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Processing the archive of Casey Wood, McGill’s Birdman

By Sarah Adams, a McGill Master of Information Studies student and Young Canada Works Summer 2018 Archives Intern As a Rare Books and Special Collections intern, I have been given the task of processing a collection of Casey A. Wood and to provide a description

A Spy Among Us

It is fascinating what unexpected discoveries can be made in the McGill University Archives. This month, during my graduate studies internship with MUA, I discovered a Soviet spy. Working at McGill University. During the Second World War. It all started

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

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

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.

Raising the curtain on archives outreach, preservation & access

Director & University Archivist, Yves Lapointe

La version française suit Introduction and interview conducted by Jean-Marc Tremblay, Archivist & Records Management Administrator, McGill University Archives McGill University Archives (MUA) had a very eventful summer. Firstly, the administrative offices of the archives moved from the sixth floor

Celebrate Homecoming 2017 at the Library

McGill Library’s ROAAr units have planned an eclectic mix of tours, hands-on events, and lectures for McGill Homecoming (Thursday October 12 – Saturday, October 14). Explore Montreal and McGill architecture then and now, learn how to transcribe weather information from

Currie and the eclipse holiday request

Map showing path across Quebec of the central shadow of the total eclipse of the sun. August 31, 1932. PR024753, McGill University Archives.

By Marissa Stimpson, Archival Assistant, McGill University Archives & MISt Candidate 2017 A total solar eclipse is a celestial event not to be missed.  On August 31, 1932 Montreal and the St. Lawrence Valley fell directly under the shadow of a total solar

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

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

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