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The Clan Leslie: A Celebration of 950 years of Leslies in Scottish History, Literature, and Culture.

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This exhibition grew from a partnership with University of Guelph Library staff and  students in the History and Art History Departments at the University of Guelph to provide an experiential learning opportunity. Archival & Special Collections staff and faculty from the Art History Department guided the students in interpreting original primary resource materials from the Clan Leslie and Scottish Studies Collections in Archival & Special Collections and in curating the exhibition. It was originally launched as a phylsical exhibit in 10 cases in McLaughlin Library at the University of Guelph in August 2016 in honor of the Clan Leslies, the featured clan of the Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Fergus Ontario. 

The process of creating this exhibition has led us to many fascinating discoveries about the contributions of the Clan Leslie in literature, politics, religion, the domestic arts, and sciences in Scotland and beyond. These  achievements can be viewed in the #? sections of this digital exhibit. 

The University of Guelph is the official repository for the Clan Leslie Collection. We are grateful to the following individuals, who have donated materials to this collection over the years: Margaret Aitken (Acton, Ont) Donald W. Leslie (Abbeville, S. C.), Thomas G. Leslie, KSG (Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, UK), Gary A Leslie (Lexington, KY), Harold and Val Leslie (Didsbury, Alb), Robert Leslie (Acton, Ont), William Leslie, Sandy Eliza McDaniel (Evanston, Il), Diane L. Sadler (Pasadena, MD), James Barrie Leslie, (Gordon, New South Wales,  Aus) and David Leslie White (Ft Worth, TX).

This exhibit was curatated by:  

University of Guelph Library Staff

Janna Avon, Co-op Librarian from the University of British Columbia

Melissa McAfee, Special Collections Librarian

Ashley Shifflett McBrayne, Library Associate

Judy Wanner, Associate Librarian (retired)

University of Guelph Students

Jennifer Oldham, BA student, Psychology

Desiree Scholtz, BA student, History & Art History

Marian Toledo,  PhD student in Scottish History

The Enduring Value of ‘Ephemera’: Postcards from Scotland


Do you ever consider the potential value of today’s’ ‘throw-away’ items to future historians? Imagine how your emails, texts, Tweets and direct messages could be used to explore your life and the world in which you lived.

In fall 2019 students in UNIV*1200, ‘The History of Stuff’, spent a semester exploring Guelph’s extraordinary archival collections of ephemera, and came up with projects that reveal the exceptional evidentiary value of the postcard. Though we are long from its ‘Golden Age’ in the early twentieth century, the postcard has endured, especially as a medium of communication during travels. In this exhibit, we use Scotland as a case study to examine the richness of the postcard as an historical source.

We invite you to join us as we explore these ‘Greetings from Scotland’! 

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Archival & Special Collections, University of Guelph Library, Guelph, ON

The Extraordinary History of Stuff Recipe Pamphlet Exhibit

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Welcome to our exhibit, which showcases the work of UNIV*1200 F '17.  Through the course of the fall semester, the class explored readings and participated in excursions to archives, museums and galleries, where we learned about the nature of ephemera, its status as historical evidence, and its use in historical scholarship.

We focussed our examination of ephemera on printed culinary material, and this exhbit is the culmination of our study of this form, and of eighteen specific sources held in the Archival and Special Collections unit at the McLaughlin Library, University of Guelph.

Melissa McAfee and Ryan Kirkby at the Library made this class possible: thank you for your commitment to our learning.

Enjoy the fuits of our labours ... we hope you will never see 'throw-away' stuff the same way again!