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Library and Archives Canada building in Ottawa McLuhan read widely, often recording his thoughts on what he read in the margins and endpapers of his books. He also corresponded with a global intellectual and social network about his reading; sometimes, he would recommend a particular book, or simply mention one in passing. Library and Archives […]


 George Gerbner (1919 – 2005) George Gerbner was a professor of communication and originator of cultivation theory which examines the long-term effects of television, it’s primary proposition being that the images and ideological messages transmitted through popular TV media heavily influence perceptions of the real world. Born in Budapest, Hungary, he emigrated to the United States […]


Whole Earth Catalog, spring 1969 In 1968, Stewart Brand founded the Whole Earth Catalog. Brand’s goals were to make a variety of tools accessible to newly dispersed counterculture communities, back-to-the-land households, and innovators in the fields of technology, design, and architecture, and to create a community meeting-place in print. The catalogue quickly developed into a […]


Saturday Review Cover – March 18, 1967 This month, the Fisher’s rotating display case features books and materials from Marshall McLuhan’s Library. The library, comprising more than 6000 volumes, was used heavily by McLuhan in the writing of his most famous works, including Understanding Media, The Gutenberg Galaxy and The Medium is the Massage.  A majority of the books […]


The Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) cordially invites media researchers, creative practitioners, and social activists to the second part of its public seminar series Moving Forward. The seminar offers an opportunity to connect through a Round table discussion, film screening, and exclusive performance on media, diversity issues, and silenced voices at Toronto’s industReal arts room […]


 Andrew McLuhan Andrew McLuhan, the grandson of famed communications theorist Marshall McLuhan, visited the Fisher Library in January 20, 2014, to discuss McLuhan’s working library, which is now housed at the Fisher. Andrew discussed his role in cataloguing the McLuhan Library, some of the interesting discoveries he made, and how he came to understand his […]


McLuhan Library Collection now available  Marshall McLuhan’s annotated copy of Finnegan’s Wake (click on image for enlarged view) The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library is proud to announce the acquisition of the working library of Marshall McLuhan.  The library, comprising more than 6000 volumes, was used heavily by McLuhan in the writing of his most famous […]


Portrait of Claude Bissell outside the president’s office, Simcoe Hall, U of T In 2011, the Information Services team at the Inforum received a donation-in-kind from the wife of Claude T. Bissell. While president of U of T, Bissell became friends with Marshall McLuhan and as friends, McLuhan often made gifts of his work to […]