Fonds UBCA-ARC-1484 - Health Sciences Historical Society fonds

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Health Sciences Historical Society fonds

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13 cm of textual records.

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The Health Sciences Historical Society was founded in the fall of 1966. The society had a mandate to provide a forum of expression of interest and promote the study of the history of the sciences dealing with human health. It was formed at the request of Prof. William C. Gibson, head of the Department of the History of Science and Medicine. The precursor to this society was the B.C. branch of the Canadian Society for the Study of the History of Science and Philosophy of Science. Membership was split into three groups: active members (drawn from students and graduates from the faculties of medicine and science), associate members (and interested individuals), and patrons/friends (people with “sympathy for the objects” of the society). Meetings were composed of lectures by members of the society, hosted at members’ homes or other locations. The society likely stopped meeting in the late 1970s, based on the last meeting notice found in the fonds.

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Woodward Library donated the fonds. The records were previously stored with the Memorial Room files at Woodward Library.

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The fonds consist of records relating to the founding and running of the Health Sciences Historical Society and documents relating to the running of the B.C. branch of the Canadian Society for the study of the History of Science and Philosophy of Science. This includes drafts and copies of the Society’s constitution, correspondence, newsletters, meeting minutes, agenda, mailing lists, reports, a lecture transcript, and a notebook recording event attendees with programs and menus stapled in. The order that the fonds were kept at Woodward Library has been retained.

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Related records can be found in the William C. Gibson fonds.


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