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J.C. Simpson Collection

J.C. Simpson Collection

Physical Description

9 cm of textual records and photographs.



Biographical Sketch / Administrative History

Dr. J.C. Simpson, a native of Brockville, Ont., received his university training at McGill. He served on the staff of the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University for more than three decades as a teacher, administrator, and as dean. His teaching career at McGill began in 1903 when he was appointed a demonstrator in zoology, while he was still a student. He obtained his B.Sc. degree in 1907 and won a special Sir William Macdonald scholarship, which took him for further studies to the marine biological station at Plymouth, England. He traveled widely after winning several more prestigious scholarships and returned to McGill in 1909, where he was soon placed in charge of the newly created department of biology and embryology as associate professor. Dr. Simpson was promoted to a full professorship in 1928 and remained with the department until 1936, when he was made associate dean of medicine. He served as Dean of the Faculty from 1940-1941. After his retirement, Dr. Simpson served as captain in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. (Canadian Medical Association Journal v. 50, pg. 591, 1944)

Scope and Content

Collection shows Dr. J.C. Simpson’s interest in Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882). His collection of Darwiniana contains newspaper clippings, dinner programs and menus, programs of commemoration of the Darwin Centenary in England, correspondence and photographs.

Finding Aids

Inventory list available

Custodial History

Presented to the Osler Library by Dr. J.C. Simpson, 30 September 1941. Old accession number 480.


The documents are in English

Source of Supplied Title Proper

Title based on the documents in the fonds.

Retrieval Number




Darwin, Charles
Simpson, J.C.