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McGillians Then and Now

This year, for the first time in McGill’s almost 200-year history, convocation ceremonies will be held virtually, with a second convocation, an in-person academic procession and ceremony, in 2021. Until then, to celebrate this exceptional Class of 2020, we thought …

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Since March 13…

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…a lot has happened. The Library continues to be here to help. As we move into the summer months and prepare for the fall, we’d like to acknowledge the incredible work being done by Library staff and the thousands of …

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2nd Edition – ROAAr Monthly Screen-Share

Spring cleaning your digital desktop? Why not try a new screensaver! ROAAr invites you to check LibraryMatters regularly to download a high-quality image from our free monthly screen-share. We invite you to use it as a background for your desktop or cellphone, or …

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Helping Hands: Uncovering an Eighteenth-century Midwifery Manual

Par: Mme Margaret Carlyle, Université de Chicago, mcarlyle@uchicago.edu, (Titulaire de la bourse de voyage Marie Louis Nickerson, Bibliothèque Osler d’histoire de la médecine) The Osler Library of the History of Medicine’s recent acquisition of the French-language Abbrégé de l’art des accouchemens (The Art …

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Competing For the Madeline: The Early History of Women’s Basketball at McGill

In 1891, during his first year as a teacher at the YMCA training school in Springfield Massachusetts, McGill alumni Dr. James Naismith invented basketball. Originally envisioned as a game for Naismith’s male pupils, American women began playing basketball as early …

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Elizabeth Gwillim’s Botanical Networks

‘… [A]fter learning a little Botany it seems almost impossible to stop.’ (Elizabeth Gwillim, 1805) The Gwillim Project, funded through a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, began in May 2019. It focuses on the unique paintings …

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The “Her Natural History” Social Media Campaign: Highlighting female contributions to biodiversity research

From collecting specimens and serving as scientific illustrators to conducting and publishing research, authoring natural history books, and more, women have overcome many social and cultural obstacles and gender barriers to help further our understanding of the natural world. Biodiversity …

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What’s Lincoln’s Bloodstained Towel Doing Here?

Many Montrealers are unaware of the many weird and wonderful things held right downtown at McGill University. The Library has items dating back over four thousand years that make up some of the most important research collections in the world. …

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Gardening in difficult times

Social distancing has made me long for two things: the company of other people, and time outside in nature. In the last month or so, I have started seedlings and am planning to plant a small balcony garden near the …

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Fresh Perspectives: McGill’s Motherwell and Stella Tapestries

By Michelle Macleod, Curatorial Assistant, McGill Visual Arts Collection The Visual Art Collection, with support funding from SSMU and the Dean of Libraries, installed a number of artworks in the McLennan-Redpath library over reading week. As we all eagerly await …

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