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Histoire des diables de Loudun, ou de la possession des religieuses ursulines, et de la condamnation & du suplice d'Urbain Grandier, curé de la même ville : cruels effets de la vengeance du Cardinal de Richelieu.

Item describes the historical event known as the Loudun possessions, a significant witchcraft trial in 1634 involving Ursuline nuns who alleged demonic possession. According to Aubin's account, political motives played a role in Urbain Grandier's conviction and subsequent execution for witchcraft.

The English hous-wife, containing the inward and outward vertues which ought to be in a compleat woman ...

Item is a comprehensive guide encompassing essential skills and virtues expected of a well-rounded woman in 17th century England. The book covers a wide range of topics including medicine, surgery, cookery, oil extraction, banquet preparation, wine preservation, distillation, perfumery, textile production, household management, and more.

The art of cookery, made plain and easy ...

Item is a book showcasing recipes typical of British cuisine during the 18th century, particularly favored by affluent households. Glasse purposefully employed "plain and easy" language to facilitate instruction for individuals of lower socioeconomic backgrounds in following her recipes.

The experienced English housekeeper ...

Item contains Elizabeth Raffald's original recipes. The cookbook contains a diverse array of recipes ranging from family dishes to elaborate dining options, showcasing the abundance of ingredients available in the 18th century. Raffald's work is notable for its introduction of confectionery techniques and particularly acclaimed for her practical pickling and preserving recipes.

Gassho Dojikun [combined book of children's textbook]

Item is an illustrated textbook for children from Edo Period, created by Suaraya Gensuke and six other authors. The textbook covers a wide range of topics and subjects including moral teachings, historical events, times tables, geography, reading, math, and defines important relationships such as those between a feudal lord and followers, father/son, husband/wife, and parents/children etc.

Early print collection

  • CA MRUASC C0001
  • Collection
  • 1477-1904

Collection illustrates the early development of movable type printing in Europe. Collection consists of printed books including a book of hours, leaves from Bibles, hagiographies, liturgical texts, Japanese woodblock prints, and works of history, literature, and canon law.

Japanese woodblock printing

Series contains volumes and prints that were created using Japanese woodblock printing techniques. Woodblock printing was introduced to Japan during China's Han Dynasty but didn't become widespread in Japan until the Edo period (1603-1868). Woodblock printing became particularly popular among ukiyo-e artists. The process involved applying water-based coloured ink to relief carvings.

Series contains senso-e war prints, ukiyo-e style prints, manga books, and an educational book for children.

Medicinal experiments ...

Item is a comprehensive collection of home remedies designed to treat various ailments including dysentery, gonorrhea, blisters, toothaches, and other health conditions.

Rare book collection

  • CA MRUASC C0012
  • Collection
  • 1653-2012

Collection consists of rare books and other publications that are not part of other collections or fonds. Collection contains one series on chapbooks.

Outlines of the theory and practice of midwifery

Item includes Alexander Hamilton's "Outlines of the Theory and Practice of Midwifery" along with William Smellie's "A Set of Anatomical Tables." Hamilton's text covers a range of topics in midwifery such as female anatomy, menstruation, conception, fetal health, pregnancy, labour, abortion, difficult delivery scenarios, and obstetric surgery. Since Hamilton's work lacks illustrations, Smellie's anatomical tables play a crucial role in visually explaining the mother-child anatomical relationships, aiding in a better grasp of midwifery theory and practice.

Edward the Black Prince, or, a tale of the feudal times

Item is an adventurous narrative of Edward the Black Prince embarking on an epic journey. This penny dreadful was originally released in 36 weekly installments costing a penny each, with each installment clearly labeled with its corresponding part number at the bottom of the opening pages. The weekly installment details are visible along the inner margins, particularly where the pages are less tightly bound.


Item is a limited edition of 150 copies; the first 26 copies are lettered A-Z and are signed by the author and artist. This book is E of A-Z.

Italian passionary leaf

Item is a trimmed leaf (some parts of the blank margins cut away when the leaf was reused to bind a later book) from a passionary , a collection of martyrs' legends that were read aloud during the celebration of the Divine Office. The leaf is ruled in plummet, written in 2 columns of 32 lines in a Romanesque bookhand, and marked for public recitation.

