Over the course of fifty years, distinguished Staff Sergeant (retired) of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Alert Henry (Al) Lund amassed the largest ever collection of Mountie books, magazines, and comics. From a collection of thousands, he selected approximately one hundred of his favourites for the exhibition and catalogue. In the books, magazines, and comics, the artists and illustrators have captured the image of the Mountie in a variety of styles and have often depicted him as a Canadian hero and world icon. Lund’s collection was donated to the University of Alberta Libraries and will be on display at Bruce Peel Special Collections in 2017 (bpsc.library.ualberta.ca).
"Often with his close friend and fellow Mountie, Bill Hulgaard, Al criss-crossed Canada and the United States, scouring used bookstores, while stopping at Mountie memorials and historic points of interest, always keeping an eye out for new treasures. The age of the internet allowed him to target those areas of his collection that required completion. In total, he amassed a collection of over 9,000 individual items, a feat that will likely not be repeated. Believed to be the largest ever collectionof Mountie books, magazines and comics, it reflects a cultural history of the Force." The Quarterly, Fall 2017