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Mobilizing McGill at the Library: Crowdsourcing Social Justice

Crowdsourcing Social Justice poster detail

Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when

3D Printer Saves Button Maker: A Love Story

Buttons from the button maker

By Merika Ramundo, Communications Officer, McGill Library Working in communications at the Library, I am often challenged by tasks that tap into the “other duties as required” part of my job. Most recently, I was faced with finding a replacement

Table Setting Riddles 101: The Solution Set

Eliza Smithson's signature, Smithson Cookbook Collection.

By Nathalie Cooke, Professor and Associate Dean, Archives & Rare Collections, McGill University Library Thanks to all who took up our riddling challenge offering answers from across Canada and abroad (including England, Ireland, and New Zealand). We promised to provide some

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

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