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Raising the curtain on archives outreach, preservation & access

Director & University Archivist, Yves Lapointe

La version française suit Introduction and interview conducted by Jean-Marc Tremblay, Archivist & Records Management Administrator, McGill University Archives McGill University Archives (MUA) had a very eventful summer. Firstly, the administrative offices of the archives moved from the sixth floor …

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Celebrate Homecoming 2017 at the Library

McGill Library’s ROAAr units have planned an eclectic mix of tours, hands-on events, and lectures for McGill Homecoming (Thursday October 12 – Saturday, October 14). Explore Montreal and McGill architecture then and now, learn how to transcribe weather information from …

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Currie and the eclipse holiday request

Map showing path across Quebec of the central shadow of the total eclipse of the sun. August 31, 1932. PR024753, McGill University Archives.

By Marissa Stimpson, Archival Assistant, McGill University Archives & MISt Candidate 2017 A total solar eclipse is a celestial event not to be missed.  On August 31, 1932 Montreal and the St. Lawrence Valley fell directly under the shadow of a total solar …

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Rescuing 200 years of historical weather observations

A horse-drawn sleigh, circa 1920.

By Lori Podolsky, Acting University Archivist, McGill University Archives La version française suit McGill’s meteorological history dates back over 150 years to the 1863 founding of the McGill Observatory by Dr. Charles Smallwood, one of the few official Canadian observers recognized by …

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McGill_Rare Instagram: Revealing matchless treasures to a global community

A tiny (60mm) book from our Sheila R. Bourke collection of children's literature! | Biography of eminent persons: alphabetically arranged | with portraits from drawings by Alfred Mills | London: printed for Darton, Harvey & Darton and J. Harris, 1814 | Sheila R. Bourke Collection PZ6 B56 1814 |

February 19 marks the one year anniversary of the McGill_Rare Instagram account.  365 days and over 3,300 followers later, this social media initiative, started by four McGill librarians, continues to develop an online following made up of bibliophiles and people …

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ROAAr comes together to Remember

Strathcona Memorial Stained Glass Window, 1922, Percy E. Nobbs and George T. Hyde, Bromsgrove Guild, Leeds. Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry Building.

  La version française suit Introduction In September 2016, the McGill Library brought its four rare collection units—Rare Books & Special Collections, the Osler Library of the History of Medicine, the Visual Art Collection, and Archives & Record Management—together under …

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McGill, Montreal and beyond at the MUA

Frederick Wigle, Old McGill Yearbook, 1936, page 202.

By Jean-Marc Tremblay, Archivist, McGill University Archives La version française suit In an increasingly fast-paced digital world, the McGill University Archives (MUA) is an invaluable resource for those looking to take a step back and voyage through the annals of …

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Nathalie Cooke appointed new Associate Dean, ROAAr

The McGill Library and Archives is pleased to announce the appointment of Nathalie Cooke as new Associate Dean, ROAAr (Rare & Special Collections, Osler, Art and Archives), for a three-year term beginning September 1, 2016. “I’m excited to welcome Nathalie …

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Out of the Archive: Bringing the John Peters Humphrey Collection into the classroom

By Prof.  Laura Madokoro, Department of History and Classical Studies John Peters Humphrey’s name is often invoked in studies of the history of human rights in Canada. During his time as an international civil servant, Humphrey contributed to the drafting of the Universal …

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Trivia Night celebrates digitization of 10,000 student publications

Three dozen students, faculty and staff divided into teams, donned their thinking caps and converged in the Faculty Club on September 21 for a Trivia Night launching the Library’s digitization of approximately 10,000 past editions of McGill’s student newspapers. “These student …

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