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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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Homecoming 2022 | Tours, exhibits, events light up physical & virtual library spaces

Three sisters, Phyllis, Eleanor, and Betty henry receiving their degrees, 1939. PR000240

Make the Library your happy place during Homecoming. Special events, tours, exhibits – our 2022 programming has something for everyone so take advantage of in-person, hybrid and virtual activities that are sure to inspire, educate and (re)connect you with the …

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Enduringly Paw-pular

John McCrae and his dog Bonneau

Trends in dog breed popularity come and go – but our love of dogs is here to stay. July weather brings us into the dog days of summer so we’ll take a moment to explore some canine curiosities and the …

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Mammoth Football! Caption This May 2022

By Labiba Faiza, ROAAr, McGill Library For the month of May, ROAAr’s monthly “Caption This” series put the spotlight on an intriguing photo of people playing a mysterious sport on campus, taken circa 1890.1 A crowd of spectators can be …

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10 McGill Library activities to do with visitors in town for convocation

A crowd of graduates in caps and gowns seen from behind at a ceremony.

It’s that time again! After more than two years of virtual ceremonies and convocation-themed Zoom backgrounds, happy graduates and their families are back on McGill’s beautiful campuses. To celebrate, we’ve compiled a list of ten fun Library-related things to do …

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Hats Off to a Football Legacy

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Lire la version française By Yves Lapointe, Director of Archives Athletics have always been an important part of student life at McGill. These two caps are part of the McGill University Archives Collection, two of many other valuable items documenting …

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Rebus Puzzles; A Second L👀k at Visual Riddles

Lire la version française by Jacquelyn Sundberg, Outreach and Special Projects, ROAAr, McGill Library Curiosity, As the 🌲🌲 t of all evils, 🐝ware oh  👩,  Of [temptation] the be🧙‍♀️ing  ch💪 Of curio🏢🏙️🌉🌇; Set 4 rebus cards. 1780. Rare Books and Special Collections, Sheila R. Bourke Collection …

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