From the seller's description: "...the text comprising part of two readings for St Paul: the end of Bibliotheca Hagiographica Latina no. 6659 (which usually begins Dehinc elapsis a passione sanctorum apostolorum…) and the beginning of BHL 6570: the rubric is now abraded, but probably reads Passio sancti Pauli ; the text opens C[um venissen]t Romam Lucas a Galatia Titus a Dalmatia … , and ends on the verso at … et ibant letantes & gaudentes... The folded-up part of the lower margin of the current leaf has a quire signature .I. , showing that this was the last leaf of the first quire of the parent volume; the text therefore probably refers to the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul on 25 January, rather than his more common feast (with St. Peter) much later in the year on 29 June."

Diana Patterson fonds

  • CA MRUASC F0028
  • Fonds
  • 1986-2024

Fonds reflects Patterson's career as a professor in both the Department of English and the Centre for Communications Studies at Mount Royal University, and as a chronicler of the University's history. Fonds contains course outlines, programs for Conservatory and theatre performances, research on the history of the Conservatory and theatre, presentation notes and photos, meeting minutes, and correspondence.

Diana Patterson

Pack horse in the rockies

Item is a collection of ten cartoons by Stewart Cameron, a Canadian cartoonist best known for his cowboy cartoons and his editorial cartoons lampooning Alberta Premier William Aberhart. The cartoons are reproductions of the original. The original mailing envelope is included.

Maß und Gewicht aller Staaten der Erde

Item is a clandestine publication, sometimes referred to as 'camouflage literature', containing news coverage of the Spanish Civil War which was strictly censored in Nazi Germany.


Item is an appraisal of Tennyson's work by a British literary historian.

Herewith the clues

Item is an interactive murder mystery case file, in which the reader examines physical evidence and clues to correctly guess the murderer.

The Strand Magazine

Item is an issue of an illustrated monthly British magazine containing short fiction stories and illustrations.

The girl's own annual VOL. XI

Item contains issues of the weekly publication, The Girl's Own Paper, amalgamated and published as an annual volume. Item contains issues no. 510-561 from October 5, 1889 to September 27, 1890 and the special issues Gillyflowers and Christmas Cherries. Item contains short stories, poems, songs, illustrations, and educational articles aimed at young women and girls.

The girl's own annual VOL. V

Item contains issues of the weekly publication, The Girl's Own Paper, amalgamated and published as an annual volume. Item contains issues no. 197-248 from October 6, 1883 to September 27, 1884. Item contains short stories, poems, songs, illustrations, and educational articles aimed at young women and girls.

The girl's own annual VOL. II

Item contains issues of the weekly publication, The Girl's Own Paper, amalgamated and published as an annual volume. Item contains issues no. 40-91 from October 2, 1880 to September 24, 1881 and a special Christmas issue. Item contains short stories, poems, songs, illustrations, and educational articles aimed at young women and girls.

The schoolgirls' own annual

Item is an issue of an annual periodical aimed at young girls. Item contains short stories, poems, songs, and illustrations.

Bennie Ehnisz fonds

  • CA MRUASC F0062
  • Fonds
  • 1940-1943

Fonds illustrates the military service of Bennie Emil Ehnisz, a former student of Mount Royal College, in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. Fonds contains military medals, correspondence, and objects commemorating Ehnisz's military service and death.

Bennie Emil Ehnisz

Bennie Ehnisz contextual information

  • CA MRUASC F0062-0265-11
  • File
  • Copied 2023 (originally created [194-], 2002, and 2011)
  • Part of Bennie Ehnisz fonds

File contains contextual information to accompany the Bennie Ehnisz fonds. File consists of reproductions of newspaper clippings reporting Ehnisz's death, photocopied photos of Ehnisz's military service-related possessions and his burial service, and war memorial web content. File contents were compiled by Kirk Ehnisz, Bennie Ehnisz's nephew.

Who has seen the wind

Item transferred from the Mount Royal Library to the Mount Royal Archives and Special Collections.


File consists of copies of four photographs of Ronald Smith in his football uniform and the MRC football team.

Coach's basketball jacket

Item is a 1979 CCAA National Champion basketball jacket worn by Jack Kenyon. An embroidered patch on the left sleeve reads "Cougar Booster Club."

