Rare Books & Special Collections Summer Review: New Acquisitions and New Spaces

Post Date:
Sep 20, 2016

We know it's a bit late, but we wanted to update you on all of the changes that happened this summer!

New Acquisitions

We've been very busy actively adding to our holdings across all our collecting areas. We are especially excited about our 10 medieval manuscript leaves, an 18th-century commonplace book, and a paper & mediums study collection for teaching book history.

We've added several 19th-century titles, artists' books,  and a Chinese poster of Norman Bethune to our general collection. Our Canadiana collections continue to grow as well.

The Schulich-Woolf Collection now contains several new 16th-century items including a copy of Whitney's Emblems. Additionally, we have been purchasing works by female botanists to enhance our botany collection.

We have purchased books upon faculty request and are happy to acquire material that directly supports your teaching!

New Spaces

We have a new designated reading room in Special Collections! You can now view our materials in the space where our reference location used to sit.

Our reference collection has moved to the other side of our exhibits in the space the Music Library previously occupied. This half of the floor is now bright and airy with lots of additional study space.

What was our reading room is now the Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection Room where the collection will be displayed and a large table will remain in use for small classes and meetings.

Schulich-Woolf Collection Update

open book

We have finished cataloguing nearly all of the Schulich-Woolf collection!

Our librarian intern, Anna Soper, is working on our collection's web presence. The books are now being added to a virtual exhibit where all of the items will be listed and easily browsed. Virtual exhibit to follow soon.

Our cabinets for the collection have arrived and we are moving the books in to the Schulich-Woolf seminar room. Feel free to stop by for a closer look.

Mark your calendars! In November our exhibition of the collection will open.


class examining collections

We were pleased to have Marta Straznicky's ENGL 832: Shakespeare and Early Modern Print Culture course meet in our classroom this summer! Our location provided ready access to the primary materials they consulted for their research.

And we are very happy that 13 classes are scheduled for Fall and Winter term. It's not too late to sign up for a class visit send us a request through our online form!

Student Experience

students at table

We were very lucky to have two students work with us this summer, Jenna and Jamie, who processed 50 linear feet of Canadian music and theatre programs and moved 3 LARGE collections.

We are excited to welcome 5 students to the department this term!

  • Olivia, Student Assistant
  • Emilie, Graduate Conservation Assistant
  • Kelsey, Digital Humanities Assistant
  • Ally, Art History Intern
  • Mieke, Art History Graduate Student Volunteer

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