SLA TORONTO TOUR

Our UWO Special Libraries Association organized a Toronto tour visiting the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, the Canadian Lesbian + Gay Archives, and the CBC Library and Archives on February 19. Needless to say it was an AMAZING day with a lot of really interesting encounters.

First up was the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto:

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The Shakespeare exhibit at the Fisher Library.

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A close-up of an illustration in a copy of the Nuremberg Chronicles.

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Micrographia by Robert Hooke featuring a fold out page depicting a flea through a microscope.

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The first illustrated depiction of Frankenstein.

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A close up of Martin’s illustrations for Milton’s Paradise Lost.

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Beautifully coloured illustrations in a copy of Virgil’s Georgics.

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The third thing ever printed in Canada, a price list for items at Nathans & Hart of Halifax in 1752.

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Margaret Atwood’s handwritten drafts for the poetry in The Door.

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Early instances of censorship in Erasmus.

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A copy of what is known as The Wicked Bible which states “thou shalt commit adultery”.

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The First Folio of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies printed in 1623, the only copy in Canada.

Next up was the Canadian Lesbian + Gay Archives where we toured the archives, viewed the current art instillations, and spoke with the volunteers who work there.  There were postcards on site including this one:

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A close up of a postcard featuring The Darned Club (1891, Alice Austen).

And finally, we ended the tour day at the CBC Library and Archives!

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We ended the day with a dinner meeting with SLA Ontario members.  All in all it was a great day!

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