Fonds AFC 39 - Harvey Club fonds

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Harvey Club fonds

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CA ON00353 AFC 39

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  • 1919-2006 (Creation)

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39 cm of textual records 24 photographs

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The Harvey Club is named after Sir William Harvey, English physician and discoverer of the circulation of the blood. Thought to be the oldest surviving medical club in Canada, the Harvey Club of London, Ontario was founded in 1918 by Drs. J.W. Crane and Edward Spence. The original purpose of the Club was to promote the preparation, presentation, criticism and publication of medical papers by physicians. Meetings were held every 2 weeks and each member was responsible for the creation of a paper and all participated in the discussion of the paper. Early meetings were held at Tecumseh House. Membership was limited in number and only men were allowed to join the Club. However the wives met on a regular basis as well and the suitability of a prospective member’s wife was also considered. The wives did attend social events such as the Christmas party and the annual banquet which was intended to be held as close to William Harvey’s birthday as possible. In 1962 the constitution was revised and the focus of the Club was broadened to “stimulate interest in the Sciences, Professions, Humanities and the World at large.” Objectives of the Club include fostering a spirit of comradeship and co-operation to more fully develop talent in presenting papers on medical or other subjects; to encourage extemporaneous discussion and friendly comment on papers of others; to stimulate an investigation into medical problems; and, to encourage members of the profession to do post-graduate work. The Club has consisted of various member “categories’ over time: Honorary members who were required to be outstanding men in the medical profession and whose achievements the Club wished to acknowledge. Senior or emeritus members were excused from compulsory service of active membership because of ill-health or any other reason acceptable to the Club. Senior members were also excused from the obligations of attendance and the presentation of papers. The nature of the meetings and the membership has changed over the years but the Harvey Club continues to be an active group of medical professionals.

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These records were in the custody of Dr. Vivian McAllister (past-president of the Harvey Club) until 2007.

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The fonds consists of records related to the activities of the Harvey Club. Records include meeting agendas, minutes, banquet programmes, membership lists, financial records, correspondence, historical records, correspondence, photographs and newspaper clippings. Fonds is comprised of the following series: Series 1 Historical records Series 2 Meetings and events papers Series 3 Correspondence Series 4 Financial records Series 5 Membership records Series 6 Bulletins Series 7 Newspaper clippings Series 8 Photographs

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The University of Western Ontario acquired the fonds in April 2007. The fonds was donated by the Harvey Club via past-president Dr. Vivian McAllister.


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Harvey Club records may also be found in Faculty of Medicine records.

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The Harvey Club is mentioned in The University of Western Ontario History of Medicine virtual exhibit.

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