News

New Audio Content Available

Galileo forgery
We've added some new audio content: the last Friends of Fisher lecture is now online, and there's a self-guided audio tour of the current exhibition on monsters We've added some new audio content: the last Friends of Fisher lecture is now online, and there's a self-guided audio tour of the current exhibition on monsters.

Culinary exhibition featured on CBC's Metro Morning

The cover of the Home Cook Book
Co-curators Liz Ridolo and Irina Mihalache were interviewed by CBC Toronto's morning program on the Fisher's current exhibition, Mixed Messages. It is available online. The audio of the segment featuring co-curators Liz Ridolo and Irina Mihalache is available online to stream.

New issue of the Halcyon now available online

First page from the June 2018 issue of the Halcyon
The June 2018 issue of the Friends of the Fisher is available as a downloadable PDF. This issue focuses on recent purchases made by the library New issue looks at recent purchases made by the library.

Take a Tour of Sacred Books

Image of the Fisher Library from the second floor
CBC Radio's Tapestry visited the Fisher Library CBC Radio's Tapestry visited the Fisher Library

Exceptional acquisition of books designed and illustrated by Czech artist and writer Josef Čapek

Two covers of  Čapek’s Talske Listy
Among the newest acquisitions of Josef Čapek’s work are his book covers and illustrations to translated works by Gustave Flaubert, Tristan Corbière, , W.B. Yeats, H.G. Wells, Francis Jammes, Jean Vignaud, Rose Macaulay, Georges Duham Experimental artist found his artistic voice above all in designing books

Oldest English-language book in Canada now at Fisher

Spread from Caxton's Cicero
William Caxton's 1481 publication of Cicero has been added to the Fisher's holdings. William Caxton's 1481 publication of Cicero has been added to the Fisher's holdings. It will be on public display in June.

Canada in Print exhibition catalogue wins prestigious award

Cover of Struggle and Story: Canada in Print
The Fisher is honoured by the Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab "American Book Prices Current" Exhibition Award in the Division Two Category The Fisher is honoured by the Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab "American Book Prices Current" Exhibition Award in the Division Two Category.

Kiddell Lecture now online

Title page of the Book of Common Prayer
Prof. Peter Blayney's Lecture on "How Many Printers Does It Take to Change a Liturgy?" can be viewed online or downloaded Prof. Peter Blayney's Lecture on "How Many Printers Does It Take to Change a Liturgy?" can be viewed online or downloaded

New student blog for current culinary exhibition

Culinary blog home page
Students share their personal experiences working with Canadian culinary materials and assisting with the various components of the exhibition process. Students share their personal experiences working with Canadian culinary materials and assisting with the various components of the exhibition process.

Fisher Digital Collections have a new look!

The University of Toronto Libraries' Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library and Information Technology Services (ITS) department are pleased to announce the re-launch of four digital collections! Four digital collections have an all new look!

Ginsberg Photo Exhibition Now Open

Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky, San Francisco, 1955
The exhibition features over 100 photos from the largest collection of Ginsberg photographic prints in the world.

Marshall McLuhan collections added to the UNESCO Memory of the World Register!

The Marshall McLuhan collections held at the University of Toronto and Library and Archives Canada have been recognized as being of international significance Marshall McLuhan collections at UofT and LAC recognized by UNESCO

Cosmopolitanism in the Archive

Screenshot of web exhibition Cosmopolitanisms in the Archive
Fascinating new web exhibition brings together graduate students and scholars to highlight 18th century holdings from the Fisher! Fascinating new web exhibition brings together graduate students and scholars to highlight 18th century holdings from the Fisher!

New Flickr set - early photographs of Rio de Janeiro

View a collection of eight albumen prints of photographs from Marc Ferrez, the greatest photographer to emerge from Brazil in the late-nineteenth century A set of 8 beautiful albumen prints can be viewed on our Flickr

Students tell the stories of objects in "Finding Myself in the Archives"

Examining historic objects with a connection with migration, movement and travel

June issue of the Halcyon available

The newest issue of our newsletter the Halcyon is now available online

UofT Showcase 150

View snapshots from the last 150 years seen through UofT's archives and special collections on a new digital timeline

Scholars in Residence visit Fort York

Students stand with their professor outside of the Fort York kitchen
A group of Jackman Humanities Institute Scholars in Residence who are working with the Fisher's culinary collection had the opportunity to experience the Foodways Program at Fort York

Fisher Library Shakespeare catalogue wins prestigious Leab Award

Title page of  Shakespeare catalogue
The catalogue from the Fisher Library's recent exhibition "So Long Lives This: A Celebration of Shakespeare’s Life and Works 1616-2016.” has won an RBMS award for excellence Fisher Library Shakespeare Catalogue wins prestigious Leab Award

New Flickr Album: Brazilian "cordel" woodcut illustrations

We’ve added a new album to our Flickr page: a selection of woodcut illustrations featured on the covers of Brazilian “cordel” chapbooks – or, the tradition of popular pamphlet poetry We’ve added a new album to our Flickr page: a selection of woodcut illustrations featured on the covers of Brazilian “cordel” chapbooks

Fisher event profiled on the CBC

An original watercolour of flowers by Agnes Fitzgibbons
Linda LeGeyt discusses Canadian Wildflowers ahead of her Katz Memorial Lecture "Where Art Meets Science: Traditions in Canadian Botanical Art."

New Flickr Set: Canadian booksellers, newspapers, and printing ephemera

Billhead of the Lincoln Paper Mills
The collection, dating from the 1830s to the 1920s, consists mostly of company billheads, but also contains letters, envelopes, memorandums, and receipts from various Canadian companies. The collection, dating from the 1830s to the 1920s, consists mostly of company billheads, but also contains letters, envelopes, memorandums, and receipts from various Canadian companies.

