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News Archives for October 2016

Milham Lecture And Reception – Oct. 27th

Junior Gleaners and Beaver Books:
The colourful children’s books of Fredericton’s Brunswick Press in the 1950s and 60s

An illustrated talk with accompanying exhibition


Presented by Susan Fisher, Curator
Eileen Wallace Children’s Literature Collection
Harriet Irving Library
UNB Fredericton

Date: Thursday, October 27th
Place: HIL Milham Room
Time: 4:00pm
Reception: 4:45-5:30pm


With over 70 titles for children, ranging from newly illustrated classic poems and tales to locally authored poetry, fiction and non-fiction, Fredericton’s Brunswick Press was an early innovator in Canada, defining what regional children’s publishing could be. Managed by Brigadier Michael Wardell in close correspondence with financial backer, Sir Max Aitken (Lord Beaverbrook), the press was part of a larger publishing venture which also included Fredericton’s local paper, The Daily Gleaner.

In this image-rich presentation, Susan Fisher will discuss the origins of the Brunswick Press, show examples of its children’s books (including original artwork for an unpublished volume of Desmond Pacey’s children’s poetry), and look at how the Press and The Daily Gleaner combined to engage the child reader in 1950s New Brunswick.

This Milham Lecture is presented in conjunction with a book/archival exhibit of Brunswick Press materials to be held in the H. R. Stewart Exhibition Room, Harriet Irving Library, beginning October 24th.

Read the CBC interview of Susan Fisher regarding the Brunswick Press books.
Read the CBC interview of Eileen Wallace and the collection of children’s books she built.

The Milham Lectures were established in 1987 in honour of Mary Ella Milham,
a professor of classics and ancient history at UNB. Consult the list of previous Milham Lectures.

Alcuin Society’s 2015 Prize-winning Books On Display In HIL

alcuin Winning books from the 34th annual Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada are currently on display at the Harriet Irving Library in the H.R. Stewart Exhibition Room until 28 October 2016.

Viewing hours are Monday to Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

The Harriet Irving Library on the UNB Fredericton campus is the only New Brunswick venue hosting the book exhibit.

Judges selected 43 winning titles from 230 Canadian entries published in 2015, from nine provinces and 98 publishers. Gaspereau Press (Kentville, NS) was recognized for 7 of its designs. Thirty-eight of the prize-winning books are on display.

The Alcuin Society is a Vancouver-based, non-profit society for the support and appreciation of fine books. In addition to the annual Book Design Competition, the Society publishes a quarterly journal, Amphora, and organizes lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and field visits on various aspects of the book.

For more information, please contact Archives & Special Collections by email or by telephone (453-4748).

UNB Archives And Special Collections – Reference Desk Hours

UNB Archives & Special Collections has new Fall Reference desk hours.  The Reference desk will be open afternoons on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm, and mornings on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am to 12 pm.

Student staff at the desk can retrieve special collections books during these hours without prior arrangement.

Reference interviews/appointments are still required to access archival and manuscript collections, some of which are stored offsite and require at least 24 hours notice to retrieve.  Archival researchers can contact us at or phone 506-453-4748 prior to their visit.