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Athanasios Asimakopulos was born in Montreal in 1930.  He was educated at McGill University earning a B.A. in 1951 and an M.A. in 1953, and in Cambridge obtaining his Ph.D. in 1959.  Athanasios Asimakopulos was a Lecturer in Economics and Political Science from 1956 to 1957 at McGill.  From 1957 to 1959 he worked as an Assistant Professor at the Royal Military College.  In 1959 he returned to McGill and became an assistant professor.  Promoted to the position of associate professor in 1963, he became a full professor in 1966.  In 1988 he was appointed William Dow Professor of Political Economy.  He served as Chairman of the Department of Economics from 1974 to 1978. He wrote extensively on the work of such economic theorists as J.M. Keynes, Joan Robinson, and M. Kalecki.  He was active in many professional associations and organizations.  He held numerous fellowships and was a Visiting Professor and a Fellow at universities in the United States, England and Australia.  From 1976 to 1990 he was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.  Athnasios Asimakopulos died in 1990.


The fonds consists of research and lecture notes, professional correspondence and drafts of published works on economics.  Included is a early version of an economic textbook, An Introduction to Economic Theory.


Manuscript Group: 4146


1.8 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript


Source of Acquisition: Donated by Athnasios Asimakopulos on July 4, 1990


Finding Aids: Box Listing available.




Robert Edward Bell, internationally famous nuclear physicist, was born in England of Canadian parents in 1918 and grew up in Ladner, B.C.  He graduated from University of British Columbia with an Honours B.A. in Mathematics and Physics in 1939.  In 1941 he acquired an M.A. in Physics from the same university.  During the Second World War, Bell worked in the National Research Council Laboratories in Ottawa pursuing research on the development of VHF, UHF radar and microwave antennas for military purposes.


From 1946 to 1952 he worked at Chalk River Nuclear Energy Laboratory in Ontario in nuclear physics research.  This work formed the major part of Bell's thesis for his Ph.D. degree in Physics, which was granted to him by McGill University in 1948.  In 1952 he worked at McGill University as a Research Associate utilizing the cyclotron as part of his Chalk River research. In 1954 he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and one year later Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.  Between 1956 and 1960 he was an associate professor at McGill University.  From 1958 to 1959 he worked in Copenhagen, Denmark at the Institute of Neils Bohr. In 1960 Robert Bell became director of the Foster Radiation Laboratory at McGill University and held this function until 1969.  In the same year he was named Rutherford Professor of Physics at McGill.  Between 1964 and 1967 he was Vice-Dean for Physical Sciences.  In 1965 Robert Bell was named a Fellow of the Royal Society, London for his work in nuclear physics, and he was also a member of the Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge.  In 1969 Robert Bell became Dean of Graduate Studies and Research and one year later he was appointed Principal and Vice-Chancellor.  In 1979 he returned to the Physics Department.  In 1983 he was offered a post at the Arts, Science and Technology Centre in Vancouver and left McGill.  He was the director for two formative years of the Centre before his retirement.  Dr. Bell lectured in Canada and in Europe and published more then 40 scientific articles


In 1971 Robert Bell was appointed Companion of the Order of Canada. Between 1978 and 1981 he was a president of the Royal Society of Canada.  Also, from 1981 to 1990 he was Canadian delegate to the Science Council of NATO.  His most significant contribution to scientific research was the discovery of a new form of radioactivity - delayed proton, and its development into a powerful spectroscopic tool.


This fonds consists of  Bell's personal and research files from the period before his appointment as principal (1956-1969) and after his resignation (1979-1983).  There is some material from his years as principal (1977), but it concerns Bell as a physicist or as a member of a learned society.  The fonds shows Bell's involvement in professional associations,  including correspondence, cyclical reviews, information on conferences, lectures, meetings, committees and projects.


Manuscript Group: 4038/01


1.5 m of textual records, handwritten and typescript, 1956-1983


Source of Acquisition: Deposited by  Robert Bell on August 17, 1983


Finding Aids: Box Listing available




The Canada Cement Company was incorporated in 1909 by Max Aitken (Lord Beaverbrook), who merged eleven cement companies in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta.  For most of the period documented by this photographic collection, it was the largest cement company in Canada headquartered in Montreal. Using the Portland system of cement production, the Company expanded quickly until the Depression.  Recovering in the late 1940's, the Company enlarged and modernized its Montreal East Plant, Plant No. 1 located in Pointe-aux-Trembles.  By 1954 this plant with its heavily-bedded argillaceous limestone quarry was producing 30 percent of Canadian cement.   The Company maintained other plants in Hull, Quebec; Port Colborne and Belleville, Ontario; Fort Whyte, Manitoba; and Exshaw, Alberta, as well as other various operations.  In the later years, the Company became Canada Cement Lafarge and is now part of an international cement enterprise.


The fonds reflects the Company’s involvement in the construction of buildings utilizing cement across Canada and comprises original photographs and some negatives of buildings.   The photographs document construction over a wide range of time, geography and type of structure.  The fonds reflects technical evolution of the use of cement construction, as well as the architectural evolution in Montreal and many of its public buildings.  The major part of the photographs are of buildings completed by Canada Cement, and only a small number of the prints show the early factories and the equipment.  Although the collection documents the company’s projects across Canada, about one third of the collection relates to Quebec and Montreal.


Manuscript Group: 4109


15,000 photographs and negatives (8.5 m of photographs)


Source of Acquisition: Donated by Jane Hainsworth on October 1, 1987


Finding Aids: Box Listing available.




Hortense Douglas Cantlie was born in Yonkers, New York, in 1901.  From 1909 to 1918 she attended Miss Edgar and Miss Cramp’s  School in Montreal.  In 1921 she studied charcoal drawing from casts at the Montreal Art Association and in 1922 took art classes in New York.  From 1925 to 1926 she studied at John Hopkins University under Max Broedel, where she obtained a certificate in Art as Applied to Medicine in 1926.  From 1924 to 1935 Hortense Cantlie worked as a medical illustrator, principally at the Montreal General Hospital.  Copies of her illustrations were used in medical articles and books, including material published by Dr. Wilder Penfield.  The most famous illustrations are somatic and motor homunculi.  She designed and made a brain model with convolutions represented as babies - the Brain Children - for the dedication plaque of the McConnell Wing at the Montreal Neurological Hospital (1953).  After her marriage to Stephen Cantlie in 1935, she did few medical illustrations.  Hortense Cantlie died in 1979.


The Hortense Cantlie fonds is comprised mainly of medical illustrations and drawings (1924-1935) including her illustrations as a student at John Hopkins University, as well as two portfolios of about 37 charcoal sketches completed, while she studied art in Montreal and New York.  Other material consists of three medical illustrations file books (one with many photographs of illustrations) dated from 1926 to 1952 with illustrations also by other artists, reprints of articles with Hortense Cantlie illustrations (1924-1934), one medical illustration signed Ruth Foster, a sketch book with a preliminary drawing of Brain Children (1950's), a photo of a stained glass window designed for the Royal Victoria Hospital (1927-1928) and reproductions of prints by Max Broedel.  There are reprints of an article written by Hortense Cantlie, The Reproduction of Pathological Specimens by the Use of the Wax Moulage (1929), two book illustrations in colour, one by Hortense Cantlie and another by J.M.T. Finney, a case of drafting instruments used by Hortense Cantlie, photographs of her illustrations (1926-1928) for a book by Wilder Penfield, as well as other negatives, and prints of medical illustrations.


Manuscript Group 4099


0.01 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript

235      medical illustrations

37        charcoal drawings

10        negatives

60        photographs

1          box of drafting instruments

1          sketch box

3          reproductions of a print by Max Broedel

2          book illustrations from a painting


Source of Acquisition: Deposited by Eleanor Sweezey on November 24, 1986


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Austin Carroll was born in Guelph in 1899.  He received his LL.B. from McGill University in 1923 but never practiced law.  A star football player at McGill, he made this student interest his life’s avocation.  He became the traveling road secretary for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the International Baseball League, worked in advertising, publishing, and pursued a career as a writer and sports journalist, publishing as a freelancer in The Montrealer,  Esquire, Saturday Evening Post, Colliers, The Reader's Digest, Liberty, and the Toronto Star Weekly.  His columns on hockey and other sports ranging from boxing to salmon fishing appeared in the Montreal Gazette from 1941 until 1987.   He died in Montreal in 1991. He also wrote fiction with sports settings.  Carroll was probably the most literate Canadian sportswriter of his generation, and corresponded frequently with noted Canadian writer Morley Callaghan.


The fonds consists mainly of incoming correspondence, manuscript stories and articles by Austin (Dink) Carroll, mostly unpublished fiction, and drafts of articles for the sports column in the Gazette.  The correspondence is from friends, family, various figures in the sports world, including Montreal hockey and baseball players, and readers of his column.  The manuscripts include two novels and more than 20 short stories written in sports settings, 1930 to 1960.  There is a small amount of other materials including newspaper clippings by other sport writers mainly about hockey, photographs, tapes of radio interviews, autographed programmes, notes for articles and publications, a lighter, one metal  name plate, one metal press badge for golf tournament in 1971 and one metal plate of the Hamilton Tiger - Cats.  Of special interest are approximately 30 letters from Morley Callaghan to Dink Carroll and/or his wife Margaret (Peg) Carroll from 1935 to the 1980's.  The letters are addressed variously to Dink Carroll or to both Dink and Peg Carroll.  The content covers sports, literary anecdotes and publishing activities, and the activities of mutual acquaintances.  They contain observations on Morley Callaghan's writing and working habits as well.


Manuscript Group: 4151/08


1.0 m of textual records, handwritten and typescript, 1921-1991

50        photographs

3          tapes

1          lighter

3          metal plates


Source of Acquisition: Donated from Margaret Carroll on June 10, 1991 and August 30, 1991. 


Finding Aids: Box Listing available




The fonds consists of  bound cheque stabs, a few blank cheques, from anonymous merchant.


Manuscript Group: 4108                                  


0.015 m of textual records


Source of Acquisition: Donated by the Bank of Nova Scotia Archives on August 29, 1983.


Finding Aids: File Listing available




Frank Clarke, a well known writer, and a pioneer in aptitude testing and in the field of vocational and industrial psychology, was born in 1882 in London, England.  He left school at the age of twelve, and started to work as an office boy in the Editorial Department of the London Daily Mail receiving a good grounding in newspaper work.  In 1908 he came to Montreal, where he was employed as a reporter and press photographer for the Montreal Star, then city editor, salesman and copy writer for the Montreal Witness.  From 1915 to 1924 he worked as a life insurance salesman.  He studied psychology in Dr. W.D. Tait’s Extension courses between 1926 and 1928, and he continued an informal association with both McGill and Dr. Tait.  In 1944 and 1945 he gave a series of lectures in McGill’s Extension Program in Time and Motion Study.  He also lectured Industrial Psychology at the University of Montreal.  In 1953 he assisted Dr. Heinz Lehman and Dr. Herbert Dorken, Jr., in establishing norms for older people for the Verdun Projective Battery.  He was also associated with Dr. Edward C. Webster and Dr. Bois between 1945 and 1950.  Frank Clarke was a pioneer in informing the public, especially business men of the benefits to be gained through the use of psychology in the work place.  He wrote many articles for newspapers and magazines on subjects such as vocational guidance and job analysis.  His articles appeared regularly in Canadian Business and other professional and business magazines published in Canada, United States and Great Britain.  He was an active member of professional associations, sponsored research at the Protestant Employment Bureau and was in demand as a public speaker.


