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In Memorium: Rabbi Gunther Plaut (1 November 1912 - 8 February 2012)

Rabbi Wolf Gunther Plaut was a Reform rabbi and author.  An important figure in the history of the Jewish community in Toronto, he served as rabbi of Holy Blossom Temple from 1961 to 1977 and later as a Rabbi Emeritus and Senior Scholar of the temple.
Born in Germany, Plaut fled persecution under the Nazis in [...]

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Recent Acquisition: The Illustrated Family Journal

Here is a recent aquisition to York University's Special Collections: a bound volume of The Illustrated Family Journal from 1845.
Featuring numerous engraved illustrations and serialized stories to be read aloud in communal settings, The Illustrated Family Journal is a good example of popular literary periodicals sold for general consumption by the middle class. 
This volume of 21 issues [...]

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Recent Acquistion: Historical studies of Roma Travellers in Britain

Here is a recent aquisition to York University's Special Collections: a 1831 publication by James Crabb regarding the Roma and Traveller communities of Britain. The Gipsies' advocate  is an excellent example of a body of literature dedicated to the 'problem' of itinerant groups in nineteenth century Britain and efforts to reintegrate these communities into [...]

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Recent Acquisitions: Industrial Britain and reform movements

Here are a selection of recent acquisitions to York University's Special Collections related to Industrial Britain and social reform movements.
Octavia Hill's Homes of the London Poor is a reprint of a series of articles originally published in the Fortnightly review and Macmillan's magazine. Published in 1875 by Macmillan, Hill's observations of the living environment of London's [...]

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Recent Acquisition: "Working Man"

We recently acquired a bound volume of issues of the late Victorian periodical, The Working Man: A Weekly Record of Social Progress and Industry from 1886, featuring a wealth of detailed illustrations.
The call number for this item is 12449 and be viewed at the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections. For the catalogue record, see [...]

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