Archives & Research Collections
Do you know of a book that has been censored? Do you know why it has been challenged? Visit the William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections during Freedom to Read Week. From February 25 to March 1, you can see of one of the world’s most challenged books from the Library’s collections. A first edition of Ulysses by Irish writer James Joyce (1882-1941) is available for viewing in the reading room. See the author's most famous work and tour de force of modern literature and celebrate with us!
In honour of Robbie Burns Day--January 25, his birthday--Research Collections is pleased to feature two very fine editions of his first published work, Poems Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect.
The first edition appeared in 1786 and is known as the Kilmarnock edition. Only 621 copies were printed. An expanded edition appeared in 1787 and is known as the Edinburgh edition.
Searching the internet for a great turkey recipe? Look no further—we offer you a recipe used by Canadian literary icon Pierre Berton beginning in 1947. This very detailed recipe, interspersed with Berton’s often humourous editorial comments, is found in the Berton archives in the William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections in McMaster University Library.
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At first glance, the tiny brown-paper books look completely ordinary. Opening them, you find their small pages filled with penciled text, smudged from handling and the passage of time. A reader with a knowledgeable eye might discern that they are written in Polish. Told that they date from the Second World War, the picture may start to become clearer.
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McMaster University has become the first Canadian institution to offer full access to videotaped testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses, nearly 52,000 in all, contained in one of the largest archives of its kind.
Recorded in 56 countries and in 32 languages-mostly between 1994 and 1999-the interviews are contained in the USC Shoah Foundation Institute's Visual History Archive, which can be accessed either remotely or on campus through secure access to McMaster University Library.
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The William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections is pleased to announce that four book collections on a range of subjects are now open for reading and study. Come visit us on the Lower Level of Mills to learn more.
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A significant collection of advertising campaign materials from some of North America's most iconic brands - Molson, Coca Cola, Pepsi, McDonald's, General Motors and Budweiser among them - has been donated to McMaster University from the Pirate Group.
In June 2011, the University Librarian commissioned a review of the William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections. The review was triggered by the retirement of the Division’s Director, Dr. Carl Spadoni, after many years of distinguished service.