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Charles Henry Gould

b. 6 December 1855, Groveton, New Hampshire, USA; d. 30 July 1919, Montreal


1877 BA, McGill University


1880-87 Organist, American Presbyterian Church, Montreal
1892-19 University Librarian, McGill University
1904-19 McGill University Library School (summer course sessions)


Gould, Charles H. (1898). “Description of Important Libraries in Montreal, With Remarks upon Departmental Libraries,” in Transactions and Proceedings of the Second International Library Conference Held in London July 13-16, 1897, 151-57. London: Morrison & Gibb, Edinburgh.
Gould, C. H. (1902). “McGill University,” Public Libraries; a Monthly Review of Library Matters and Methods 7, 6, June, 265. [travelling libraries]
Gould, C. H. (1904). “Library Matters in Montreal,” Public Libraries 9, 5, May, 230-32.
Gould, C. H. (1906). “McGill University Library School,” Canadian Municipal Journal 2, 251–52.
Gould, C. H. (1908). “The Cutter Expansive Classification,” Proceedings of the Ontario Library Association Annual Meeting, 17-20.
Gould, C. H. (1908). “Regional Libraries,” Library Journal 33, 6, June, 218-19.
Gould, C. H. (1909). “Co-Ordination, or Method in Co-Operation: Address of the President, American Library Association, Bretton Woods Conference, 1909,” Library Journal 34, 8, Aug., 335-40.


1908-09 President, American Library Association
1912-13 President, Bibliographical Society of America

Accomplishments and Honours:

Charles Gould made a landmark contribution to Canadian librarianship by introducing courses for library education at McGill in 1904. During his tenure as University Librarian collections were catalogued, staff augmented, space increased, and McGill became this country’s largest academic resource by the end of WW I. While he was President of ALA, its headquarters moved to Chicago and a chief executive position was created. He was highly regarded, not only in Canada, but in the United States and United Kingdom for his knowledge and dedication to the profession.


“Gould was a rather quiet man of slow speech, a very loyal Canadian, wedded to the British Empire and its traditions, but nonetheless a loyal friend and colleague.” – William Warner Bishop, University Librarian, University of Michigan (1915-41), in Library Quarterly, 1949.


Makela, Ritva (1974). McGill University Library during the Tenure of Charles H. Gould as University Librarian, 1893–1919. Montreal, GSLS, McGill University.
Hanson, Elizabeth (2006). “Charles Gould, the 1900 ALA Conference and the Canadian Library Association,” Feliciter 52, 3, 114-17.
Hanson, Elizabeth (2007). “The 1900 ALA Conference: Charles Gould’s Vision,” Feliciter 53, 3, 160-63.
McNally, Peter F. “Gould, Charles Henry,” in Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Accessed Nov. 5, 2015.

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