Premiere: New acquisitions at Library and Archives Canada

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Anne of Green Gables, the Avro Arrow, and syphilis? You can find out about all three and more in a fascinating free exhibition at 395 Wellington Street in Ottawa.

Our collection represents the documentary heritage of all Canadians. It spans our history and continues to grow as Canada evolves. The new Premiere exhibition offers a sneak peek at some eclectic collection items, including a manuscript of a play by important writer Jane Urquhart when she was a child, a design for a never-produced prototype of the ill-fated Avro Arrow airplane, and a book from the 1700s dealing with a mysterious (at the time) illness now thought to have been a form of syphilis.

Discover an exquisite Year of the Dragon embroidery that inspired a famous postage stamp, or a Stanley Cup souvenir bowl. You can also see one of the oldest books in our collection, which will be making its first public appearance: Mivachar Ha-Peninim (Choice of Pearls) by Solomon Ibn Gabirol, published in 1484.

For this special exhibition, each item was carefully handpicked and described by Library and Archives Canada professionals, so visitors could learn more about why every single one represents a small—but important—piece of our nation’s heritage.

If you live in or are visiting Canada’s capital, drop by to experience this unique and fascinating perspective on some of our newest collection pieces.

Premiere: New acquisitions at Library and Archives Canada
April 24 to December 3, 2018

Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street, Ottawa
Morley Callaghan Room
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Free admission

Here is a sneak peek of what you will see:

Mivachar Ha-Peninim [Choice of Pearls]

Mivachar Ha-Peninim [Choice of Pearls]

Solomon Ibn Gabirol, 1484

Direction pour la guérison du mal de la Baie St Paul [A Guide to Healing What Ails Baie St. Paul]

Direction pour la guérison du mal de la Baie St Paul [A Guide to Healing What Ails Baie St. Paul]

Attributed to Philippe-Louis-François Badelard, 1785

Printed by Guillaume Brown

Inuit interpreters from Churchill

Inuit interpreters from Churchill [Portraits of the Esquimaux interpreters from Churchill employed by the North Land Expedition for Franklin’s Coppermine Expedition of 1819–1822]

Robert Hood, 1820–1821

Watercolour, pen and black ink on wove paper

Master Corporal Patrick Auger with unidentified woman having tea

Master Corporal Patrick Auger has tea with the grandmother of a kidnapped baby, near Kabul, Afghanistan

Lana Šlezić, 2003–2004

Giclée prints

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