About Basil Stuart-Stubbs

1Photo of Basil Stuart-StubbsBasil Stuart-Stubbs made a lasting contribution to the University of British Columbia and to scholarship, as well as the broader world of Canadian writing and publishing.


His multi-faceted career at UBC included serving as:

  • the first Head of Special Collections;
  • University Librarian from 1964 to 1981;
  • and Director of the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS) from 1981 to 1992. 

As well as being a leading advocate for the establishment of the Public Lending Right for Canadian authors, Basil took particular interest in the production and distribution of Canadian books. His significant accomplishments include:

  • Chairing the UBC Publications Centre, which created UBC Press (Basil was Chair of the UBC Press Board for 10 years and Acting Director for a year);
  • Collaborating with Bill Duthie and Harald Bohne to establish Canadian Books in Print, a key reference source;
  • Organizing the first conference on regional publishing in Western Canada, which led to the establishment of the Association of B.C. Book Publishers;
  • Serving as a founding member and second President of the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions;
  • Serving as a founding member of the Alcuin Society;
  • Serving as a founding Board member of the SFU Centre for Canadian Publishing;
  • Participating in the establishment of the scholarly journal Canadian Literature (he was the first Circulation Manager).

Basil Frederick Stuart-Stubbs, the eighth University Librarian at UBC, passed away on May 29, 2012. He was 82.

After his passing, many tributes were published, including “Basil Frederick Stuart-Stubbs: bibliophile, scholar, librarian” by UBC Library,  “He made books and writers a priority” in the Globe and Mail“Basil Stuart-Stubbs: 1930-2012″ in Quill & Quire and “Remembering Basil Stuart-Stubbs” in ABC Bookworld.