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Digital exhibitions & collections

Explore more than 80 digital projects covering a wide array of subjects including, art, architecture, history and literature, engineering, medicine, maps, music, and urban design. For any questions please contactdigitization.library [at] mcgill.ca.

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Alphabetical order by keyword:

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |

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Canadian Architect and Builder is a full-text searchable digitization of the pre WWI professional architectural journal. This website also provides searchable subject, author, title and advertiser indexes.


Digital Exhibition

Blackader Lauterman Library

Industrial Architecture of Montreal aims to collect, organize, and preserve textual and visual information on approximately 130 local industrial buildings, before their transformations. This database can be used as tool for discovery or focused research.


Digital Exhibition

Blackader Lauterman Library

The County Atlas project includes digitized county maps and searchable information on ca. 140,000 people living in Ontario counties during the 1880s. Search for individuals by family name, geographic location, occupation and birthplace in over forty atlases.


Digital Exhibition

Rare Books and Special Collections

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This exhibition showcases over 80 works of translation from the 18th century, following the themes of literature, women as translators, the tools of translation, architecture and art, science and exploration, religion, and politics.


Digital Exhibition

Rare Books and Special Collections

This exhibition celebrates the legacy of Dr. Lawrence M. Lande, the eminent Canadian bibliophile. Explore ca. 70 items including bibliographies and the individual works listed in them from ֱ’s Rare Books & Special Collections and the Lande Collection.


Digital Exhibition

The Lawrence Lande Collection of Canadiana in the Redpath Library ֱ

A guide to the contents of the John Bland Archive that includes drawings, photographs and reports relating to 71 projects, student work and unpublished work as well as articles, books and the Building Canada digitized slide collection from Bland’s personal collection.


Digital Guide

Canadian Architecture Collection

This exhibition puts on display a variety of materials including books, periodicals, letters and friendship albums. The 28 rare items offer a view of the diverse social dimensions of botanical printed matter, suggesting they served as ways of creating community, forming bonds, and sharing information.


Digital Exhibition

Rare Books and Special Collections

The Sheila R. Bourke Collection of Children's Books is a representative collection of early and modern children's literature, written and illustrated by prominent creators and spanning five centuries. This exhibition features 87 fine examples of books, nursery rhymes, Aesop's fables and fairy tales.


Digital Exhibition

Rare Books and Special Collections

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The Canadian Architecture Collection (CAC) was established by Professor Emeritus John Bland, Director of the ֱ School of Architecture for 31 years. As one of the ֱ Libraries' Special Collections, it is an important resource for architecture and urban planning research. Its mandate is to document the work of past and present architects who have studied and/or taught at the ֱ School of Architecture and Urban planning. Through photographs, drawings, and corollary documentation, the CAC also seeks to represent the evolution of the ֱ campus, the city of Montreal, and the architectural heritage of Quebec and Canada.


Digital Guide

Canadian Architecture Collection

Explore 119 drawings, manuscripts, photographs and publications by and about Dr. Casey Wood whose research into diseases of the eye led him to ophthalmology, the study of the eyesight of birds and fueled his interest in birds themselves as well as his passion for building one of North America's greatest rare book collections dedicated to ornithology and zoology.


Digital Exhibition

Rare Books and Special Collections

This exhibition celebrates the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City in 1608 by Samuel de Champlain. The selection of 80 items include Champlain’s original published voyages and other documents offering valuable iconographic and cartographic information about early New France.


Digital Exhibition

Rare Books and Special Collections

This exhibition features a curated selection of 64 books from the Rare Book Division's collection of Soviet children's books, a collection that is representative of the changing social landscape in the 1920s and the 1930s era Soviet Union.


Digital Exhibition

Rare Books and Special Collections

This exhibition features 42 items and contextual text chronicling early Jesuit accounts of Chinese Chinese civilization and examining the influence of Confucianism on scholars of the Enlightenment.


Digital Exhibition

Rare Books and Special Collections

The Chapbook Collection contains over 900 searchable English-language chapbooks published in England, Scotland, Ireland and the northeastern United States. They contain stories based upon medieval romance, English legends and folklore, or are abridged from popular literature for adults.


Digital Collection

Rare Books and Special Collections

The medieval manuscript, MS Oxford, St. John's College 17, is a collection of texts and extracts from texts on mathematics, astronomy, time, calendar, writing systems, medicine and the natural world, illustrated with tables and diagrams. Explore the original full-text and a transcription.