Frank Clarke reflected the spirit of service in his social and voluntary work.  From 1914 to 1923 he was a social worker in the Canadian Patriotic Fund.  In 1924 he also organized the Emergency Unemployment Relief Committee for the assistance of unemployed ex-soldiers and their families.  In 1925 Clarke established the Protestant Employment Bureau in Montreal of which he was a manager until the Federal Unemployment Insurance started its employment service.  In 1946 he conducted job analysis and job evaluation for R.C.A. Company Limited. In 1948 he opened his own office as employment counsel in industrial psychology.  Randall Clarke died in 1955.


The fonds is entirely concerned with applied psychology and vocational guidance and is comprised of typed drafts of articles, most were published (1930-1951), correspondence reflecting his involvement in professional associations and regarding his work (1930-1955).  Included are also numerous psychology magazines, pamphlets on job analysis, catalogues and price lists, brochures, tests and material for orientation for psychology (1941-1955), diary (1929), petty cash books (1946-1955), typed radio broadcast files (1937-1938), lecture notes (1942-1946), Dr. Tait’s articles (1925-1929), lectures and speeches (1938-1946) for the Protestant Employment Bureau (1925-1954), and minutes of meetings and reports.  There are also records of his earlier work as a newspaper photographer and reporter, a social worker in the Canadian Patriotic Fund (1914-1921), member of the Federated Charities (now Centraide), Emergency Unemployment Relief Committee and Protestant Employment Bureau.  Certificate from McGill University Extension Courses and other professional certificates (1922-1948), scrapbook of newspaper clippings (1909-1934) and a book of salary expenses (1914-1945) are part of the collection.  Non textual records contain photographs from a conference at Queen’s University and Protestant Employment Bureau.


Manuscript Group: 4122


0.6 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript

18        photographs


Source of Acquisition: Donated by Dr. James O. Ramsay on July 21, 1988.




Mathew Edward Commins was born in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, in 1870.  He received his early education in that province followed by a B.A. and an M.A. from St. Joseph’s University in Memramcook, New Brunswick.  In 1895 he was granted his M.D. from McGill University.  Throughout the rest of his life he was a general practitioner in Bath, New Brunswick.  He died in 1936.


The fonds documents Commins studies at McGill, and consists of lecture notes in two volumes taken by Commins as medical student during classes given by Dr. James Stewart, Professor of Medicine; Drs. F.G. Finley and H.A. Lafleur, Assistant Professors of Medicine; and Dr. J.G. Adami, Professor of Pathology.


Manuscript Group: 4155


0.6 m of textual records, hand-written


Source of Acquisition: Donated by Irene Commins on December 9, 1991




Percy Ellwood Corbett was born in Tyne Valley, Prince Edward Island, in 1892.  He attended the Huntingdon Academy near Montreal and afterwards went to McGill University, where he graduated with a B.A. in 1913 and an M.A. in 1915.  He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, but postponed it to go to France as a lieutenant in the Black Watch.  He was severely wounded and awarded the Military Cross in 1918.  After the War he went to Oxford, obtained a B.A. in Jurisprudence in 1920, an additional M.A. in 1925, and was named a Fellow of All Souls’ College, Oxford, from 1920 until 1927.  From 1922 to 1924 Percy Corbett worked in Geneva as Assistant Legal Advisor to the International Labour Office of the League of Nations.  Afterwards, in 1924, he returned to McGill as the Gale Professor of Roman  Law, and remained there for  over twenty years, teaching mainly Roman and International Law.  From 1928 to 1936 Percy Corbett became Dean of the Faculty of Law.  In 1938 he was granted an honorary LL.D. from Melbourne University.  In 1943 he went to Yale University, where he held the post of Professor of Government and Jurisprudence, and was also a Chairman of the Department of Political Science until 1951.  He became an American citizen in 1947.  During the rest of his career he worked at several other universities, including Princeton (Research Associate with rank of Professor at the Centre of International Studies, 1951-1958), Virginia  (Professor of Foreign Affairs, 1960-1963) and Lehigh (adjunct Professor of International Relations, 1964-).  He also worked as a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics in 1949, Indian School of International Studies at the University of Delhi in 1958 and 1959, and at the University of Istanbul in 1960.  He was awarded an honorary D.C.L. by McGill University in 1961 and Lehigh University in 1973.  Dr. Corbett was a frequent contributor to learned journals in the United States, Canada and England.  Among his major publications are Canada and World Politics (with H. A. Smith, 1928), Roman Law of Marriage (1930), The Settlement of Canadian-American Disputes (1937),  Law in Diplomacy (1951), Law and Society in the Relations of the States.  Percy Corbett died in 1983.


Percy Corbett’s fonds reflects his expertise in Roman and international law.  The fonds  mostly consists of lecture notes written by him for his courses on Roman and international law.  Also part of the collection are two bound notebooks on constitutional history, political theory and international law from his student days in Oxford (1919-1924), a few manuscript and typescript essays on Roman law, notes on Canadian-American relations (1942), and notes on international law (1949).  Included is a diary (1916), correspondence (including correspondence to the Wilder Penfield and his wife Helen Katherine Kermott Penfield (1944-1959 ), reference letters (1922-1983), articles and newspaper clippings (1920-1989).  Cuurriculum vitae and hand-written record about Corbett’s life, wills, addresses, draft of biography of Percy Corbett written by his son David, reviews of P. E. Corbett’s work, and book reviews of Percy Corbett are part of the fonds.  Included is also material for 1946 Conference - Moscow Report, common place book (1930’s-1940’s), tributes to Percy Corbett, typed and hand-written Statement and Memorandum on the American-Canadian relations (1958), typescript Impressions-Mostly Oxonian by Percy Corbett and article Oxford-Impressions.  Non textual records include photographs.


Manuscript Group: 4195


0.7 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript



Source of Acquisition: Transferred from McGill’s Law Library on March 10, 1987; on June 1, 1987; on December 15, 1987 and donated by David Corbett on November 27, 1995.


Finding Aids: Box Listing available






Howard Le Rossignol Dawson was born in 1895, attended the Academy in Westmount,  entered McGill University in 1914 receiving a B.A. in 1918 and graduating as Doctor of Medicine in 1921.  While at McGill, he was an active member of Epsilon Phi and became Secretary of the Medical Undergraduate Society.  He then practised at the Royal Victoria Hospital and obtained a position as Assistant Demonstrator in McGill’s Pathology Department (1923-1924).  In 1924 Howard Dawson was appointed Assistant Resident in the Department of Surgery of Yale University’s School of Medicine, but soon returned to Montreal and the Royal Victoria Hospital.  He once again obtained the position of Assistant Demonstrator at McGill from 1927 to 1936, this time in the Department of Surgery, and continued to teach there until 1959, rising to the ranks of Demonstrator in 1936, Lecturer in 1939 and Assistant Professor in 1942.  He also maintained a private practice and served as medical advisor to the Royal Trust Company from 1937 to 1960.  He died in 1979. 


Howard Dawson’s cousin, Stephen Arthur Dawson, attended McGill, served in the 9th Canadian Field Ambulance, trained in the Naval Air Service and then was killed in France in 1918 while flying for the Royal Air Force.  Dawson’s friend Ross Kerr, also a Royal Airforce pilot, was killed in 1917.


The Howard Dawson’s fonds consists mainly of medical records, most of which are patients case cards and accounts (1950-1964) arranged alphabetically.  Access to these records is restricted.  Other medical records include appointment books, off-prints of medical journal articles, annual reports and handbooks, as well as typescripts of lectures on the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps and sanitation in the army (1939-1945).  Dawson’s personal records are largely made up of financial documents, many of them relating to his stock holdings (1956-1969) and the construction of his house at Ste-Agathe des Monts (1936-1962).  Of great interest are ten long letters written by his cousin Stephen and four letters from Dawson’s friend Ross Kerr which describe conditions on the Western Front and in the Royal Naval Air Service Flying School during World War I.  Other personal records include a high school report card and a yearbook (1913), miscellaneous correspondence (1924-1969) and a handbook of McGill’s Epsilon Phi fraternity (1923).


Manuscript Group: 4098


1.2 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript, PARTLY RESTRICTED


Source of Acquisition: donated by Pamela Miller on May 20, 1986


Finding Aids: Box Listing available




Althea McCoy Douglas received her B.Sc. From McGill University in 1947, and an M.A. in 1958.  In 1947 she worked as a teaching Assistant in English.  Later she became a freelance editor and researcher.  Her husband, J. Creighton Douglas, graduated from McGill University with a B.Sc. In 1947 and obtained a diploma in Management in 1969.  He worked as a technical support manager for the Imax Systems Corporation.  Chelsie S. Douglas graduated with a B.A. from McGill in 1914.


The Althea Douglas fonds consists of her student papers, class notes, exams, her husband’s letters and newspaper clippings of Althea and her husband.  Althea’s notebook with notes from Costume lectures, diagrams, clippings and a notebook mostly on courses given by Stephan Pater, director of the Department of English Dramatic Productions (1952-1958), programs of English Department of Drama (1945-1960), and J. Creighton Douglas’ class notes from English (1946-1947), engineering exams and notes (1952 and 1963) are part of the collection.  Included are as well Cedric S. Douglas’ notebooks on history of education, chemistry, public health and psychology courses from the years 1912 to 1914, Phyllis Bridgette’s notes from Macdonald Teacher’s College from 1922 and Marjorie Bridgette’s nature study specimens from Normal School of Macdonald College from 1911 and 1912.  Family descriptions with notes on the Douglas family and the family tree chart are in the collection.  Non textual records consists of slides, photographs, Althea Douglas’ drawings of costumes, and photographs that Althea

Douglas rescued from McGill Daily for the courses she gave in stage make-up.


Manuscript Group: 4131


0.6 m of textual records


150            slides

18              drawings


Source of Acquisition: Donated by Althea Douglas in 1985 and 1989; on January 29, 1990; on August 1, 1990 and on November 29, 1991.


Finding Aids: Box Listing Available.




Maxwell John Dunbar was born in 1914 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  His research interest was marine biology, particularly in the polar seas.  As an undergraduate he went on expeditions to Greenland in 1935 and 1936, examining ice-free mechanisms at the face of the glaciers.  From 1933 to 1937 he studied at Oxford University earning a B.A. and an M.A.  In 1937 and 1938 he was awarded a Henry Fellowship to Yale University from Oxford. He made an expedition to Glacier Bay in Alaska in 1938, studying marine protozoa.  He spent the summers of 1939 and 1940 as a member of the Government Party with the Hudson’s Bay supply ship, Nascopie, on the trips to the Eastern Arctic regions of Canada.  Dunbar received his Ph.D. from McGill University in 1941.  His research was interrupted by service as Canadian Consul to Greenland from 1941 to 1946.  In 1946 joined the staff of the Department of Zoology as Associate Professor, and remained at McGill since then.  He participated in expeditions to Ungava Bay between 1947 and 1951, and to Hudson Bay between 1954 and 1958.  In 1963 Maxwell Dunbar organized the Marine Sciences Center, later the Institute of Oceanography, with the main research centers in the waters of the Canadian North, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and the Caribbean Sea.  He served as its Chairman until 1977.   In 1982 he was appointed Emeritus Professor of Oceanography at McGill, and since 1988 he was a member of the Climate Research Group in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.  Maxwell Dunbar was an active member in numerous professional associations, and a recipient of many honours.  He was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1954 and was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada in 1990.  He wrote about 150 scientific papers and other publications. Dr. Dunbar died in 1995.


