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It’s International Archives Day !! – C’est la Journée internationale des archives !!

(le texte en français suit) Today, we celebrate the International Archives Day Written by Julien Couture, Frédéric Giuliano and the MUA team The McGill University Archives team is joining the archivists and records managers from around the world to celebrate

A glimpse at French education during the July Monarchy: Le cahier d’histoire naturelle of Eugène Ducrot, 1835-37

After spending the first few months of its new Montréal life in careful hands in the Redpath Library Building for cataloguing and, later, digitization, Eugène Ducrot’s manuscript notebook on natural history has finally arrived at its permanent home: the Osler

Focal Points – Casey Wood and the McGill Collections

owl from Dionision Minaggio's Feather Book

Birds, eyes, and bile came into focus at this semester’s ROAAr symposium “The Eyes have it; a Re-appreciation of Casey Wood.”  You might wonder what such things have in common; the answer is Casey Wood. Wood was a passionate and

Abandonnez ce qui a péri il y a longtemps…

… et laissez-nous aimer les vivants [English will follow]   Madeleine Parent n’aurait pu choisir une meilleure devise pour son album de finissants: «Abandonnez ce qui a péri il y a longtemps, et laissez-nous aimer les vivants». Une devise qui devait

Nicholas Cronk on Voltaire at McGill

AN AMERICAN VOLTAIRE: The J. Patrick Lee Voltaire Collection at McGill By: Nicholas Cronk, Voltaire Foundation, Oxford University Pat Lee, who died in 2006, was a life-enhancing friend as well as a Voltaire enthusiast and an avid collector of books.

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

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

Contest! Decode This Curious Hieroglyphick Valentine

Detail Hyroglyphik

By: Anna Dysert, Librarian, Archival & Rare Book Cataloguing Decode the image below for a sweet Valentine’s Day message and win a prize! Printed some time in the mid-19th century, this clever Valentine’s rebus comes from McGill’s uncatalogued collection of greeting cards dating

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