Past Event | Symposium | The Eyes Have It: A re-appreciation of Casey Wood's Contribution to Ophthalmology, Ornithology, and the McGill Libraries

Symposium hosted by ROAAr, McGill Library.

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Crowd listening to lecture in the Colgate Room, Rare books and special collections
Image by Jacquelyn Sundberg.

When: April 20, 2018
Location: McLennan Library Building, Colgate Seminar Room, Rare Books and Special Collections (4th floor), 3459 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C9, CA


Dr. Casey Wood helped to build two of McGill's major library collections, the Osler and the Blacker Wood, among the finest collections of their kind in the world. Join scholars from McGill, UQAM and Queens to explore Wood's own important research in bird vision and ornithology, and his stunning legacy of rare books, Islamic manuscripts, materia medica of Sri Lanka, and original works of art by the greatest natural history artists, from Edward Lear and John Gould to Lady Elizabeth Gwillim.


  • Casey Wood: Enriching the McGill Library, Christopher Lyons, Rare Books and Special Collections, McGill
  • Building the Osler, Mary Hague Yearl, Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill
  • Casey Wood and the Fundus Oculi, Robert Montgomerie, Evolutionary Biology, Queens University
  • Lime, areca, palm: Casey Wood’s South Asian collections Anna Winterbottom, Indian Ocean World Centre, McGill & Soma Hewa, School of Policy Studies, Queens University
  • Islamic manuscripts: The Ivanov Collection, Anaïs Salamon, Islamic Studies Library, McGill
  • Building the Blacker Wood, Eleanor MacLean, Blacker Wood Librarian (retired), McGill
  • Casey Wood’s Introduction to the Literature of Vertebrate Zoology and De Arte Venandi cum avibus: The Wood and Fyfe translation, Mauricio Ruiz, UQAM (en français)
  • The Feather Book of Dionisio Minaggio, Carla Benzan, Italian Studies, McGill
  • Taylor White’s Paper Museum, Victoria Dickenson, Library and Collections, McGill

The Symposium was accompanied by a display curated by Victoria Dickenson that featured selected volumes from Osler and the Blacker-Wood Collections.

This event was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

The collection can be consulted in the Rare Books Reading room Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM. Contact lauren.williams [at] (Lauren Williams), Liaison Librarian for the Blacker-Wood Collection, for reference guidance.

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