Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00586 - Adrian Gibson Dafoe Papers

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Adrian Gibson Dafoe Papers


  • 1930-1989 (Creation)

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22 boxes (5 metres)

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Adrian Gibson Dafoe was the grandson of William Allan Dafoe, a doctor in the rural community of Madoc, Ontario with interests in local history and the family genealogy. William Allan Dafoe's son Allan Roy Dafoe also went on to become a doctor in Callender, Ontario. He became known for delivering the famous Dionne Quintuplets in 1934

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Gift of Adrian Gibson Dafoe, 2008

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Includes material related to Dr. W. A. Dafoe’s medical training and career; posting to #4 General Hospital, Salonica [Thessaloniki], Greece, during World War I; Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe and the Dionne Quintuplets; University of Toronto Athletics Association, especially Lacrosse, and hockey; other sports-related; Dafoe/Van Deusen family history; work at the Wellesley Hospital; Dr. Murray L. Barr and his work on sex chromosomes and sex determinants [Dr. Barr was ‘one of my babies’ – Dr. W.A. Dafoe delivered him]; unpublished memoirs by Dr. W. A. Dafoe; medical degrees; Lester B. Pearson material

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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