The first folio of Shakespeare

This facsimile is an ideal copy in which each page represents the best page selected from one of the 29 most satisfactory copies of the 80 copies in the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Adult learning : access through innovation

Item is a presentation on improving Alberta's post-secondary education opportunities through the perspective of Mount Royal College in 1993. The presentation highlights the issues, vision, proposed strategy and priorities of Mount Royal College in adapting to the new knowledge-based economy.


Item is a white football warm-up sweater that belonged to Ronald Smith that has blue trim and a circular badge on the chest that depicts the Mount Royal College crest.

The history of Sandford and Merton

Item is a novel teaching Enlightenment for beginners, offering a course of education in class, race, and gender to its six year-old protagonists, the robust farm-boy Harry Sandford and Tommy Merton, the spoiled boy from the big house. “Sandford and Merton” offers entertaining and practical lessons in manners, masculinity, and class politics for its 18th century audience.

Nuclear winter and associated effects : a Canadian appraisal of the environmental impact of nuclear war = L'hiver nucléaire et ses effets connexes : évaluation par le Canada des conséquences qu'une guerre nucléaire aurait sur l'environnement

Item examines the environmental implications of nuclear war and how it might affect Canada. Item was published by The Royal Society of Canada = La Société royale du Canada.

1988 Paralympic Management Committee

File documents the work of the IPC's Paralympic Management Committee in planning the 1988 Summer Paralympic Games. File contains minutes, logo designs, funding applications, site inspection reports, a draft team budget, memoranda of understanding, and a letter of agreement.

Eskimo place names and aid to conversation

Item is a guide for army and naval personnel to the Inuit languages as spoken by the natives of Labrador, Hudson Straits, Hudson Bay, Baffin Island, south and north Greenland. Item was published by The Hydrographic Office, U.S. Navy under authority of the Secretary of the Navy.

The boke of the introduction of knowledge

Item is a reprint of a 16th century book examining a wide variety of topics including medicine, diet, daily living, manner and customs, and geography. Item was reprinted by R. and A. Taylor.


Series contains chapbooks, which are small inexpensive pamphlet-like booklets that were popular from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. Chapbooks typically consisted of current events, news, nursery rhymes, riddles, jokes, songs, and occasionally longer stories such as adventure tales, coming-of-age narratives, fairy tales, or traditional folk tales. While they were not originally produced for, or marketed to children, chapbooks became a popular form of children's literature and helped to usher in literature created specifically for children. Series contains moralizing chapbooks produced by the Cheap Repository for Religious and Moral Tracts, collections of fairy tales, nursey rhymes, and ballads.

Patterson English manuscript collection

  • CA MRUASC C0007
  • Collection
  • 1690-1954

Collection consists of 17th to 20th century English manuscript records that were collected by Mount Royal University professor Diana Patterson. The collection contains a wide variety of personal, legal, financial, and religious records including: diaries, travel journals, correspondence, wills, commonplace books, transcriptions of philosophical and literature texts, poetry, and sermons. Patterson intended the collection to be used to teach English and History students about paleography, scholarly editing, primary source research methods, and the history of the book.

Diana Patterson

Journal of a trip to Norway

Item is a journal detailing a British couple’s 13-day tour in Norway. The trip begins as they sail from Gravesend to Vik, Norway. Among the cities they visit are Hardanger, Norheimsund, possibly Trondheim, Merok, and Bergen. The writer documents his daily activities, his wife’s health, the people they encountered, and the various sites they visited.

Hymn tunes

Item is a manuscript song book consisting of hymns and a handwritten index. Pencil amendments are added onto some hymns. Some leaves are missing: hymns 14, 15, and 90.


Item is a manuscript of an unpublished love story by Emily Elizabeth Holt. The tale takes place at Claverist Hall, where the male protagonist is invited as Sir George Claverist’s guest and falls in love with one of his daughters, Claribel. The manuscript also contains a short fairy tale and ten pages of poetry lines. There is a sketch in pen and ink of “Miss Billington in Spitalfields,” and three sketches of a young girl in a ball gown.

