New online: Public Address Newspaper

Guest post by Annelise Dowd. Annelise is a McGill University Master of Information Studies student who has been doing a practicum project working with the Student Publication Collection.


Public Address was a weekly student paper first published in 1966. The paper was intended to be the vocal arm of the McGill Students Society, aiming to clarify “misconceptions” about student government. These supposed misunderstandings were largely due to the criticism the student society faced in the late sixties from The McGill Daily. In 1968 the paper changed format, and focused less on the contention between student government and the student body. This revised format of the paper soon ceased publication however, with only six issues produced.

Cover page. Public address Vol. 01 No.001: February 25, 1966. McGill University.

Cover page. Public address Vol. 01 No.001: February 25, 1966. McGill University.

13 “First ” Public Address issues

v.1:no.1(1966:Feb.25)
v.1:no.2(1966:Feb.28)
v.1:no.3(1966:Mar.16)
(1966:Oct.26)
(1966:Nov.9)
(1966:Nov.21)
(1966:Dec.7)
(1967:Jan.25)
(1967:Feb.6)
(1967:Sep.29)
(1966:Oct.13)
(1967:Oct.19)
(1967:Nov.9)

6 “Updated” Public Address issues
v.1:no.1(1968:Jan.17)
v.1:no.2(1968:Jan.24)
v.1:no.3(1968:Jan.31)
v.1:no.4(1968:Feb.07)
v.1:no.5(1968:Feb.14)
v.1:no.6(1968:Feb.21)

New online: Water level and weather data for the Ganges River region (1809-1822)

Water level and weather data for the Ganges River region : a collection of six records. Authored by Captain Lachaln, Major Parlby and James Kyd. 1809-1822. Rare Books & Special Collections – Blacker-Wood Manuscripts. folio GB1339 W38 1809

From the cataloguing record: Six records, largely in tabular form, sewn together into plain brown card covers with paper cover label bearing a summary of contents; provenance bookplate of Natural History Society of Montreal

Water level and weather data for the Ganges River region : a collection of six records. Authored by Captain Lachaln, Major Parlby and James Kyd. 1809-1822. Rare Books & Special Collections – Blacker-Wood Manuscripts. folio GB1339 W38 1809

Water level and weather data for the Ganges River region : a collection of six records. Authored by Captain Lachaln, Major Parlby and James Kyd. 1809-1822. Rare Books & Special Collections – Blacker-Wood Manuscripts. folio GB1339 W38 1809

Contents:

  • Memoir, of observations of the progressive rise of the waters of the Ganges at Ghazipore during the rainy season of 1815 / by Capt. Lachlan —
  • Diary of the daily … rise & fall of the Ganges … from 1815 to 1822 both years inclusive / by Major Parlby ; with notes by Capt. Lachlan —
  • Comparative view of the rise & fall of the Bhagruttu & Ganges daily … [1809-1811] –
  • Rise & fall of the Baugrutty commencing 1st January 1822 / by Major Parlby —
  • Tide table of January and February 1815[-November and December 1820] kept … near Calcutta / by James Kyd —
  • Weather, Kedgeree, Diamond Harbour, 1819[-1820].

Other titles:

  • Memoir, of observations of the progressive rise of the waters of the Ganges at Ghazipore during the rainy season of 1815 / by Capt. Lachlan —
  • Diary of the daily … rise & fall of the Ganges … from 1815 to 1822 both years inclusive / by Major Parlby ; with notes by Capt. Lachlan —

New online: The Civilian : a fortnightly journal devoted to the interests of the Civil Service of Canada.

141 issues of the The Civilian : a fortnightly journal devoted to the interests of the Civil Service of Canada from March 1913 to November 1920 are now available through our library catalogue and the internet archive.

From the cataloguing notes: The postal journal, for a time numbered separately, appeared as part of the Civilian. It was “edited under the auspices of the Postal Clerks’ Association of the Dominion of Canada”. Latterly it was superseded by a column entitled “Postal notes.” Official publication of the Civil Service Federation of Canada, 1917-July 1920; of the Associated Federal Employees of Ottawa, Aug. 1920-1921. Established and edited by Frank Grierson, May 1908-Mar. 1920.

The Civilian : a fortnightly journal devoted to the interests of the Civil Service of Canada. v.7:no.6(1914:Jul.10)

The Civilian : a fortnightly journal devoted to the interests of the Civil Service of Canada. v.7:no.6(1914:Jul.10)

 

The Civilian : a fortnightly journal devoted to the interests of the Civil Service of Canada. v.9:no.16(1916:Nov.24)

The Civilian : a fortnightly journal devoted to the interests of the Civil Service of Canada. v.9:no.16(1916:Nov.24)

The Civilian : a fortnightly journal devoted to the interests of the Civil Service of Canada. v.13:no.4(1920:Mar)

The Civilian : a fortnightly journal devoted to the interests of the Civil Service of Canada. v.13:no.4(1920:Mar)

Public Domain Day

Waugh, E. (1951). Brideshead revisited: The scared and profane memories of Captain Charles Ryder. A novel. Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin Books. Rare Books & Special Collections - Louis Dudek Collection. PR6045 A97 B7 1952

Waugh, E. (1951). Brideshead revisited: The sacred and profane memories of Captain Charles Ryder. A novel. Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin Books. Rare Books & Special Collections – Louis Dudek Collection. PR6045 A97 B7 1952

By Alex Kohn, Head of the Copyright Office

This week we are pleased to bring you this fully digitized copy of Evelyn Waugh’s famed 1945 novel Brideshead revisited.

We selected this volume for digitization in honour of Public Domain Day, which took place on the first day of this month. In Canada (and a host of other countries) copyright in a published work expires 50 years from the end of the calendar year in which its creator died. As such, on January 1st, 2017, published works by artists, writers and other creators who died in 1966, like Evelyn Waugh, legally entered the public domain. In countries with a “life +70 years” term of copyright, including Australia, Russian and much of the Europe Union, the works of authors who died in 1946 are now in the public domain. The U.S. too, has a “life + 70 years” copyright term, but due to copyright extension legislation, no published works will be entering the public domain on January 1st until at least 2019.

Once copyright has expired, neither permission nor payment are required to copy, distribute, modify or incorporate these works into new creative or intellectual works or make them available to the public in Canada.

The print copy of the novel is held in McGill Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections, a gift of the estate of Louis Dudek, poet, essayist, critic, and editor. Dudek (1918 – 2001) completed his studies at McGill and Columbia before joining the McGill Faculty of English in the 1950s as professor of modern poetry. The Louis Dudek Collection includes more than 6,000 titles, available for consultation in our reading room during opening hours.

McGill Library has an active digitization program  and makes every effort to open up our rare and unique collections to the world by putting them online for everyone. A warm thank you to Jennifer Garland, Rare Books and Special Collections librarian and Greg Houston, Digitization and New Media Administrator for helping with this small project.

 

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.

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

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.