Archives & Research Collections
Allied preparations for D-Day were a race against time. The story of how the pre-fabricated harbours used for the invasion of Europe were planned and built is a testament to the greatest engineering feat of its time and a best kept secret.
“Dear Mrs. Bennett-Coverley, The magnificent Maya Angelou has asked me to contact you and ask you to present the 1986 Living Legacy Award to her at the presentation banquet on March 7, 1986, in San Diego, California.”
Hamilton’s CHCH-TV is planning to broadcast live Tuesday, May 27 from McMaster, when on-air personality Lori DeAngelis will visit Mills Memorial Library to interview archives and research collections librarian Rick Stapleton in the William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections.
By Mark McNeil
A key strategy of First World War trench warfare involved sending pilots in flimsy planes on dangerous missions over European battlefields to take aerial photographs.
The pictures formed the basis of hand-drawn maps, hustled to officers for use as military intelligence and to front-line soldiers so they would know where to aim their artillery.
The information could mean the difference between winning and losing a battle.
By Wade Hemsworth
While two journalists from the Toronto Star are walking the Western Front, the man in charge of McMaster’s maps is keeping the team supplied with information that helps them understand exactly what they’re seeing and what it meant 100 years ago, when war gripped the countryside of Belgium and France in a grim and costly stalemate.
Ian Thomas has been making hits for more than 40 years, and now he is sharing the personal archives that document the many stages of his continuing career as an iconic Canadian musician and songwriter.
During the course of a normal day, we create many kinds of documents: letters, photographs, grocery lists, notes, scribbles and maybe even a diary entry. It is such documents, which exemplify the pattern of an ordinary life and one that is interrupted with personal events and meaningful turning points that are found in the Margaret Watkins archive housed in the McMaster Archives.
Review some of the new archival, book and digital collections which have been described and catalogued over the past 10 months.
In celebration of the awarding of 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature to Alice Munro—the first Canadian so honoured—the Division of Archives and Research Collections is pleased to present an exhibition highlighting Munro and 17 other Nobel Laureates represented in our collections.