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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

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

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

The man behind the poppies

(excerpt from McGill News article written by Linda Sutherland) Ever stop to wonder why we pin a red poppy on our coat lapel in November to commemorate Remembrance Day? How did a flower become an emblem for war and loss?

News Release: BAnQ and McGill sign a partnership agreement

Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) and McGill University signed a partnership agreement today that creates a formal framework for future collaborative projects involving the two institutions. The agreement was signed by Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill

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