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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

Contest! Decode This Curious Hieroglyphick Valentine

Detail Hyroglyphik

By: Anna Dysert, Librarian, Archival & Rare Book Cataloguing Decode the image below for a sweet Valentine’s Day message and win a prize! Printed some time in the mid-19th century, this clever Valentine’s rebus comes from McGill’s uncatalogued collection of greeting cards dating

Waxing Nostalgic: McGill@Expo67

Passport interior cropped. Credit: Jennifer Garland

La version française suit By Jennifer Garland, Associate Librarian, Rare Books and Special Collections McGill@Expo67 is an exhibition in the McGill Library that celebrates Expo 67’s 50th anniversary and explores the role of Expo 67 in teaching and research and

Celebrate Homecoming 2017 at the Library

McGill Library’s ROAAr units have planned an eclectic mix of tours, hands-on events, and lectures for McGill Homecoming (Thursday October 12 – Saturday, October 14). Explore Montreal and McGill architecture then and now, learn how to transcribe weather information from

Table Setting Riddles 101: The Solution Set

Eliza Smithson's signature, Smithson Cookbook Collection.

By Nathalie Cooke, Professor and Associate Dean, Archives & Rare Collections, McGill University Library Thanks to all who took up our riddling challenge offering answers from across Canada and abroad (including England, Ireland, and New Zealand). We promised to provide some

Visualizing Montreal and McGill with Historypin

C.O.T.C Training on McGill Campus

By Sarah Severson, Assistant Librarian and Coordinator, Digital Library Services Walking around Montreal it’s easy to get lost in the past looking at all the old buildings. What if you could search for a place on a map and click to see

Table Setting Riddles 101

The Doncaster Collection. Photo: Lauren Goldman

By Kat Despain, Research Assistant to Nathalie Cooke, Professor and Associate Dean, Archives & Rare Collections, McGill University Library Do you like puzzles? Do you like food history? Do you want to win $25 at the McGill bookstore? Take up our riddling

Share your piece of Expo ’67 history

Slide Meredith Dixon Expo 67 Slide Collection

Are you a McGill community member? Were you at Expo 67? This fall, McGill Library and the McGill School of Architecture will exhibit our collection of Expo ’67 memorabilia and ephemera in the lobby of the McLennan Library Building. We

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