Special Collections: September Highlights

Post Date:
Oct 7, 2016


This month we worked with four different departments across campus to share our collections with 170 students. Andreas Vesalius’ De Humani Corporis Farbrica (1555), the first modern anatomy book, was our most popular item this month making appearances in Jackie Duffin’s history of medicine class for new medical students and in Stephanie Dickey’s Art History course, Print Making in Early Modern Europe. Students from Gwynn Dujardin’s Magic in the English Renaissance explored our rare books and early science collections. A volvelle, a paper disc attached to a book to make astrological calculations, was a hit! As well as Edward Topsell’s Historie of Foure Footed Beastes which includes descriptions of unicorns and dragons! Our final session was Marc Letourneau’s Heritage Conservation class from Urban and Regional Planning. The students examined county histories and fire insurance plans from 1908 and 1915.

We are excited to welcome our colleagues and students from Music, English, and History this month and next! If you would like to bring your class to Rare Books and Special Collections, contact us through our online form! For more on our instruction program review our Teaching with Special Collections page! We hope to work with you soon!


Thank you to all who viewed and attended the reception for our last exhibit, “Illustrious Travels” curated by Drew Griffith and Lise Melhorn-Boe. If you missed the exhibit and would like to view Lise Melhorn-Boe’s pop-up book, Look Don’t Touch, it is now a part of our collection.

We were happy to participate in Science Literacy Week 2016 and enjoyed sharing highlights from the McNicol, Riche-Covington, and Wynne-Edwards science collections.

We ended the month with our first pop-up exhibit for the 2016-2017 academic term. We hope that some of you stopped by our table in Stauffer and grabbed a TimBit and looked at a few of our new acquisitions.

This month Leslie Richie from the English Department curated “Secret/s and Surveillance” for the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies conference taking place on campus. The exhibit will be in place through October. Look for our second pop-up exhibit at the end of the month. Our theme is “Page Frights” and we will have pumpkin carving stencils with images from our collections.


We are thrilled to announce that the Schulich-Woolf Rare Book collection is completely catalogued! You can now search the collection through QCAT. The books are now on display in the Schulich-Woolf Collection room and available to use.

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This month we were named by Fine Books and Collections Magazine as one of the top institutional accounts for rare book lovers to follow! We have also surpassed 2000 followers on Instagram! For images of our collections and news follow us on Instagram and Twitter!

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