The natural history of birds

Item is volume four from the nine volume set: The natural history of birds (Histoire naturelle des oiseaux). This set was part of a larger collection Histoire Naturelle, générale et particulière, avec la description du Cabinet du Roi, which contained 36 volumes in total covering a range of subjects including: material science, physics, chemistry and technology, as well as the natural history of animals. Item was printed by A. Strahan and T. Cadell.

A general collection of the ancient music of Ireland : arranged for the piano forte ; some of the most admired melodies are adapted for the voice, to poetry chiefly translated from the original Irish songs

Item is a reprint of an extremely rare 1811 edition of The ancient music of Ireland by Edward Bunting, who is recognized as a seminal figure in Irish musicology. Item was published by the Linen Hall Library.

MRC student album

Item is a digitized photo album/scrapbook that illustrates Jackson's school life at MRC. The album contains Jackson's 1929 report card and photos of Jackson's classmates, Dr. George Kerby, and other MRC teachers and staff. Photographs also document the Mount Royal College building, the Calgary Normal School, Mewata Armouries, Capitol Hill, Bowness Park, Mewata Park, and the MRC Cadet Corps.

Mary Banks bills

File contains a collection of bills paid to and owed by the late Mary Banks of Wakefield. File also contains correspondence addressed to the executor of her estate, and an inventory of the fixtures at Monkhill House, Pontefract, West Yorkshire.

Stratton letter

Item is a letter by a woman named Stratton rejecting a suitor who will not desist in his advances. The letter is accompanied by a typed transcription.

Paper lace valentine

Item is an embossed paper lace valentine card with a love poem printed within. The card was manufactured by Kershaw & Son, a publisher of greeting cards between 1850 and 1880.

Early modern Britain collection

  • CA MRUASC C0015
  • Collection
  • 1590-1909, predominant 1590-1798

Collection mainly consists of books and pamphlets published in England and Scotland between 1500 and 1800. Collection contains three subject-based series: English Civil Wars, witch trials, and the Popish Plot. Collection also contains satirical prints, daily news periodicals, novels and poetry, religious texts, a cookbook, and a herbal.

Satirical prints

Series contains satirical prints produced by British printers that comment and poke fun at English society, politics, prominent figures, and international events.

Funeral of the constitution

Item is a satirical cartoon published by Thomas McLean, possibly created by caricaturist Isaac Robert Cruikshank. Print depicts English conservatives Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, and Robert Peel as grave diggers in a Hamlet-inspired foreground scene. The back-right depicts a funeral progression for the 1829 constitution and in the back-left shows the Pope celebrating Catholic Emancipation with monks and Irishmen. The print is a commentary on the failures of the Wellington-Peel ministry which over saw the removal of many restrictions on Roman Catholics.

A sketch of the row in Parliament Street

Item is a satirical print about Catholic emancipation in Great Britain. The print is by William Heath, who went by the pseudonym of Paul Pry (a nosy character in an 1825 play). It depicts British politicians John Scott, 1st Earl of Eldon, and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, as brawling London market women. Eldon is referred to as an "ould Orange Woman," in reference to his anti-Catholic beliefs and politics, and Wellington is referred to as “old Mother Baggs” and is shown being cheered on by a ragged, racially-caricatured Irishman, a reference to Wellington's championing of the Catholic Relief Bill. The two opposed one another in Parliament over the Catholic Relief Bill, a piece of ground-breaking legislation in 1829 that restored many rights to Roman Catholics. From 1827-1829, Heath signed his caricatures with the image of a little dandy holding an umbrella, which can be seen in the lower left corner of this print.

The flower of the city

Item is a satirical caricature of Charles Flower, the Lord Mayor of London created by Thomas Rowlandson and published by Thomas Tegg. The print depicts Flower in a portrait bust at the center of a dying sunflower, rising from a tub of rancid butter and wheels of moldy and rotten cheese. The leaves and stem of the sunflower are inscribed negative qualities such as 'pernicious', 'lecherous', 'odious', and 'narrow minded'. Below the image is an accompanying poem:

The Flow'r of the City, so gaudy and fine
'Midst proud ones the proudest was erst known to shine
It spread its gay leaves, and it shewed its rich clothes
And to all (less in consequence) turn'd up its nose!
Till a blight, a sad blight, from a Democrat wind
Struck the Sensitive Plant both before and behind
It felt the keen blast! all its arrogance fled
And the Flow'r of the City hung, hung down its head!
The Flow'r of the City, thus doom'd to despair
Droops, pines, and with wailing empregnates the air!
Tells its pride and its folly (the cause of its grief)
While the tears of repentance encumber each leaf!
But in vain in its tears, of the fate it bemoans.
The world, the base world, gives but hisses and groans!
For ever! for ever! its proud hopes are fled.
And the Flow'r of the City hangs, hangs, down its head.

