Series 4 - Employment

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Reference code

UTA 1084-3-4




  • 1913-1963, predominant 1913-1937 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1.51 m of textual and graphic records
14 artifacts
2 folders of architectural drawings

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Name of creator


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Scope and content

Except for photographs, this series contains little documentation on Davidson Black’s employment before 1917 when he enlisted with the Canadian Army Medical Corps and went overseas. The bulk of this series relates to his work in China at the Peking Union Medical College, his anthropological research including his discovery of "Peking man", and his travels within China and to Mongolia, India, Siam, and elsewhere.

The files contain correspondence, photographs, addresses, and publications (including some drafts), and memorabilia. Most of the photographs were taken by Dr. Black himself, though some were taken by Adena and others (especially presentation copies) by friends and colleagues. Dr. Black carefully annotated many of the photos he took, often in considerable detail even to the time of day and the shutter speed used. Included are a few glass-plate negatives and about 50 lantern slides. The negatives are usually dated and were kept except if they were in good condition. On his travels, Dr. Black collected autographed photographs of many of the scientists and academics he met; these are included in this series.

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The records are grouped as much as possible by activity and are arranged more or less chronologically within each group. The spelling of place names is what Dr. Black used.

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B2011-0011/017(07), (13)

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B2011-0011/011(03), (06)

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