The McGill Fortnightly, ‘A Fortnightly Journal of Literature, University Thought and Events.”–V. 1, no. 3., was bi-monthly published by students between 1892-1898 and the indirect successor to the McGill University Gazette. We digitized all 46 issues including the covers and advertisements in the McGill University Archives but there are gaps in the collection covering the later years. These issues are a part of our larger McGill Student Publication collection.
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.
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.
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).
Beginning in 1899, this travelling library was supported by the McLennan family and administered by McGill University. It operated mainly in rural Quebec. In 1978 its functions were absorbed by the programme of the Bibliothèque centrale de l’Estrie.
— Summary from the description of Record Group no. 40 from Volume one of ‘A Guide to Archival Resources at McGill University’. McGill University Archives. 1985.
Want to see more vintage McGill library bookplates? We’ve put a small selection on Pinterest for easy browsing from the Philippe Masson Collection of Ex Libris digital collection.
Last month we started an ambitious project to digitize all of the back issues of the McGill Daily, the student newspaper founded in 1911. Starting in January the plan is to start collecting the +60,000 files into PDFs and run optical character recognition to make the papers fully searchable. Next up will to upload them to the Internet Archive and then create a digital collection that features more of our digitized student publications. Our hope is to preserve and create a searchable index to part of McGill student history. We hope to follow up by adding the publications that preceded the Daily, namely the McGill (University) Gazette 1873-1890, the McGill Fortnightly 1892-1898, the McGill Outlook 1898-1907 and the (McGill) Martlet 1908-1911.
Since that is still many months away I’ll tease you with just the front page of the first issue.
… feel the need for some forum where they (the students) can exchange their intellectual and emotional experiences, where they can present to their fellow-beings their clarified conception of some bewildering phenomenon or some haunting passion. And it is to fill this need that the “McGilliad” makes its appearance.
The first year they published two issues in March and April of 1930 under the editorial direction of A. M. Klein.
In November 1930 publication resumed under the direction of David Lewis. In the last issue of our collection, Volume 2 Issue 5, the editorial happily announced that the Students’ Council had “definitely taken the journal under its jurisdiction. The “McGilliad” is now a legal student activity, resting on a basis of sound and lasting security.”
This 94 page volume of poems was Lady Amy Redpath Roddick’s (1868-1954) 5th piece of published writing. While she might be best know as the McGill benefactor of the Roddick Gates, having donated them in the memory of her husband in 1924 she was also an accomplished writer with 17 works in 27 publications in 2 languages.
We recently digitized 9 of her books bringing the total online to14. You can read more about her in the Canada’s Early Women Writers digital collection at the Simon Fraser University library or for more on the history of the Roddick Gates visit McGill digital exhibition Virtual McGill: Campuses and Buildings