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2009 ASEC Fellowship Awarded to Dr. Thomas Power

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McMaster University Library is pleased to announce that it has awarded a visiting ASECS fellowship to Dr. Thomas Power, Trinity and Wycliffe Colleges, University of 
Toronto. Dr. Power is the co-editor of Converts and Conversion in Ireland, 1650-1850 (2005) and the author of Land, Politics, and Society in Eighteenth-Century Tipperary (1993). ASECS (the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies) sponsors and sustains research at 15 research centres and libraries in North America; the ASECS programme at McMaster University is jointly funded by ASECS and the Faculty of Humanities.


Library Honours Legendary Jazz and Blues Musician Jackie Washington

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Convocation Hall rocked to the sound of the blues on June 3, as a crowd of 100 people came together to celebrate the music of legendary blues and jazz musician Jackie Washington. Dr. Washington, who received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from McMaster in 2003, has recently made a gift of his archives to McMaster University Library. “I am extremely pleased that Dr. Washington has chosen to leave his archives to McMaster where generations to come will be able to study and enjoy his amazing contributions to music”, said University Librarian Jeffrey Trzeciak.


A Bust of Bertrand Russell

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On 23 June 1955, Bertrand Russell sat for the sculptor Frank Kovacs.  A few weeks later Kovacs thanked Russell for the “kind reception” and encouragement. Those who had seen “the medallion and the head” had immediately recognized Russell’s likeness. Kovacs asked Russell’s permission to exhibit both pieces at the Royal Academy in London, the Paris Salon, and private galleries. Emboldened a few months later, he inquired if Russell would buy both pieces at 20 and 50 guineas respectively. Kovacs wanted to see the works in bronze.


Forbidden City Heirloom

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In an era of instant information, the donation of a 19th-century Chinese scroll to the University Library is an exciting milestone. The process of identification has been challenging. Bit by bit, like the unrolling of the scroll, its documentary history has been pieced together to discover a revelatory calligraphic text in Chinese and Manchu. With help from McMaster staff and students, we have been able to decipher the Chinese portion of the text and have uncovered a scarce Imperial document from the Manchu-led Qing dynasty, the last regime which ruled China from 1644 until 1911.


Lost and Found in the Archives… A Bill of Treason from Upper Canada

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A recently found document in the Division of Archives and Research Collections is a bill of treason written on parchment, dated March 1838, against William Rogers, a yeoman living in or near Albion, York Township, Upper Canada.


Scanned Darwin Books now Available at Bookstore

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The two most recent selections from the Library's Mass Digitization Project are now available for sale at Title's Bookstore.  This project makes available replicas of unique items owned by McMaster University Library for purchase for your own private library. 

Two of the books come from the Bertrand Russell Library which means they were owned by Russell himself.  They are:


Logicomix: The Graphic Novel of the Story of Logic

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In the Bertrand Russell archives we’re always on the lookout for new and old material about Russell’s life and times and the people and events in his extraordinary circle of influence.


Anti-Semitic Posters from Belgrade, 1941-42

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Yugoslavia came under Nazi control in April 1941. As in practically all territories occupied by the Nazi regime, there was a great hatred of the Jewish population. In Belgrade between 22 October 1941 and 19 January 1942, Nazi collaborators staged the “Grand Anti-Masonic Exhibition”. The Belgrade exhibition was similar in tone to the anti-Semitism in the “The Eternal Jew” exhibitions in Munich and Vienna during 1937-39. The Belgrade exhibition’s central theme was the alleged Jewish-Communist-Masonic plot for world domination.


Library acquires rare trench maps

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McMaster University Library is soon to be home to one of the largest collections of World War I trench maps in the country after acquiring a significant collection from Dr. Peter Chasseaud, the world's leading expert in First World War military maps.


Discovering the Book of Visions

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Hidden amongst the Library’s manuscript collections which number over 100 , there is a small, unassuming 15th century manuscript which has been identified as a version of the  Liber Visionum or Book of Visions.

This is a work by John, a Benedictine monk from the monastery of Morigny, near Chartres, France in the 14th century.  McMaster’s copy (MS 107) is a Latin text on vellum and paper and bound in reinforced vellum with “Codex” stamped on the spine and slipcased as “Prayer book.  C.1460”.  It is embellished with 12 decorations from the life of the Virgin Mary. 


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