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Next meeting: Tuesday, 30 April, 2019

“Collection or Obsession”

Dr. Casey Wood and McGill’s Natural History and Medical Collections

by Christopher Lyons

Casey Wood (1856 – 1942), a graduate of Bishop’s University Medical School, was an Ophthalmologist and Ornithologist.

An avid collector of books and supporter of libraries, Dr. Wood - inspired by Sir William Osler (MDCM 1872) - donated Ophthalmological works to the McGill Medical and Osler Libraries.

His extensive collection of Ornithology and Natural History publications eventually
led to the creation of McGill’s Blacker-Wood Library, a leading North American natural history collection. Its rare material is now located in McGill’s Rare Books and Special Collections. Items from Dr. Wood’s collections will be displayed at the meeting.

Christopher Lyons (BA’89, DipEd’94, MA’02, MLIS’04), Head Librarian, Rare Books and Special Collections, McLennan Library, is a member of the Grolier Club and was previously McGill’s Osler Librarian. He has published extensively on Canadian book history.

Reception: 5:00
Presentation: 5:30

Colgate Room
Rare Books and Special Collections
3459 McTavish Street, 4th floor

One-Hundred and Eighty-Fifth Meeting of the James McGill Society


2017-18 Annual Report now available

The James McGill Society was formed in 1975. Its primary concern is to foster interest and appreciation of McGill University's history and personalities, which are interpreted broadly to include current activities and impending developments - that is both past history and history in the making.

The Society covers the entire spectrum of McGill life: academic and research activities, student life, and administrative activities. Arts, Science, Medicine, and all the other faculties have been discussed in rotation over the years. Macdonald College is an area of continuing interest.