A hunting piece on a new construction

Item is a satirical print by Issac Cruikshank after George Moutard Woodward, and published by S.W. Fores. The print pokes fun at English society, and contains eight scenes of English "types" hunting for various things, with lines of dialogue above the characters. An elderly man riding Pegasus pursues an allegorical figure of Fame, who beckons to him; he despairs of overtaking her, even "if my Pegasus was as fleet as the wind." Two cronies engage in "hunting the bottle" (i.e. drinking). An old military officer pursues a pretty young woman. Two bailiff's men with bludgeons pursue a debtor. A solitary poor man has been fruitlessly "hunting after money the whole day." A young and handsome fortune-hunter kneels before a rich elderly harridan. A hunter after company invites himself to crack a bottle with another man. A fat parson, eyes closed, at a set table with a second chair being empty, says: "My worthy friend the Vicar and myself have just killed old care and I am very happy Doctor, to welcome you in at the death.”

The near in blood, the nearer bloody

Item is a satirical print by Scottish painter and caricaturist Isaac Cruikshank, as published by S.W. Fores. The print depicts the Duke of Orleans, Philippe Egalite, holding an axe above the head of King Louis XVI of France while Marie Antoinette and the Dauphin kneel pleading for his life. The print is a commentary on Egalite's perceived betrayal of kinship and class by voting in the National Convention to depose and try Louis.

French happiness v[ersus] English misery

Item is a satirical print by Scottish painter and caricaturist, Isaac Cruikshank. The print comments on the perceived failures of the recent French Revolution by contrasting "French happiness" - an image of four emaciated French revolutionaries fighting over a frog and surrounded by scenes of brutality, poverty, and death in Revolutionary France - with "English misery" - an image of four corpulent, feasting Englishmen who are surrounded by scenes of ease and prosperity.

Airborne leaflets collection

  • CA MRUASC C0017
  • Collection
  • [191-]-1991, predominant 1939-1945

Fonds mostly consists of propaganda leaflets dropped from Allied and German aircraft during World War II, but also contains leaflets from other conflicts (including the First World War, Vietnam War, Gulf War) and political campaigns. The airborne leaflets targeted enemy combatants, munition workers, and civilians and were designed to undermine morale, persuade their readers to surrender or stop fighting/working, or provide access to censored war news.

German banknote

Item is a German 1000 Mark banknote originally issued in 1922, and later over-printed for use as a leaflet to encourage recruitment for the Nazi Party.

The reverse of this banknote has been overprinted with an anti-semitic cartoon titled "Eine Überraschung" (A Revelation) which depicts a stereotyped Jewish man being surprised by a large, dazzling swastika with the text "Hitler" above, and "Nationalsozialismus" (National Socialism, aka Nazism) below. The man is exclaiming (in what appears to be a sort of racist Yiddish-German pidgin):

Godd der Gerachte! Scho / wieder ä naier kometh! /
(God the just! So again a [new one?] comes!)

Underneath is the text:
Volksgenossen! / Kommt zu Hitler, /
werdet Nationalsozialisten!
(Compatriots! [literally "people's comrades"] Come to Hitler, become National Socialists!

After the First World War, Germany struggled to pay war reparations imposed by the Treaty of Versailles, resulting in hyperinflation that decimated the value of the Mark. Currency like this became valueless, and so was used by the Nazis as a cheap and plentiful material for propaganda leaflets.


Item is a leaflet addressed to Czechoslovakian workers in German industries in west and southwest Germany. The leaflets warns that Allied soldiers will be invading western Germany, and provides advice on how to flee the war-zone and to protect valuable resources that will be needed by incoming Allied troops.

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