New online: George Box Drayton notebook

New to our digital library is the 336 page handwritten notebook of George Box Drayton that includes various case records, autopsies, prescriptions, lecture notes and personal memoranda dating from 1802 to 1840.

"Comparative Experiments on Mills Blood." Detail from page 27 of the George Box Drayton notebook. 1802-1840

“Comparative Experiments on Mills Blood.” Detail from page 27 of the George Box Drayton notebook. 1802-1840

 

Page 26-27 of the George Box Drayton notebook. 1802-1840

Page 26-27 of the George Box Drayton notebook. 1802-1840

This book was a real challenge to digitize due to it’s size and fragile condition. Measuring a little over 20 inches long and 8 inches wide meant it wouldn’t fit on one of our regular cradle machines and doing it on our medium-format overhead camera would have taken too long. In the end we realized if we turned the book sideways we could digitize a two page spread on one of our overhead scanners located on site at the Olser Library and then we split the pages in post-production. Scanning the book sideways did give us a bit of glare in the gutter due to the light bouncing off the curvature of pages but no text was lost so we felt it was a reasonable compromise in order to get a copy done.

You can download a PDF of the full notebook from our catalogue or you can see the original on request by visiting the Olser Library of the History of Medicine during opening hours.

New: 113 issues of the McGill Outlook (1898-1907) online

New to our Student Publication collection on the Internet Archive is 113 full colour issues of the McGill Outlook. This student publication was the successor of the Fortnightly (1892-1898) and appeared everything Thursday of the collegial year from 1898-1907. Issues includes reports from various student societies, class reports and advertising matter.

Front page of McGill Outlook Vol. 01 No. 01: September 29, 1898

Front page of McGill Outlook Vol. 01 No. 01: September 29, 1898

McGill Outlook collection of 113 issues.

McGill Outlook collection of 113 issues.

 

New McGill Student Publications collection up at the Internet Archive

It begins!

Last winter we were able to digitize over 50 rolls of microfilm containing over 9,000 issues of the McGill Daily. Starting with their very first issue from October 2nd, 1911 we are going to be spending the summer uploading just over 9,000 issues dating to 2001 to our new Internet Archive collection of McGill Student Publications. Check back often during the summer as we’ll be uploading a few hundred issues each day.

The McGill Daily Vol. 01 No. 001: October 2, 1911

The McGill Daily Vol. 01 No. 001: October 2, 1911 was a little worse for wear when it was microfilmed but it is still searchable.

This project is part of larger project to showcase the unique material that has been published by McGill students. When we have finished all of the issues of the McGill Daily we’ll start uploading the predecessors publications that date back to 1873 from our archives including McGill (University) Gazette (1873-1890), the McGill Fortnightly (1892-1898), the McGill Outlook (1898-1907) and the (McGill) Martlet (1908-1911). We also plan on adding the already digitized McGilliad (1930-1931) and the McGill Fortnightly Review (1925-1926).

McGill Student Publications collection

McGill Student Publications collection https://archive.org/details/mcgilluniversitystudentpublications

1954 – 1968 The failt-ye times : the voice of Macdonald College

If you are curious about what student life was like on McGill’s Macdonald Campus back in the 1950s and 60s we’ve got 222 issues of The failt-ye times online.

Failt-ye times in the Internet Archive

You can consult the original papers at the Macdonald Campus library on level one during regular library hours.

New: [Manuscripts in English, on paper]

Various sizes of letters and notes bound together. Written by Sir Thomas Browne and collected by Sir W. Osler.

You can download all of the letters and notes from our catalogue or you can see the originals by visiting the Olser Library of the History of Medicine during opening hours.

Page 41 Ostrich's head drawing. Thomas Browne, Sir. (ca.1659-1682.) Manuscripts in English, on paper. Older Library of the History of Medicine niche. folio B884m 1659-1682  

Page 41 Ostrich’s head drawing. Thomas Browne, Sir. (ca.1659-1682.) Manuscripts in English, on paper. Older Library of the History of Medicine niche. folio B884m 1659-1682

 

Page 43 "Ostrich's head within". Thomas Browne, Sir. (ca.1659-1682.) Manuscripts in English, on paper. Older Library of the History of Medicine niche. folio B884m 1659-1682  

Page 43 “Ostrich’s head within”.
Thomas Browne, Sir. (ca.1659-1682.) Manuscripts in English, on paper. Older Library of the History of Medicine niche. folio B884m 1659-1682

Page 13. Thomas Browne, Sir. (ca.1659-1682.) Manuscripts in English, on paper. Older Library of the History of Medicine niche. folio B884m 1659-1682  

Page 13. Thomas Browne, Sir. (ca.1659-1682.) Manuscripts in English, on paper. Older Library of the History of Medicine niche. folio B884m 1659-1682

Page 3 notes. Thomas Browne, Sir. (ca.1659-1682.) Manuscripts in English, on paper. Older Library of the History of Medicine niche. folio B884m 1659-1682  

Page 3 bibliographic notes. Thomas Browne, Sir. (ca.1659-1682.) Manuscripts in English, on paper. Older Library of the History of Medicine niche. folio B884m 1659-1682

Poster announcing Richmond’s Diamond jubilee celebrations

New to our digital catalogue via an Interlibrary loan request:  Poster announcing schedule of celebrations planned to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Confederation, in Richmond, Québec.

Poster has type set so that words which are identical in English and French appear only once, printed in the middle of the sheet, e.g. Confederation, Richmond; the English text can be read down the left side of the sheet, the French text down the right side.
Dates 1867 and 1927 not printed next to each other, but one on each side of “Confederation”.