Protecting treasured books - CityTV went behind the scenes of the Fisher Library condensation control project

Screen shot of PJ Carefoote on CityTV
The Fisher's interim department head PJ Carefoote spoke to CityTV about the library's building project. Fisher Librarian PJ Carefoote was featured on CityTV News to discusss the library's building maintenance project. Please not the west stairs leading to the library are now closed.

New Issue of The Halcyon now available

Cover of the Dec. 2016 issue of the Halcyon
The December 2016 issue of the Friends of the Fisher newsletter is now available, both in print and online.

Announcing the Fisher's Summer Seminar Series!

Woodcut illustration for summer seminar series
Next June, the Fisher is launching its first seminar series workshop: a three-day workshop course on the history and identification of book illustration.

Holiday cards for sale

Nativity scene holiday card, 2016
The Fisher is again selling greeting cards for the coming holiday season. They go fast, so come inside to purchase them. It's $15 for 10 cards.

Fisher Library Condensation Control Project

Interior of the Fisher Library
We are renovating the Fisher Rare Book Library to improve the thermal performance of the exterior, which will prevent condensation inside the building.

New Acquisition: First World War Notebook

Page from Wenonah Durant notebook
This unpublished manuscript notebook contains first-hand accounts of stories from the battlefield collected from thirty soldiers recivers in a British Army hospital, by an American-Canadian nurse from August to October of 1915.

Centenary of the Irish Easter Rising

Irish Republic broadside from 1916
While the Fisher Library does not hold considerable collections from the Easter Rising, the Alfred De Lury Collection contains several unique items from and after the rising. the Alfred De Lury Collection, that includes mostly literary and poetical material of writers from the Anglo-Irish renaissance, contains several unique items from and after the rising.

Richardson Family World War I Letters

Letter and flower from Richardson WWI letters
The Fisher Library has acquired a remarkable collection of letters written during World War I, by three brothers from Ingersoll, Ontario: Ted, Reg, and Harry Richardson, who fought with the British Army during the war.

New Flickr Set: Canadian bookplates

Ex-Libris of Mary Frances Holgate
A selection of of ex-libris plates is now freely available on the Fisher's Flickr site.

French Mazarinades pamphlets

Image of Mazarinade
Library has recently catalogued 229 Mazarinades that date exclusively from 1649, from the period known as the Parliamentary Fronde The Fronde was a series of civil wars that occurred in France between 1648 and 1653.

On Display: Celebrating 50 Years of the University of Toronto Archives, 1965-2015

Image of the Varsity pennant
This month, we celebrate the golden anniversary of the University Archives

Maximum Imaginativeness exhibition now open!

Image from Pasmo in Czech book design exhibition
The video provides an introduction and overview of the exhibition featuring modern Czech book design.

Extended hours begins today (Sept. 17)!

Fisher interior
We will again be open until 8 pm on Thursdays during the academic year.

Latest issue of the Halcyon now available

First page of June 2015 issue of the Halcyon
The June 2015 issue of the Friends of the Fisher newsletter can be downloaded from our web site

New Flickr Set: Bookplates

Bookplate represented in the Flickr bookplate album
This selection showcases the hundreds of different bookplates spread across our collections

New Flickr Set: Stereo Views of Niagara Falls

Stereo view of Niagara Falls by Platt Babbitt
These images were created on glass by Platt D. Babbitt between 1855 and 1860

Vesalius Catalogue Wins Prestigious Award

Vesalius at 500 catalogue cover
Vesalius at 500 wins the ACRL/RBMS Katherine Keyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab Exhibition Award for 2014

Retrieval request form now linked from catalogue records

Screenshot of retrieval options
Patrons can now link directly to the online retrieval form straight from the record in the online catalogue

Richard Landon's book of essays now out

Cover of Richard Landon's book of essays
A Long Way from the Armstrong Beer Parlour, A Life in Rare Books has been released by Oak Knoll Books.

New Flickr Set Added: Bindings of Victorian Natural History Collection

Publisher cloth binding of Romance of the Insect World
Bindings with beautiful designs and decorations blocked in gold and other colours speaks to the playful, popularized version of science encouraged in the Victorian Natural History movement.

Manzoni, Verdi, and the Project of Nation Building

Title page for I Promessi Sposi
Verdi's Requiem for Manzoni and the context of its composition tell us something about Italian history in the late 19th century.

I Romani nelle Gallie and its Annotations

Title page for I Romani nelle Gallie libretto
Annotated version of this libretto, online on the Internet Archive, lifts the veil on its past.

Opera and the Popular Consciousness: Donizetti’s Il Furioso

Image of title page for Donizetti's Il Furioso
The Fisher holds a copy of the libretto from the opera's opening night featuring the baritone Giorgio Ronconi.

Libretti Digitization Project Launched

image of title page of L'Euridice
The Fisher holds an extensive collection of Italian libretti printed before 1900, and the collection offers a singular insight into the origin and development of opera.

McLuhan Library Collection now available

Image of McLuhan annotated Finnegan's Wake
Marshall McLuhan's personal library is now available for public access

U of T Libraries Acquire General James Wolfe's Historic Letters

Image of title page of Wolfe correspondence
The correspondence is candid and offer a glimpse into Wolfe's personality and his legendary military career.

Andreas Vesalius’s De humani corporis fabrica

The Fisher is home to a unique 1555 copy of this landmark anatomy book - annoted by Vesalius himself.

Rare Audio and Film of Sir Frederick Banting

Film is part of the extensive archival material related to the discovery of insulin held at the Fisher Library.