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Casey A. Wood’s Emma Shearer Wood Library of Ornithology

By Sarah Adams, a McGill Master of Information Studies student and Young Canada Works Summer 2018 Archives Intern I have enjoyed working on the Casey Albert Wood archival collection (MSG 1203) and working with the staff in the Rare Books and

The Original Emojis

Tall and narrow man's face in Initial

I think it is safe to say that we are in the Emoji-era. Even in the world of archives, rare books, and special collections, we have heard of these things that make communication require fewer characters. 😜 We didn’t realize that the

Exhibit News – Autopsy: from Sight to Knowledge

A discussion of an orginal watercolour by famed British caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson, drawn from the exhibit Autopsy: from Sight to Knowledge currently on display in the McLennan Main Lobby through to September 10th 2018.  Bilingual captions English- French. Presented in French by

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 ‘ROAAr-ing’ Welcome to Two New Librarians!

Lauren Williams and elis Ing

ROAAr is delighted to welcome two new librarians to our team. Meet Elis Ing and Lauren Williams, our newest librarians in Rare Books & Special Collections. Elis is liaison librarian for manuscripts and archival collections, and Lauren is liaison librarian

Chocolate Around the Clock: RBSC cookbook collection

By Colin Rier, a McGill undergraduate studying food history and summer 2018 Goodman Intern. Read more about his internship here: http://news.library.mcgill.ca/introducing-the-goodman-intern/. Certain cookbook authors immediately garner interest and respect amongst cookbook historians. These are authors like Edna Lewis, Julia Child, and Isabella

Introducing the Goodman Intern

My name is Colin Rier and I am a undergraduate student at McGill University studying food history. I am this summer’s Goodman Intern at Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC), working with the cookbook collection. I have a long history

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

Nicholas Cronk on Voltaire at McGill

AN AMERICAN VOLTAIRE: The J. Patrick Lee Voltaire Collection at McGill By: Nicholas Cronk, Voltaire Foundation, Oxford University (le texte en français suit) Pat Lee, who died in 2006, was a life-enhancing friend as well as a Voltaire enthusiast and

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

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