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October 16: Manuscripts on Mondays: Brand New Old Books

October 18: 1917 and Today: A Revolutionary Centenary

October 23: Treasures & Tea: Women and the Industrialization of 19th-Century American Publishers’ Bindings

November 22: Treasures and Tea: “Imagining Uplands: The Archival Landscape”

December 4: Manuscripts on Mondays: Mystery Anthology I: Lost Poems in an Italian Recipe Book


Exhibitions

September 8-October 14

Dijit to Bridjit: A Selection of Letters from Sir William Orpen to Beatrice Elvery (Lady Glenavy)

Curated by Jeanne Cannizzo

Sir William Orpen (1878-1931) was one of Britain’s most successful society portraitists before the First World War, during which he worked as an artist on the Western Front. While at the Paris Peace conference he painted oil studies of several Canadian Expeditionary Force generals, including Sir Arthur W. Currie, onetime resident of Victoria.

An inveterate letter writer with a wide correspondence, Orpen illustrated many of his missives with self-deprecating drawings. Beatrice Elvery (1883-1970), later Lady Glenavy, first met Orpen when they were both students at Dublin’s Metropolitan School of Art. After he returned as a teacher, she modelled for him but focused her own work on sculpture. Orpen’s 1909 portrait of Beatrice, wearing his hat, reveals both her much admired mass of red hair and an impish smile. Today her stained glass windows in Irish churches are probably her best known works.

Dates: September 8-October 14, 2017

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room A005


October 18-31

1917 and Today: A Revolutionary Centenary

Curated by Dr. Megan Swift

This year marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution that shook the world. What are the meanings, outcomes and legacy of that event for Russians and the world today? This exhibit brings together period photographs of the 1917 Revolution from the Tate Gallery’s David King Collection with contemporary satirical art by Sergei Elkin to explore the reverberations of the Bolshevik experiment.

Dates: October 18-31, 2017

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room A005



Lectures

September 20

Treasures & Tea: Red Ruling in Early Printed Books

Dr. Erin Kelly (Department of English)

Ruling, lines drawn around the text block and sometimes under headings, is ubiquitous in medieval manuscripts. But why add red ruling to printed books? By displaying instances of red ruling in individual copies of early printed books (including examples from Special Collections), Dr. Kelly will demonstrate how individuals red ruled their books to customize mass-produced objects and in the process signalled how both books and texts were consumed.

Date: September 20, 2017

Time: 1-2 p.m.

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room A003

Treasures and Tea brings together the campus and the community to explore and share highlights from Special Collections and University Archives. Refreshments follow the informal talks.


September 25

Manuscripts on Mondays: Medievalist on a Roll

Dr. Adrienne Williams Boyarin (Department of English)

An in-depth look at one of the most treasured items of the Bruce and Dorothy Brown Collection, a 21-foot-long genealogical roll of English kings and events before 1472 CE. Dr. Adrienne Williams Boyarin will showcase the roll’s political biases (and even some of its humour!), discuss recent work on the roll by UVic students, and reveal new discoveries about its history and connections to other libraries.

Date: September 25, 2017

Time: 1-2 p.m.

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room A003

Manuscripts on Mondays provides an opportunity for the campus and the community to explore medieval and early modern manuscripts from Special Collections. These handwritten documents, including Books of Hours, a genealogical scroll, and legal documents, are a window into the past.


September 27

Treasures & Tea: The Daily Life of a Painter

Sandra Meigs (Professor Emeritus, Department of Visual Arts)

Visual artist Sandra Meigs will speak about what it was like to be a painter in the 70’s and 80’s and why her donation to Special Collections of her archive from that period might be of interest to researchers. She will also show a brand new artist flap book project she collaborated on with the poet Ron Padgett.

Date: September 27, 2017

Time: 1-2 p.m.

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room A003

Treasures and Tea brings together the campus and the community to explore and share highlights from Special Collections and University Archives. Refreshments follow the informal talks.


October 16

Manuscripts on Mondays: Brand New Old Books

Dr. Iain Macleod Higgins (Medieval Studies Program and Department of English)

Enjoy a meet and greet with UVic’s newly-acquired medieval manuscripts, led by the Acting Director of the Medieval Studies Program, Dr. Iain Higgins. Dr. Higgins will introduce our new old books, show a few of the most interesting features his expert eye sees as he gets acquainted with these treasures, and share his views about why people now should still care about medieval manuscripts.

Date: October 16, 2017

Time: 1-2 p.m.

