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Isabella McLennan & McLennan Travelling Libraries

Close up of writing on McGill Travelling Libraries van.

This is an excerpt from the article entitled “Isabella Christine McLennan” written by Rosemary Turpin. It was first published in Fontanus, Women in the University Issue, Vol 8 (1995). Isabella Christine McLennan, who, in spite of the fact that she

Ils vivaient avec leurs 17 enfants dans un logement de 4 pièces…

  Un 4 pièces avec 6 ou 7 enfants! Certaines familles avaient 12 ou 17 enfants! […] Une chambre de garçons, une chambre de filles, une chambre de parents. Les enfants étaient élevés dehors. C’était la grande misère, raconte Marguerite.

The Colourful Journey of George Mercer Dawson

Kookany Pass, British Columbia. George Mercer Dawson. 1882? McGill University Archives. Dawson-Harrington families fonds.

La version française suit By Frédéric Giuliano, Archivist, McGill University Archives “The times were rife with great men making great strides, but in truth, I felt like one of those frogs in my adolescent poem, most certainly the younger, lifted

Révolution! Le mouvement McGill français a maintenant 50 ans

  McGill français!  McGill au peuple!  Ces slogans sont lancés en force d’une foule imposante de manifestants. Partis du carré Saint-Louis, les quelque 10 000 manifestants se heurtent à un barrage tout aussi imposant de près de 500 policiers et agents

Boat stories

    In the late 1940s, McGill received an extensive set of ships’ badges from the Royal Navy. These were to serve as decoration on the walls of the swimming pool of the newly erected Memorial Hall. The British Admiralty

A family reunion at the Visual Arts Collection

-Written by Vanessa Di Francesco and Rosalind Sweeney-McCabe, with contributions from Dr. Newton Hyslop McGill University’s Visual Arts Collection is home to hundreds of painted portraits, many of them picturing famous McGillians who, in one way or another, left their

It’s a Slam Dunk: Inspiring a Nation of Youth

– Written by Lori Podolsky – How does a building with “unadorned simplicity of its exterior, the forbidding gloom of its interior, the patched condition of its flooring and the holey state of its roof” inspire a nation of youth?

Season’s Greetings: Vintage Martlet Style

Screenshot from Martlet Remix

For the last couple of years, McGill Library has upped our game when it comes to holiday greetings. Last year, we animated wintry scenes from our ROAAr collections. This year we took a different approach. While looking for content for our upcoming

70 candles for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

By Lori Podolsky “That there can be no peace unless human rights and freedoms are respected” (John Peters Humphrey, 1947) John Peters Humphrey, the first Director of the Human Rights Division at the United Nations, and along with Eleanor Roosevelt

An Exceptional Day of Mourning

By Julien Couture, Assistant Archivist at McGill University Archives On November 30, 1933, Canada lost one of the greatest war heroes of its young history. On this centennial of the end of the Great War, it is important to look back and reflect

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