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Sir William Osler Collection

Sir William Osler Collection

Physical Description

3.8 m of textual records



Biographical Sketch / Administrative History

William Osler was born in Bond Head, Ontario in 1849. He received his M.D., C.M. from McGill in 1872. Osler’s life and contributions to medicine are described in detail in the biographies by Michael Bliss and Harvey Cushing. Osler held medical appointments successively at McGill, University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins and Oxford. He was knighted in 1912. His library of 7600 volumes on the history of medicine and science, bequeathed to McGill University, forms the nucleus of the present Osler Library.

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence (including some in shorthand notes), book dealers’ invoices, day books and accounts, engagement books, legal documents, membership certificates, notebooks, lectures, articles, papers and addresses by or about Sir William Osler., newspaper clippings, Osler family documents, photographs, books with manuscript additions, and miscellaneous loose items formerly inserted into individual books from his library.

Finding Aids

Inventory list available

Custodial History

Old accession number 326 (+ 153, 305 for addenda)


The documents are in English.

Source of Supplied Title Proper

Based on the documents in the collection.

Retrieval Number




McGill University Doctors
Osler, Sir William, Sir, 1849-1919
Student Notes