Archives & Research Collections

Exhibit: Light and Beauty, an Exhibition about Our Donations

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Who won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1994? What is a Wayzgoose? Who was the first McMaster student to sacrifice his life in World War I? Where would you find a fore-edge painting?


Dr. Alan Walker: A Musicologist’s Generosity

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McMaster University Library is pleased to announce that Dr. Alan Walker (Professor Emeritus at McMaster, Director of the Great Romantics Festival, and the celebrated biographer of Franz Liszt) has donated 14 original letters written by Liszt and 16 other letters written by people in Liszt’s circle–Hans von Bülow, Marie Lipsius, Walter Bache, etc. Dr. Walker has been a generous donor to the University Library in various ways. In the 1990s, for a period of 5 years, he provided money to convert archival finding aids in hard copy to electronic form for Web access. Once much of that work was completed, he provided a similar cash donation for the purchase of Liszt letters. In 1997 Dr. Walker also donated his rich archives to the University Library.

In September 2007, La mort de Franz Liszt (the French translation of Dr. Walker’s annotated edition of The Death of Franz Liszt, based on the diary of Lina Schmalhausen, Liszt’s pupil) was featured in the bookstores of Paris. The launch of the Hungarian translation of this work (Liszt Ferenc utolsó napjai) took place on 29 November 2007 at the Liszt Museum in Budapest; the launch at the Liszt Museum included a piano recital by Valerie Tryon and a panel discussion with Dr. Walker, Mária Eckhardt the Director of the Liszt Museum and Fejérvári Boldizsár the book’s translator. Dr. Walker is currently at work on a biography of von Bülow (scheduled for publication by Oxford University Press in 2008-9), the German conductor, virtuoso pianist, and composer, who married Liszt’s daughter Cosima.


Garay interview with CHML Morning Show

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Tune in to the CHML Morning Show this Friday, November 9th at 8am to hear Kathy Garay's interview with Shiona Thompson. Kathy will be talking about the Peace and War in the Twentieth Century project. Read more about this project in the Daily News.


Exhibit: Grub Street - Journals and Newspapers in the 18th Century

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Many people routinely begin their day by reading a newspaper. What events have unfolded on the world stage, the local scene, and the financial markets and in the fashion and entertainment industries and the realm of sports? Then perhaps later, during a moment of relaxation with a coffee in hand, we pause and peruse magazines of interest for amusement and information. But let us turn the clock back to the eighteenth century when the periodical press originated on Grub Street.


A Baroness Looks at Her Mother’s Archives

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Shirley Williams, Baroness Williams of Crosby, was here at McMaster University Library on 21-22 August. Her mother is Vera Brittain (1893-1970), peace activist, journalist, feminist, and the author of Testament of Youth (1933); her father is Professor George Catlin (1896-1979). Both the Brittain and Catlin archives are located in Archives and Research Collections. Brittain


2007 ASECS Fellowship Awarded to Dr. Stephen D. Snobelen

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McMaster University Library is pleased to announce that it has awarded a visiting ASECS fellowship to Dr. Stephen D. Snobelen, Director and Associate Professor of the History of Science and Technology Programme at the University of King’s College, Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Website Explores Peace and War in Twentieth Century

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In early June, the Division of Archives and Research Collections at Mills Memorial Library announced a new project, the development of


Spectator Spotlights Newly Digitized Russell Journal

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The Hamilton Spectator has put the spotlight on McMaster's newly digitized Russell Journal which is now being accessed by scholars around the world. Read more in the Hamilton Spectator article.

See also the related story in the Library News & Events blog.


Russell Journal the First in McMaster

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When Ken Blackwell was hired as the Bertrand Russell Archivist at McMaster in 1968, he was asked to investigate “a computer-based catalogue” to provide better access to Russell scholarship. Little did he know that almost 40 years later, he would be completing the digitization of more than 35 years of Russell scholarship through McMaster’s Digital Commons.


Stephen Leacock’s Gone Fishing!

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Most people are joyous when a book appears under their name. Alas, this is not the case with Carl Spadoni’s latest book of Stephen Leacock’s whimsical essays entitled Gone Fishing! (published by The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box in Shelburne, Ontario). We interviewed Dr. Spadoni, the Research Collections Librarian, at his home in Westdale, a few blocks away from McMaster University Library. Nursing his third large whisky, he was barely coherent. "Frankly, I’m disappointed with the book.


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