Fonds - William C. Gibson fonds

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William C. Gibson fonds

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  • 1930 - 2009 (Creation)
    Gibson, William Carleton, 1913-

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5.55 m of textual records.
13 videocassettes.
148 photographs.

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

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The fonds consists of research material on a variety of medical and historical topics as well as research for a number of Gibson’s books and articles including his books about UBCʹs first president Frank F. Wesbrook, Ramon y Cajal, Sherrington, and his books New Endeavour and Old Endeavour. The fonds includes manuscripts of a number of Gibson articles and speeches as well as 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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The first accession of records resulted in 80 cm of textual records (Boxes 1‐3) and occurred in 2001. The second accession, a donation by Gibsonʹs family, occurred in 2010. Where possible, the creatorʹs arrangement has been maintained.

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BCAUL control number: UBCARCH-104

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