Fall 2005

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Doctor’s notebooks digitized


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Original notebooks viewed Ian Macpherson (left), grandson of Dr. Cluny Macpherson, dean emeritus Dr. Ian Rusted, and archivist Stephanie Harlick look at the original notebooks during the launch of the virtual exhibit.

The virtual exhibit, Dr. Cluny Macpherson (1879-1966): Reflections of a Newfoundlander, was officially launched this past spring.

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The virtual exhibit, Dr. Cluny Macpherson (1879-1966): Reflections of a Newfoundlander, was officially launched this past spring. The exhibit, created by the Faculty of Medicine Founders’ Archive (FMFA), contains the notebooks of Dr. Macpherson, who practiced medicine in Newfoundland beginning in 1902 when he joined Dr. Wilfred Grenfell’s Labrador Mission and took charge of the hospital in Battle Harbour, Labrador.

Archivist Stephanie Harlick was responsible for creating the exhibit with financial support from the Department of Heritage through the Canadian Culture Online Program, Library and Archives Canada and the Canadian Council of Archives. The funding made it possible to digitize Dr. Cluny Macpherson’s two notebooks, which were donated to the FMFA by dean emeritus Dr. Ian Rusted, and to make them available to the public in this virtual exhibit.

One of the features of the exhibit is the ability to do a word search and find material relevant to a query. For example, the enquiry for “gas mask” (invented by Dr. Macpherson) leads you to the pages in the notebooks where he wrote about this. Or a query about “Coronation” leads to his writings about the coronation of King George V.

Dr. Macpherson first started compiling his notebooks during a hospital stay in 1936 in order to make use of his enforced leisure. He wrote, among other things, about his time in Gallipoli, his chance encounter with Alexander Graham Bell, and his 1902 expedition to bring the hospital steamer, the Julia Sheridan, from Battle Harbour in Labrador to St. Anthony on the island of Newfoundland.

The virtual exhibit, Dr. Cluny Macpherson (1879-1966): Reflections of a Newfoundlander, was created with CONTENTdm, a versatile digital collection management software package designed to accommodate various types of virtual projects. The introductory pages were designed by the Faculty of Medicine’s Health Sciences Information and Media Service (HSIMS) in consultation with the archivist.

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