Special Collections Photo Contest

There’s still time to enter the Special Collections Photo Contest! The contest deadline has been extended until January 21st, with winners announced on January 23rd!

View the online hints or visit us on the 4th floor of the Ryerson Library to view photos, books and prints of famous people from history on display. If you think you recognize the portraits, take our quiz online to be entered for one of two prizes: a $50 Bookstore gift certificate or a $25 Starbucks gift card.

Names and faces will be revealed after the contest closes.
http://library.cf.ryerson.ca/forms/faces/

For more information, call or email Special Collections at 416-979-5000, x4996 or specialcollections@ryerson.ca.

Special Collections Holiday Photo Contest

The 3rd Annual Special Collections Holiday Photo Contest is underway – with a twist!

This year, the elves in Special Collections have decided to take some of their own pictures for the annual Holiday Photo Contest, and the result is a guessing game with famous faces and great prizes! Visit us on the 4th floor of the Ryerson Library to view photos, books and prints of famous people from history on display. If you think you recognize the portraits, take our quiz online to be entered for one of two prizes: a $50 Bookstore gift certificate or a $25 Starbucks gift card.

Don’t have time to visit us this holiday season? You can still participate in the contest by using the online hints to help you identify the people pictured in our display cases. We even added our Bonus Question picture to our poster (okay, okay, our poster model works in the Ryerson Library, and while she’s not that famous yet, we think you ought to get to know her).
Names and faces will be revealed after the contest closes. 
http://library.cf.ryerson.ca/forms/faces/

For more information, call or email Special Collections at 416-979-5000, x4996 or specialcollections@ryerson.ca.

Happy Holidays!

An Evening with Lenin

A movie night featuring two biographical films from the Library’s Special Collections about Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, made in Soviet-era Russia for Soviet audiences. Come and see the movies, learn how Ryerson acquired them and discuss their importance to the public archive.

Place: 350 Victoria Street, Room LIB72 (ground floor, across from entrance)
Date: Wednesday, April 7th
Time: 7pm, approximately 2 hours

The Films:
Lenin is Alive, 1969
30 minutes, Russian (with English subtitles)
Lenin’s Hills, 1984
20 minutes, Russian (with English subtitles)

Architecture Resources on Display

A selection of resources from the Library’s collection relating to Architecture are on display in the glass case near the Reference area on the main floor. Included are books by Ryerson Architecture faculty, as well as photos from the Canadian Architect collection, which was recently donated to Special Collections.

To learn more about Library resources relating to Architecture, please view the following research guide.

Rare Books Display on the 4th floor

Check out the display cases on the 4th floor of the Library which showcase items from Special Collections. The items on display change regularly, so look for future updates on what’s new!

The current display features a selection of items from the Rare Book collection, which holds around 500 items covering topics from art, literature, Canadiana and photography from the early 1700s to the present. The oldest book in the collection is a first edition of Alfred, An Epick Poem in 12 Books by Sir Richard Blackmore, published in 1723. The poem tells the story of King Alfred the Great of England (849-899), but the author has dedicated it to Prince Frederick of Hanover, the eldest son of King George I of England, and has clearly intended the young prince to learn from his text: “…he, who loves his country and wishes well to mankind, cannot chose a more effectual means to promote their happiness, than by inspiring into a young prince such generous sentiments, such just ideas of political prudence…”