Archives & Research Collections
By Wade Hemsworth
It’s a window into another time, dating back to the early history of McMaster University, when students really knew how to eat.
McMaster’s library recently acquired a copy of the menu from the 1899 student Christmas dinner, a document dating back to when McMaster was just 12 years old – some 31 years before the university would move from downtown Toronto to its current location in Hamilton.
They are the remnants of everyday life: letters, crafts, money orders, parcel receipts, sketches. They also serve as testimonies of existence in the many concentration, labour and transit camps throughout Europe in World War II. These materials and others comprise a moving display in honour of Holocaust Education Week, November 3-9.
Some of the Nobel Prize winner's correspondence with longtime publisher Douglas Gibson is housed in the William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections.
The addition of science fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer’s papers to McMaster University’s collection of Canadian literary archives demonstrates the value of science fiction, say the organizers of a three-day academic conference that celebrates sci-fi as a bridge between literature, science and the social sciences.
by Wade Hemsworth
Bruce Cockburn, one of Canada’s best loved musicians and composers, has donated his archives to McMaster, including his notebooks, musical arrangements, gold records, letters, scrapbooks, nearly 1,000 recordings, and even three guitars.
“These are my tools, my rough drafts, my mementoes and my trophies. Together, they form the roadmap of my working life,” says Cockburn. “I’m pleased they will have a safe and permanent home in a place where they may be useful to others.”
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of poet, writer and entertainer E. Pauline Johnson, McMaster University will be hosting a symposium on March 8, 2013. In collaboration with the Indigenous Studies Program, the Department of English and Cultural Studies, the Department of History and the Wilson Institute of Canadian History, Chiefswood National Historic Site will honour her life, work and legacy by presenting poetry readings and a performance in Council Chambers, Gilmour Hall from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.
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.