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Maude Abbott Collection

Maude Abbott Collection

Physical Description

3.2 m of textual records. -- photographs. -- glass slides.



Biographical Sketch / Administrative History

Maude Abbott was born in St Andrew’s, Quebec, and graduated with a B.A. from McGill University in 1890. As women were denied admission to the Faculty of Medicine at McGill, she obtained her M.D. from Bishop’s Medical School in 1894. Her main area of medical interest was pathology, where she specialized in congenital heart disease. She taught in McGill’s Department of Pathology from 1912 to 1935, was the first woman to be honoured by the Pathological Society of London and published her authoritative Atlas of Congenital Cardiac Disease in 1936. Her second vocation, one inspired and encouraged by Sir William Osler, lay in museum work and medical history. She was Curator of the Medical Historical Museum at McGill and lectured and wrote on a variety of historical topics, her major publication being the History of Medicine in the Province of Quebec (1931).

Scope and Content

The collection contains private records and papers relating to the medical and teaching career of Maude Abbott. It consists in large part of correspondence, 1894-1920, including family correspondence with, among others, her sister Alice Abbott, 1904-1919, and her brother Rev. Harry M. Babin, 1916-1920. Also included are manuscripts and drafts of articles and addresses; case reports; post-mortem records; glass slides and drawings; exhibit panels largely pertaining to her research on congenital heart disease; programmes of medical meetings, 1902-1937; reprints and papers relating to the history of medicine in Montreal and Quebec, as well as to the history of McGill, 1829-1936. In addition, there are photographs, some poems, an autobiographical sketch and a printed copy of her Classified and Annotated Bibliography of Sir William Osler’s Publications, 1939, with corrections and annotations by W.W. Francis.

Finding Aids

Complete online inventory list available.

Custodial History

Acc. 606 was a gift of Dr. F. Wiglesworth, April 1978. Old accession numbers 171, 189, 191, 401, 405, 412, 438, 515, 606 and 889.


The documents are in English

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Abbott, Maude E. (Maude Elizabeth), 1869-1940
McGill University - History
McGill University Doctors
Women in Medicine at McGill University