The fonds comprises of research notes, data and drafts of articles relating to Dr. Dunbar’s work in the Arctic, both in Greenland  and Northeastern Canada, and drafts of his unpublished papers.  In addition, there are 13 diaries of scientific expeditions (1935-1958), which reveal the progress made in the Field of Arctic research, mainly of scientific exploration in Greenland and Ungava Bay.  One diary, non scientific in nature, was kept by Maxwell Dunbar’s wife, Jean, during a winter in Greenland (1945-1946), when Dr. Dunbar was Acting Consul for Canada.  This diary gives an interesting account of day-to-day life in Greenland in the post-war period.  Included is correspondence and reports on Nansen Drift Station, and Dr. Dunbar’s extended biography (about 100 pages).  Cartographic materials consist of charts dealing with fauna, fish, seabirds and shorebirds of the Gulf of St. Lawrence (1980).  Non textual records comprise of 7 reels of film with an Arctic subject.  The files are arranged by subject, and the diaries are in chronological order.


Manuscript Group: 4112


1. m of textual records, hand-written and typescript

78  charts

7 reels of films


Source of Acquisition: Donated by Marian McLaren on July 27, 1988; and by Maxwell Dunbar on October 26, 1987; on September 18, 1991 and on  November 20, 1992


Finding Aids: Box Listing available




Hermann Melchior Eberts  (1753-1819), a descendant of Austrian nobility, was born in Augsburg and trained as a physician.  He enlisted as surgeon in the Hanau Regiment, which was hired by the British Government to fight the rebellious Thirteen Colonies, but after spending a year stationed in Quebec, he obtained his discharge.  He practised medicine in the Montreal area until 1790, and then moved to Detroit, where, from 1796 to 1798, he acted as coroner and sheriff of Wayne County.   In 1805, Eberts moved with his family to Sandwich (Windsor) in Upper Canada.  Hermann Joseph Eberts (1842-1906), one of his great grand-children, was born at Chatham, educated at the High School department of McGill College, received training in law, and held various business positions in Chatham and Winnipeg.  H. J. Eberts’ eldest son, Edward Melchior (1873-1945), graduated in Medicine at McGill University in 1897, did postgraduate work in London, and then held various positions, most notably that of surgeon, at the Montreal General Hospital.  After 1905 he also taught surgery at McGill, rising to the level of Full Professor in 1929.  He had five children, including Hermann Livingston Eberts (1905-1982), a Montreal businessman and engineer, who graduated from the Royal Military  College and McGill University with a B.Sc. in 1929, and Edmond Howard Eberts (born 1906), who received his B.C.L. at McGill in 1931, after serving as President of the Law Undergraduate Society. 


This fonds reflects the Eberts family history, was assembled mainly by Hermann Joseph Eberts, Edmund Melchior Eberts and Hermann Livingstone Eberts.  Half of the fonds consist mainly of family correspondence, mostly dating from 1877 to 1982, addressed either to H. J. Eberts, E. M. Eberts, H. L. Eberts or their respective spouses.  In addition, there is a copy of H.M. Eberts will (1819) and a letter concerning the estate of his wife Marie-Francoise Hue (1826).  This collection also contains several copies of letters of nobility granted to Jacob Friederich Eberts in 1658, Hermann Melchior Eberts’ original of Army Discharge (1777), a notebook (1810-1838) belonging to Joseph Eberts (1785-1838),  H. J. Eberts’ diary (1861), a variety of legal documents including deeds of sale, wills, birth and marriage certificates, mortgage documents, as well as school reports.  Included is also H. M. Eberts’ licence to practice medicine in Quebec (1788), and documents relating to H. M. Eberts in his role as Sheriff of Wayne County, Michigan (1796-1798).  In addition, there are genealogical trees, newspaper clippings, and publications relating to the background of the family, as well as a 288 page typescript history of the family written by E. M. Eberts in 1944.  Lastly, this collection contains family photographs (1890-1980) and army photographs (1924-1939, 1960’s).


Manuscript Group: 4080


1.2 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript

533 photographs

7    negatives

Source of Acquisition: Transferred from McCord Museum in May 1984


Finding Aids: Box Listing available




Sophy L. Elliott, a well known Montreal writer, artist, lecturer, radio commnentator and community activist, was born in Montreal in 1881 or 1882, and lived in the city  most of  her life.  She studied music, however due to an illness, she turned to painting, and after a number of her paintings were exhibited in the Gallery of the Montreal Art Association.  Her acquaintances included Mona Elliott, who served as a nurse in World War One.  She was on the executive board of the Canadian Author’s Association and worked for fifteen years as newspaper person.  She wrote for various magazines in Montreal and in England, authored historical articles, commentaries, and was also the fashion editor of the Montreal Star.  While studying Canadian history she became interested in the role of women in the period of  the French settlement along the St. Lawrence River.  For example, she was the author and illustrator of the book Women Pioneers of North America (1941).  Mrs. Elliott was the founder of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps during World War II.  She died in 1963 in Montreal.

The fonds documents the role of an active, involved community leader, specifically with a focus in Montreal.  The fonds consists of correspondence, included among her correspondents is Mona Elliott,  Sophy Elliott’s manuscripts, ten sketch books with charcoal, pencil, ink and water colour sketches, scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, loose newspaper clippings and historical notes.  The three scrapbooks illustrate the emergence of the Woman’s Volunteer Reserve Corps, known as the Canadian Beavers, in Montreal and Sophy Elliott’s association as acting commanding officer with the organisation’s rank of major in 1940. There are also photographs including Sophy Elliott.


Manuscript Group: 4169


1.   m of textual records, hand-written and typescript

170    sketches

3        scrapbooks

170    photographs

120    negatives

Source of Acquisition: Transferred from Queen’s University Archives on October 9, 1992


Finding Aid: Box Listing available




The Family Welfare Association was originally a member of the much larger Montreal Charity Organisation Society.  The latter had been an attempt to co-ordinate the various charitable activities that existed in Montreal during the 19th century.  It was felt,  that there was too much overlap, both in the type of service provided to the largely Anglophone Protestant Community and in the sources of funds and volunteers.  By 1919, a new organisation, the Montreal Council of Social Agencies, had been formed.  The Montreal Charity Organisation Society ceased to exist, but one member retained its independence and changed its name to the Family Welfare Association.  It continued to devote its energies to family service for many more decades until all social services were amalgamated into government agencies.


The fonds reflects the body’s social work activities including logs of case studies (1901-1932), correspondence with government agencies regarding deportation orders, especially between 1901 and 1932, as well as correspondence with the Red Cross Emergency Relief Committee concerning survivors of the Titanic disaster (1913-1916) and newspaper clippings about the disaster (1980).  There are copies of Family Welfare Bulletins (1942-1945), reports about professional ethics for social workers (1937) and a description of the Belvedere Residence (1946-1953). 


Manuscript Group: 4172


0.3 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript


Source of Acquisition: Transferred from McCord Museum on November 11,1992


Finding Aids: Box Listing available




Dorothy Freeman, a pioneer in Canadian social work was born in 1908 in Montreal.  She was educated at McGill University earning a B.A. in 1928 and a diploma from School of Social Work in 1930.  Between  1934 and 1938 she worked as a psychiatric case worker in London, England.  In 1948 she joined McGill University as a Lecturer in Child Psychology at Macdonald College.  From 1949 to 1951 she was unit supervisor at Allan Memorial Institute of Psychiatry and Mental Hygiene Institute in Montreal, and she joined the Montreal Marriage Counseling Center as a consultant.  In 1951 she was granted an M.S.W. and was appointed Assistant Professor at McGill School of Social Work.  From 1957 to 1977 she was an Associate Professor specializing in marriage counseling.  In 1958 she headed a Post-Masters specialization in Marriage and Family Counseling at McGill, and attended courses on Marriage and Family Counseling in England in 1958 and in New York in 1964.  She authored book reviews and articles, and in 1982 her book Marital Crisis and Short-Term Counseling was published.  Dorothy Freeman was also very active in the outside community participating as a guest speaker or moderator in social service agencies, service organizations, schools, churches, camps and government departments in Quebec, Europe and Hong-Kong.  She was made a Fellow of the American Association of  Marriage and Family Counselors in 1972.  Dorothy Freeman was a pioneer in establishing social work courses for lawyers, rabbis and ministers as part of McGill’s continuing education program studies.  She died in 1993 in Toronto.

The  fonds comprises of three scrapbooks. The two first volumes, titled McGill University, cover the years from 1948 to 1977 and include newspaper clippings, correspondence with professional organizations, as well as private letters, information on seminars and lectures given by Dorothy Freeman, evaluations from 1972 to 1976 and photographs of Dorothy.  The third volume, titled Marital Crisis and Short-Term Counseling, covers the years from 1979 to 1992 and consists of correspondence related to the publishing of Dorothy Freeman’s book and newspaper articles. 


Manuscript Group: 4178


3    scrapbooks

3    photographs


Source of Acquisition: Donated by John Freeman on January 6, 1994




Conrad Harrington, born in Montreal in 1912, was educated at Trinity College School in Ontario.  He earned his B.A. in 1933, his B.C.L. in 1936 from McGill University, and he was called to the Bar of Quebec in 1936.  During 1936 and 1937 he studied at the University of Besancon in France.  Between 1937 and 1939 he practiced law in Montreal with Phelan, Fleet, Robertson & Abbott.  From 1940 to 1945 he served in Second World War with the Royal Canadian Artillery.  In 1945 he joined the Estates Department of the Royal Trust Company.  In 1955 he became Supervisor of its Ontario branches, Vice-President of the Company in 1957, General Manager in 1963 and Executive Vice-President in 1964.  He also served as Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee.  In 1965 he was elected Director of the Royal Trust Company of Canada and later became an Honorary Director.  A long time member of the McGill’s Board of Governors,  Conrad Harrington was Chancellor at McGill University from 1976-1983, and in 1987 he was appointed Emeritus Governor. In 1984 he was awarded an Honorary LL.D. from McGill University.

Dr. Harrington received several honorary awards such as Order of Distinguished Auxillary Service Award and Member of Canada (1986).  His outside activities involve a number of business, charitable, education, health and religious organisations in Montreal, Toronto and nationwide such as Victorian Order of Nurses, the Salvation Army and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.  He published numerous articles dealing with the Royal Trust Companies.    


The Conrad Harrington fonds consists of correspondence including the Royal Trust Companies in Canada, London, Jersey and Ireland (1964-1973).  Heavily documented is Conrad Harrington’s involvement at McGill University as a member on the Board of Governors (1963-1975), with the Alma Mater Fund and with the McGill Fund Council.  Included are newspaper clippings, mainly related to the Royal Trust Companies, St. Paul Church in Montreal, and reports, minutes and agendas of meetings from Trinity College School in Ontario (1973-1974).  Files are arranged alphabetically.


