Anna Dysert

Anna Dysert

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Archives and manuscripts

Rare books



  • PhD in progress (ABD), History, McGill University
  • MLIS, Archives, McGill University
  • MA, Medieval Studies/Book History and Print Culture, University of Toronto

Areas of interest

  • Archives
  • Codicology and paleography
  • Manuscript studies and book history
  • Digital humanities
  • Medieval and early modern medicine

Professional activities

  • Medieval Academy of America
  • Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
  • RBMS Publications Committee
  • RBMS Membership and Professional Development Committee
  • American Association for the History of Medicine

Awards, honours, and fellowships

  • Newberry Library/Ecole nationale des chartes Exchange Fellowship (2010-2011)
  • Provost Graduate Fellowship, History Department, McGill University (2010)

Selected papers and presentations

"Specular Art and Science: Mirror Metaphor in Medieval Alchemical Texts." In Specular Reflections: The Mirror in Medieval and Early Modern Culture, ed. Nancy Frelick. Turnhout: Brepols, 2016.

"Aims and Approaches in Special Collections Assessment: A Case Study from the Osler Library." RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage, 16 (2015): 101-112.

"La Bibliothèque publique juive et la communauté juive francophone de Montréal." The Future of the Past: The Jewish Public Library of Montreal, 1914-2014. Montreal: Concordia University Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies, 2015.

"Revisiting the Library as Laboratory at the Osler Library," co-authored with Christopher Lyons. In Meetings with Books: Special Collections in the 21st Century, ed. by Jillian Tomm and Richard Virr. Montreal: McGill University Library and Archives, 2014.

Review of Herbs and Healers from the Ancient Mediterranean through the Medieval West: Essays in Honor of John M. Riddle, ed. Anne Van Arsdall and Timothy Graham. British Journal of the History of Science 47, no. 2 (June 2014): 369-371.

"A Physical Artifact of a Lively Scientific Culture of the Late Middle Ages." Osler Library Newsletter no. 16 (Spring 2012).

"Anatomy Theaters, Legal Dramas, and Landscape Staging: Unexpected Performances in Special Collections," with Svetlana Kochkina and Jennifer Garland. Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the American College and Research Libraries Preconference, July 2013.

"In hoc antiquo libro: A Study of Osler Library MS 480 (De anima in arte alchemiae)." 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan Univ., May 2012.


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