Events

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Upcoming

January 15: Treasures and Tea: The Book in the Pacific Northwest

January 24: Treasures and Tea: Archives and Language History

February 7: Treasures and Tea: Beautiful Forms: Poetry in British Fin-de-siècle Magazines

February 19: Manuscripts on Mondays: The Maqamat of al-Hariri and Islamic Shadow Theatre

February 28: Treasures and Tea: Baskets, Beauty and Colonization: Indigenous Baskets and Tourist Collectors

March 5: Manuscripts on Mondays: On the Varieties of Medieval Parchment

March 12: Manuscripts on Mondays: Mystery Anthology II: An Appetizing Miscellany from Northern Italy

March 14: Treasures and Tea: Challenges of Bibliography

March 19: Treasures and Tea: The Letters of Mary Butts: Connecting Voices and Mapping Stories

April 4: Treasures and Tea: Old Books, New Tools: Special Collections Research by Department of English Graduate Students

April 11: Treasures and Tea: Typographic Ornaments of The Girl's Own and The Boy's Own Annuals, 1880–1905


Exhibitions

January 25 - February 28

Making a Literary Magazine: 50 Years of The Malahat Review

Curated by Emily Feduk and Josie Greenhill

The Malahat Review, a quarterly Canadian iconic literary journal, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017. While subscribers receive a polished, comprehensive journal, there are several stages of editing, design, and deliberation that go into each issue. Through a display of materials from The Malahat Review archives, this exhibition reveals the journal’s ‘back pages’ and the processes of making a literary magazine.

Dates: January 25 - February 28, 2018

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



Lectures

January 15

Treasures and Tea: The Book in the Pacific Northwest

Dr. Nick Bradley (Department of English)

Numerous rare books, manuscripts, and ephemera relating to the Pacific Northwest can be found in Special Collections and University Archives. Far more than curiosities, such materials teach lessons about local knowledge and the importance of reading regionally. In this talk, Dr. Bradley will describe rare materials from the Northwest and will discuss the value and importance of reading the literature of the West Coast.

Date: January 15, 2018

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.


January 24

Treasures and Tea: Archives and Language History

Dr. Alexandra D’Arcy (Department of Linguistics)

Dr. D’Arcy will explore the ways in which archived sound recordings tie the history of dialects to the present. In her research on English speakers in Victoria, Dr. D’Arcy used sound recordings from Special Collections and University Archives at UVic Libraries and the British Columbia Archives, in order to recreate the formation of local language varieties. Dr. D’Arcy will also touch on the shared history of settler colonial Englishes and what we can expect in local varieties across colonial contexts.

Date: January 24, 2018

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.


February 7

Treasures and Tea: Beautiful Forms: Poetry in British Fin-de-siècle Magazines

Dr. Alison Chapman (Department of English)

Literary magazines of the Victorian fin-de-siècle were an important venue for crafting a new approach to poems as beautifully integrated visual and textual spaces. Special Collections has impressive holdings of magazines in this era, including Woman’s World (edited by Oscar Wilde), Atalanta, Pageant, and the Century Guild Hobby Horse. This talk will offer examples of how these magazines experimented with visual and textual design, and will suggest new ways of reading illustrated poetry in 1880s and 1890s ephemeral print culture that re-thinks conventional approaches to poetic form.

Date: February 7, 2018

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.


February 19

Manuscripts on Mondays: The Maqamat of al-Hariri and Islamic Shadow Theatre

Dr. Marcus Milwright (Department of Art History and Visual Studies)

This talk explores the text and illustrations of a facsimile of a set of Arabic stories (maqamat) written in the early 10th century by the author, al-Hariri. The most famous copy of this work was assembled by the scribe and illustrator, al-Wasiti, in Iraq in 1237. Dr. Milwright will evaluate the connections that have been made with contemporary shadow theatre (khayal al-zill) in the Middle East through to the modern period.

Date: February 19, 2018

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.


February 28

Treasures and Tea: Baskets, Beauty and Colonization: Indigenous Baskets and Tourist Collectors

Dr. Victoria Wyatt (Department of Art History and Visual Studies)

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, local Indigenous artists made miniature baskets to sell to tourists who travelled to the Northwest Coast on steamships and railroads. The beauty of the baskets displays the artists’ skill and their respect for the land and cultural knowledge. The baskets also document the contacts that took place between Indigenous peoples and colonist tourists. This presentation will feature baskets recently donated to Special Collections and contextualize them with historical photographs.

