Browse Exhibits (12 total)

Celebrating Black Voices: Black History Resources at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

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Celebrating Black Voices is an exhibition that acknowledges and honours the social, cultural, and literary achievements of Black authors and artists in a wide variety of fields—poets, novelists, journalists, playwrights, musicians, memoirists, and many more. Special emphasis is given to the contribution of Black Canadians, though the exhibition includes works produced by Black writers over a period of hundreds of years and across the globe, from Canada in the 21st century to Ethiopia in the 14th.

The Discovery of Insulin at the University of Toronto

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In the summer of 1921, the life-saving hormone insulin was first isolated at the University of Toronto. In celebration of the centennial anniversary of the discovery, the Fisher Library has mounted a new online exhibit with highlights from the Library's collection of original documents from the history of insulin research at UofT -- including the personal papers of Sir Frederick Grant Banting, Charles H. Best, James Bertram Collip, and J. R. R. Macleod. It also features an important 1996 essay by historian Michael Bliss, OC, FRSC (1941-2017) republished here for the first time.

Spirits of Christmas Past: Yuletide in Print

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This exhibition, Spirits of Christmas Past: Yuletide in Print,  looks at the way people have told the story of Bethlehem over the centuries, but also the tales, poems, and carols we have come to treasure in Western society as the old year dies and a new one is born. It also looks at the ways in which books and manuscripts have preserved our traditions, with a particular nod to the role food and winter pastimes play in the holidays.

This virtual exhibition drawing on the extensive holdings of the Fisher Rare Book Library was curated in November 2020 by Pearce Carefoote. 

Doing Our Bit: Personal Narratives from the First World War

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This exhibition focuses on the diverse and personal experience of the Great War (1914-1918) through selected items, many acquired in the past ten years, from the collections of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

This virtual exhibition was curated by Danielle Van Wagner to commemorate Remembrance Day 2020.

‘So long lives this’: A Celebration of Shakespeare’s Life and Works, 1616-2016

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The Fisher Library’s exhibition, ‘So Long Lives this’: A Celebration of Shakespeare’s Life and Work, 1616–2016, explores Shakespeare's texts from the monumentally important First Folio of 1623 and the other three seventeenth-century folios, to the hundreds of editions over the next four centuries, through contributions by four scholars.

This virtual exhibition mirrors the exhibition that was on display at the Fisher Library from January 25 to May 28 2016, which corresponded with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

Humane Letters : Bruce Rogers Designer of Books and Artist

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For this exhibition on legendary American book designer Bruce Rogers, the title "Humane Letters" is a succinct description of his career. BR,as he was called by most who knew him, attempted to design and produce books that were not only readable but works of craft and art: a congruence of paper, type, ink, and binding pleasing to handle and behold. That he succeeded magnificently in this endeavour is readily apparent in this exhibition.

This exhibition provides highlights from the exhibition held at The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, 24 September to 21 December 2007.

Science Literacy Week 2020: Highlights from the History of Science

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'Highlights from the History of Science' showcases material from the Fisher Library's large and comprehensive collections in the history of science. 

This virtual exhibition was curated by Alexandra Carter for Science Literacy Week 2020.

Nihil Obstat: an Exhibition of Banned, Censored & Challenged Books in the West, 1491-2005

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This exhibition of banned, censored, and challenged books places censorship in the West within the historical context of the last five hundred years.

This exhibition provides highlights from the exhibition held at The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, January 24 to April 29, 2005. 

Struggle and story: Canada in Print

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This exhibition, Struggle and Story: Canada in Print, explores the history of Canada through works in print. This exhibition draws from the holdings of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library as well as material from the University of Toronto Archives and represents more than 120 years of collecting. 

This virtual exhibition mirrors the exhibition that was on display at the Fisher Library from March to September 2017, which correspond with the 150th anniversary of confederation. 

How Does My Garden Grow: The Education of a Gardener

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Drawing on the rich printed and manuscript resources of the Fisher Library, this exhibition approaches horticultural history from the particular viewpoint of how people learn to cultivate plants – both historically and as individual gardeners today.

This  virtual exhibition mirrors the exhibition curated by Anne Dondertman that was displayed at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library from 30 April- 14 September 2012.

Flickering of the Flame: Print and the Reformation

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This exhibition, Flickering of the Flame: Print and the Reformation, explores the evolution of the Reformation and its propogation in text and the arts. The exhibition draws from the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library's outstanding collection of early theological and religious works, as well as loans from private collections and other institutions, with works dating primarily between 1517 and 1648.

This virtual exhibition mirrors the exhibition that was on display at the Fisher Library from September to December 2017, which corresponded with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Strength in Numbers: The CanLit Community

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This exhibition, Strength in Numbers: The CanLit Community, draws largely on the library’s rich literary archives to explore how Canadian literature has been shaped not just by the writers but an entire community, including editors, illustrators, agents and booksellers. Some of the highlights include: pages from the first handwritten draft of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale; letters from Lucy Maud Montgomery and Stephen Leacock; self-published works by Al Purdy and Crad Kilodney; and corrected galley proofs from Robertson Davies' Fifth Business.

This virtual exhibition is based on the exhibition that ran at the Fisher Library from January to May 2020. It includes many of the highlights from that exhibition, but not all items from the original are represented here.