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Paper as Art


By Michelle MacLeod, Assistant Curator, Visual Arts Collection and Serene Mitchell, Intern, Visual Arts Collection (2022) Lire la version française An artwork in the McGill Visual Arts Collection (VAC) that celebrates paper is Winter Joy by Chinese-Canadian Elizabeth Quan (1921-2016). In this …

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Early modern paper pop-ups in the Osler Library of the History of Medicine

Mary K.K. Hague-Yearl, Head Librarian, Osler Library of the History of Medicine Lire la version française How does one make an anatomical lesson come alive? To many medical academicians, the answer would be to attend or perform a dissection. For …

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The “Flying Wonder” of Victorian Paper Toys

By Dr. Jacqueline Reid-Walsh, Penn State College of Education & Jacquelyn Sundberg, Outreach Librarian, McGill Lire la version française The “Flying Wonder” lives up to its name; this is a vibrant set of Victorian-era paper toys, animated with moveable flaps …

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Octavo, Quarto, and Folio! Oh my!

books of various sizes

Lire la version française By Jacquelyn Sundberg, Outreach Librarian, and Ann Marie Holland, Curator, William Colgate History of Printing Collection, Rare Books and Special Collections. If you are new to the world of rare books, you might wonder what these …

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Beyond the Declaration: A Canadian Perspective on the UDHR

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the newest exhibit at the Nahum Gelber Law Library offers a captivating exploration of human rights and its impact on Canada.

Learned medicine in the Middle Ages: two manuscripts come to the Osler Library

manuscript page

Meet two new manuscripts on the shelves at the Osler Library. The library got both a puzzle and a prize in these two medieval medical manuscripts this year, both providing exciting research potential. Read on for more.

The Presence of a Great Writer

Château de Ferney

During his lifetime, Voltaire was a prolific and well-connected correspondent. A selection of his letters now resides at McGill in the Jacqueline Lambert-David Collection. Read more about this extraordinary collection.

Spotlight on Roy States

Roy States in his office

Roy States wore many hats – an activist, a historian, a soldier, and a collector of books. His trailblazing began long before he walked McGill’s halls, and his legacy continues to inspire students through his collection on Black Canadian History. Read more in this new biographical sketch.

The Making of Moments in Time

Explore collection highlights featured in the historically minded, family-friendly (and pretty!) new “Moments in Time” card game developed by staff members and students at ROAAr.

A Deep Dive into the Moshe Safdie Archive

esquisse moshe safdie

The story of Moshe Safdie’s professional practice and student works can be found in his archive. Now this incredible body of work has made its way home to where it all started – McGill. Tellina Liu, Archivist & liaison librarian for the Moshe Safdie Archive, walks us through past, present, and future moments of engagement with the collection.

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