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It’s a Slam Dunk: Inspiring a Nation of Youth

– Written by Lori Podolsky – How does a building with “unadorned simplicity of its exterior, the forbidding gloom of its interior, the patched condition of its flooring and the holey state of its roof” inspire a nation of youth? …

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70 candles for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

By Lori Podolsky “That there can be no peace unless human rights and freedoms are respected” (John Peters Humphrey, 1947) John Peters Humphrey, the first Director of the Human Rights Division at the United Nations, and along with Eleanor Roosevelt …

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Charles Taylor and Expressive Individualism in McGill University Archives

Since the publication of The Explanation of Behaviour in the mid-1960s, Charles Taylor has written on everything from philosophy of mind and language to secularism, multiculturalism, democracy, and identity.  His magnum opus, Sources of the Self, marked his nearly thirty …

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Library Abuzz With 2018 Homecoming Tours & Resources

McGill Library has planned a fun mix of tours for McGill Homecoming (Thursday October 11 – Saturday, October 13). Discover (and interact with!) our extraordinary collections. From rare books and special collections to archives and visual arts, it will be a feast …

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What’s the Big Deal with Professors’ Fonds?

You would believe a professor’s life ends at our school’s doorsteps Some of us students have this funny idea that professors are bound behind thick round glasses and pile upon pile of corrections due in a week or so. And …

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Processing the archive of Casey Wood, McGill’s Birdman

By Sarah Adams, a McGill Master of Information Studies student and Young Canada Works Summer 2018 Archives Intern As a Rare Books and Special Collections intern, I have been given the task of processing a collection of Casey A. Wood and to provide a description …

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A Spy Among Us

It is fascinating what unexpected discoveries can be made in the McGill University Archives. This month, during my graduate studies internship with MUA, I discovered a Soviet spy. Working at McGill University. During the Second World War. It all started …

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It’s International Archives Day !! – C’est la Journée internationale des archives !!

(le texte en français suit) Today, we celebrate the International Archives Day Written by Julien Couture, Frédéric Giuliano and the MUA team The McGill University Archives team is joining the archivists and records managers from around the world to celebrate …

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Abandonnez ce qui a péri il y a longtemps…

… et laissez-nous aimer les vivants [English will follow]   Madeleine Parent n’aurait pu choisir une meilleure devise pour son album de finissants: «Abandonnez ce qui a péri il y a longtemps, et laissez-nous aimer les vivants». Une devise qui devait …

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New Insights from John Peters Humphrey: The Man Behind the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

John Peters Humphrey, McGill University Archives MG 4127, 2002-0086.04.201.3

La version française suit By Laura Colangelo, Young Canada Works intern and Jean-Marc Tremblay, Archivist & Records Management Administrator, McGill University Archives — In 1946, John Peters Humphrey, professor of law at McGill University, turned down an offer of Deanship. …

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