The Ring

The roots of Canadian ecology

Tue, 2015-07-07 11:26

Field journals and slides from the Ian McTaggart Cowan archive in UVic Special C
Field journals and slides from the Ian McTaggart Cowan archive in UVic Special Collections and University Archives.

Ian McTaggart Cowan archive a living legacy for contemporary research    

The launch of a digitization project and a new archive are a providing a powerful combination of resources for ecological researchers, on and off campus. The Ian McTaggart Cowan archive, recently donated by the Cowan family to UVic Special Collections and University Archives, contains materials from McTaggart Cowan’s remarkable 75-year career as one of Canada’s foremost wildlife biologists and conservationists.  

Looking good, 900 years later: Pamplona Bible manuscript dated back to 12th century

Fri, 2015-06-12 11:13

Detail from the Amiens Bible
Detail from the Amiens Bible

The age of a manuscript fragment from the Sandra Mattia Collection in UVic Libraries’ Special Collections—depicting Abraham about to sacrifice his son Isaac—has been re-assessed, making the fragment among the oldest manuscript fragments in the collection.

Handling old manuscripts is a hands-on proposition

Mon, 2015-01-26 16:19

When it comes to handling old manuscripts, there’s no fooling around for UVic researcher Dr. Jamie Kemp—the gloves are definitely off. Despite the lingering meme of white-glove clad researchers delicately handling archival material, Kemp says bare skin is best when it comes to the centuries-old books in UVic Special Collections and University Archives.

Celebrating community resources: UVic Libraries

Fri, 2014-12-05 15:35

Dec. 7 Community Report
Dec. 7 Community Report

UVic is recognized around the world for our extraordinary academic environment, supporting the dynamic learning experiences of our students and fuelling research and discovery. UVic libraries are a key support for learning and research, as well as a hub for projects and resources that serve the Greater Victoria community.

New library agreement provides province-wide access to research materials

Fri, 2014-12-05 15:24

Thanks to a groundbreaking agreement with one of North America’s leading sources of historical information, people and classrooms across the province now have unprecedented access to a wealth of archival materials spanning several centuries.

Food for Fines: It counts for hunger

Mon, 2014-11-10 12:48

History mystery central to First World War exhibit

Mon, 2014-09-29 13:25

Milwright and Heather Dean, UVic's associate director of Special Collections.
Dr. Milwright and UVic Associate Director of Special Collections Heather Dean, with the diary set. Image: UVic Photo Services.

It’s a history mystery worthy of its own exhibition.

When Dr. Marcus Milwright, of UVic's recently renamed Art History and Visual Studies department, began planning his upcoming exhibit The Arts of World War I, he knew there was one item in the university library that he just had to use: a beautiful two-volume leather diary set illustrated with watercolours and pen-and-ink drawings of life during wartime. There’s only one problem: he has no idea to whom it actually belonged.

Seghers Collection book recognized with Alcuin Society award

Tue, 2014-05-06 15:58

The Seghers Collection, designed by Clint Hutzulak at Rayola for UVic Libraries.
The Seghers Collection, designed by Clint Hutzulak at Rayola for UVic Libraries.

The Seghers Collection: Old Books for a New World—written by Dr. Hélène Cazes (French and medieval studies) and published by the University Libraries—has been recognized by the Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. The publication is of special significance for the campus and the Victoria region, exploring the bibliographic history of the Seghers Collection, their spiritual and religious significance within the catholic tradition and their attributed owner, Charles John Seghers (the second Archbishop of Victoria).

Moving trans history forward

Fri, 2014-04-11 15:34

Devor. Photo Credit: UVic Photo Services.

The Transgender Archives at UVic: moving trans* history forward

Thu, 2014-03-06 14:31

At 320 linear feet, or 98 metres, of archival materials, books, and periodicals—representing 17 countries and spanning over a century of activism and research—The Transgender Archives at UVic are the largest in the world. From March 21 to 23, the Transgender Archives will host Moving Trans* History Forward, a three-day symposium of keynote speakers,  panel discussions, film screenings and art exhibitions devoted to the acquisition, preservation, and access of trans* history and archival materials.