Archives & Research Collections

JUNOs exhibits showcase Hamilton's musical legacy and digital future

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In honour of the JUNOs, McMaster University Library has created some unique exhibits featuring artifacts from our musical archives and from our maker-space in the Ruth and Lewis Sherman Centre of Digital Scholarship that will be on display throughout the week.


Remembrance: Voices from the Great War

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A performance which presented a portrait of Canada at war told through letters, diaries and popular music drawn from the McMaster Library’s extensive First World War Archives.


It’s ALIVE! Frankenstein resurrected from Library archives

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1971. The Pentagon Papers have just been released, “All in the Family” makes its television debut, Tom Jones' "She's a Lady" tops the charts and Frankenstein comes to McMaster.

Co-written by famed Canadian actor and McMaster alumnus Dave Thomas and his brother, award-winning musician Ian Thomas, who composed the score, Frankenstein made its theatrical debut at McMaster’s Robinson Theater in March of 1971.


The Art of the Book: Rabbi Bernard Baskin, Book Collector

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Rabbi Bernard Baskin is a household name in Hamilton. He is known both for his many years of service to the congregation of Temple Anshe Sholom, the oldest Reform Congregation in Canada, which he joined in 1949, and in the broader Hamilton community as an avid reader, speaker, and columnist.


Echoes from the past: First World War song revived by McMaster student

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To mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, McMaster music student Jason Scozzari revived a moving piece of Canadian wartime music.

The composition, "Days of Peace," was written by Herbert Kohler in 1915.

The original sheet music is housed in McMaster's extensive "War Songs from the First Half of 20th Century" collection, located in the Archives & Research Collection at Mills Memorial Library. Scozzari, who is entering his fourth year at McMaster this fall, performed the piece in Convocation Hall.


D-Day Secret of Mulberry revealed in the Archives

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Allied preparations for D-Day were a race against time. The story of how the pre-fabricated harbours used for the invasion of Europe were planned and built is a testament to the greatest engineering feat of its time and a best kept secret.


Miss Lou tribute to Maya Angelou

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“Dear Mrs. Bennett-Coverley, The magnificent Maya Angelou has asked me to contact you and ask you to present the 1986 Living Legacy Award to her at the presentation banquet on March 7, 1986, in San Diego, California.”


CHCH to broadcast live from Library May 27

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Hamilton’s CHCH-TV is planning to broadcast live Tuesday, May 27 from McMaster, when on-air personality Lori DeAngelis will visit Mills Memorial Library to interview archives and research collections librarian Rick Stapleton in the William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections.


First World War trench maps go digital through McMaster project

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By Mark McNeil

A key strategy of First World War trench warfare involved sending pilots in flimsy planes on dangerous missions over European battlefields to take aerial photographs.

The pictures formed the basis of hand-drawn maps, hustled to officers for use as military intelligence and to front-line soldiers so they would know where to aim their artillery.

The information could mean the difference between winning and losing a battle.


Mac maps guide Toronto Star journalists across Western Front

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By Wade Hemsworth

While two journalists from the Toronto Star are walking the Western Front, the man in charge of McMaster’s maps is keeping the team supplied with information that helps them understand exactly what they’re seeing and what it meant 100 years ago, when war gripped the countryside of Belgium and France in a grim and costly stalemate.


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