Archives & Research Collections

Pugilism in photographs

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Marty Gervais is a Governor-General's Award-winning poet, the publisher of the Black Moss Press, and a journalist for the Windsor Star. The latest addition to his archives reveals that he is also a master photographer. Gervais has donated 55 ink-jet photographs to the University Library. The photos, exhibited as A Show of Hands: Boxing on the Border at the Art Gallery of Windsor and the Stephen Leacock Museum were also published in a book of the same title in 2004. They document the life of young boxers on the border between Canada and the U.S. Gervais spent over eight months with boxers from the Border City Boxing Club in Windsor, travelling with them to the Kronk Gym Boxing Club in Detroit. This series of compelling photographs captures the passion of these inner city kids who are participants on both sides of the Detroit river. Gervais's project A Show of Hands is a thought provoking and creative partnership between art and sport. Click here to see a finding aid to these photographs.


Chicken or egg? H.G. Wells's letter

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H.G. Wells, the author of The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, and other famous works, was also an historian, a sociologist, and a propheciser. The University Library houses a small, interesting collection of Wells's archives and 800 books and periodical contributions by and about him. The most recent Wells acquisition is a letter about the merits of chicken farming. It is undoubtedly the most important letter that Wells ever wrote on the subject. Indeed, we are bold enough to attest that it is the most extraordinary letter of its kind in all the archives of the University Library. We can think of only one other historical document of such significance pertaining to domestic fowl in our collections: F.G. Paynter's A Good Living from Poultry for Disabled Soldiers and Others (1916).


Library Offers Glimpse into the Mind of Isaac Newton

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A rare first edition of Isaac Newton's Opticks, recently acquired as McMaster University library's two millionth book, has provided the inspiration for an imaginative interdisciplinary collaboration between the library, the Learning Technologies Resource Centre (LTRC) and instructors in the Arts and Science program. Read the rest of the article in this McMaster Daily News story.


Exhibit: Truth of War

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On Remembrance Day, November 11th, we commemorate members of the armed forces who sacrificed their lives during past wars. The William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections houses many extraordinary, evocative collections of books, journals, and archives related to war and peace in the twentieth century. Our current exhibition, curated with care by Sarah van Maaren, a contract conservator in the Preservation Department, is entitled the Truth of War.


A Centenary Celebration of McClelland & Stewart Ltd.

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The Division of Archives and Research Collections, which houses the archives of McClelland & Stewart and many other archives of Canadian publishers, is pleased to announce a web site in celebration of McClelland & Stewart's centenary. The web site is primarily a virtual record of an exhibition on the company's history at Library and Archives Canada. The exhibition is open to the public from 13 June 2006 until 14 March 2007.


Exhibit: Early Italian Books from the Aldo Caselli Collection

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Think of Italy, not as we know it now but that period of historical fermentation from the end of the 14th century to 1600, when Italy was not a country but a series of city states governed by powerful families and foreign invaders. The period is known as the Rinascimento or the Renaissance--a rebirth of culture, humanism, and intellectual values centred in Tuscany that witnessed a flowering in the arts and literature. This is the subject of the current exhibition in Archives and Research Collections that runs until the end of October.


An Extraordinary Find: Mills Receives a Family's Saga

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One of the most intriguing new additions to Mills Library's Archives is the Crombie family fonds, a vast and varied collection of letters, illustrated diaries, official documents and pictures that chronicles a farm family's trials and tribulations from 1760 to 2002. Read more in this McMaster Daily News article.


Exhibit: Convocations at McMaster University, 1958-1973

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A new exhibit entitled Convocations at McMaster University, 1958-1973 will be on display in Archives and Research Collections (Mills Memorial Library - Lower Level) from May to July 2006.

Eight exceptional individuals who have been awarded honourary degrees by McMaster University are showcased in this display:

  • a trio of authors: Robertson Davies, Hugh MacLennan, Margaret Laurence
  • a trio of politicians: T.C. ("Tommy) Douglas, Stanley Knowles, John P. Robarts
  • a journalist: James M. Minifie
  • a rabbi: Bernard Baskin

The display focuses on the turbulent decade of the sixties and how various convocation speakers chose to address the issues raised.

The display runs until the end of July 2006. We hope you will take the time to visit Archives and Research Collections, Monday to Friday, 9 to 5.


Exhibit: Judging a Book by Its Cover: Nineteenth-Century Publishers' Bindings

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Archives and Research Collections is pleased to announce an exhibition on nineteenth-century book covers that runs from January until the end of April, 2006.


Exhibit: On the Shoulders of Giants

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If you would like a peek at the Library's two millionth volume as well as much other scientific literature from a twelfth century manuscript to the work of a man who died just last month, please come down to the Archives (Mills, Lower Level) and view our latest exhibit: On the Shoulders of Giants: Natural Science before and after Isaac Newton on display from September to December 2005.


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