Digital Collection

Rare Books and Special Collections

The archives are made up of the C.C.R.O.'s working papers, reports, correspondence, minutes of meetings, internal memoranda, etc., dating from mostly between 1966 and 1979. Search ca. 4,000 records and read the C.C.R.O.’s 1977 final report online.


Digital Guide

PAC Centre for Comparative Law

Available to ֱ users only:The collection traces many companies back to the 19th Century, consists of annual reports of approximately 2,000 Canadian corporations in all business sectors. Browse or search holdings information, select images of historical reports, predecessor and successor information, and view a selection of reports in full-text online.


Digital Guide

Howard Ross Library of Management

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This exhibition pays homage to Art Deco on the occasion of the 10th World Congress that was held in Montreal, 2009. Discover over 150 examples of Art Deco design in various formats and styles including ephemera, popular magazines, book-bindings, typography and advertisements.


Digital Exhibition

Rare Books and Special Collections

This database provides an engine for designers, scholars and researchers to contribute published and unpublished citations in the field of Design. Users may search the almost 2,000 currently available records or add to this expanding research tool.


Digital Guide

Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering

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The Arthur Erickson archive highlights over 25 of the Canadian architect's ambitious projects in the Middle-East. Browse the holdings by project and explore photographs, drawings, models and more.


Digital Collection

Canadian Architecture Collection

Over 350 full-text reports of the Department of Mechanical Engineering mostly released between 1949-1977. This database also includes the reports of the Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics and Reports from the Structural Mechanics, Soil Mechanics and Geo-environmental series.


Digital Collection

Schulich Library of Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Engineering

The website showcases the original photographs (slides) taken by Meredith Dixon at the 1967 World Exhibition in Montreal on April 28th through October 29th. Gifted to the ֱ School of Architecture, the collection contains 470 slides.


Digital Collection

Blackader-Lauterman Library, 2006

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Discover the Feather Book, owned by the Blacker-Wood Library and originally created in Italy in 1618. 156 pictures were made mostly of feathers, of which 114 are images of birds from the Lombardy area. Other images include hunters,Commedia del’Arte characters,musicians, and tradesmen.


Digital Collection

Rare Books and Special Collections

A companion to the printed catalogue of the same name published in the Fontanus monograph series, this site includes a searchable online catalogue and virtual exhibition with over 300 diverse digitized selections from the Fishstein Collection, one of the most important private collections of Yiddish poetry.


Digital Exhibition

Rare Books and Special Collections

Fontanus is a ֱ Library produced journal and accompanying monograph series. Read current and archived volumes published between 1988-2015.


Digital Collection

Rare Books and Special Collections

A scholarly research site, which illustrates the heroic age of the fur trade in Canada by examining the exploits of the North West Company and other Montreal-based fur trading companies. Contains full texts of 38 manuscripts, collectively known as the Masson Papers and covers the period ca. 1790-1820.


Digital Collection

Rare Books and Special Collections

Gwendolen Marjorie Howard Futcher (1882-1969) was born into a social milieu of prominent Canadian business, political, and academic figures of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This collection consists of two of her photo albums from the 1890s and first decade of the twentieth century.


Digital Collection

Osler Library of the History of Medicine

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This exhibition focuses on works by the London engraver, James Gillray, who, with his colleagues Thomas Rowlandson and Isaac Cruikshank, were pioneers of visual satire. Browse 86 items in this unique collection of British and Napoleonic era caricatures.


Digital Exhibition

Rare Books and Special Collections

This website contains fully searchable scans of traditional Chinese gynaecology texts produced in the Tang (618-907) and Song dynasties (960-1278). All four texts include Chinese language transcriptions.


Digital Collection

Rare Books and Special Collections

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The Habitat website includes comprehensive sketches, plans, elevations, sections, working drawings, structural details, photographs, a three-dimensional modelling of Habitat '67 as well as interviews and case studies featuring first and second generation Habitat residents.


Digital Collection

Canadian Architecture Collection

This digital collection contains over 1000 images, a hospital construction chronology and architectural records of Montreal hospitals, from 1642 to the present. It also includes an in-depth case study of the Royal Victoria Hospital.


Digital Collection

Blackader-Lauterman Library, 2006

This digital collection features Books of Hours in both manuscript and printed form, spanning several centuries from Rare Books and Special Collections at the ֱ Library.


