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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

Library Abuzz With 2018 Homecoming Tours & Resources

McGill Library has planned a fun mix of tours for McGill Homecoming (Thursday October 11 – Saturday, October 13). Discover (and interact with!) our extraordinary collections. From rare books and special collections to archives and visual arts, it will be a feast

“Happily Scottish and Proudly Canadian” : The Sons of Scotland at ROAAr

By Olivia Kurajian, Rare Books and Special Collections Summer Intern, August 2018   Our community is beholden to the Scots. James McGill, a Scottish immigrant, formed McGill University’s precursor, McGill College, and is the namesake of the current institution. Now,

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

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