Announcing a New Virtual Exhibit

Post Date:
Sep 22, 2017

We are very pleased to announce our latest virtual exhibit “History 400/802: The British Discover their Past.” In the Winter 2017 term, Queen's Principal, Dr. Daniel Woolf taught a combined undergraduate and graduate course, Topics in British History: The British Discover their Past, 1475-1730. The course examined the development of historical writing, political theory, natural philosophy, and antiquarianism in England. As part of their final papers, students were required to use primary materials available in W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections. Students consulted works from both our Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection and general rare book collection. They spent several hours in our reading room researching with their books. The exhibit showcases the material they examined and includes brief remarks on how it aided their research.

Alvan Bregman, Head of W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections, and Jillian Sparks, Special Collections Librarian enjoyed working with Dr. Woolf and his students throughout last semester. Students began their course by immediately visiting W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections. This early visit introduced students to rare materials: how to handle them and how to begin interpreting 16th and 17th-century texts. Soon after the students became constant fixtures in our reading room and general study space. Alvan and Jillian were available to answer questions about the materiality and production history of the books. The course concluded with a final class session in our reading room where the students shared their research topics and the books they worked with all semester long. The comments from that final session and additional remarks they shared with me are the focus of the virtual exhibit.

It is always a privilege to work with professors and students across departments. From class exhibits on Canadian cookbooks to in class assignments, our collaborations produce excellent student work. We are excited to continue working with faculty from Art History, Classics, English, History, Medicine, and many more again this year. If you are interested in incorporating a special collections session into your course contact us!

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