Records related to Dr. Harrington as McGill Chancellor can be found in the Record Group 1.


Manuscript Group: 4104

0.5 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript


Source of Acquisition:  Transferred  from Conrad Harrington’s Office on July 7, 1987


Finding Aids: Box Listing available




Born in Vienna in 1922, Walter Hitschfeld received his B.A.Sc in Engineering Physics from the University of Toronto in 1946 and his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Physics from McGill University in 1950.  He joined the staff of McGill's Physics Department in 1951.  In 1961 he became Professor of Meteorology and Physics.  Since 1962 Dr. Hitschfeld was Professor of Meteorology (Canada Steamship Lines).  From 1964 to 1967 he was Chairman of the Meteorology Department, and from 1967 to 1971 Vice-Dean of  Physical Sciences in the Faculty of Arts and Science.  Then, in 1971, he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and Vice-Principal of Research, and served this position until 1980.  In 1981 Dr. Hitschfeld accepted the invitation to become Director of McGill International.  He was also a  Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, and a member of the Canadian Association of Physicists, the Canadian Meteorological Society, of which he was President from 1973 to 1974, the American Meteorological Society and the Society of Sigma X.  Dr. Hitschfeld authered more than 20 articles on cloud physics and related subjects, and received  Darton Prizes for meteorological research in 1960, 1962 and 1963.  To honour Dr. Hitschfeld's authority in cloud physics and radar meteorology, the Environmental Earth Sciences Library was named after him.  Dr. Hitschfeld died in 1986 in Montreal.


The fonds derive from his active work in associations and at McGill University and consists of correspondence, minutes and agendas of meetings, reports and documents with various professional associations and committees, showing his involvement and interest in meteorology and physics.  At the University, his correspondence is mainly for the University administration (1967-1969), the Physics Department, the McGill Associations of McGill Teachers (1968-1969) and the Visiting Committee (1967-1969).  Included are his physics notes and laboratory reports as a student at the University of Toronto, student photographs, laboratory notebooks in Physics and Mathematics, teaching aids consisting of transparencies and notes for lectures, reprints and drafts of his writings mainly about hailstorms, the ozone and weather radar (1951-1986).  The collection also contains group portraits of the Physics Department at McGill and University of Toronto.  In addition, there are Dr. Hitschfeld's notes on experiments and observations, including photographs, on radar (1950's), tornadoes (1955) and the ozone (1960's).  Films of scientific experiments also form part of the funds.

Manuscript Group Number: 4105


4.5 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript

120 photographs

20  negatives

2    filmstrips of scientific experiments

1    tape on science

100 transparencies


Source of Acquisition: Transferred from the Department of Meteorology at McGill University on March 17, 1987


Finding Aids: Box Listing available




John Humphrey was born in Hampton, N.B. in 1905.  He graduated from McGill University with four degrees: in Commerce (B. Comm. 1925), Arts (B.A. 1927), Law (B.C.L. 1929) and Graduate Studies (PhD. 1945).   He was called to Quebec Bar in 1929.  In 1936 he continued graduate studies in Paris and in 1936 he joined the Faculty of Law, where he stayed for 10 years.  In 1946 Humphrey was appointed the first director of the Division of Human Rights in the United Nations Secretariat and served this function until 1966.  He wrote the original draft of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  He retired from the United Nations in 1966 and rejoined McGill.  He taught at McGill for over 30 years and in 1988 a lectureship was established at the University in his name. He is the author of Human Rights and the United Nations : A Great Adventure (1984) When he terminated the Common law program, he showed interest in the civil law.  Humphrey also co-founded the Canadian Foundation of Human Rights of which he was the president emeritus. Humphrey received 13 honorary degrees (Order of Canada, the Saul Hayes Human Rights Award for the Canadian Jewish Congress and the United Nations Human Rights Award for lifetime achievements in the field of human rights (1988).


The fonds of the accession files consists of correspondence, drafts for the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (1947), publications, conference material, relating to human rights worldwide, diaries, plaques given to honour professor Humphrey's work on the United Nations Declaration for Human Rights, related photographs and books used in the exhibit.


Manuscript Group: 4127/01


7.0 m of textual records, handwritten and typescript


Acquisitions: December 1988; January 1991; December 1991; November 1993 and May 1995.


Finding Aids available.




Alice Elizabeth Johannsen was born in 1911 in Havana, Cuba.  She was the daughter of a well-known cross country skier Herman-Smith (Jackrabbit) Johannsen.  Educated at McGill University, she earned a B.Sc. with Honours in 1934.  In 1935 she was a graduate apprentice, specializing in Outdoor Nature Education in Newark Museum in New Jersey.  From 1936 to 1939 Alice Johannsen held Carnegie Fellowship in Museum Training at the National Gallery of Canada.  In 1962 she was a Fellow of the British Museums Association and received a diploma.  In 1969 she was granted a diploma from Canadian Museums Association, of which she was also a Fellow.  She was granted an LL.D. from St. Thomas University in New Brunswick in 1975.


Between 1939 and 1941 Alice Johannsen worked as a secretary and demonstrator for the Zoology Department at McGill University.  From 1942 she held various positions in the McGill Redpath Museum, including Assistant Curator (1942-1949), Assistant Director (1949-1951), Director (1951-1971) and Curator of Ethnology (1949-1962).  From 1970 to 1979 Alice Johannsen was Director of the Gault Estate, she established the Mt. St. Hilaire Nature Conservation Centre, and was on the Board of Directors from 1970 to 1980.  She was also one of the founding members and President of the Canadian Museums Association.  Alice Johannsen was a great influence on the development of museums in Canada, she was an active member in numerous professional organizations, and also actively participated in her community.  She authored the biography of her father, which was published in 1992.  Alice Johannsen died at Piedmont in 1992.


The Alice Johannsen fonds reflects her lifelong involvement in nature, museums, community and her fealty towards her father.  The fonds comprises personal papers related to Alice Johannsen, as well as to her father, and consists mainly of correspondence, newspaper clippings and a few maps.  Also included are records related to her activities and interests such as her memberships, charitable donations, and personal notes and observations made during her trips.  Alice Johannsen’s agenda books (1950's-1980's) record appointments and occasionally very brief diary notes.  Part of the collection illustrates her involvement and commitment in the Town of Beaconsfield in the 1950's.  Non textual records constitute of photographs and slides of Alice and her family.


Records on Jackrabbit Johannsen (1950's -1980's) consists mainly of correspondence on ski activities, ski club information and newsletters, ski travel brochures, vacation itineraries, ski properties, trails and lodges, fan mail and ski publications.  The non-ski related information include personal correspondence, documents reflecting functions and newsletters of clubs.  About 20% of the documents is in Norwegian.


Records related to Redpath Museum are to be found in Record Group 41, records on Mt. St-Hilaire/Gault Estate are in Record Group 84.


Manuscript Group: 4167


5 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript

50  photographs

10  slides


Source of Acquisition: Donated from Margaret J. Austin on November 27, 1992


Finding Aids: Partial Box Listing available




George Johnston, educator and Minister of the United Church of Canada, was born in Clydebank, Scotland, in 1913.  Educated at Glasgow University he earned his M.A. with Honours in 1935, his B.D. with Distinction in 1938.  In 1941 he was granted a PhD. from Cambridge University.  George Johnston served in the Second World War.  He was granted a D.D. from United Theological College in 1974, and from Montreal Diocesan Theological College in 1975.  In 1974 he was awarded an LL.D. from Mt. Allison University.  Between 1959 and 1981 he was Professor of New Testament at McGill University, Dean of the Faculty of Religious Studies from 1970 to 1975, Faculty Lecturer from 1981, and Governor of the University from 1971 to 1975.  In 1982 Dr. Johnston was appointed Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies.  He was a Lecturer, Professor and Visiting Professor at leading universities in Scotland, Canada and the United States, and was awarded many Fellowships.  He is the author of many publications such as The Doctrine of the Church in the New Testament (1943), The Secrets of the Kingdom (1954), Discovering Discipleship (1983) and Opening the Scriptures (1992).  He also worked as an editor. 


The George Johnston fonds consists mainly of his lecture notes for his courses in New Testament and Laity courses given at the United Theological College (1969-1983), notes for the Bruce lectures (1943), drafts and clippings of his published articles.  Lecture notes on various topics on church, church society and church union are also part of the fonds.


Manuscript Group: 4132


0.3 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript


Source of Acquisition: Donated by George Johnston on October 13, 1989


Finding Aids: Box Listing available


KOHL, GEORGE H., FONDS, 1949-1963


George Kohl was born in 1889.  He graduated from McGill University in 1920 receiving a B.Eng.  After serving with the Royal Engineers in World War I, he joined the Spanish River Pulp and Paper Company in Sault St. Marie, retiring in 1926 to open a consulting practice doing hydraulic surveys in the James Bay area.  He subsequently worked for the Power Corporation of Montreal from 1929 to 1933. Unemployed during the Depression years he took a course in general agriculture at Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph, and he acquired and ran a farm until 1948.  He then joined the Power Corporation, where he was appointed chief engineer until 1953, retiring to work as a consulting engineer.  The same year he was asked to join the discussions regarding the proposed  St. Lawrence River Seaway project.  He served as alternate member and Chief Engineer on the Joint Board of Engineers of Canada and the United States from 1956 until the termination of the project in 1963.   He continued as a consultant to the Canadian government on various St. Lawrence River projects until his death in 1964.


The fonds comprises of five published reports regarding the organization, design, construction and progress of the St. Lawrence Seaway Project (1956-1963), and ten diaries mainly on the daily accounts of work performed on the Seaway.  The diaries were kept while Kohl was engineer on St. Lawrence Seaway project covering the years 1953-1963.


Manuscript Group: 4154


0,2 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript


Source of Acquisition: Donated by Gordon and Peter Kohl on December 9, 1991.


Finding Aids: Box Listing available




Ernst Kranck was born in 1898 in Birkala, Finland.  He grew up in Finland and was educated at the University of Helsinki earning a B.A. in 1916, a Masters degree in 1923 and a PhD. in 1933.  He spent the early part of his career working as a geologist in Finland, Siberia, Canada, Tierra del Fuego and Greenland.  From 1930 to 1945 he served  as Assistant Professor of Geology at the University of Helsinki.  In 1945 he obtained a position as Professor of Geology at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, specializing in geomorphology and petrology.  In 1948 he came to McGill as a Visiting Professor of Geology in the Department of Geological Sciences, and joined the permanent staff in 1951 until his retirement in 1969.  He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1962.  His research specialties were Precambrian geology, structural geology and petrology.  Already before coming to Canada as a Visiting Professor he undertook many field trips to Canada, Lappland, Finland, Scotland and Switzerland.  Most of his published works deal with his field work in Canada’s far north.  Ernst Kranck died in 1989.


The fonds comprises of a typed draft of an autobiography covering his professional career (1916-1970), as well as a typed draft and notes with accompanying pen-and-ink sketches for his proposed book, The Story of the Lake of Two Mountains Country.  There are also geological notes and a topographic map of Vaudreuil of 1962.  Included in the collection is a reprint of an article written by Max Dunbar and Michael Keen (1990). 


