Author Archives: Sarah Virag

Feature from the Collections: The Model Slide Rule

One of the Archives longest artifacts (when fully extended it reaches 18 feet), this model slide rule was donated by the Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science Department. It was used for demonstration purposes in the classroom. It served as a … Continue reading

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Oakham House – and Home

A year after Ryerson was erected, William Thomas, a prominent architect of the 19th century, moved into his new home. He built for himself the building that is now known as Oakham House, the original name given by Thomas in … Continue reading

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The Man behind the Glass: Robert Hackborn

Ryerson University students and researchers now have access to an extensive collection of materials related to Robert Hackborn’s work. For nearly four decades, Robert Hackborn worked at the CBC in the design and production of sets and visual effects for … Continue reading

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The Howard Kerr Memorial Mace – Celebrating the Past, Present, and Future

It is convocation season and our graduates are eager to have that prized piece of paper in their hands. Certificates are not the only precious items held throughout the convocation ceremonies. Another ceremonial object to be excited about is the Howard Kerr … Continue reading

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Feature from the Collections: Looking Back at the History of the Normal School Building – Part Two

As mentioned in Part One of this feature (published February 19, 2013), the Normal School was a great stepping stone for the future of education in Canada. Egerton Ryerson set the standards with the first Normal School of Upper Canada, … Continue reading

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Feature from the Collections: Looking Back at the History of the Normal School Building – Part One

Though most current Ryerson students have seen changes that have occurred to the campus with the refurbishment of the Image Arts building, the campus as a whole has not undergone many substantial architectural changes in the past few years. Most … Continue reading

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The War of 1812, Two Hundred Years Ago

As 2012 and the commemoration of the War of 1812 draws to an end, we invite you to take one more look back – this time, at the connection between Ryerson University and the War of 1812.  Think of six degrees of … Continue reading

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A Call to Arms

They date back to the 12th Century and European knights. Knights painted them on their shields as a form of identification in battle. They have always been a symbol of honour, pride and bravery. Many governments have one as do … Continue reading

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Camera Trends: Seeing in 3D

There has been a continual trend in the yearning for the representation of truth and the real within photography, and seeing an image in three dimensions is the ultimate depiction of reality. In 1838, a year before Daguerre’s official announcement … Continue reading

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The Circle K Club

An important component in defining the post-secondary experience is being able to take part in a club, sport, or other form of organization. Circle K International is the largest service-oriented, leadership-training, collegiate organization in the world and is a member … Continue reading

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