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Ways of seeing: artistry on display in the Osler’s autumn acquisitions

Figure 3 Studying the senses, from Ducrot’s Cahier d’histoire naturelle, 1835-1837.

La version française suit By Mary Yearl, Head Librarian, Osler Library of the History of Medicine There is something about those eyes. The variety of colour; the sizes that span human stages of growth. Their presence is at once alarmingly

The Unknown Unknown: Finding the Jean Drapeau Collection

Photo d’Expo 67 tirée de l’album de photos personnelles de Jean Drapeau.

La version française suit By Chris Lyons, Head Librarian, Rare Books and Special Collections — I think the most exciting part of my job as a rare book librarian is in discovering the “unknown unknowns,” to use Donald Rumsfeld’s turn

If These Buildings Could Walk: On a newly acquired Melvin Charney sculpture

Melvin Charney, CITIES ON THE RUN…Three Stragglers, 1999. Aluminium soudé, sablé et laqué. Don de Lilian et Billy Mauer. Collection d’arts visuels de McGill, 2017-055.

La version française suit By Vanessa Di Francesco, Assistant Curator, McGill Visual Arts Collection — The idea that the built environments we inhabit can take on their own lives, acting apart from us or on our behalf, occupies our popular

New Insights from John Peters Humphrey: The Man Behind the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

John Peters Humphrey, McGill University Archives MG 4127, 2002-0086.04.201.3

La version française suit By Laura Colangelo, Young Canada Works intern and Jean-Marc Tremblay, Archivist & Records Management Administrator, McGill University Archives — In 1946, John Peters Humphrey, professor of law at McGill University, turned down an offer of Deanship.

Branching out! Seed Library grows in year two

Seed Library Logo

By Dana Ingalls, Liaison Librarian, Macdonald Campus Library “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” ― Marcus Tullius Cicero It may be snowing and cold, but spring is just around the corner, and the Macdonald Campus Seed

Find your cause | McGill24 2018

Find your cause McGill24, the university’s annual day of giving, will have its 3rd installment on March 14th 2018. We see it as an opportunity for McGill community members to dedicate themselves to a cause that resonates with them. For many, that cause

The Mossman Lecture: A History

A scientific mind Raising awareness about scientific thought was a passion of Dr. Donald Mossman’s. He was a chemist and McGill University alumni who continues to impact students and researchers with a Library collection and a lecture series, both named

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

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