Manuscript Group: 4008


0,02 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript

100 photographs

21   sketches


Source of Acquisition: Donated by Maxwell Dunbar on March 6, 1994




Paul Teodore Lafleur was born in Montreal in 1860 and attended the Montreal High School.  He was granted a B.A. from McGill University in 1880 and an M.A. in 1887.  He taught first in high school in Barrie, Ontario and afterwards at the Ottawa Collegiate Institute. This was followed by his long career as a member of teaching staff of McGill University.  In 1886 Lafleur was appointed a Lecturer in English Philosophy.  In 1990 he was promoted to Associate Professor, and in 1920 he became a Full Professor and the Head of the Department of English.  He is the author of Illustrations of Logic published in Boston in 1899.  He died in 1924 in Luxor, Egypt, while on leave on absence for his health.


The Lafleur fonds comprises of twelve certificates and diplomas (1876-1887) relating to his education and teaching positions, seven manuscript poems (1903-1909), and a letter announcing his appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Logic, Rhetoric and English at McGill University (1886).


Manuscript Group: 4065


0.01 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript

Source of Acquisition: Transferred by the McGill’s Rare Books Department on January 6, 1988


Finding Aids: Box Listing available



Charles Leblond was born in Lille, France in 1910.  Educated at Free University of Lille he obtained Licencie es Sciences in 1932.  In 1934 he achieved M.D. from University in Paris and one year later a D.Sc. from Sorbonne.  In 1942 he was granted a PhD.  from Universite de Montreal. Charles Leblond has been a Professor of Anatomy at McGill University since 1948.  Prior to lecturing at McGill in 1941 and 1942,  he was also a lecturer of Histology and Anatomy at universities in Lille and Paris (1934-1935).  In 1943 he was appointed Associate Professor, and in 1946 he became Associate Professor of Anatomy.  Between 1957 and 1974 he was Chairman of the Anatomy Department of McGill University.


Leblond received many special honours such as Prix Saintour from the French Academy in 1935.  Flavel medal from Royal Society of Canada in 1961, and the Prix Marie-Victorin de la Provence de Quebec in 1992.  He was a Rockefeller Fellow from Yale University, Department of Histology (1935-1937), Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1951) and Royal Society of London (1965).  An active member of professional associations, he received numerous special honours,  and several honorary degrees.  He is the author of “L'acide Ascorbique dans les Tissus et sa Detection” (1936), “Iodine Metabolisme” in “Advance in Biological and Medical Physics” (1948).  He also published about 300 articles of original research work in biology and medicine.

The fonds (1950-1981) contain scientific correspondence as well as Leblond's correspondence generated by his administrative functions as Chairman of the Anatomy Department.  The fonds also include minutes of meetings, reports and brochures of associations, documents on congresses and conferences, committees, grants, and a list of publications by Leblond and his associates.


Manuscript Group: 4090/01


9.0 m of textual records, handwritten and typescript, 1950-1981


Source of Acquisition: transferred on June 21, 1985           


Finding Aid: Box Listing available




Terence MacDermot was born in Jamaica in 1896 and grew up in Montreal.  He attended McGill University from 1913 to 1916, where he became editor of the McGill Daily.  He was granted a B.A. in 1917, while serving overseas in the 7th Canadian Siege Battery.  A Rhodes scholar, he obtained his M.A. from Oxford University in 1922.  In 1923, after working for a year at Hotchkiss School, Connecticut, MacDermot returned to Montreal and taught at both, Lower Canada College and at McGill’s History Department.  Between 1925 and 1930 he was editor of the McGill News.  McGill promoted him to the level of Assistant Professor in 1929, and he remained there until 1934, when he left to serve as national secretary of the League of Nations Society in Canada.  The following year Upper Canada College appointed him as its Principal.  During the Second World War, he worked first for the War Service Department and then as a Chief Army Examiner for the Toronto district.  In 1944, he joined the Department of External Affairs, receiving appointments as High Commissioner to South Africa in 1950-1954, Ambassador to Greece and Israel in 1954-1957, and High Commissioner to Australia in 1957-1961.  He then became Professor of Political Science at Bishop’s University.  MacDermot received an honorary LL.D. degree from McGill in 1957.  He had a life-long interest in the life and works of British writer D.H. Lawrence.  He died in 1966.


The fonds, reflecting his fascination for British writer D.H. Lawrence, comprises mainly of scrapbooks, newspaper clippings  (1922-1965), dust-jackets, invoices for books (1931-1964), and draft lecture relating to that topic (1960).  In the collection there is also correspondence to MacDermot from Wydham Lewis (1939-1940), schedule of classes at Hotchkiss school (1923), clippings concerning the Black Diaries of Roger Casement (1928-1963) and diverse other works and memorabilia, mainly from Australia, including several small reproductions of works by Australian painters. 


Manuscript Group: 4114     


0.2 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript

0 reproductions


Source of Acquisition: Donated by McGill Professor Storrs McCall in December 1987


Finding Aids: Box Listing available




James Russel Mallory was born in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, in 1916.  He was educated at the University of New Brunswick, graduated with a B.A. with Honours in 1937 and an LL.D. in 1968.  In 1940 he was awarded an LL.B. from the University of Edinburgh, in 1941 an M.A. from Dalhousie University and in 1978 an LL.D. from Queen’s University.  In 1987 James Mallory was awarded an LL.D. from University of Western Ontario and the same year his D.C.L. from Bishop's University.   He was Professor of Political Science at McGill from 1959 to 1977.  Between 1959 and 1969 he served as Chairman of Department of Economics and Political Science at McGill University.  In 1982 he was appointed Emeritus Professor of Political Science and remained in this position until his retirement in 1990.  Between 1977 and 1982 James Mallory received several fellowships, was Visiting Professor, Lecturer and Fellow at universities in Canada, Europe and Australia. A prolific writer on Canadian political traditions and structures, and he was an important contributor to the development of social sciences in Canada.


The James Mallory fonds consists of McGill files (1958-1977), external files (1963-1961) and personal files (1949-1968).  The McGill files comprise of correspondence, reports, minutes and memoranda for university committees reflecting Mallory's involvement in the Canadian Studies Seminar, the Department of Economics and Political Science, and the Faculty of Graduate Studies.  External files consist of correspondence, reports and documents relating to professional associations and committees, and they reflect Mallory's involvement with the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  Personal files contain correspondence, documents relating to Mallory's writings, manuscripts and reviews of books and articles.  Arranged by subject.


Manuscript Group: 4176


1.6 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript, PARTLY RESTRICTED


Source of Acquisition: Donated by James Mallory on May 17, 1993.


Finding Aid: Box Listing available




Marlowe Lowdown was a weekly newsletter written in humorous style to keep its members abreast with the “news and gossip on the home front”.  It was written and edited between 1941 and 1945 by a circle of  about a dozen friends, most of whom grew up together on Marlowe Avenue in the Montreal suburb of Notre Dame de Grace.  Originally the group, who called themselves the Marlowe Gang, consisted of Douglas Armstrong, Charlie Crombie, Brian How, Leon Lepage, Gordon Reid, Leighton Smith, and Dick Stevenson. Douglas Armstrong was one of the main writers. The Marlowe Lowdown was compiled, edited, typed and mailed by Ralph Blake, who was declared medically unfit for the military service, and his wife Mary.   Several of the members were involved in the war effort and wrote news from Britain and Germany, others were in Canada. Charlie Crombie joined the Royal Canadian Airforce, and was posted in England in 1941.  Doug Armstrong also enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force.  Bill Tacon, a New Zealander, joined the Royal Air Force, and became pilot in the Coastal Command.  Others, such as Jim Boles, Ric Thomson and Andrew Spruell were posted temporally by the Royal Air Force to Ottawa, where they met the Blakes.  They were admitted to the Marlowe Gang for the price of occasional letter.  The mailing list expanded including Lawson and Weymouth Reid , Meredith Smith, Audrey and Ruth Lepage, George, Lorraine and Ann How, and Audrey Stevenson. Although this is a small group, it is representative of young English-speaking Montrealers in the 1940’s.  Marlowe Lowdown is useful as a picture of life at the time (war time in Montreal), including many vignettes of Montreal life, views on politics, and social attitudes.


Of the group the following are McGill graduates: Brian How, B.Sc. (Ag) 1939;

Leighton Smith, B.A. 1941, M.D. 1943; Richard E. Stevenson, B.Com. 1942; Douglas Henderson, B.Sc. (Ag) 1942; Douglas Armstrong, B.A. 1941, D.D.S. 1949; George How, B.Comm. 1931; Anne How, B.A. 1943, B.A. 1944, B.L.S. 1946 and Loraine How, B.A. 1933, B.A. 1934.


The fonds consists of chronological bound copies of Marlowe Lowdown  newsletters with information on Marlowe Lowdown itself. 


Manuscript Group: 4153


0.12 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript


Source of Acquisition: Donated by Douglas Armstrong on November 27, 1991




Stanley Mason was born in 1914.  He was educated at McGill University, where he earned his B.Chem.Eng. in 1936 and his PhD. in 1939.  From 1939 to 1941 Dr. Mason gave lectures in Chemistry at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut.  From 1941 to 1945 he worked as a Research Engineer at Suffield Experimental Station in Ralston, Alberta.  During 1945 and 1946 he was a scientist at the Atomic Energy Division at the National Research Council.  In 1946 he became Director of the Applied Chemical Division at the Pulp and Paper Institute of Canada and  Head of Physical  Chemistry Research. That year he was also appointed  Research Associate of  the Chemistry Department at McGill University.  Between 1966 and 1979 Dr. Mason was Professor of Chemistry at McGill, and from 1979 to 1985 an Otto Maass Professor of Chemistry. In 1985 he was appointed Professor Emeritus of Chemistry.  He was an active member of various professional associations, and a recipient of several awards such as Chemical Institute of Canada Medal in 1973 and Prix Marie-Victorin in 1986.  He was elected a Fellow of the Franklin Institute in 1980 and a Fellow of the Technical Association Pulp and Paper Industry.  Dr. Mason had written over 270 scientific and technical papers based on his research.


The Mason fonds reflects his functions at the Chemistry Department and the Pulp and Paper Research Institute.  The collection comprises of administrative and research files, including mainly correspondence, notes, programs, memoranda, files on scientific associations, reports and Dr. Mason’s lecture notes (1946).  Non textual records consist of  photographs representing apparatus, laboratories and buildings, receipt of Prix Marie-Victorin (1986), one video cassette on AMason Day” (1979) to celebrate his career and a collection of drawings. Included is a set of 8 chronologically arranged volumes of Dr. Mason's  published articles (1940-1983).

Manuscript Group: 4102

3.0 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript, PARTLY RESTRICTED

2    photographs

1    negative

1    film

5 or 6   audio tape





Source of Acquisition: Donated by Simon Freiwald on March 19, 1987


Finding Aids: Box List available.




James McDougall & Company, Woolens and Trimmings was a wholesale company that operated on St. Helen Street in Montreal. 


The fonds consists of bound book of company records from the years 1893 to 1897.   Later on the book was used as a scrapbook including newspaper clippings from the wars (1914-1951).


