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Coup de foudre: The Letters of Sir Sydney Waterlow and Katina Paxinou

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Known affectionately in his family by the nickname "Monarch", Sir Sydney Waterlow (1878-1944) was a very tall man with a large mustache, a high squeaky voice, and courtly manners. A member of the Bloomsbury Group, Waterlow was a career diplomat. In 1911 when his own marriage to the daughter of Sir Frederick Pollock was unconsummated, Waterlow proposed marriage to Virginia Woolf. She rebuffed him and pronounced him to be a bore. Waterlow would re-marry in 1913. His second marriage to Margery Eckhard would produce 5 children.


Library's Peace and War Project makes the Hamilton Spectator

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We invite you to read the article in the Hamilton Spectator about our Peace and War in the 20th Century website which we officially launched earlier this week.

Peace and War project on Talk 820, Friday at 7pm

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Tune in to Talk 820 this Friday, September 26th at 7pm.


Peace and War in the 20th Century Website Launched

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The William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections at McMaster University Library is launching the latest in a series of digital initiatives aimed at bringing its unique collections to a wider, online audience.


Paying tribute to a scholar of the Enlightenment

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The William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections at McMaster University Libraries recently paid tribute to a distinguished scholar. Friends, colleagues, students and Library staff gathered for a reception on September 3rd to honour Professor Pierre Conlon.


Adam Matthew Digital: New Research Collections

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Researchers at McMaster now have access to new primary source collections from Adam Matthew Digital. These collections, which are sourced from leading libraries and archives around the world, include original manuscripts, pamphlets, books, paintings, maps, and images. Introductory essays provide overviews and scholarly guidance.


Library Receives Grant to Develop Website on the History of Canadian Publishing

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The William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections is pleased to announce that it has been awarded almost $100,000 to develop a state-of-the-art, interactive website on the history of Canadian publishing. The grant was provided by the Canadian Memory Fund through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canadian Culture Online (CCO) Program.


Exhibit: French Enlightenment: The Pierre Conlon Collection

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Our most recent exhibition in Archives and Research Collections (Mills Memorial Library, Lower Level) focuses on the French Enlightenment, in particular a magnificent collection of books acquired from Professor Pierre Conlon, a distinguished scholar at McMaster University.

In 1715, at the end of a very long reign, Louis XIV, the Sun King, died. Rivaled only by England, the French empire was at the height of its glory. Yet there were storm clouds on the horizon, marked by financial disarray, a series of unpopular wars, political censorship, and lack of accountability in government. In 1789, after the storming of the Bastille, the ancien régime began to crumble. Revolution was in the air, and the monarchy and the aristocracy were under grave threat. In spite of the many problems encountered in French society during this uncertain period between 1715 and 1789, France experienced a cultural rebirth, founded on shared principles of rationalism, empiricism, the importance of nature, and social justice. The inspiration for this renaissance derived from the philosophes, a group of prodigious, intellectual writers and thinkers, such as Voltaire, Rousseau, Montesquieu, and Diderot.

Our exhibition on the French Enlightenment, ably organized and mounted by Renu Barrett and documented virtually by Ateeka Khan, can be seen in our foyer and reading room until the end of September 2008. The website also has tributes to Professor Conlon from several colleagues (Kathy Ball, Peggy Findlay, William Hanley, and Carl Spadoni). The University Library will host a reception for Professor Conlon in early September. We invite you to enjoy this wonderful exhibition.


Library newsletter hot off the press

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We've just completed a redesign of our newsletter and are happy to say it's ready for your reading pleasure!

You can read it online, or, if you'd prefer to receive a print copy, contact Catherine Baird. (email address below)


McMaster University Library partners with Kirtas Technologies, Ristech and Lulu.com

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Imagine owning a copy of Galileo’s 1632 book, Dialogo di Galileo Galilei (Galileo’s Dialogue), challenging the traditional thinking that the universe revolves around the earth. At the time, the book and its concepts were so controversial, that Galileo was convicted of heresy in 1633 and the book was placed on the Index of Forbidden Books.

Or perhaps a first-edition, autographed copy of H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine is a more suitable choice for your own personal library?


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