Recent acquisitions

Petitions, Pirates, and Pirated Copies - April 2022 Highlights

[D. W. Karn & Co. Advertising Fan]. London, Ont: London Printing & Litho. Co., 1896-1909.
Like some of the ASC items highlighted last month, this piece is ephemeral in nature, but it also has the distinction of being closer to an object than a book . Cataloguing standards allow for the cataloguing of non-book items such [...]


Vimy, the Socialist Shakedown, and Cookies-March 2022 Highlights

Another month has come and gone and that means another month of Special Collection highlights! Please enjoy learning about some of ASC's newest acquisitions.
Vimy Memorial Dedication Collection
Canada is known  for its assault at Vimy. It is seen as a moment when Canada emerged as a nation. All four divisions of the Canadian Corps fought together [...]


Dr. Seuss, the CNE, and Etiquette for Gentlemen. Special Collections Highlights - February 2022

Though CTASC was closed for many months over the last two years of the pandemic, we didn’t stop acquiring new additions for Special Collections, and, in December 2021, we were thrilled to welcome our new Special Collections Cataloguing Assistant Taylor Tryburski (she/her) to the department to help us manage these holdings and more.  
Taylor comes [...]


Going for Gold: The records of Arnold Hoffman

Post by Christopher Long, Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections Co-Op Student
Arnold Hoffman was a geologist, prospector, and New York stockholder who became associated with gold mining in Quebec, Manitoba, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.
Reports, maps, correspondence, geological studies, and photographs from his fonds provide an opportunity to dig into the history of Canadian [...]


Traditional Christmas Greeting Cards: Mrs. Gutgesell's mail-order catalogue from 1928

In light of the approaching holidays, here's a selection from our Special Collections, a mail-order catalogue for Christmas cards from 1928.  Provided to church and benevolent organizations,  Mrs. A.A. Gutgesell credits her seventeen years in the novelty business that "...enable me to develop a line of merchandise which cannot be equalled for material, individuality, workmanship [...]


Recent Acquisition: Paul-Émile Borduas’ copy of "Refus global"

Written By: Lisa Sloniowski, English Literature Librarian and Chair, Special Collections Working Group.

Le Refus global
“Make way for magic! Make way for objective mysteries! Make way for Love.”
York Libraries is pleased to announce our recent acquisition of artist Paul-Émile Borduas’ personal copy of the important manifesto Le Refus global (Total Refusal). This acquisition will complement the [...]