Manuscript Group: 4123                                  


0.04 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript


Source of Acquisition: Donated by Sylvie Gelinas on July 27, 1988




The McGill Dames Society was founded in 1965.  It was a university sponsored organization for the wives of graduate students.  Its purpose was to provide practical assistance to the wives of new graduate students coming to McGill and settling in Montreal, to promote the social fellowship of its members, broaden their interests,  and to help them feel a part of McGill University and Montreal.  The organization provided information regarding housing, employment opportunities, transportation, child care services, educational opportunities, cultural and recreational activities.  In 1973 the McGill Dames Society became McGill Graduate Student Associates.  It consisted, not only of wives of graduate students, but also of female graduate students. The McGill Graduate Student Associates ended its functions in 1975.


The fonds of the McGill Dames Society consists of correspondence, notes, newsletters, a cookbook,  minutes and agendas of meetings.


Manuscript Group: 4120


0,09 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript


Source of Acquisition: Transferred from the Post Graduate Student's Society of McGill University on July 13, 1988


Finding Aids:    Box List available.




Elizabeth Monk was born in 1898 in Montreal .  She completed her B.A. degree at McGill University in 1919 and received the Governor Generals’ Medal.  She was granted an M.A. from Radcliffe College followed by a year at Oxford on an I.O.D.E. Scholarship.  Returning to Montreal she was one of the first women admitted to the Faculty of Law at McGill receiving her B.C.L. in 1923 as well as the gold medal for the top student in her class.  Since Quebec law did not permit women to practice law in the Province, Miss Monk went to Nova Scotia, where she was admitted to the Bar in 1934.  It was not until 1942 that the Quebec law was changed, and Miss Monk and a colleague became the first women to practice law in Quebec.  She became a Q.C. in 1955.  All her adult life she played an active role in women rights, pressing for changes in discriminatory laws, both Federal and Provincial and serving as legal counsel to The League for Women Rights.  In 1940 she became one of the first women to win a seat on the Montreal Municipal Council.  She was as well a founding member of the University Women Club.  During her long and distinguished career Miss Monk was the recipient of many awards including the McGill Graduates’ Society Award of Merit in 1968, an honorary L.L.D. from McGill in 1978 and the “Persons Medal” award from the Governor General in 1980 in commemoration of the struggle for women's rights. Elizabeth Monk died in 1980.


The earlier dates of the fonds concern John Monk, Elizabeth Monk’s grandfather, and consists of genealogical tables, originals of his and his wife’s wills and a xerox copy of his admission to the Bar of Lower Canada.  There are letters from both, Elizabeth Monk’s mother and father, some of which cover the years her father was prospecting in Yukon.  Later dates include newspaper clippings recording many of the outstanding events in Elizabeth Monk’s life.   There are a few personal letters, a copy of her valedictory address to the Class of 1919 and correspondence relating to the McGill Marlet Memorial Fund established after her death.   Other correspondence, mainly copies of outgoing letters (1962-1975), Elizabeth Monk's student essays (1915) and high school and university certificates won by Elizabeth Monk are pat of the collection. copies of outgoing letters (1962-1975) and Elizabeth Monk’s student essays (1915) are part of the collection.


Manuscript Group: 4171


0.09 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript


Source of Acquisition: Donated by Maysie MacSporran on March 27, 1981, in 1983,  and on November 2, 1992.


Finding Aids:  Box Listing available.




The Montreal Lawyers fonds  was created by the Law Library of McGill University and consists of records generated by  Montreal lawyers, law firms and judges of the Superior Court and Queen's Bench (Districts of  Montreal and Quebec) Cour Superieur  et du Cour du Banc de la Reine from 1840's to the 1890's.   Many of these lawyers were educated at or taught at the McGill Faculty of Law and include the following:


Judge Sir Andrew Stuart (1812-1891) was born at Quebec in 1812.  He was educated at a private school at Chambly, Lower Canada, and was called to bar of Lower Canada in 1834.  In 1860 he was appointed a puisne judge of the Superior Court of Quebec (of Lower Canada), and in 1885 became Chief Justice of this court.  He  was one of the most eminent Canadian jurists of the time.  He served on the Superior Court of Quebec, and became Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Quebec in 1885.  In 1889 Sir Andrew Stuart retired and died at Quebec in 1891.


Judge Frederick William Torrance (1823-1887) was born in Montreal in 1823.  He was educated in Paris and at Edinburgh University in Scotland, from where he received  an M.A. in 1844.   He came back to Canada, studied law in Montreal, and in 1848 was called to the bar of Lower Canada.  He practiced law in Montreal, set a legal apprenticeship with his grandfather Duncan Fisher and Attorney -General James Smith.  Torrance was a lecturer of Civil Law (Roman Law) at McGill Faculty from 1853 to 1855.  In 1855 he was promoted to Professor of Civil Law (until 1870).


Judge Robert Mackay was a member of the Board of Governors at McGill University in 1882.


The law firms represented in this collection include the following:


Torrance and Morris a typical of large, commercial,  North American firm of the time.  The firm represented an economically important clientele,   such as Sir George Simpson, James Blackwood Greenshields, insurers, industrial businesses and large-scale land speculators.  The firm also did extensive business with companies in New York, Toronto, Portland and Boston. The firm had an important library, which was made available to Montreal lawyers and to the Civil Code Commission.


Frederick William Torrance and Alexander Morris were partners from 1851 to 1861. Frederick W. Torrance and John Lang Morris (Alexander's younger brother) were partners from 1861 to 1868, when Torrance was appointed to the Superior Court of Quebec.  Torrance was a Governor of McGill University from 1870 to 1886.


Alexander Morris (1826-1889) was born in 1826 at Perth in Upper Canada.  He studied at the University of Glasgow and came to McGill in 1848.  He was the first person to receive the McGill's B.A. Degree in 1850.  The same year he graduated with B.C.L.  In 1952 he was granted the degree of M.A. and in 1862  D.C.L.  In 1854 Morris became a Fellow of the University and Governor from 1857 to 1874.


Rose and Holmes


The fonds present extremely rich source for the study of Montreal and Quebec social and legal history.  The fonds (mainly 1820-1890) comprises of  judicial diaries or judges' bench books, which contain unique information: the opinions and memoranda of judges and lawyers of the Lower Canada and the Quebec Superior Court written down in the course of trials. They reflect the judge's interpretation of the law, his reaction to arguments and they show the background to official verdicts.  The fonds contain bench books of Judges Robert Mackay (1871-1882), Andrew Stuart (1859-1885), Frederick Torrance (1869-1880).  There are also record books of several law firms including Rose and Holmes (1840-1850), and Torrance and Morris (1850-1875). Included is also administrative correspondence, factums on various Montreal judges and lawyers, dockets and other records of law firms, legal authority books, commonplace books and other notes of individual lawyers.  Present is also small number of lecture notes by lecturers in the Faculty of Law, student notes, scrapbooks as well as legal notes of unknown provenance.


The bench books are in bound volume arranged in chronological order, the correspondence and authorities books are arranged by name or subject.  There are contemporary indexes to the bench books of  F. Torrance and R. Mackay.


Manuscript Group: 4166/09


4.0 m of textual records, handwritten and typescript, 1820-1960


Source of Acquisition: Transferred from the Law Library on March 25, 1992


Finding Aids: Item Level Description available




The main program of the Montreal Physiological Society was to organize presentations,  lectures and demonstrations.  The donor of the fonds, Dr. Eleanor Clarke Hay  was active in the Montreal Physiological Society until 1953.


The fonds consists of  minutes of meetings of the Montreal Physiological Society (1947-1955), and one issue of McGill Daily (Feb. 19, 1943)


Manuscript Group: 4107


0.06 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript


Source of Acquisition: Donated by Dr. Eleanor C. Hay on April 15,1987


Finding Aids: Box Listing available




Gertrude Mudge was born in 1886 in Montreal.  She joined the staff of McGill University in 1915 as a clerk in the Office of the Registrar.  In 1919 she was promoted to the Assistant to the Registrar.  In 1923 she was transferred to the Faculty of Medicine as Assistant Secretary and remained there until her retirement in 1953.  In those years she  befriended and encouraged thousands of students and was especially interested in the challenges facing women medical students.  After her retirement, Miss Mudge made a 12,000 mile journey across Canada and the United States including Hawaii visiting many of the graduates she had known during her long career.  At the 1955 Spring Convocation, she was awarded an honorary M.A. degree in recognition of her long and devoted service to the staff and students of the Faculty of Medicine.  She died in Montreal in 1958.  The Gertrude Mudge Memorial Fund was later established by members of the medical community.

The fonds comprises of letters from former students relating anecdotes about Gertrude Mudge (1964-1993), and letters from donors to the Gertrude Mudge Fund (1953).  There is a copy of the duties of an assistant secretary, a reprint of an article (1944) by Miss. Mudge in tribute to Dr. James Crawford Simpson (for whom she worked for many years), related correspondence (1944), original draft of her acceptance speech for her honorary degree, and typed speech of  Dr. G. Lyman Duff, the Dean of Faculty of Medicine, presenting the honorary degree (1955).  Correspondence between Miss Mudge and the University Pension Department (1948-1953), and photocopies of articles concerning her retirement and death (1953-1958) are part of the collection.  Non textual records include photographic negatives and prints for articles on Gertrude Mudge, as well as some personal snapshots.


Manuscript Group: 4180


0.09 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript

43 photographs

9 negatives


Source of Acquisition: Donated by Peter Hanlon on May 30, 1994


Finding Aids: Item Level Description available




Helen Neilson was born in 1914 in Quebec City.  Ms. Neilson earned her B.H.Sc. from Macdonald College of McGill University in 1939 and her M.Sc. in 1948.   From 1940 to 1942 she worked as Assistant Dietician in the Montreal Children’s Hospital.  During the World War II, between 1942 and 1946, she served as a research nutritionist with the Royal Canadian Air Force Institute of Aviation Medicine in Toronto and was awarded Member of  British Empire.  After a year spent researching the nutritional needs and problems with the airforce personnel operating in the Arctic from 1948 to 1949,  Neilson joined the Staff of Macdonald College in 1949.  She served as Director of the School of Household Science, subsequently called the School of Food Science, until 1975.  Between 1956 and 1957 she spent one year in Thailand under the auspices of the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization as a Home Economist.  Neilson was a member of the University Senate from 1967 to 1970.  From 1977 to 1978 she was employed as Principal Lecturer and Chairman of Life Management at Riverina College of Advanced Education in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales in Australia.  In 1980 Helen Neilson was appointed to the rank of Emeritus Professor of Food Science.  She has been the recipient of several honours and awards, and has been an active member of the Canadian Dietetic Association.  As well as publishing scholarly papers, Ms. Neilson completed A book,  Macdonald College of McGill University - 1907-1988. 


The Helen Neilson fonds consists of a variety of research notes used as source material for her book on Macdonald College.  It includes statistics on students in Household Sciences, as well as names of directors and staff.  There are copies of Diaper Dell Doings (1946-1948),  Diaper Dell Association pamphlet, which reflects the housing development constructed by McGill University after World War II for the use of student veterans and their families at Macdonald College.  Included are also newspaper clippings, notes on teaching and research (1971-1973), and photocopies of sketches of the coat of arms of Macdonald College.  There is some correspondence relating to the proposed move to McGill’s downtown campus, the establishment of the provincial CEGEP John Abbott College at Macdonald and the 50th reunion of class 1912 (1917-1952).


