The Ontario Textbook Collection includes elementary and secondary school texts authorized for use in Ontario from 1846 to 1970, as well as some materials used in nineteenth-century schools which were not authorized by the Ontario Department of Education. The collection includes several sets of Ontario readers. Information about these earlier textbooks was gleaned from recollections of superannuated teachers included in the annual reports by the Ontario Minister of Education. Beginning in 1887, authorized and approved textbooks were listed on the annual department publication, Circular 14. If available, accompanying teacher’s editions and student workbooks are included in the collection; these are usually included in the same catalogue record as the main text.
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