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“Archiving an Era”: The Early Work of Marcus Leatherdale and Sunil Gupta

By Leighetta Kim, Museum Database Intern, McGill Visual Arts Collection Hooded Glance – Self Portrait by Marcus Leatherdale is a photograph that immediately draws you in. A tension between vulnerability and strength commands a viewer’s gaze. As an intern at the …

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A Taste of Summers Past

June 16th, ROAAr Book Club – Try your hand at the recipes in this summer menu. Sample this selection – sourced from the Rare and Special Collections at McGill and beyond – and curated to give you some delicious options …

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The Falcon: The Statue of a Winged Youth at McGill

by Joseph Hanaway, Washington University The original article was first published in Fontanus, Vol. 14 (2016). Abstract: The Falcon statue, created by R. Tait McKenzie, stands as a beacon just outside the entrance of the McLennan Library Building on the …

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Digitization Grant: George Mercer Dawson

After a roller coaster of a year, our digitization lab is back at full capacity and they are busy! With a staff of 4 students working under lab supervisor Greg Houston, we are jumping back into the swing of things …

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Celebrating Human Connections; Friendship at a Fountain

Lire la version française By Gwendolyn Owens, Director, McGill Visual Arts Collection In this moment of great stress and uncertainty, most of us have found wisdom, relief, or simply solace in words, in music, or in art that has survived …

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Illustrated Obstetrical Treatises and Professionalization in 18th-century Europe and Japan

Lire la version française By Dr. Mary Hague-Yearl, History of Medicine Librarian, Osler Library of the History of Medicine New at the Osler Library is a pair of books from 1775 that reflect concurrent advances in obstetrical knowledge in Europe …

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Engaging History with “Quiz That So?”

Lire la version française By Jacquelyn Sundberg, Outreach Coordinator, ROAAr and Aeron MacHattie, Archivist, ROAAr The library’s new game, Quiz That So? has a 1950s game show feel and lets players test their wits with some tricky trivia questions from …

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A Giant Medieval Puzzle

The Rare Books and Special Collections of the McGill Library houses about 250 medieval manuscripts in Latin and/or in European vernacular languages. While we do boast about a number of bound, spectacular exemplars of prayer books, choir books, and philosophical …

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Tracing McGill University’s founding documents: The hunt for the 1821 Charter

By Yves Lapointe and Adria Seccareccia[1] Founding documents often serve as symbols of collective identity. Over time, they are frequently referenced in conversations regarding changes to this identity. McGill University’s founding documents are no different. The 1821 Charter and its …

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Can you name 5 women artists?

Since 2016, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC has asked this question on social media every March as part of Women’s History Month. The WMWA’s hashtag, #5womenartists, has gained a significant following, as art collections …

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