics of Trade. Agreements, Border Instruments, and National Treatment: Report to ALI (April 16, 2012) (Philadelphia: American Law Institute, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: K7510 .T736 2012
American Law Institute, Transnational Insolvency: Global Principles for Cooperation in International Insolvency Cases: Report to ALI (March 30, 2012) (Philadelphia: American Law Institute, 2012).
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Paul Rylance, Writing and Drafting in Legal Practice (Oxford: Oxford University Press, [2012]).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KDZ944 .F653 2012
Ralph H. Folsom, NAFTA and Free Trade in the Americas in a Nutshell (St. Paul, MN : West, a Thomson Business, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE3196.A37 C65 2012
Fay Faraday, Judy Fudge, & Eric Tucker, eds., Constitutional Labour Rights in Canada: Farm Workers and the Fraser Case (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF1215 .P75 2012
American Law Institute, Principles of the Law of Liability Insurance: Discussion Draft (April 16, 2012) (Philadelphia: American Law Institute, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF1249.4 .R47
American Law Institute, Restatement of the Law Third, Torts: Liability for Economic Harm: Tentative Draft (Philadelphia: American Law Institute, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF4886 .P74 2012
American Law Institute, Principles of Election Law: Resolution of Election Disputes: Report to ALI (April 16, 2012) (Philadelphia: American Law Institute, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KF9085 .R47
American Law Institute, Restatement of the Law, Third: The U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration: Tentative Draft (Philadelphia: American Law Institute, 2012).

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Damien Geradin, EU Competition Law and Economics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).

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Yang Hyŏn-a chiŭm, Han’guk kajokpŏp ilki: chŏnt’ong, singminjisŏng, chendŏ ŭi kyoch’aro esŏ
한국 가족법 읽기 : 전통, 식민지성, 젠더 의 교차로 에서 / 양 현아 지음.
(Kyŏnggi-do P’aju-si: Ch’angbi, 2011).
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Pak Ch’a-sang et al., Han’guk sahoe pokchipŏp kangŭi = Social welfare and law
(Sŏul-si: Hakchisa, 2009).
(서울시 : 학지사, 2009).

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Charles Anthony Smith, The Rise and Fall of War Crimes Trials: From Charles I to Bush II (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KZ1289 .U55 2012
Sir Arthur Watts, The International Law Commission, 1949-1998, V. IV (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KZ6471 .M63 2012
Benjamin Perrin, ed., Modern Warfare: Armed Groups, Private Militaries, Humanitarian Organizations and the Law (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2012).

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KZ7360 .S238 2012
Christoph Safferling, International Criminal Procedure (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012).

Douglas Coupland fonds

Internationally renowned author and artist Douglas Coupland has recently added twenty-six pieces to his already substantial personal archives at UBC Library.

Coupland’s archives, donated to UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections in 2010, include more than 1425 photographs and 30 metres of textual and graphic material. The recent additions include a varied range of medium – everything from large-scale sculptures to screenplays. 

Three student workers, tasked with processing the recent additions, are blogging about their progress to highlight the unique challenges mixed media can present for archives.

“Influenced by Coupland’s own fondness for the blog format, we will chronicle our journey here. Follow our progress as we unpack the work of the prolific writer and artist.”

Several blog posts have been published – which include photos of the material being processed. To read about the project and follow its progress, visit the “New at Rare Books and Special Collections” blog. 

The blog has gathered some media attention, including a recent article in Quill and Quire entitled “Behind the scenes at UBC’s Douglas Coupland archives,” and a piece in the Ubyssey entitled “Douglas Coupland article finds home in Irving K. Barber.”

About Douglas Coupland

Coupland’s first-ever article about “Generation X,” defined as the generation of people born – after the baby boomers – in the 1960s and 1970s, was published Vancouver in September 1987. Generation X was later published as a novel, which Coupland followed with seventeen major literary works. Coupland also has written and produced for film and television projects, and has continued exhibiting as a visual artist.

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