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Mapping a History of the Battle of Arras

Sébastien de Beaulieu (1612-1678) Cartographer/Illustrator, French Jean Frosne (1623-1676) and Nicolas Cochlin (1610-1678) Engravers, French  The Battle of Arras, 1654, Engraving, 225 x 200 cm McGill Visual Arts Collection, 1984-002

by Hugo Barsacq-Camard, Undergraduate Student Intern, McGill Visual Arts Collection On the second floor of McGill’s Faculty Club, hangs a massive historical map that was printed in 1654. The lower two-thirds of the 225 x 200 cm engraving is a …

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May Caption This – Click Joy!

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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.

April Caption This – Library Mischief

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We had a clear winner for this month’s Caption this photo. Thanks to Gordon Roback for a spot-on bit of library mischief. Our monthly Caption This post invites fun, invites interaction, and invites engagement. It is of course a completely …

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A for Archives, B for Books and Beyond: A New Video Series by ROAAr

Labiba Faiza and Jacquelyn Sundberg How does one consult a book from the 1400s without breaking its delicate spine? Which kind of gloves are best for handling century-old photographs? If you don’t know, ROAAr has you covered with its new …

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Student Spotlight: Emma Gallanti at the McGill University Archives

Emma Gallanti smiling at the camera standing in front of a shelving unit filled with boxes.

Student employment in the McGill Library benefits the entire McGill community. At 100+ strong this academic year, McGill Library student workers gain valuable work experience while engaging in academic pursuits.  Student navigators, curatorial interns, special project assistants and student researchers …

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What’s On the Map? Stories of Scientific Groundwork in Guyana

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by Hannah Deskin, Assistant Archivist, McGill ROAAr lire la version française As director of the Canadian Geological Survey between the years 1895-1901, George Mercer Dawson laid the groundwork for scientific exploration in some of the most biodiverse regions in the …

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50 Years of Library Service (1924-1974): Martha McCallum in her own words

Redpath Library Building, circa 1950s/ McGill University Archives, PR037992

To ring out McGill’s Bicentennial, the Library is featuring an Unsung Hero of yore. On January 7th, 1974, Miss Martha McCallum, Gift and Exchange Clerk, celebrated her 50th anniversary as an employee of McGill University Libraries….Miss McCallum received a letter …

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The William Feindel Fonds: An archival processing story

The finding aid for the William Feindel fonds is now available on McGill Library’s Archival Collections Catalogue. The McGill University Archives (MUA) acquired the Canadian neurosurgeon’s archival collection in 2005 and several archivists have worked on the collection since its …

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50 Years of Library Service (1924-1974): An interview with Martha McCallum

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To ring out McGill’s Bicentennial, the Library is featuring an Unsung Hero of yore. On January 7th, 1974, Miss Martha McCallum, Gift and Exchange Clerk, celebrated her 50th anniversary as an employee of McGill University Libraries….Miss McCallum received a letter …

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