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Asian North American Art in McGill Visual Arts Collection

By Serene Mitchell, McGill Visual Arts Collection Museum Database Assistant (2022), B.A History, 2022 As a student of Asian North American history, I’ve always been drawn to the development of cultural identity and understanding migration history through sites of artistic …

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Caption This – Finders Keepers

girl holding a broken egg

Our thanks go to Richard Orlando, (McGill, MLS Class of 1979) for this month’s caption. This month’s post evoked some egg-cellent responses! There were so many in fact, that we ran a poll on our social accounts to choose the …

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Hats Off to a Football Legacy

two caps on a green background

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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Flashback with Angela Grauerholz

sepia city scape

Lire la version française by Michelle Macleod, Assistant Curator, Visual Arts Collection Artist Angela Grauerholz presents us with a seemingly conventional subject in this photograph; a diagonal, high angle view of a concrete, five-storey building. The boxy design of a …

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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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Hiding in Plain Sight: Fore-Edge Painting in Rare Books and Special Collections

a fanned fore-edge painting held by two thumbs

Lire la version française By Christopher Lyons, Head Librarian, Rare Books and Special Collections I love attending antiquarian book fairs. There is nothing like seeing rare books in the flesh.1 Imagine my surprise when a book dealer picked up a …

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Caption This – Head in the Clouds

woman on a chairlift

By Labiba Faiza, ROAAr, McGill Library On the occasion of International Women’s Day last month, ROAAr shared this image of a woman bravely riding a chairlift at Mount Norquay as a prompt for its Caption-This series. Community members were invited …

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Baking from Historical Recipes with a Grain of Salt

Mock Cherry Pie filling

By Kristen Howard This Pi(e) Day I had the great pleasure of participating in the Great Library Pie Bake-Off (GLPBO) using materials from McGill’s extensive Cookbook Collection. The GLPBO is an annual event coordinated by the Folger Shakespeare that invites …

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One Minute Wonder: Argillite Haida Sculpture by Arthur Moody

Video and narration by Catie Galbraith, Chickasaw Nation, SSMU Indigenous Art Intern, McGill Visual Arts Collection Hlgas7agaa, or argillite is a sedimentary rock, composed primarily of lithified kaolinite clays. While argillite can be found globally, the carbonaceous, black variety used …

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Student Spotlight: Lara Landauro at Rare Books and Special Collections

Lara Landauro smiling at the camera in front of a bookshelf filled with rare books.

Student employment in the McGill Library benefits the entire McGill community. At 135 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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