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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. 


Just in Time for Valentine's Day

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Two books perfect for an out of the ordinary Valentine’s Day gift are waiting for you at Titles Bookstore. Drawn from McMaster University Library’s collection of rare books, these two volumes of poetry are back in print through a partnership between Titles and the University Library. Proceeds from the sales go directly to supporting Library programs and student services at McMaster.


What's Happening in the Preservation Lab?

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There are lots of labs on campus.  Did you know there is one in Mills Library where books, archival documents, posters, maps and photographs receive conservation treatment?


Library Acquires Resistance Collection - Offers Multinational Perspectives of War

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A remarkable collection relating to the Resistance movement, underground literature, concentration camps, anti-Semitism, and propaganda during the Second World War has been acquired by McMaster University.


Read about the Library's Virtual Museum of the Holocaust and the Resistance in the Hamilton Spectator

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We invite you to read the article in the Hamilton Spectator about the library's latest project, the Virtual Museum of the Holocaust and the Resistance.

A second article appeared in the Hamilton Spectator on January 22nd, a day after an event was held in Convocation Hall to announce the acquisition of the collection and the virtual museum project.


Japanese Imperial War Propaganda in the Penang Daily News

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Located in the Straits of Malacca, Penang is an island state of the Federation of Malaysia. From 1786 until the early 1940s, it was a colonial outpost of the British Empire. All of that would change dramatically on 19 December 1941 during the Battle of Malaya when the British fled the island and Japanese military forces quickly invaded. For the local residents, the Japanese occupation of Penang, especially in 1942, was a time of fear, imprisonment, torture, and executions.


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