Digital Collection

Rare Books and Special Collections

A major research collection catalogue that aims to be as comprehensive as possible for eighteenth-century editions of Hume's writings in English and in translation, manuscripts, which include letters from Jean Jacques Rousseau and contemporary comment and criticism, both British and European.


Digital Guide

Rare Books and Special Collections

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Explore the history of Arabic/Islamic calligraphy, from dry black and white calligraphy of the 10th century to colorful illuminated pieces of the 19th century in this exhibition of 113 albums, panels and isolated leaves representing various styles of Arabic calligraphy.


Digital Exhibition

Islamic Studies Library

Full text of lithographed books in Arabic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Urdu dated from the eighteenth century to mid-twentieth century. Browsable by country of publication and by language.


Digital Collection

Islamic Studies Library

This exhibition explores the emergence of the increasingly widespread media ecology in Europe during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The 30 print items included in the exhibition were selected for their sometimes explicit, and frequently implicit engagement with other media.


Digital Exhibition

Rare Books and Special Collections

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This exhibition brought together 20 print and manuscript items from the holdings of the MacLennan Library, ֱ Rare Books, and the private collection of Professor Jason Camlot (Concordia University).


Digital Exhibition

Rare Books and Special Collections

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A guide to the Joe Nathanson Collection of Lincolniana that comprises 2,200 records. The site consists of a searchable online catalogue of books, pamphlets serials and prints held in the collection, and a virtual exhibition built as a companion to an exhibition held in 2002.


Digital Exhibition

Rare Books and Special Collections

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Objects, photographs and ephemera offer us fragments and glimpses of life in another time, showing us details of a larger picture. Each item in this exhibition is part of one or many stories about the people who made the items, the people who used them and those who chose to keep them. They speak to a larger narrative about the changing experience of being a student at ֱ throughout its 200-year history.


Digital Exhibition

ֱ Archives

Browse maps, photographs, books, periodicals and other objects from the 19th century to contemporary Canadian Inuit writings. The 92 items displayed in this exhibition include selections from the Lawrence Lande Collection of Canadiana, The Lande Eskimo Collection and The Lande Arkin Collection.


Digital Exhibition

Rare Books and Special Collections

This collection consists of approximately 4500 bookplates from the early 19th century to the beginning of the Second World War, of which 3000 are Canadian in origin.


Digital Collection

Rare Books and Special Collections

This website contains images of ֱ’s campus buildings and describes the programs they house(d). Browse aerial photographs and images of models of buildings, both built and unbuilt.


Digital Collection

Canadian Architecture Collection

This fully searchable database contains 95 titles of collections of poetry by women published during the Ming and Qing dynasties from the Chinese collection holdings of the Harvard-Yenching Library and part of the Hart Collection housed in the Rare Books Collection.


Digital Collection

Rare Books and Special Collections

The Moshe Safdie Archive contains more than 80,000 architectural drawings, 140 linear metres of project files, sketchbooks, photographic material, presentation boards and architectural models, recording the progression of Safdie's career from his first unpublished university papers to Safdie Architects' latest projects. Explore projects by theme and browse the extensive image collection.


Digital Collection

Canadian Architecture Collection

This archival guide highlights the division's collection of papers that belonged to Canadian novelist and essayist Hugh MacLennan (1907-1990). The collection is composed of ca. 550 records, including correspondence, manuscripts, clippings, and photographs.


Digital Guide

Rare Books and Special Collections

A searchable database of over 700 hundred projects containing 16,000 drawings, photographs and personal and professional papers from the archive of the architects Edward and W.S. Maxwell. Also includes the Maxwell library, biographies of the Maxwells and essays about their work.


Digital Guide

Canadian Architecture Collection

The Macdonald Campus History: Student publications collection provides a unique view on agricultural developments and campus life throughout the twentieth century with 1,008 issues dating from 1905 to 1992.


Digital Collection

Macdonald Campus Library

This website pairs the examination of a colonial archive of letters and watercolours created by two English sisters who lived in Madras at the beginning of the 19th century with a series of contemporary podcasts that engage with people from the South Asian community in Canada today who are looking at their own pasts and creating their own archives.


Digital Collection

Rare Books and Special Collections

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This significant collection consists of a searchable catalogue of over 2,500 Napoleon related monographs and visual material (over 11,000 prints and 1,500 maps) held in Rare Books & Special Collections.


Digital Collection

Rare Books and Special Collections

A guide to the archives of the architect Percy Erskine Nobbs, including a database (ca. 500 records) of his projects including an inventory of drawings, correspondence and select objects designed by Nobbs. Also includes biographies and an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary works.


