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The Taylor White Project, 2018-2021

Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus tridactylus), water colour by Peter Paillou, undated. Taylor White Collection: MSG BW002, item 042. Blacker Wood Collection, Rare Books & Special Collections, McGill Library.

By Victoria Dickenson, Professor of Practice, McGill Library This project was funded by Insight Development Program at Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Overview The Taylor White Research Project focused on the documentation and analysis of a unique “paper …

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Digitization Grant Update: George Mercer Dawson

By Alex Kohn, Digital Collections & Copyright Librarian As we reported back in May, we are the fortunate recipients of a grant from the British Columbia History Digitization Program, which has allowed us to digitize over 1,586 items (letters and …

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In Search of a Single Boot: A Reflection on the Things Lost and Found at McGill Library

by Alisa Nosova, Marketing Projects Assistant, McGill Library The Internet Archive holds the McGill Student Publications Collection that includes  McGill student newspapers from as early as 1874. If you dare to start digging through this resource platform you might find …

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One Minute Wonder |  Red Sleigh, House, Winter by Lawren Harris

Lawren  Harris,  Red Sleigh, House, Winter, 1919, Oil on Canvas, 130 x 138 cm. Gift of A. Sidney Dawes, B.Sc., 1910. McGill Visual Arts Collection, 1966-001.

Take a moment to pause, reflect, and learn more about some of the stories behind the rare and special objects held at McGill. ROAAr’s “One Minute Wonder” is a new video series that delves into extraordinary things in McGill Library’s …

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When is a skull just a skull? Changing perspectives on racism in medical education

Lire la version française By Mary Hague-Yearl, History of Medicine Librarian, Osler Library of the History of Medicine Look closely at the skulls shown here below. What do you see? Are they simply former humans? Perhaps your view will change …

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Art & Action | Two recent acquisitions by Trinidadian-Canadian artist Denyse Thomasos

sweet like cane

Lire la version française By Michelle Macleod, Assistant Curator, McGill Visual Arts Collection On June 4th, 2020, McGill Visual Arts Collection published a statement on its website that outlined a commitment to meaningful inclusion and change to the collection. Inspired …

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Dante’s journey into the digital age

dante's inferno

Lire la version française By Ann Marie Holland, Liaison Librarian, Rare Books and Special Collections The pandemic altered the course of events in innumerable instances. Here in Rare Books, a grand project planned to commemorate the 700th anniversary of Dante’s …

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Looking Back, Leaning Forward | Exhibition highlights from “McGilliana: 200 Years of Student Life”

Centennial of Women at McGill medal, 1984.

Lire la version française By Aeron MacHattie, Archivist, Collection Services As the McGill community commemorates its bicentennial, it might be an opportune time to find markers by which to measure the ways McGill has grown, both to celebrate achievements and …

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Mystery on the Menu

horse and buggy and signature of artist Henry Morin

By Kristen Howard A team of students working under Nathalie Cooke, Associate Dean, McGill Library (Archives & Rare Collections) is attempting to unravel the mystery of an illustrated French picnic menu. The menu portrays a couple in fashionable Regency-era clothing …

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The University Girls Series

Written by Frédéric Giuliano, former archivist at McGill University. Published in Many Women, Many Voices, Stories from McGill’s Collections. McGill University Library and Archives, 2018. These University Girls We Can Do It! she seems to say, anticipating the iconic propaganda …

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