Archives & Research Collections
In celebration of Universal Letter Writing Week, January 8-14, we look at one of the world's most comprehensive letter collections and its continuing value as a research tool.
In the first half of the 20th century, letters, postcards, telegrams, and telephone calls were how people communicated when they weren’t together. A person’s physical archive of letters can reveal their connections with others, their thoughts, and a record of their actions.
Christmas is a time when families gather from near and far to celebrate the holidays together. Often, these gatherings stir up old memories and every once in a while, a family heirloom may be presented.
Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and McMaster University Library announced an agreement for Gale to digitize the Library's WWII Holocaust, propaganda and Jewish underground resistance collections.
The walls of the TwelvEighty restaurant and bar in Gilmour Hall were transformed this past spring with archival photographs from The William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections in Mills Memorial Library.
Emmy Weisz’s archives (called the Anholt and van Dijk family fonds) can be accessed by visiting The William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections, located in Mills Library.
A significant collection of publicity materials from an era that produced some of the biggest box-office successes in Hollywood history—Star Wars, Chariots of Fire, E.T., Raging Bull, Apocalypse Now, Silence of the Lambs, Pulp Fiction and Titanic among them—has been donated to McMaster University by alumnus David Haslam, founder of Marquee magazine, and his wife Alexandra Lenhoff.
An ancestral manuscript on philosophy has recently been acquired by the Bertrand Russell archives: 12 × 18.5 cm; 151, [2, index] pp., pencil annotations on endleaves; bound in half-red morocco with marbled boards. The manuscript was written in 1834 by the Whig politician John Thomas Stanley (1766-1850), 1st Baron Stanley of Alderley, for his newborn granddaughter, who would grow up to be the women’s welfare activist the Hon. Maude Alethea Stanley (1833-1915). To put this into a larger Russellian context, John Thomas Stanley was Bertrand Russell’s great grandfather on his mother’s side.