Category Archives: Special Collections

Clara Eileen McCandless Thomas (1919-2013)

Dr. Clara Thomas, longtime friend, supporter and ally of York University Libraries Archives & Special Collections passed away peacefully on 26 September 2013.
Clara McCandless Thomas, educator and author, was born in Strathroy, Ontario in 1919 to Basil McCandless and Mabel Sullivan … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day 2013

To celebrate International Women’s Day, here is a selection of items celebrating the political and social activism of women.
You can also see a selection of material we highlighted in 2011 which included activists, community organizers, philosophers and politicians like Jean … Continue reading

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Black History Month: Selections from Special Collections

This year for Black History Month, the libraries have highlighted a range of research materials that could assist students and faculty studying black history in Canada and beyond.
There is a display of materials on the first floor of the Scott … Continue reading

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Sad songs say so much : love lost, betrayed and prevented

As a companion post to our teeth-achingly sweet post about Valentine’s Day from 2012, here are a selection of songs from the John Arpin Sheet Music Collection featuring scorned lovers, sad sops, shallow cads, and general romantic ne’er do wells.
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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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