Archives & Research Collections

'Tis the Season



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Shop for creative and timely gift ideas this holiday season and support McMaster Library while doing so! Two Library partnerships allow you to buy books new and old for the cherished readers on your list, with part of the proceeds going back to the Library.



New Moon, Old Books




Tale of Two Pens: A WWI Love Story

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This is a story of two pens, which belonged to lovers who were separated by the catastrophic intrusion of the First World War.  Their moving accounts are preserved in their writings in the archives at the University Library.   Vera Brittain (1893-1970) was a writer, pacifist and feminist, born in Newcastle-under-Lyme. Roland Leighton (1895-1915) was a British soldier, who met Vera in 1913.  He was posted to the Franco-Belgian border in March 1915 and letter writing was the bond that united them during their separation.


Own McMaster’s Rare Books

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You can now have your own copy of rare and out-of-print books from the Library’s collection!


McMaster University Library Launches a Virtual Page Turner: Historical Perspectives on Canadian Publishing Website

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Which novel by Margaret Laurence won the Governor General’s Award, became a literary cause célèbre, and was an object of censorship in 1976? What is the history of hockey books in Canada? What has been the impact on publishing and book sales by Canada Reads (CBC’s annual competition of the “battle of books”)?


Canadian Publishing Event

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The William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections at McMaster University Library is holding a launch of our latest digital initiative Historical Perspectives on Canadian Publishing.


2009 ASEC Fellowship Awarded to Dr. Thomas Power

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McMaster University Library is pleased to announce that it has awarded a visiting ASECS fellowship to Dr. Thomas Power, Trinity and Wycliffe Colleges, University of 
Toronto. Dr. Power is the co-editor of Converts and Conversion in Ireland, 1650-1850 (2005) and the author of Land, Politics, and Society in Eighteenth-Century Tipperary (1993). ASECS (the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies) sponsors and sustains research at 15 research centres and libraries in North America; the ASECS programme at McMaster University is jointly funded by ASECS and the Faculty of Humanities.


Library Honours Legendary Jazz and Blues Musician Jackie Washington

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Convocation Hall rocked to the sound of the blues on June 3, as a crowd of 100 people came together to celebrate the music of legendary blues and jazz musician Jackie Washington. Dr. Washington, who received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from McMaster in 2003, has recently made a gift of his archives to McMaster University Library. “I am extremely pleased that Dr. Washington has chosen to leave his archives to McMaster where generations to come will be able to study and enjoy his amazing contributions to music”, said University Librarian Jeffrey Trzeciak.


A Bust of Bertrand Russell

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On 23 June 1955, Bertrand Russell sat for the sculptor Frank Kovacs.  A few weeks later Kovacs thanked Russell for the “kind reception” and encouragement. Those who had seen “the medallion and the head” had immediately recognized Russell’s likeness. Kovacs asked Russell’s permission to exhibit both pieces at the Royal Academy in London, the Paris Salon, and private galleries. Emboldened a few months later, he inquired if Russell would buy both pieces at 20 and 50 guineas respectively. Kovacs wanted to see the works in bronze.


Forbidden City Heirloom

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In an era of instant information, the donation of a 19th-century Chinese scroll to the University Library is an exciting milestone. The process of identification has been challenging. Bit by bit, like the unrolling of the scroll, its documentary history has been pieced together to discover a revelatory calligraphic text in Chinese and Manchu. With help from McMaster staff and students, we have been able to decipher the Chinese portion of the text and have uncovered a scarce Imperial document from the Manchu-led Qing dynasty, the last regime which ruled China from 1644 until 1911.


Lost and Found in the Archives… A Bill of Treason from Upper Canada

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A recently found document in the Division of Archives and Research Collections is a bill of treason written on parchment, dated March 1838, against William Rogers, a yeoman living in or near Albion, York Township, Upper Canada.


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