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Marquee Magazine Archives Donated to McMaster University

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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.


Who was Lorraine?

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An archival detective has gotten to the bottom of a mysterious photo album acquired by Mills Library nearly a year ago.


Alethea’s Book: A Philosophy Primer in the Russell Archives

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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.


Al Purdy: Saving the A-Frame

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"So we built a house, my wife and I
our house at a backwater puddle of a lake
near Ameliaburg, Ont. spending
our last hard-earned buck to buy second-hand lumber


Latest Issue of Library Newsletter now Online

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The most recent edition of the McMaster Library News has just been posted online.


2010 ASECS Fellowship Awarded to Dr. James Woolley

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McMaster University Library is pleased to announce that it has awarded a visiting ASECS fellowship to Dr. James Woolley, Smith Professor of English at Lafayette College. ASECS (the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies) sponsors and sustains research at 15 research centres and libraries in North America; the ASECS program at McMaster University is jointly funded by ASECS and the Faculty of Humanities. Dr. Woolley’s project is entitled “Toward a Full New Edition of Jonathan Swift’s Poems: Swift’s Texts and the Barry Brown Collection”.


I Trust That You Will Forgive the Late Fines

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George Washington may never have told a lie, but he apparently borrowed two books on 5 October 1789 from a library in New York City and never returned them. Here at McMaster, we haven’t had quite a dramatic case of overdue books. It would have been difficult for Washington to borrow books from the University Library since he died in 1799, almost 90 years before the founding of our university. Nonetheless, if Washington in his posthumous state showed up at our circulation desk wanting to borrow our books, we’d have good reason to be skeptical and not to issue a library card in his name.


Morris Norman: Our Great Donor of Canadiana

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Many of us are collectors. We collect buttons, stamps, baseball cards, art, comic books–the possibilities are seemingly endless. But do any of us ever think that one day we will be recognized for our efforts and that our collections will end up in the archives of an academic institution like McMaster?


Aldus Manutius: A Series of Firsts by Renaissance Mastermind

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What can we learn about design, innovation and marketing from books printed by Renaissance mastermind Aldus Manutius? Whether you use texting shortcuts (where ru?) or ignore capitals altogether, your formal writing could benefit from the examples of Aldus’ groundbreaking innovations.


Library Joins International World War I Digitization Project

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The University Library has signed a contract with publisher Adam Matthew Digital to digitize most of its collections pertaining to World War I.  This is part of an international, multi-year project, entitled World War I: A Portal, and will result in digital access to over a half a million pages of original WWI documentation.


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