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Harold and Emma McGill fonds


Physical Description:
1.63 m of textual records. -- 1029 photographs

Harold Wigmore McGill, 1879-1961, was born in Ontario, but his family soon moved to Manitoba. He graduated in medicine from the University of Manitoba in 1905. He worked at the Winnipeg General Hospital, and did graduate work in the USA before settling in Calgary, Alberta ca. 1910. There he was the physician in charge of the health of the Sarcee (Tsuut'ina) on their nearby reserve. He served as a medical officer with the 31st Battalion, CEF during the First World War, and while overseas in 1917 married Emma Griffis. Emma Mildred Griffis, 1884-1971, was born in Kansas and raised in Ontario. She graduated from the Calgary General Hospital School of Nursing in 1910, and during the First World War served at the Bramshott Military Hospital in Sussex, England. The McGills returned to Calgary in 1919. They had two daughters, Kathleen (Odell) and Doris (McNab), 1922-2015. Harold resumed his position with Indian Affairs. He was elected as a Conservative Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Calgary in 1930, but resigned in 1932 when he was appointed Deputy Superintendent General of Indian Affairs. He became Director of Indian Affairs in 1936. Emma was on the executive of the Women's Canadian Club and the Women's Conservative Association. The McGills retired to the British Columbia coast in 1945.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of Harold McGill's diaries (1916-1918, 1932-1959), personal correspondence (1915-1965), Indian Affairs correspondence (1928-1946), speeches (1927-1947), and reminiscences (1935); Emma McGill's diaries (1917-1928, 1931-1933, 1938-1941), and correspondence (1911-1965) including extensive letters from Harold; and family certificates, invitations, programs, photographs, greeting cards, postcards, and newsclippings. Includes diary and autobiographical manuscripts of Enid Griffis, Emma's sister.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Charles Odell and Doris McNab, 1976-1991.

The material is in English.

Originals and Reproductions:
McGill's military memoir has been published as Medicine and Duty : The World War I Memoir of Captain Harold W. McGill, Medical Officer, 31st Battalion, C. E. F. / edited by Marjorie Norris. -- Calgary : University of Calgary Press, 2007.

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Finding Aids:
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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-742, M-3281, PA-1832, PA-2018, PB-453, PB-494, PC-151, PD-133, NA-4938

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