Date: February 28, 2018

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.


March 5

Manuscripts on Mondays: On the Varieties of Medieval Parchment

Stephanie Lahey (Doctoral Candidate, Department of English)

During the European Middle Ages, most book pages were made from parchment: specially-treated animal skin. Following a detailed discussion of the parchment manufacturing process, this talk will examine the material’s natural variations, illustrated with medieval documents from UVic Libraries Special Collections.

Date: March 5, 2018

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.


March 12

Manuscripts on Mondays: Mystery Anthology II: An Appetizing Miscellany from Northern Italy

Dr. Joseph Grossi (Department of English)

The second of two talks this academic year on a long-used and much-loved manuscript of recipes and charms produced in Bologna, Italy spanning the 14th-17th centuries. Containing materials preserved in UVic Libraries’ Bruce and Dorothy Brown Collection, this volume offers tantalizing glimpses of 'town' and 'gown' life in a city famous for both its university and its gastronomy.

Date: March 12, 2018

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.


March 14

Treasures and Tea: Challenges of Bibliography

Professor Henry Summerfield (Professor Emeritus, Department of English)

The importance of bibliography for literary study derives primarily from the unfortunate fact that texts are and always have been inherently unstable. Critics need to take this into account, and to do so they need scholarly editions. From Zenodotus in ancient Alexandria to Fredson Bowers and G. Thomas Tanselle, scholars have put forward diverse theories of how such editions should be constructed.

Date: March 14, 2018

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.


March 19

Treasures and Tea: The Letters of Mary Butts: Connecting Voices and Mapping Stories

Dr. Joel Hawkes (Department of English)

Mary Butts (1890-1937) was a British modernist author who wrote queer, feminist, proto-environmental and occult literature; works that are difficult, mythic, and surreal. She moved within the great literary circles of the period, but remained forgotten for many years after her early death. Dr. Joel Hawkes will introduce Butts and the digitization project that looks to bring together her letters from around the world. Discussion will focus on the first batch of digitized and transcribed letters from the Douglas Goldring archives at UVic Libraries; the insights the letters offer into Butts and her social circles; and the wider implications of the Mary Butts Letters Project.

Date: March 19, 2018

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.


April 4

Treasures and Tea: Old Books, New Tools: Special Collections Research by Department of English Graduate Students

Over the last two years, new MA and PhD students in the Department of English have based their Research Methods course in Special Collections, working on a collaborative student-authored digital exhibit entitled Movable Type: Print Material in Special Collections. The most recent additions to the exhibit will be launched at this event, and a selection of students will present their digital work on a variety of Special Collections print: Chase Templet on Sir Walter Raleigh's The History of the World (1614), Ashley Howard on John Donne's Biathanatos (1648), Kailey Fukushima on The Girl's Own Paper (1915), and Tyler Fontenot on BLAST (1915).

Date: April 4, 2018

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.


April 11

Treasures and Tea: Typographic Ornaments of The Girl's Own and The Boy's Own Annuals, 1880–1905

Gillian Mothersill (Associate Professor, School of Graphic Communications Management, Ryerson University)

In the late Victorian period, and continuing for more than three-quarters of a century, The Girl's Own Paper and The Boy's Own Paper provided youth with a magazine full of stories, poetry, music, and articles. Meant to entertain and to educate, these magazines were richly illustrated with strong visual elements including ornamental letters. In this talk, Professor Mothersill will discuss her research to identify decorative features in the magazines, and to record the production world of Victorian illustrators and wood engravers.

Date: April 11, 2018

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.



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.


February 20

Paleography Workshop: Introduction to 16th and 17th century English Manuscripts

Did you know that UVic Special Collections holds examples of 16th and 17th century English manuscripts (including letters, legal documents, and armorial records)? By the end of this 90 minute workshop, you’ll be able to read these texts and to work with the increasing numbers of digitized manuscript documents available online. Dr. Erin E. Kelly (Department of English) 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. All are welcome.

Space is limited to 15 participants. Please register online here.

Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Time: 2:30 p.m.

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

Free.



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

Manuscripts on Mondays/Treasures and Tea, Fall 2017

Manuscripts on Mondays/Treasures and Tea, Spring 2018

Past Exhibits, 2017-