Digital Guide

Rare Books and Special Collections

Presently the digital archive includes all issues from 1969 to 2003. The archives will be continually updated with respect to a three-year moving wall, meaning that all Canadian Journal of Nursing Research publications up until the most recent three years will be available.


Digital Guide

Rare Books and Special Collections

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This bibliographic database includes over 4,500 items in 18 languages related to the Olympic Games from their rebirth up to 1996, the Pan American Games (1955-1995), the Commonwealth Games (1930-1994), reports of the International Olympic Committee (1964-1996) and the International Olympic Academy.


Digital Guide

Rare Books and Special Collections

To commemorate the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, this exhibition presents a short history of Canadians’ participation at the Winter Olympics from 1924 to 2006. Browse over 60 unusual items from ֱ Library’s Olympic Collections.


Digital Exhibition

Rare Books and Special Collections

This collection chronicles Sir William's life from his childhood in the Canadian wilderness to his medical education at ֱ, his innovative days as a doctor and teacher, and the final years of his life in Oxford, England. Browse the collection of over 380 photographs.


Digital Collection

Osler Library of the History of Medicine

This collection brings together a variety of visual documents related to the history of medicine, spanning the 17th to the 20th century. The collection of 2,500 items consists predominantly of prints, though it also includes photographs, drawings, posters, and cartoons.


Digital Collection

Osler Library of the History of Medicine

This site provides an index to the thousands of letters to and from Sir William Osler and other material collected by Dr. Harvey Cushing (1869-1939) for his 1925 biography, The Life of William Osler.


Digital Guide

Osler Library of the History of Medicine

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This exhibition highlights 33 of the most beautiful and unique pieces of literature, art, thought and history in ֱ’s Persian collections. The collection as a whole consists of 334 volumes and 81 fragments of primarily orphaned leaves from the mid-14th century to the early 20th century.


Digital Exhibition

Islamic Studies Library

This exhibition examines how people interacted with print between 1700 and 1900.The six sections of the exhibition explore different types of print matter and those social groups that interacted with the material, featuring 40 digital objects, including monographs, photographs and playing cards.


Digital Exhibition

Blackader Lauterman Library

This exhibition showcases over 100 items from the Canadian puppeteer Rosalynde Osborne Stearn’s puppet collection held in the Library. The collection is a comprehensive library on the puppet theatre that includes representative examples of puppets characteristic of different periods and countries.


Digital Exhibition

Rare Books and Special Collections

Donated by William Howard Pugsley, this collection contains 50 digitized early maps of Canada and North America, with a focus on Eastern Canada and New France.


Digital Collection

Rare Books and Special Collections

A guide to the architectural historian and preservationist France Gagnon-Pratte’s archive. The collection’s inventory includes series on country houses, architectural influences on E. and W.S. Maxwell’s projects and their public commissions and the Canadian Pacific Railway.


Digital Guide

Canadian Architecture Collection

The Wilder Penfield Digital Collection covers materials selected from ֱ's Osler Library of the History of Medicine's Wilder Penfield Fonds, P142.


Digital Collection

Osler Library of the History of Medicine

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A collection of three full-text searchable drafts with accompanying transcriptions of Gabrielle Roy's autobiography, Le temps qui m'a manque, held in the National Library of Canada. This website also includes significant information about the Gabrielle Roy Fonds.


Digital Collection

ֱ Library & archives

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This exhibition was held to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Institute of Islamic Studies. Explore 30 handwritten specimens in Arabic script and other artefacts stretching from Maghreb to India now housed in the rich manuscript collections of the ֱ Library.


Digital Exhibition

Islamic Studies Library

This exhibition celebrates 1000 years since the inception of The Shahnameh by Ferdowsi. It features 16 specimens of one of the foremost literary works encapsulating the breadth and depth of Iran's historical trajectory.


Digital Exhibition

Islamic Studies Library

26 June 2018 saw the launch of ''SLĀV'' as a part of the 2018 season of the Montreal International Jazz Festival. The performance wasmet with a growing controversy with protesters accusing it of cultural appropriation and cultural insensitivity. July 4th it was announced that the show had been cancelled. This collection captures websites that follow the timeline of the show launch, reviews and then to the subsequent protest, and cacellation and the ensusing controversy.