Richmond County Citizens' Association (Québec). (1927). Confederation, 1867-1927: Diamond jubilee grand celebration, July 1st, 1927, Richmond, under the auspices of the County Citizens' Association.

Richmond County Citizens’ Association (Québec). (1927). Confederation, 1867-1927: Diamond jubilee grand celebration, July 1st, 1927, Richmond, under the auspices of the County Citizens’ Association.

You can download the poster our catalogue or you can see the original by visiting the Rare Book and Special Collections reading room during opening hours.

 

 

A section of the medieval herbal manuscript on 2 damaged leaves

New to our digital catalogue: Macer Floridus : a section of the medieval herbal, on 2 damaged leaves] came to us from the Olser Library of the History of Medicine by way of a researcher request. The cataloguing notes tell us the herbal has been attributed erroneously to Macer Floridus. In double columns, containing 288 hexameter lines, which correspond to chapters 65-73, Piper-Costus and to chapters 36, Caulis, 34, Bugloss, 38, Origanum, 46, Asarum, in Pictorius’s ed.: Basel, 1559. Except for 2 leaves (shown below), the vol. is of blank paper which we left in the PDF; with coloured capitals.

Macer, . (1300). Macer Floridus: [a section of the medieval herbal, on 2 damaged leaves].

Macer, . (1300). Macer Floridus: [a section of the medieval herbal, on 2 damaged leaves].

Macer, . (1300). Macer Floridus: [a section of the medieval herbal, on 2 damaged leaves].

Macer, . (1300). Macer Floridus: [a section of the medieval herbal, on 2 damaged leaves].

Macer, . (1300). Macer Floridus: [a section of the medieval herbal, on 2 damaged leaves].

Macer, . (1300). Macer Floridus: [a section of the medieval herbal, on 2 damaged leaves].

Macer, . (1300). Macer Floridus: [a section of the medieval herbal, on 2 damaged leaves].

Macer, . (1300). Macer Floridus: [a section of the medieval herbal, on 2 damaged leaves].

You can download the PDF of the manuscript from our catalouge or come see the real thing by visiting the Osler Library of the History of Medicine.

A new map of the Island of Barbadoes

New to our digital catalogue:  A new map of the Island of Barbadoes by Phillip Lea (1666-1700) published in1682. If you’re planning on using it for navigation pay attention – the top of the map faces west rather than the usual north. A-new-map-Island-Barbadoes_G51401682L4

You can download the map from our catalogue or you can see come see the original by visiting the Rare Book and Special Collections reading room during opening hours.

 

A baking powder fraud exposed from 1879!

New to our digital catalogue: Found inside the ‘The princess baker’ by William Lunan & Son (1879) in our Cookbook Collection, Rare Books and Special collections.

Inside cover. William Lunan & Son. (1879). The princess baker.

Inside cover. William Lunan & Son. (1879). The princess baker.

Page 2. William Lunan & Son. (1879). The princess baker.

Page 2. William Lunan & Son. (1879). The princess baker.

To read the whole 16 page booklet and find some great recipes you can download it from our catalogue or you can see the original by visiting our  Rare Book and Special Collections reading room during opening hours.

Newton’s Opticks reprocessed in full colour

Our Rare Books and Special Collections copy of Newton’s Opticks was one of the first things we digitized years ago. Recently we went back to the archival master files and reprocess the pages in full colour to enhance the readability of the marginalia. Sometimes cited as McGill MS 46 this is Newton’s own copy with extensive manuscript additions and corrections.

You can download the full book from our catalogue or you can see the original by visiting the Rare Book and Special Collections reading room during opening hours.

Page 139. Newton, Isaac, Samuel Smith, and Benjamin Walford. 1704. Opticks, or, A treatise of the reflexions, refractions, inflexions and colours of light: also two treatises of the species and magnitude of curvilinear figures. London: Printed for Sam. Smith, and Benj. Walford, printers to the Royal Society, at the Prince's Arms in St. Paul's Church-yard. McGill University Library Rare Books & Special Collections

Page 139. Newton, Isaac, Samuel Smith, and Benjamin Walford. 1704. Opticks. London: Printed for Sam. Smith, and Benj. Walford, printers to the Royal Society, at the Prince’s Arms in St. Paul’s Church-yard. McGill University Library Rare Books & Special Collections. 

Page 73. Newton, Isaac, Samuel Smith, and Benjamin Walford. 1704. Opticks, or, A treatise of the reflexions, refractions, inflexions and colours of light: also two treatises of the species and magnitude of curvilinear figures. London: Printed for Sam. Smith, and Benj. Walford, printers to the Royal Society, at the Prince's Arms in St. Paul's Church-yard. McGill University Library Rare Books & Special Collections.

Page 73. Newton, Isaac, Samuel Smith, and Benjamin Walford. 1704. Opticks. London: Printed for Sam. Smith, and Benj. Walford, printers to the Royal Society, at the Prince’s Arms in St. Paul’s Church-yard. McGill University Library Rare Books & Special Collections.

Page 35. Newton, Isaac, Samuel Smith, and Benjamin Walford. 1704. Opticks, or, A treatise of the reflexions, refractions, inflexions and colours of light: also two treatises of the species and magnitude of curvilinear figures. London: Printed for Sam. Smith, and Benj. Walford, printers to the Royal Society, at the Prince's Arms in St. Paul's Church-yard. McGill University Library Rare Books & Special Collections.

Page 35. Newton, Isaac, Samuel Smith, and Benjamin Walford. 1704. Opticks. London: Printed for Sam. Smith, and Benj. Walford, printers to the Royal Society, at the Prince’s Arms in St. Paul’s Church-yard. McGill University Library Rare Books & Special Collections.