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“It ain’t never no use puttin’ up yer umbrell’ till it rains.” – Mrs. Wiggs

Did you know that February 17 is National Cabbage Day? To observe the day celebrating this humble vegetable, we pulled out Mrs Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch, a 1901 novel by American author Alice Hegan Rice. It is the story of a … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Susan B. Anthony!

March 15 is the birthday of Susan B. Anthony – she would have been 197 if she were still alive today. Born in Massachusetts and raised as a Quaker, she played a pivotal role in the women’s suffrage movement. In … Continue reading

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How 18-year-old engineering students saved U of T’s rarest books

Group of students came up with fix for dampness seeping through library walls By Kate McGillivray, CBC News Posted: Feb 06, 2017 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Feb 06, 2017 7:38 AM ET             Yewon Son … Continue reading

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The Search for the Underground Railroad in Upstate New York State is Featured Book for February

 Special Collections commemorates Black History Month (African American History Month) with its featured book for February: The Search for the Underground Railroad in Upstate New York written by Tom Calarco, who calls himself an “Underground Railroad conductor.” He writes “… after getting … Continue reading

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Ginsberg’s New Year Blues is featured book for January 2017

New Year Blues by Allen Ginsberg is our featured book for the first month in this new year, January 2017. Irwin Allen Ginsberg (1926 – 1997) was an American poet and a pivotal figure of the Beat Movement of the 1950s. Born in … Continue reading

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Alumna Molly Peacock publishes new book

  The Analyst A collection of poetry exploring her evolving relationship with Jewish psychoanalyst Joan Stein When a psychoanalyst became a painter after surviving a stroke, her longtime patient, distinguished and beloved poet Molly Peacock, took up a unique task. The … Continue reading

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Hidebound: the Grisly Invention of Parchment

While most of the Old World was writing on papyrus, bamboo, and silk, Europe carved its own gruesome path through the history books. To an ancient Egyptian of the third century BCE, the rolls of papyrus on which the country … Continue reading

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It’s all in the details!

Shown is a detail from The Cloisters Apocalypse, an early fourteenth century Latin manuscript depicting the narrative present in the Book of Revelations. The manuscript dates to c.1330 when it was produced in Normandy, France for the noble family de Montigny. … Continue reading

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Special Collections and CEMERS reveal newly-acquired 14th century Latin manuscript

“Literal Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews” (Postilla litteralis super epistolam ad hebraeos) ~Nicholas of Lyra This week’s celebration of alum Alex Huppé’s generosity in Bartle Library’s Huppé Reading Room offered the opportunity to view the 14th century manuscript … Continue reading

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Postilla litteralis super epistolam ad hebraeos is the November 2016 Book of the Month

  NICHOLAS OF LYRA, Postilla litteralis super epistolam ad hebraeos (Literal Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews) Special Collections in the Bartle Library, is celebrating a new acquisition: a 14th-century manuscript of Nicholas of Lyra’s Postilla litteralis super epistolam … Continue reading

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