New Online: The Favorite: A journal of amusing and useful reading

83 issues of the The Favorite: A journal of amusing and useful reading published by George Edouard Desbarats (Montreal) from 1873-1874 are now available for reading and download on the Internet Archive.

Copy in McGill Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections: set half-bound in red morocco with marbled paper over boards(worn; corners bumped); smooth spine with 6 triple fillet bands in gilt and binders title; red sprinkled edges

The Favorite: A journal of amusing and useful reading | March 1874 | Montreal : G.E. Desbarats | Rare Books & Special Collections | FC19 C36 v. 3 FOLIO-474

The Favorite: A journal of amusing and useful reading | March 1874 | Montreal : G.E. Desbarats | Rare Books & Special Collections | FC19 C36 v. 1-3 FOLIO-474

Over 13,500 digitized books added to the Internet Archive

McGill University Library has recently attained an important milestone: Over the course of the past 6 months, over 13,500 digitized books have been uploaded to the Internet Archive (IA). With over 8,000,000 fully accessible eBooks and texts, the Internet Archive has become the foremost resource for accessing digitized material. IA’s close collaboration with over 1,100 Library institutions enables the collection to be available to a vast network of researchers. Furthermore, the Internet Archive allows our collection to be harvested into HathiTrust, a digital partnership between major research institutions and libraries.

The McGill University Library Internet Archive collection consists of digitized materials from different branches of the McGill Library, ranging from Rare Books and Special collections to notable collections such as Chapbooks and the McGill Student Publications. Our digital collection is growing steadily every week. Because most of the digitized items originated as patron digitization requests, the focus of our online collection is curated around user centric needs. Our collection can be searched and browsed using a variety of topics and categories. Below is a screenshot of our Internet Archive Library home page.

The McGill University Library Internet Archive collection

The McGill University Library Internet Archive collection

Books uploaded to the Internet Archive are full-text searchable and can be read online with the Internet Archive’s built-in book reader or downloaded as a PDF. IA also provides mobile device-friendly formats including EPUB and Kindle. Below is an example of a book as viewed from the built-in Internet Archive book reader.

The Marquis of Carabas' picture book : containing Puss in Boots, Old Mother Hubbard, Valentine and Orson, the absurd ABC

Example of a book as viewed from the built-in Internet Archive book reader. https://archive.org/details/McGillLibrary-104381-365

This initiative could not have been done without the help and support of Sarah Severson, Megan Chellew, Dan Romano and Elizabeth Thomson. A special thanks to Elizabeth who worked diligently to create the necessary tools to batch load digitized material and records into IA and HathiTrust.

You can find newly digitized McGill materials by clicking on this RSS feed link or visiting the McGill University Library Internet Archive page.

Playing with the new visualization wall

This week we went downstairs to the main floor of Redpath Library to play with the new visualization wall which is made up of eight 55-inch screens in the Research Commons. The first thing we wanted to see was how some of our digitized images looked up on the big wall. First we pulled up an a miniature (~ 2″ x 3″) from one of our Book of Hours (MS 102) we recently digitize to support a collaborative research project in medieval manuscripts housed in Rare Books and Special Collections. Even blown up so that one square centimetre covered four of the screens the image was crystal clear.

MS 102, a Book of Hours miniature on one half of our data visualization wall - full size and close up

MS 102, a Book of Hours miniature on one half of the data visualization wall. [Left] Full size [Right] Close up

Next we pulled up the high resolution image of Lincoln’s original draft order for troops signed in 1863 to see details in the ink from Abraham Lincoln’s signature. The level of detail that can be pulled up on these images is exciting! We can’t wait to invite the research teams down to see what can be seen with these screens.IMG_7463

 

Our final experiment was yesterday when we hosted a graduate level multimedia class from the School of Information Studies. Here we wanted to take advantage of the large screen size and used half the screen for a presentation while on the other we used remote desktop to a computer in our lab and did a live demo colour correcting an image.

