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Table Setting Riddles 101

The Doncaster Collection. Photo: Lauren Goldman

By Kat Despain, Research Assistant to Nathalie Cooke, Professor and Associate Dean, Archives & Rare Collections, McGill University Library Do you like puzzles? Do you like food history? Do you want to win $25 at the McGill bookstore? Take up our riddling

Putting Canada on the map

A plan of the harbour of Chebucto and town of Halifax, 1750

by Margaret Blandford & Greg Houston O Canada, happy birthday to you! Here’s an early birthday gift from us to you. Take a look at these rare maps from our collection and discover Canada in new ways. Click on the

Mapping 375 years of progress: rare Montreal maps from 1556-1946

La Terra de Hochelaga nella Nova Francia (1556)

By Margaret Blandford and Greg Houston In celebration of the 375th anniversary of Montreal, McGill Library’s Collection Services is showcasing digitized Montreal rare maps held by the library’s Rare Books and Special Collections from May 15-22, 2017. The maps were

Montreal and the History of Vaccination Debates at the Osler Library

(originally posted on April 28, 2017 on De re medica: News from the Osler Library of the History of Medicine blog) By: Anna Dysert La version française suit Montreal 375 gives us the opportunity to reflect on the parcours of our

Remembering / Se souvenir : Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Headline History of the Great War, a scrapbook compiled by R.C. Featherstonhaugh, is included in Part I of the exhibition

(originally posted on April 28, 2017 on the Rare Books and Special Collections blog) By Richard Virr, Rare Books and Special Collections La version française suit The Great War (1914-1918) left a permanent mark on Canada, both as a nation

Rescuing 200 years of historical weather observations

A horse-drawn sleigh, circa 1920.

By Lori Podolsky, Acting University Archivist, McGill University Archives La version française suit McGill’s meteorological history dates back over 150 years to the 1863 founding of the McGill Observatory by Dr. Charles Smallwood, one of the few official Canadian observers recognized by

Public art tours celebrate Montréal 375

V.A.C. Max Stern Fellow and tour guide Hayley Eaves giving a tour to high school students as part of a collaboration with Enrolment Services, March 2017. In the background: Ernestine Tahedl’s Lantern, 1968. Photo credit: Gwendolyn Owens.

La version française suit By Vanessa Di Francesco, Visual Arts Collection Coordinator Nearly a year ago, McGill’s Visual Arts Collection (V.A.C.) launched an art education initiative to offer free guided weekly tours of the downtown campus’ public art. Departing from the

Une entrevue avec notre stagiaire Sophie Ientile, étudiante de l’Énssib

Sophie Ientile

Ce printemps, la Bibliothèque Osler de l’histoire de la médecine a accueilli Sophie Ientile en tant que stagiaire. Sophie est étudiante à l’École nationale supérieure des sciences de l’information et des bibliothèques (Énssib) à Lyon, France. Library Matters a discuté avec

McGill_Rare Instagram: Revealing matchless treasures to a global community

A tiny (60mm) book from our Sheila R. Bourke collection of children's literature! | Biography of eminent persons: alphabetically arranged | with portraits from drawings by Alfred Mills | London: printed for Darton, Harvey & Darton and J. Harris, 1814 | Sheila R. Bourke Collection PZ6 B56 1814 |

February 19 marks the one year anniversary of the McGill_Rare Instagram account.  365 days and over 3,300 followers later, this social media initiative, started by four McGill librarians, continues to develop an online following made up of bibliophiles and people

Every Stamp a Story: Exhibition Opening & Lecture

Hedgehog Stamp, Guernsey, 1994.

January 12, 2017 Lecture by David M. Lank CM, F.R.S.A., F.R.C.G.S. In its first event of the year, the Friends of the McGill Library presented David Lank, Director Emeritus of the Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies at McGill, who gave

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