Digital Collection

ֱ Library & archives

Canadian philanthropist Dr. Max Stern’s book collection approximates 2,000 items and was bequeathed to Concordia, ֱ, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This website includes a virtual exhibition, contextual information and a searchable database of the items catalogued.


Digital Collection

Rare Books and Special Collections

The chief long-standing student newspaper at ֱ, The ֱ Daily, was founded in 1911. It had been preceded by the ֱ (University) Gazette, the ֱ Fortnightly, the ֱ Outlook and the (ֱ) Martlet. Browse over 9,500 full-text publications from 1875-2001.


Digital Collection

ֱ Library & archives

The John Schreiber fonds consists of 234 projects, spanning half a century. The holdings include more than 4,000 plans, drawings, hundred of photographs and close to six linear metres of textual records. Search the extensive inventory and discover the life and work of the architect and former ֱ School of Architecture professor.


Digital Guide

Canadian Architecture Collection

This exhibition delves into the visual culture of Heliotherapy, an ancient practice of total bodily exposure to sunlight, and Phototherapy, an electric light therapy pioneered in the 1890s. Browse 43 illustrated texts, photographs and objects.


Digital Exhibition

Osler Library of the History of Medicine

This website includes a bibliographic database of materials from the Sunday School Collection and provides a socio-historical examination of Sunday schools, their libraries, and their books. There are 219 titles represented in this rare example of the 19th-century Canadian Sunday School library.


Digital Guide

Rare Books and Special Collections

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A database for the Ramsay Traquair archive that contains of 7,922 images of architectural buildings and 640 images of silver artifacts. This website also includes biographical information and scholarly essays.


Digital Collection

Canadian Architecture Collection

An inventory for the Fred Taylor Archive which comprises 2.94 l.m of textual holdings, and a total of 3537 items including a rich collection of personal and professional correspondence. This website includes digitized samples of drawings, paintings etchings and other materials from the collection.


Digital Collection

Canadian Architecture Collection

A database based on the Osler Library's holdings of monographs and pamphlets related to the subject of tuberculosis. Includes full-text access to several books and bibliographic records for many more.


Digital Collection

Osler Library of the History of Medicine

Tehran Branch Publications

A project between the Institute of Islamic Studies and the Islamic Studies Library at ֱ to digitize the publications of the Tehran Branch of the Institute of Islamic Studies. This collection consists of major works by Islamic-Iranian scholars.

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Digital Collection

Islamic Studies Library

Searchable bibliography of ca. 1000 sources such as festival books, technical treatises and key writings on the mise-en-scène that chronicle the relationship between architecture and theatre from the 16th to the 20th century.


Digital Guide

Canadian Architecture Collection

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This digital collection showcases the research conducted by the SSHRC-funded Taylor White Project team into the life, network, and legacy of Taylor White and his ‘paper museum.’ It also provides a browsable gallery of the 938 watercolour paintings of animals commissioned by Taylor White in the mid-18th century.


Digital Collection

Rare Books and Special Collections

A database of records describing the urban plan collection consisting of reports and plans for urban and rural areas from all provinces of Canada dating from the late '50's to the present time. Also includes some material on cities in the United States.


Digital Guide

Blackader Lauterman Library

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A collection of 150 Canadian war posters from the two World Wars. Includes basic descriptions and images of each poster, an artist index, and an essay about Canadian war posters.


Digital Collection

Rare Books and Special Collections

The G.E. Wilson Archive consists of 48 items ranging from Wilson's student work, professional work and publications. Browse the collection of digitized drawings, notebooks, photographs and other documents.


Digital Collection

Canadian Architecture Collection

“Women, Work, and Song in Nineteenth-Century France” explores both women’s work and the cultural work about women in the popular song industry, drawing on a selection of pieces from the 19th-Century French Sheet Music Collection.


Digital Exhibition

Marvin Duchow Music Library

This database includes 36 digitized volumes of the Water Quality Research Journal (1966-2001).


Digital Collection

ֱ Library & archives

This exhibition features over 50 examples of collaboration among writers associated with the rise of popular literature, writers and illustrators or composers, creators and interpreters as well as written collaborations between members of salons, artistic movements, religious orders, academic institutions or scientific expeditions.


Digital Exhibition

Rare Books and Special Collections

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ֱ Library honours and celebrates ֱ's 190th Anniversary with this collection of full-text Old ֱ Yearbooks from 1898 through to 2000. Explore Old ֱ memories and stories told through photographs, drawings, letters, poetry, song, and much more.


Digital Collection

ֱ Library & archives

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