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.

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.

 

 

Found between the pages – Macdonald College Magazine

We recently received a shipment of books from our Macdonald campus library for a new digitization project we’re starting up this summer. While going through the volumes we came across the unusual find of what we think is a pressed corsage!

Flowers found in the pages of the Macdonald College Magazine - volume XII, No.4, April-May 1920. p. 236 - 237.

Flowers found in the pages of the Macdonald College Magazine – volume XII, No.4, April-May 1920. p. 236 – 237.

 

The Macdonald College magazine was published between 1910 and 1932 by the students and contained articles on student activities and other various topics, specifically agricultural ones. The magazine also contains a number of advertisements for local businesses which will be valuable in the student of Montreal and McGill history. This spring we’ll be digitizing the full run and making it available online.

For more information on Macdonald college campus visit the history feature, Founding Macdonald College.

References

MCGILL UNIVERSITY. (2004). A guide to archival resources at McGill University. Montréal, McGill University Archives. R.G. 75: Student Organizations. http://www.archives.mcgill.ca/resources/guide/vol1/rg75.htm

 

The University Library as seen in 1922

“The library may be compared to a vast telephone exchange by means of which the mind of the student can be put in communication with other minds. The catalogue corresponds to the telephone book. The student finds in it the call number of the person with whom he wishes to be connected. The attendant at the Delivery Desk corresponds to “Central” by making the connection, and if a book is already out the line is “busy”. If the library is small, the opportunities of the student is small. The larger the number of volumes the greater is the student’s chance of getting in touch with other people who have something to say worth hearing. The Library is also like a long distance telephone system, for it enables the student to listen to thinkers and writers in practically every country of the world. The Library, however, has a great advantage over the ordinary long-distance exchange, because it can put the student in touch with great minds of other centuries as well. It is, therefore, not merely a system of communication in the present but also in the historical past.”

Dr. G. R. Lomer, University Librarian. The University Library. 1922 Old McGill Yearbook. Page 117.

The University Library by Dr. Lorme. Pg 117 of 1922 Old McGill Yearbook.

Photo in the centre is of the original Redpath library now Redpath Hall on McTavish. — The University Library by Dr. Lorme. Pg 117 of 1922 Old McGill Yearbook.

Look Hoooo I found….

1912_0006 1912_0007

I found a gorgeous graphic of some owls in Old McGill dating as far back as 1912.  Since I have an affinity for owls this cover caught my attention.  I appreciate that the editors of the this version of McGill’s yearbook included these fine birds on their cover page. A searchable electronic version of this title is now available.  See if you can find a graphic (or a graduate!) that you love by flipping through the pages of McGill’s past.

Illustrations of McGill faculties and colleges from 1948

Royal Victoria College - 1948 McGill University Yearbook  - Page 57

Royal Victoria College – 1948 McGill University Yearbook – Page 57

 

Dentistry - 1948 McGill University Yearbook  - Page 109

Dentistry – 1948 McGill University Yearbook – Page 109

m.s.p.e. - McGill School of Physical Education - 1948 McGill University Yearbook  - Page 81m.s.p.e. – McGill School of Physical Education – 1948 McGill University Yearbook – Page 81

Commerce - 1948 McGill University Yearbook - Page 89

Commerce – 1948 McGill University Yearbook – Page 89

Engineering - 1948 McGill University Yearbook  - Page 113

Engineering – 1948 McGill University Yearbook – Page 113