Mounties on the Cover

Curator: Al Lund

March 20 -- July 21, 2017

The Mountie appeared in hundreds of Hollywood movies but was more often seen in the works of hundreds of artists and illustrators, on the covers of thousands of dust jackets, magazines, and comic books. Mounties on the Cover is a visually stunning exhibition that offers a sample of the thousands of cover illus­trations of Mounties that were published. The exhibition contains highlights of a large and extraordinary collection of books that depict the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The collection represents nearly 50 years of collecting by distinguished Staff Sergeant (retired) Al Lund of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who generously donated his entire collection to the University of Alberta Libraries in recent years.

The catalogue for this exhibition can be purchased through University of Alberta Press or Indigo or in person in the Peel library for $25 (cash only, no dealers). Visitors may also be interested in a facsimile edition of The Frontiersman's Pocket-Book, a training and survival manual first published by the Legion in 1909 and republished by Bruce Peel Special Collections in 2012. This limited edition facsimile is available through University of Alberta Press or Indigo or in person in the Peel library for $40 (cash only, no dealers).


The Peel library has offered a fascinating array of exhibitions since moving to the basement of Rutherford South in 1984. Numerous awards demonstrate that the exhibition catalogues published by Bruce Peel Special Collections are some of the best in North America. They are distributed internationally by University of Alberta Press and continue to be actively used by local researchers. For information on past exhibitions and the availability of exhibition catalogues, see Previous in-house Exhibitions.