Manuscript group: 4148


2.m of textual records, hand-written and typescript


Source of Acquisition: Donated by Helen Neilson on January 16, 1991


Finding Aids: Box Listing available




Theodore Newton was born near Sarnia, Ontario, in 1903.  He earned a B.A. in 1925 and an M.A. in English in 1927 from McGill University, and also an M.A. from Harvard University.  He was a member of the English Department at Harvard University from 1929 to 1937, then Associate Professor in the English Department and Assistant Warden of Douglas Hall at McGill University from 1937 to 1943.  Theodore Newton joined the Wartime Information Board in Ottawa in 1943, and  he was appointed the official Canadian representative to the United Nations Information Board, where he served until 1945.  He was then transferred to New York and appointed Director of  the New York Information Office.  Between 1946 and 1948 he was the First Secretary of the Canadian Embassy in Washington.  From 1948 to 1950 Theodore Newton was Canadian Consul for New England with headquarters in Boston.  Between 1950 and 1953 he served as Director of  Information with the North Atlantic Council in Paris and London.  He worked as a Minister-Counsellor for the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo from 1954 to 1957.  Theodore Newton was also Ambassador to Indonesia from 1958 to 1960,  to Columbia and Ecuador between 1961 and 1964, and then he returned to the Department in Ottawa.  He worked as a correspondent for the  Montreal Star during the years 1926 to 1928.  His publications are on the reign of Queen Anne and the history of English journalism.  He is the author of several studies of English Literature during the period of Queen Anne.


The fonds consists of Newton’s lifelong interest in the life and times of  Daniel Defoe, and documents his teaching and research, not his diplomatic career.  The bulk of the records consists of research notes, editorial notes and drafts of works about Daniel Defoe.  Most important is an unpublished typescript on Defoe’s early career.  This appears to have been completed in the 1970’s, and is based on research done in the 1930’s and resumed after Newton’s retirement.  There are numerous research notes for this and other work on Defoe and 18th century journalism (1930-1975).  Then also included are drafts and typescripts of works by Newton and extensive editorial notes, related correspondence between Newton and Chester N. Greenough relating to the facsimile edition (1930) of Defoe’s Review.  In addition, there are Newton’s lecture notes for the courses given at McGill on English literature covering 1650-1900, as well as notes he took while at Harvard.  There is a small amount of non-academic material such as articles on McGill sports and transcripts of radio broadcasts by Newton under pseudonym Ted Moorhouse.


Manuscript Group: 4145


1. m of textual records, hand-written and typescript


Source of Acquisition: Transferred from Rare Books Department, McGill University in the fall of 1990


(Did Theodore Newton die?)




Emanuel Orlick graduated from McGill University with an M.A. in 1941, and a  Diploma in Physical Education in 1942.  He worked as an Assistant Physical Director in 1941, and Assistant Professor of Physical Education between 1945 and 1950.  Then he pursued his career as sports hypnotherapist.  He was author of several articles.


The fonds consists of Emanuel Orlick’s bound student notebook from the Department of Psychology.


Manuscript Group: 4117


0.02 m of textual records


Source of Acquisition: Donated by Deborah Black on March 3, 1988


Finding Aids: Box Listing available





George William Parmalee, educator and historian, was born at Waterloo, Canada East, in 1860.  He was educated at Queen’s University graduating with a B.A. in 1889.  In 1902 he was honoured with a D.C.L. from Bishop’s College in Lennoxville, and in 1911 with an LL.D. from McGill University.  In 1891 he was appointed the English Secretary of the Council of Public Instruction of the Province of Quebec and held the post until his retirement in 1930.  After becoming English Secretary he remained closely connected with McGill in the establishment of  Macdonald College.  Dr. Parmalee also served as Headmaster of the Training School in connection with McGill Normal School. He was the joint editor with Sir Arthur Doughty of The Siege of Quebec and the Battle of the Plains of Abraham (1901), and he compiled The School Law of the Province of Quebec (1899).  George William Parmalee died in 1941.

The fonds chronologically documents the evolution of public education in the Province of Quebec.  It consists of one leather-bound letter-book (1898-1900), one leather-bound scrapbook, and  a series of twelve bound scrapbooks containing clippings on Quebec education.

Manuscript Group: 4111


0.6 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript


Source of Acquisition: Donated by Mary Wright on October 15, 1987


Finding Aids: Box Listing available




Gordon Mcleod Pitts was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, in 1886.  He worked as a railway engineer prior to obtaining his B.Sc. in 1908 and his M.Sc. in 1909 from McGill University.  He taught Civil Engineering at McGill from 1908 to 1910, and again from 1915 to 1916 at which time McGill granted him the degree of  B.Arch.  He joined the Montreal architectural firm of Edward and W.S. Maxwell in 1919, and four years later formed the partnership of  Maxwell and Pitts.  Pitts thereafter became one of the Canada’s foremost architects, being elected President of both, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Province of Quebec Association of Architects.  The McGill Graduates’ Society, in which Pitts participated actively, chose him as its President in 1940.  In 1942 he became a member of McGill’s Board of Governors, and he was later chosen to represent the University on the Montreal City Council.  As a councillor, Pitts worked actively in committees, contributing particularly in the area of traffic improvement and town planning.  He rose to the position of Vice-Chairman of Montreal’s executive committee.  He died in 1954.


The Gordon Mcleod Pitts fonds comprises mainly of material from his years at McGill University, particularly as a student of architecture, and includes architecture course notes, sketches, and annotated examination questions (1905-1916).  Other records consist of an undated and unpublished illustrated essay on the History of the  Buildings of McGill University including photos, sketches of the buildings, newspaper clippings (1911-1912), correspondence, blueprints concerning a proposed McGill skating arena, the Montreal Neurological Institute, and other McGill buildings (1934-1955).  Two scrapbooks for the ’23 class of McGill Medicine including photos, newspaper articles, correspondence (1948-1952), as well as letters relating to the Graduates’ Society and the McGill News (1931-1935) are part of the collection. There are also several reports of McGill’s Building Committee and Real Estate Investment Committee. 


Manuscript Group: 4097


1. m textual records, hand-written and typescript

2 scrapbooks

128 drawings and sketches

121 photographs


Source of Acquisition: Transferred from McGill's Blackader-Lauterman Architecture Library




Jean Purvis emigrated from Scotland to Montreal in the 1930’s.  Prior to coming to Montreal, Jean Purvis was employed temporarily as a cashier at Fifty Shilling Tailors in Glasgow in 1929.  She was appointed a deputy registrar for polling division for the Montreal electoral district of St. Lawrence - St. George in 1940.


The fonds comprises of files including letters to Jean Purvis in Montreal from her mother Jennie Purvis and father Henry Purvis in Paisley Scotland, and letters to her from relatives from the United Kingdom (1930-1944).  Included is also one letter to Jean from Lalla Stanhope addressed to the Recruiting Office in Paisley in 1918.  The fonds also contains the accounts of the execution of the will of the late John Purvis (1954), brother of Jean’s father Henry Purvis.


Manuscript Group: 4133


0.1 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript Source of Acquisition: Donated by UQAM on December 20, 1989


Finding Aids: Box Listing available




Herman (Jackrabbit) Smith-Johannsen, pioneer in the sport of skiing in Quebec, was born in Norway in 1875.  He graduated from a Military Academy in Oslo in 1894.  The same year he left for Berlin to study Engineering.  He graduated as an Engineer from the University in Berlin in 1899.   In 1901 he came to the United States to work as a salesman of heavy construction equipment at the Cleveland branch of The Brown Hoist Machinery Company.  One year later he moved to Canada and began selling machinery to railroads, travelling the northland on the skis, where he met the Cree Indians.  They were impressed with his method of travel-skiing-, and called him Okamakum Wapooes or Jackrabbit.  In 1905 Jackrabbit became a representative for the Browning Engineering Company and later represented a number of other firms.  In 1922 he moved with his family to Lake Placid and commuted to his Montreal office.  In 1928 the family moved to Westmount. After the stock market crash of 1929 Herman Johannsen retired from his business,  and the Johannsens moved from Westmount to the Laurentians.  Jackrabbit Johannsen spent much of his retirement cutting trails and opening new ski areas.  He laid hundreds of cross country ski trails in the Laurentian mountains and was involved in cross country skiing marathons even into his 107th year.  He became famous for his determined longevity, continued skiing abilities and for his cheerful enthusiasm for skiing and a natural, healthy way of life.  He received the Order of Canada in 1972, and in 1974  National Film Board made a film about him called Jackrabbit.  Jackrabbit Johannsen died in 1987 in Norway at the age of 112.


The fonds consists mainly of correspondence (1934-1985) dealing with sports associations, ski clubs, ski activities, marathons, ski museums, awards, outdoor activities, travels, non-skiing activities and works about Jackrabbit media events.  The fonds also contains a scrapbook (1930-1965) commemorating Jackrabbit's 90th birthday in 1965 and correspondence relating to Jackrabbit's 100th birthday in 1975.  It includes telegrams from Gerald Ford, Pierre Trudeau and others, as well as assorted fan mail.  Also included are Herman's journals (1948-1984), newspaper clippings (1966-1981) and pamphlets on skiing.  Non textual records comprise of large number of photographs (1929-1984), a few slides of friends and from St. Cesare College and two medals (The Centennial Marathon Ski Tour 1867-1967, and 10 Mountain Division Association).


Manuscript Group: 4167


2.1 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript

555 photographs

1    film

14  slides

2    medals 


Source of Acquisition: Donated by Peggy Austin on October 22, 1992


Finding Aids: Box Listing available




Jean Rogers was born in Northampton, New Brunswick, in 1904.  She received her early education in that province, and in 1923 she graduated from Carleton county Vocational  School in Home Economics.  Later she took her training at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, graduating as a Registered Nurse in 1928.  She worked briefly in Ann Arbour, but the Great Depression forced her to return to Montreal.  For most of her career she was a private duty nurse in the Royal Victoria Hospital complex.  Among her patients in 1956 was Dr. John Williamson.  When he was diagnosed with cancer, he returned to his home in Tanganyika (Tanzania) and invited Miss Rogers to come and be his nurse.  She stayed with him from October 1957 until his death in January 1958.   Jean Rogers retired in 1970.


The most significant part of the fonds is the daily diary kept by Miss Rogers during her stay with Dr. Williamson in Tanganyika (1957-1958).  There also printed programmes of Dr. Williamson’s funeral service including a copy of a eulogy, and newspaper clippings concerning Dr. Williamson (1956-1958).  Non textual records comprise of snapshots taken in Tanganyika as well as two photographs of Dr. Williamson taken when he was a patient at the Royal Victoria Hospital. 


