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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

A rainbow of microscopic specimens in McGill University Archives

La version française suit By Frédéric Giuliano, Archivist, McGill University Archives What is the first image that comes to mind when you think of the word “archive”? A dusty old yellowish manuscript paper or maybe a box of old black

Many Women, Many Voices; Stories from McGill Collections

Guest Contribution by Hannah Deskin. ROAAr launched its recent book Many Women, Many Voices; Stories from McGill Collections with a fanfare, a successful sale, and an excellent turnout on November 8th.  ROAAr–that is the Rare Books & Special Collections, the Osler Library of the

McGill at War: Commemorating the Centenary of the End of the First World War

This exhibition commemorates the centenary of the armistice of November 11, 1918, which saw the end of a war which profoundly marked the bodies, minds, and spirits of those who experienced it, both in and out of uniform. The First

Charles Taylor and Expressive Individualism in McGill University Archives

Since the publication of The Explanation of Behaviour in the mid-1960s, Charles Taylor has written on everything from philosophy of mind and language to secularism, multiculturalism, democracy, and identity.  His magnum opus, Sources of the Self, marked his nearly thirty

What’s the Big Deal with Professors’ Fonds?

You would believe a professor’s life ends at our school’s doorsteps Some of us students have this funny idea that professors are bound behind thick round glasses and pile upon pile of corrections due in a week or so. And

A Sublime Sense of Artistry and Sentimentality in Archives

By Nikolas Lamarre Nothing says Romanticism more than the inevitable connection between a man and his love for flowers: Nature’s very own living souls. “To the Myrtle”: Sweet emblem of all that is loving and true, Fair child of the

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