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room A003

Manuscripts on Mondays provides an opportunity for the campus and the community to explore medieval and early modern manuscripts from Special Collections. These handwritten documents, including Books of Hours, a genealogical scroll, and legal documents, are a window into the past.


October 23

Treasures & Tea: Women and the Industrialization of 19th-Century American Publishers’ Bindings

Todd Pattison (Senior Book Conservator, Northeast Document Conservation Center)

Bookbinding establishments in America at the beginning of the 19th century were small, independent shops employing a handful of workers that turned out a relatively small amount of bindings. By the end of the century, many binderies were large factories controlled by publishers producing thousands of finished bindings per day. While much of this increase in production has been attributed to the introduction of bookbinding machinery in the second half of the century, the growth of large binderies occurred before this time period and women were a significant reason why. In this lecture book conservator Todd Pattison will discuss the important role that female labour played in the industrialization of bookbinding in America during the 19th century and challenge the myth of the machine-made, 19th century publishers’ binding.

Date: October 23, 2017

Time: 1-2 p.m.

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room A003

Treasures and Tea brings together the campus and the community to explore and share highlights from Special Collections and University Archives. Refreshments follow the informal talks.


November 22

Treasures and Tea: Imagining Uplands: The Archival Landscape

Dr. Larry McCann (Professor Emeritus, Department of Geography)

Uplands, “Victoria’s Celebrated Residential Park," designed by John Charles Olmsted in 1907-08, is distinguished by curved roads and spacious homesites that meld harmoniously with the natural environment. In researching Uplands, two of many questions asked were: What role did John Olmsted’s imagination play when he gave shape to the Uplands landscape? And a century later, how could the landscape of archival and special collection records, scattered widely across North America, facilitate using imagination to recreate and interpret the development of Uplands? Dr. McCann’s talk will offer answers to these questions.

Date: November 22, 2017

Time: 1-2 p.m.

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room A003

Treasures and Tea brings together the campus and the community to explore and share highlights from Special Collections and University Archives. Refreshments follow the informal talks.


December 4

Manuscripts on Mondays: Mystery Anthology I: Lost Poems in an Italian Recipe Book

Dr. Adrienne Williams Boyarin (Department of English)

The first of two talks this academic year on a mysterious item in the Bruce and Dorothy Brown Collection, one of UVic’s few Italian language manuscripts: a personal collection of culinary and medicinal recipes, charms, scrawled notes and doodles. In this strange and messy book are many secrets and delights. Dr. Williams Boyarin will reveal lost medieval poetry that lies, unnoticed and unseen until recently, in and beneath its pages.

Date: December 4, 2017

Time: 1-2 p.m.

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room A003

Manuscripts on Mondays provides an opportunity for the campus and the community to explore medieval and early modern manuscripts from Special Collections. These handwritten documents, including Books of Hours, a genealogical scroll, and legal documents, are a window into the past.



Tours

We welcome members of the campus and community for tours of our collection holdings.  To request a tour, please contact us at: .


Workshops

Special Collections and University Archives hosts workshops that prepare graduate students for in-depth research with rare books and archives.


November 6

Workshop: An Introduction to Bookbinding

Joan Byers, Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG)

This short, two hour workshop will focus on the physical aspects of books—the parts of a book and the importance of each part being made correctly for the set purpose of each book, its readability, and longevity. Participants will be encouraged to make one or two introductory sewn pamphlets.

As space is limited, please register at: https://webapp.library.uvic.ca/registrations/r/register.php?id=237

Not a student or faculty? Please email us at to register.

Date: Monday, November 6, 2017

Time: 5-7 p.m.

Location: Special Collections and University Archives, Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room A003

Free.


Spring Term (DATE TBA)

Paleography Workshop: Introduction to Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century English Manuscripts

Dr. Erin Kelly (Department of English)

Did you know that UVic Special Collections holds examples of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English manuscripts (including letters, legal documents, and armorial records)? By the end of this ninety-minute workshop, you’ll be able to read these texts and to work with the increasing numbers of digitized manuscript documents available online. Dr. Kelly will introduce you to the most common hands, give you a chance to try writing with a quill, and help you transcribe some documents. This workshop will be of particular use to graduate students interested in early modern English history and culture, but all are welcome.

Space is limited to 15 participants for each workshop session.



Past Events

Treasures and Tea, Spring 2015

Treasures and Tea, Fall 2015

Unravelling the Code(x): History of the Book Speaker Series and Symposium, 2015-16

Treasures and Tea, Spring 2016

Treasures and Tea, Spring 2017

Manuscripts in the Curriculum, Spring 2017

Past Exhibits, 2017-