Manuscript Group: 4184


1. m of textual records, hand-written and typescript

50  photographs


Source of Acquisition: Donated by Marjory Donaldson on May 22, 1994


Finding Aids: Box Listing available




Aileen Ross was born in Montreal in 1902.  In 1939 she graduated with a B.Sc. from the University of London.  In 1941 she received her M.A. from the University of Chicago, and in 1951 her Ph.D.  From 1940 to 1942 she worked as a Curriculum Advisor at Macdonald College.  From 1942 to 1945 she was a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Toronto.  She joined McGill as a Lecturer at the Department of Sociology in 1944, and in 1951 she became Assistant Professor.  Between 1961 and 1963 she was Associate Professor and from 1964 to 1970 Professor.  Aileen Ross was appointed Emeritus Professor of Sociology in 1970.  She was an active member in learned professional associations and at McGill faculties, committees and associations.   She published several books, and numerous articles and book reviews.


The Aileen Ross fonds consists mainly of correspondence (1935-1990), research files, a brief autobiography (1940-1980), biographical material (1920-1990), and specific  talks (1942-1973).  Included are personal diaries (1918-1962) and appointment books (1946-1992).  Books, original and printed articles, newspaper clippings, and reviews of books and articles are also part of the collection.   Non textual records consist of several photographs. (Of Ross?)


Manuscript Group: 4134


0.60 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript

14        photographs


Source of Acquisition: Donated by Ms. Aileen Ross on July 14, 1982; on May 14, 1990 and on August 27, 1993


Finding Aids: Box Listing available




Elizabeth Rowlinson was born in Sutton, England in 1930.  She earned a B.A. in 1951, a B.Sc. in 1953 and an M.A. in 1955 from Oxford University.  After immigrating to Canada she received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from McGill University in 1965.  That year she joined the Mathematics Department as a Faculty Lecturer, she became an Assistant Professor  in 1969, she was appointed McGill’s first Associate Dean of Students in 1970, and Assistant Professor of Mathematics in 1971.  During her tenure at McGill, Elisabeth Rowlinson was particularly interested in the Students’ Counseling Services, the Students’ Grievance Committee, the role of women at the University and  programs for Continuing Education.  In 1978 she left McGill to take up the position of Dean of St. Hilda’s College and Dean of Women and Fellow of Trinity College in Toronto until 1991.  In 1993 she returned to Montreal, and was ordained in the Anglican Church, taking up the post of Anglican Chaplain at McGill University.  Elizabeth Rowlinson is an author and editor of mathematical and other publications.


The fonds comprises mainly of Rowlinson’s notes and exam papers for her lectures in first year Calculus at McGill (1968-1978).  There are also copies of  Mathematics exams (1970).  Included is correspondence with associations such as the Canadian Association of  Women Deans and Advisors, the Council of Associations of University Student Personnel Services, Senior Woman Students Programs (1970-1978), as well as a copy of  a handwritten report on the role of Dean of Students, newspaper clippings regarding Mrs. Rowlinson’s appointment as Associate Dean and her ordination (1970-1993).  Non textual material consists of one passport-size photo.


Manuscript Group: 4174


1. m of textual records, hand-written and typescript

1 photograph


Source of Acquisition: Donated by Henri Pilon in January 1993


Finding Aids: Box Listing available




The Snowdon Women’s Club was established in 1914 under the name Mount Royal Women’s Club.  There were seven founding members, all of whom lived in the Snowdon area.  The original objective was to assist the war effort by rolling bandages, knitting, sewing and providing comforts to wounded soldiers.  After the war, the name Mount Royal was surrendered to a sister group in the Town of Mount Royal, and the club changed its name to the Cote de Neiges and Snowdon Women’s Club.  Later, the Club became known as the Snowdon Women’s Club, and was one of the affiliates of the Notre Dame de Grace Community Council.  The Club’s objectives were always associated with community service, and the members gave freely of their time and money to many worthy groups.  Between the wars the membership continued to grow, and sub-committees were formed to represent the interests of both, the members and the community at large.  The membership rose to over 100, and it was the period of the greatest commitment to the community by the Snowdon Women’s Club.  At the beginning of the Second Word War, the War Service Committee was formed to help the war effort.  By the 1950’s and 1960’s the demographics of the area began to change, umbrella organizations such as the N.D.G. Community Council and the Montreal Council of Social Agencies gradually superseded local volunteer organizations, and volunteers became harder to attract.  By 1968 the Club, after 54 years of service, ceased to exist.


The fonds comprises mainly of the minutes books (1914-1968).  Until the late 1950’s the minutes books include financial reports, President’s reports, membership lists and correspondence relating to the business of the Club.  Starting in 1959 the executive meetings were recorded separately as were committees reports, membership lists  and financial reports including the letters of liquidation of the Club.  Also included are the Club’s programs (1936-1968), correspondence (1952-1968),  the original charter of  incorporation (1934), separate notebooks for the Library Committee and the War Service Fund of 1939-1946.  Historical materials include a press scrapbook of  newspaper clippings (1959-1968),  loose newspaper clippings (1950-1964) and one Silver Jubilee History (1939).  In addition to the collection, there are also non textual records including the President’s official pin, die of the Club’s crest and an official Club’s stamp.


Manuscript Group: 4147


0,5 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript

2    photographs

1    die

1    pin

1    stamp


Source of Acquisition: Donated by Mrs. Hopkins on March 22, 1991


Finding Aids: Box Listing available




Alfred R.  Haemmerle was a Russian citizen.  His ancestors, Dutch-Alsatians by origin were driven out of France during the French Revolution and settled on the shores of the Black Sea.  His great-grandfather, Jean-Charles Haemmerle, was the pioneer builder of the port and City of Odessa.  Alfred's father, Jean Haemmerle (1824-1894), a wealthy exporter of grain and wool built the Port in Berdiansk, South Russia and became the Lord Mayor of the City. Alfred R. Haemmerle was born in 1875 in Berdiansk, graduated with B.Sc.from the  Russian college, and was also educated in France and Germany.  He started his career in Russian commercial banks and five years later he opened his own import-export business.  He accumulated land and was the Director of the largest Farm Implement Plant in Russia.In 1907 Alfred was one of the organizers of the Central Bank of Mutual Credit Societies in St. Petersburg, and from 1909 to 1916 he acted as assistant manager.  He became president of the Credit Bank in Habarofsk, Eastern Siberia, and represented Eastern Siberia in the Standing Committee of the Council of Russian Trade, Exchanges and Agriculture. The largest part of his capital was made as a broker in precious metals.  The Russian Revolution of 1917 forced him to leave the country with his wife Amy (1887-1957) and son Anatole (1908-1986).   After travelling through Vladivostok and Tokyo he finally settled in Montreal in 1920.  He became Canadian citizen in 1928.  Throughout the Second World War he served the Postal Censorship Board in Ottawa using his language skills. Anatole was briefly at McGill, where he helped to establish the McGill Light Aeroplane Club in 1926.  After serving the Army in the war he moved to Massachussets, where he was employed in insurance.


The Haemmerle family fonds reflects the life of Russian emigres in Canada and consists mainly of  correspondence in Russian (1919-1960) to and from Alfred Haemmerle, his wife Amy Waht, and other family members, particularly their son Anatole.  The fonds contain numerous photographs of family members and events (1904-1960), photo negatives, a small number of family documents from the 19th century, genealogical notes, newspaper clippings, postcards mainly from Japan,  maps and correspondence from the 19th century in Russian dealing with Haemmerle family as well as the Larssen family in Denmark, who were Alfred's maternal relatives.  There are also letters to Anatole from his aunts in England and Japan.  Included are also lectures and writings by Alfred Haemmerle on cooperative banking and related subjects, financial notes, diaries, receipts, wills, deeds and newspaper clippings also in English.  Aside from the photographs, the non textual records include an ink sketch, a pastel sketch Enid signed by A.  Dickson Patterson, a sketch of St. Lawrence River signed by C.B.K., a small still life painting of pots, one leather pouch and one small box. 


Manuscript Group: 4116/12


1.0 m of textual record, handwritten and typescript ( some in Russian), 1868-1986

1040          photographs

190            photo negatives

1    film

3    sketches

1    painting

1    leather pouch


Source of Acquisition: Donated by Dr. Susan Curtin on February 16, 1988


Finding Aids: Box Listing available




John Herd Thompson was born in Winnipeg in 1946.  He graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a B.A. in 1968.  In 1969 he earned his M.A. from the University of Manitoba and in 1975 he was granted a PhD. from Queen’s University.  A specialist in the history of the Canadian Prairies, he joined McGill’s Department of History  in 1971 as a Lecturer and rose to the position of Full Professor.  From 1990 he was Professor of History at Duke University.  John Herd Thompson wrote The Harvest of War: The Prairie West 1914-1918 (1978), Ethnic Minorities during Two World Wars (1991), and co-authored Loyalties in Conflict: Ukrainians in Canada during the Great War  (1983) and Canada 1922-1939: Decades of Discord (1985). 


The fonds comprises of records generated by John Herd Thompson during his years as a Professor at McGill University in the History Department.  It consists mainly of correspondence with students and other professors, departmental memoranda, notes, committee minutes and reports.


Manuscript Group: 4139


1.m of textual records, hand-written and typescript


Source of Acquisition: Deposited by John H. Thompson in 1984 and on July 18, 1990


Finding Aids: Box Listing available




Katrin A. Partelpoeg arrived as a student at McGill in 1971 and graduated with a B.A. in Industrial Relations in 1975.   Later she married Professor John Herd Thompson of the Department of History at McGill University.


The Katrin Thompson fonds comprises of class notes from five courses in economics, sociology, statistics, history and industrial relations.


Manuscript Group: 4140


0.1  m of textual records, hand-written and typescript


Source of Acquisition: Donated by John Herd Thompson on July 18, 1990




The fonds consists of BSc. Diploma (1913), Old McGill (1911-1913), Applied Science 1913, also M.S.


Manuscript Group: 4152


m of textual records, hand-written and typescript


Source of Acquisition: Deposited by Frederick Buridon on October 22, 1980, by Margery Trenholme on November 13, 1995


Finding Aids: Box Listing available




The Women’s Centennial Committee was founded in 1983 in order to organize series of events for the celebration of  the past and present achievements of women at McGill University.  The festivities started on 11 September 1984, one hundred years after Lord Strathcona wrote a letter to Sir William Dawson, Principal of McGill University, to establish and sustain a college for Women.  The Women’s Centennial Committee was chaired by Arlene Gaunt.  Students, staff, graduates and friends were participating in year long plan in order to highlight the role of women at McGill.  To this event a book Fair Shake of thirty autobiographies of McGill women was published documenting hundred years of women students at the University.

The fonds consists of alphabetically arranged files on the year’s intellectual, cultural and athletic activities (1983-1985).  Included are memoranda, minutes and agendas of meetings, correspondence, newspaper clippings, information on sister institutions and pamphlets published on the occasion of the celebrations.  Non textual records comprise of 8 reels of Concertos for Three Keyboards  in Pollack Hall by Dorothy  Morton, Esther Master and Luba Zuk, as well as 3 reels of the Woman Centennial Committee sponsored Voice and Piano Recital by Margaret Kalil and Janet Schmalfeldt and M. Simons.


Manuscript Group: 4091


0.42 m of textual records, hand-written and typescript

11  audio reels

3    photographs


Source of Acquisition: Donated by John Black in 1985 and by Joan Naylor on July 10, 1985


Finding Aids: Box Listing available