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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?


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


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