Category Archives: Recent acquisitions

Going for Gold: The records of Arnold Hoffman

Post by Christopher Long, Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections Co-Op Student
Arnold Hoffman was a geologist, prospector, and New York stockholder who became associated with gold mining in Quebec, Manitoba, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.
Reports, maps, correspondence, geological studies, … Continue reading

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Traditional Christmas Greeting Cards: Mrs. Gutgesell’s mail-order catalogue from 1928

In light of the approaching holidays, here’s a selection from our Special Collections, a mail-order catalogue for Christmas cards from 1928.  Provided to church and benevolent organizations,  Mrs. A.A. Gutgesell credits her seventeen years in the novelty business that “…enable … Continue reading

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Recent Acquisition: Paul-Émile Borduas’ copy of “Refus global”

Written By: Lisa Sloniowski, English Literature Librarian and Chair, Special Collections Working Group.

Le Refus global
“Make way for magic! Make way for objective mysteries! Make way for Love.”
York Libraries is pleased to announce our recent acquisition of artist Paul-Émile Borduas’ personal … Continue reading

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Black History Month featured fonds: Obsidian Theatre Company

Founded in February 2000, Obsidian Theatre Company is a leading black theatre companies in Canada. As a producer of black theatre and community advocate, the company has endeavoured to produce plays, develop playwrights and train emerging theatre professionals. Their mission … Continue reading

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Recent Acquisition: Speculations of the Uses of Sewage

Here is a recent aquisition to York University’s Special Collections: a pamphlet from 1847 proposing various strategies of dealing with, ahem, night soil in cities. 
This pamphlet may be of interest to students studying city planning, environmental studies, water quality, public … Continue reading

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Recent Acquisition: The Illustrated Family Journal

Here is a recent aquisition to York University’s Special Collections: a bound volume of The Illustrated Family Journal from 1845.
Featuring numerous engraved illustrations and serialized stories to be read aloud in communal settings, The Illustrated Family Journal is a good example of … Continue reading

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