Photos by Luther Caverly
You never know what you’ll find when you open the boxes of history. That was the starting point for a photo essay on some of the rare finds within the buildings on campus. The university’s archivists and collectors preserve diverse bits of history—from newspaper clippings to architectural projects—for study, for teaching, and for posterity. They may seem utterly ordinary but are often of invaluable assistance to scholars in research, storytelling and reflection. Writer Laura Byrne Paquet, BJ/87, archivists Lloyd Keane, BAHons/97, MA/99, and John Richan, BAHons/08, sifted through boxes and stacks to produce this feature
50 Years of Music
Over his half-century career as a music critic for the Ottawa Citizen and the Montreal Gazette, the late Jacob Siskind amassed some 18,000 LPs, 8,000 CDs, scores and programs. Archivists are sorting through materials ranging from convert posters to rare 78s to letters from musicians and Siskind’s press cards.
From Toscanini to Top 40
Trained as a pianist, Siskind focused largely on serious pieces from the 1940s through the 1960s. But his collection also included a few pop records, like Be My Love, a 1950 chart hit for Hollywood actor Mario Lanza.
Long Before Kindle
These tiny books—many printed when paper was ruinously expensive—are part of Archive and Research Collection’s rare volumes section, which includes books dating back to 1546. Want to read one? Don’t worry about the elaborate precautions you’ve seen in the movies. The white gloves are a terrible myth, says Lloyd Keane, ARC’s archives and rare book coordinator. Visitors are welcome to handle most of the volumes. “We don’t want to hide them away.”
An Exceptional Canadian Vision
This architectural model—one of 15 in Carleton’s Douglas Cardinal Collection—shows the famous architect’s design for the Meno-Ya Win Health Centre in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. From above, the hospital resembles a medicine wheel, to boost the spirits of patients arriving by air ambulance. The facility serves 28 Aboriginal communities across northern Ontario.
Ripped From the Headlines
Darryl Davies, an instructor in the department of sociology and anthropology, has long collected ephemera related to Jack the Ripper. “It is a perfect story for the study of criminology,” he says, pointing out that the social milieu of Victorian England—huge gaps between rich and poor, sensationalistic media, bickering police forces—has many parallels with our own. This Punch cartoon, “The Nemesis of Neglect,” warns authorities that poor people will rebel if ignored. Davies also collects items related to John F. Kennedy, such as this edition of The Dallas Morning News from the day after his assassination.