Virtual Exhibits from W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections

  • James Cole's 18th-century Canterbury Cathedral Engravings

    This 3D model was created for the Digital Humanities Assistantship at the W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections Library. This position was held by Abigail Berry, a fourth year art history and mathematics student at Queen's University. The model is of Canterbury Cathedral and is based on John Dart's book, The history and antiquities of the cathedral church of Canterbury. Within this book there are hundreds of engravings that were created by James Cole. The engravings show the exterior of the cathedral, the interior of the cathedral, and the elaborate tombs of royalty and bishops. 

    The model was created in order to show James Cole's engravings in a fun and educational manner. Each tomb in the model provides information about the creation of the tomb and the person who commissioned it. You can zoom into the tombs and see James Cole's engravings in detail. The tombs are placed where they would have been located in the cathedral. The goal of this project was to create an exciting model of John Dart's book and to digitize the engravings.

  • 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. This exhibit showcases the material they examined and brief remarks on how it aided their research. Curated by Jillian Sparks, September 2017.
  • William Caxton and his Successors
    The Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection now includes a work produced by England's first printer, William Caxton. This small exhibit highlights Caxton's Polycronicon (1482) and two other early printed works in the collection: St. Albans Chronicle printed by Wynkyn de Worde (1515) and Polycronycon printed by Peter Treveris (1527). Curated by Alvan Bregman and Jillian Sparks. Opened April 2017.
  • Then & Now: Architectural and Antiquities Guides
    This exhibition connects our contemporary collection of guidebooks with fascinating books of antiquities found within the Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection. Curated by Kelsey Jennings. Opened March 2017.
  • Harlequinades
    An exhibit of tinsel prints from the Robertson Davies Collection by Ally Zmijowskyj. Opened December 2016.
  • Introducing the Schulich-Woolf Rare Book Collection
    An exhibit by Alvan Bregman and Jillian Sparks, assisted by Anna Soper. Opened November 2016.
  • Prison Sentences: Penitentiary Literature in Kingston
    An exhibit by Kim Bell. Opened March 1, 2016.
    Focusing on prison newsletters, or ‘joint magazines’ from Kingston area prisons, this exhibit provides an in-depth look at writings by prisoners. It examines the content and historical significance of these works, and draws attention to the high quality of these publications, especially in the 1950’s and 60’s. It attempts to establish the context and tension in which these newsletters were produced.
  • The Young Ladies' Journal
    An exhibit by Jenna Mlynaryk. Opened March 2016.
  • Stereoscopic Views
    An exhibit by Tiffany Chan. Opened March 2015.
  • 125 Years of Canadian Literature at Queen's University
    An exhibit by Dr. Shelley King, Head, Department of English, with the assistance of Dr. Gwynn Dujardin, Department of English, Pat Hitchcock, Pamela Manders, Barbara Teatero and Mary Claire Vandenburg, W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections and Music Library, Katie Legere, Discovery & Technology Services and Alex Cooper, Queen’s University Library. Opened September 2014.
  • A Pocket Cathedral
    An exhibit curated by Molly-Claire Gillett. Opened March 2014.

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