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:
The Shakespeare exhibit at the Fisher Library.
A close-up of an illustration in a copy of the Nuremberg Chronicles.
Micrographia by Robert Hooke featuring a fold out page depicting a flea through a microscope.
The first illustrated depiction of Frankenstein.
A close up of Martin’s illustrations for Milton’s Paradise Lost.
Beautifully coloured illustrations in a copy of Virgil’s Georgics.
The third thing ever printed in Canada, a price list for items at Nathans & Hart of Halifax in 1752.
Margaret Atwood’s handwritten drafts for the poetry in The Door.
Early instances of censorship in Erasmus.
A copy of what is known as The Wicked Bible which states “thou shalt commit adultery”.
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:
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!
We ended the day with a dinner meeting with SLA Ontario members. All in all it was a great day!