Fonds UBCA-ARC-1101 - William C. Gibson fonds

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William C. Gibson fonds

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5.55 m of textual records.
13 videocassettes.
2 film reels (16 mm)
148 photographs.

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Born in Ottawa, William Carleton Gibson graduated from British Columbia's first Commerce class (1933). He earned degrees from McGill (M.Sc. 1936 and MDCM 1941) and Oxford University (Ph.D. 1938). He specialized in Neurology and Psychiatry, which he taught at the University of Sidney and California before coming to UBC in 1950. Gibson was a researcher and clinical Associate Professor when the medical school opened and soon became Director of the Kinsmen Laboratory for Neurological Research. In the 1950s, he was a member of the UBC Senate and President of the Faculty Association. From 1960 to 1978, he served as a professor and Head of the History of Medicine and Science. In addition, Gibson was active in local politics and wrote several articles and books, including Wesbrook and His University (1973).

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The fonds consist of research material on various medical and historical topics and research for several of Gibson's books and articles, including his books about UBC's first president Frank F. Wesbrook, Ramon y Cajal Sherrington, and his books New Endeavour and Old Endeavour. In addition, the fonds include manuscripts of a number of Gibson articles and speeches and chapters from some of his books, records from Woodward Health Science centre, and documents for the history of the Faculty of medicine and related to Green College UBC and Oxford. Also included are records from the Agricultural Science Fund Committee (1967-1974), School of Rehabilitation Medicine (1953-1961), Master Teaching Awards Committee (1967-1972), minutes from the Council of the Faculty of Medicine (1950-1964), materials relating to Vancouver civic politics (1970-1984), and correspondence with Sir Frederick Dainton (1980-1983), Cecil Green, and Wilder Penfield among many others.

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A DVD is available at VT 3110 in the archives vault - Distinguished Scholars in the History of Health Sciences Lectureship Series; In Honour of Dr. William C. Gibson Presented by: Dr. Michael Bliss, October 5, 2006.

Within the President's Office fonds the Miscellaneous Subject Files series 1938-2006, contains records on early medical education at UBC.


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The first accession of records resulted in 80 cm of textual records (Boxes 1to 3) and occurred in 2001. The second accession, a donation by Gibson's family, occurred in 2010. Where possible, the creator's arrangement has been maintained.

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