In 2015, the Fisher purchased a large collection of drawings and sketches by Alexander Scott Carter (1881-1968), documenting over eighty projects designed by him from 1920 to 1960, including bookplates that Carter designed for Toronto patrons.… Read the full post.
Through the Revolving Door: Fisher Blog
- Aug 13, 2020
- Aug 10, 2020
- Aug 6, 2020
- Jul 31, 2020
- Jul 31, 2020
We're fortunate at the Fisher that for many years we have been able to draw upon the student talent of the university's iSchool. In fact, many of the full-time staff that currently work at the Fisher started out as student employees, and we've… Read the full post.
- Jul 27, 2020
- Jul 22, 2020
Each year the library puts out an issue of The Halcyon: The Newsletter of the Friends of The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library (the… Read the full post.
- Jul 19, 2020
- Jul 15, 2020
- Jul 14, 2020
- Jul 9, 2020
Nearly three months into the global COVID-19 crisis, epidemiologists and medical researchers continue to debate when a successful coronavirus vaccine might be developed and to what extent it will help quell the pandemic. Of concern are the… Read the full post.
- Jul 6, 2020
- Jun 26, 2020
The last few weeks, our constant companions have not only been virus and contagion but protest as well. Around the world, people have been expressing their indignation openly and freely in reaction to the injustices they have seen committed,… Read the full post.
- Jun 26, 2020
On 17 November 1901, police raided a crossdressing ball in Mexico City and arrested a group of 41 men, half of whom were dressed as women. The initial reports of el Baile de los 41 quickly introduced Mexican readers of the time to the "… Read the full post.
- Jun 22, 2020
- Jun 18, 2020
In 1819, a prominent English poet of the Romantic period Lord George Byron (1788-1824) wrote a narrative poem about a Ukrainian historical figure Ivan Mazepa (1639-1709), who was little known to Western Europeans at the time. Over the course of… Read the full post.
- Jun 15, 2020
- Jun 12, 2020
The infamous outbreak of plague known as the Black Death, which swept through Europe from 1347 to 1351, was just the first in a series of such outbreaks that lasted until the 19th century. Taken together, this series is known as the second plague… Read the full post.
- Jun 8, 2020
- Jun 5, 2020
Towards the end of the last century, during the few brief years that I spent teaching high school history, nothing heralded the long-awaited coming of summer vacation for me more than the annual erasing of the textbooks. On one glorious June day… Read the full post.
- Jun 1, 2020
As a new month begins, it seems a good time to begin a new feature on the Fisher Blog: An Internet Archive Book of the Week, which will highlight a book from the 25,000 or so Fisher items that are … Read the full post.
- May 27, 2020
At the end of this week, Jews around the world will be celebrating the holiday of Shavuot (Pentecost; literally: “weeks”). While in the Hebrew Bible Shavuot is primarily an agricultural holiday, marking the wheat harvest, Jewish tradition has… Read the full post.
- May 20, 2020
Going over some of the catalogue records in our general collections in preparation for the switch to a different library platform is an experience not entirely unlike walking through the stacks. While I can’t see the volumes themselves, going… Read the full post.
- May 14, 2020
The Fisher has an excellent, and growing, collection of medieval manuscripts in French. Recent additions include: the earliest known copy of a French translation of the Secretum secretorum (MSS 01027), one of the most widely read works… Read the full post.
- May 12, 2020
Exactly forty-six years ago today, on 12 May 1974, Otto Schneid passed away in Toronto. In 1998 Schneid’s widow, Miriam, donated his archive to the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. The initial donation of 1998 was followed by two additional,… Read the full post.