Greg Houston doing a live colour balancing demonstration on digitized images.

Greg Houston doing a live colour balancing demonstration on digitized images.

To learn more about the research commons you can email research.commons@mcgill.ca

New online: McGill (University) Gazette 1874-1890

We’ve added 107 full colour issues of the McGill (University) Gazette. This semi-monthly is currently our oldest serial in our student publications digital collection.

Published by the undergraduates of McGill University the Gazette requested contributions of tales, essays, and all suitable literary matter from University men and cost 1$ for a subscription. Our archival run starts with Vol. 1 No. 4 which was published on January 1st 1874.

Front page of the University Gazette Vol. 01 No. 04: January 1, 1874

Front page of the University Gazette Vol. 01 No. 04: January 1, 1874

All of our student publications uploaded to the Internet Archive are also full text searchable.

Searching for text inside the pages of the University Gazette Vol. 01 No. 04: January 1, 1874

Searching for text inside the pages of the University Gazette Vol. 01 No. 04: January 1, 1874

Learn more about what was happening in the past on campus by searching through our Student Publications digital collection that includes over 9,800 issues spanning the history of McGill from 1874 to 2001.

On this day: November 4th 1913 & 1952

What a difference a few decades makes. Click on the front pages of each paper to read the full McGill Daily issues from 39 years apart.

Front page The McGill Daily Vol. 03 No. 028: November 4, 1913

Front page The McGill Daily Vol. 03 No. 028: November 4, 1913

Front page of The McGill Daily Vol. 42 No. 025: November 04, 1952

Front page of The McGill Daily Vol. 42 No. 025: November 04, 1952

Learn more about what was happening in the past on campus by searching through our Student Publications digital collection that includes over 9,800 issues spanning the history of McGill from 1875 to 2001.

On this day: October 11, 1911

McGill University well represented on Canada’s new cabinet. Out of fourteen ministers Premier Borden selects eleven graduates. Click the front page to read more from the McGill Daily October 11th issue.

Front page of The McGill Daily Vol. 01 No. 6: October 11, 1911

Front page of The McGill Daily Vol. 01 No. 6: October 11, 1911

Learn more about what was happening in the past on campus by searching through our Student Publications digital collection that includes over 9,800 issues spanning the history of McGill from 1875 to 2001.

On this day: September 29, 1898

On this day in 1898 the McGill Outlook published it’s inaugural issue and “makes its initial bow to the student public”. The McGill Outlook (1898-1907) was a weekly student newspaper that followed after the ending of the  McGill Fortnightly (1892-1896) publications.

McGill Outlook Vol. 01 No. 01: September 29, 1898

First issue of the McGill Outlook Vol. 01 No. 01: September 29, 1898

Learn more about what was happening in the past on campus by searching through our Student Publications digital collection that includes over 9,700 issues spanning the history of McGill students writing from 1875-2001 from the McGill University Archives.

New online: La Tentation de Saint Antoine

Guest post 


After cataloguing several rather tame 18th century versions of La Tentation de Saint Antoine by Sedaine (1719-1797) from the J. Patrick Lee Voltaire Collection last week, I came across another edition that had been beautifully rebound with marbled covers and endpapers and shiny gilt top edges. The others had had numerous grotesque engravings populated with devils as well as music to accompany the poems.

When I opened this book, however, I had quite a shock: following the title page but preceding the text, this version had bound in four hand-coloured engravings of a striptease! There was a lecherous rather gnome-like Saint Anthony leering out from under his monk’s hood, with a grinning pig at his side, watching the proceedings.

Front and center was a buxom young lady who was removing first her skirt, then her petticoat, then her sexy black stockings and bloomers, then the whole works. Flitting about above the scenes is a little flying devil and some sort of cute winged dragon with a snake’s tail. When by the third plate, Saint Anthony is starting to look a bit askance, turning toward his books, a halo appears above his head and in the fourth and last plate, he hides his head in his cowl while the devil shakes his fist and the lovely lady, now in her birthday suit, attempts to tickle him with a peacock feather.

Illustration from Sedaine, (1782). La Tentation de Saint Antoine: Ornée de figures et de musique. A Londres [i.e. Paris: Cazin. http://mcgill.worldcat.org/oclc/922002821

Illustration from Sedaine, (1782). La Tentation de Saint Antoine: Ornée de figures et de musique. A Londres [i.e. Paris: Cazin. http://mcgill.worldcat.org/oclc/922002821

Illustration from Sedaine, (1782). La Tentation de Saint Antoine: Ornée de figures et de musique. A Londres [i.e. Paris: Cazin. http://mcgill.worldcat.org/oclc/922002821

Illustration from Sedaine, (1782). La Tentation de Saint Antoine: Ornée de figures et de musique. A Londres [i.e. Paris: Cazin. http://mcgill.worldcat.org/oclc/922002821

Illustration from Sedaine, (1782). La Tentation de Saint Antoine: Ornée de figures et de musique. A Londres [i.e. Paris: Cazin. http://mcgill.worldcat.org/oclc/922002821

Illustration from Sedaine, (1782). La Tentation de Saint Antoine: Ornée de figures et de musique. A Londres [i.e. Paris: Cazin. http://mcgill.worldcat.org/oclc/922002821

Illustration from Sedaine, (1782). La Tentation de Saint Antoine: Ornée de figures et de musique. A Londres [i.e. Paris: Cazin. http://mcgill.worldcat.org/oclc/922002821

Illustration from Sedaine, (1782). La Tentation de Saint Antoine: Ornée de figures et de musique. A Londres [i.e. Paris: Cazin. http://mcgill.worldcat.org/oclc/922002821


I brought this treasure to Megan, intending to ask her advice as to whether “striptease” was an appropriate word for a McGill catalogue record – would J. Patrick Lee turn over in his grave? But before I could ask, she gleefully whisked it off to the digitization section where it has now been digitized and made available in our catalogue for all to enjoy.

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

Authored by: Penny Aubin

Come visit! Digitization open house September 25, 2015

Next Friday as part of the activities for Science Literacy Week we’re opening up our doors to visitors! Come drop by Friday, September 25, 2015 anytime between 1pm and 3pm. 

We’ll have a short introduction talk every half hour covering what we do and what kinds of digitization services we offer. We’ll also have stations set up with demonstrations of various phases of the digitization process from picking the material, capturing it and getting it online. This will include demonstrations of our automatic pager turner and flatbed scanners.

The Digitization Lab can be accessed via the Redpath Hall entrance on the McLennan-Redpath terrace and follow the signs to the 2nd floor. See map bellow.

Questions? Contact us directly at digitization.library@mcgill.ca

Redpath Hall entrance on the McLennan-Redpath terrace for digitization lab

Redpath Hall entrance on the McLennan-Redpath terrace for the digitization lab

V-craddle to support digitization of fragile bound manuscripts

V-craddle to support digitization of fragile bound manuscripts

Camera & copystand for digitizing smaller items and 3D objects

Camera & copystand for digitizing smaller items and 3D objects

Betterlight scan back for oversized items

Betterlight scan back for oversized items

On this day: September 11, 1958

On this day in 1958 there was a ‘Frosh Invasion Underway’. Click the front page to read more from the McGill Daily Special Freshmen Issue.

Front page of The McGill Daily Vol. 48 No. 001: September 11, 1958 September 11, 1958 - Special Freshman Issue https://archive.org/details/McGillLibrary-mcgill-daily-v48-n001-september-11-1958-10430

Front page of The McGill Daily Vol. 48 No. 001: September 11, 1958 – Special Freshman Issue https://archive.org/details/McGillLibrary-mcgill-daily-v48-n001-september-11-1958-10430

 

Learn more about what was happening in the past on campus by searching through our Student Publications digital collection that includes over 9,000 issues spanning the history of McGill students writing from 1875-2001 from the McGill University Archives.