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Bethune Foundation Fonds

Bethune Foundation Fonds

Physical Description

60 cm of textual records. – 104 photographs. – 23 photographic negatives. – 2 audio cassettes. – 6 video cassettes



Biographical Sketch / Administrative History

The Bethune Foundation, first known as the Bethune Memorial Committee, was established at a meeting of Dr. Norman Bethune’s former friends, colleagues and admirers held at McGill University. The objectives were to perpetuate and expand his memory among Canadians by drawing attention to his humanitarian contributions in Canada, Spain and China. The first Chairman was Hazen Sise who was with Dr. Bethune in Spain where he organized the first successful mobile blood transfusion service during the Spanish Civil War. The Honorary Chairman was Dr. Wilder Penfield, Director of the Montreal Neurological Institute.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of various documents, photographs, and audio and video recordings generated by the official activities of the Bethune Foundation; also included are documents, publications and photographs related to Dr. Bethune and to China or Chinese medicine, pamphlets, posters, and Bethune Foundation newsletters.

Finding Aids

Complete inventory list available online.

Custodial History

Old accession number 869, plus other material donated by Andree Levesque


The documents are in English, French and Chinese

Source of Supplied Title Proper

Title based on the documents in the fonds.

Retrieval Number




Bethune Foundation
Bethune, Norman
Practice of Medicine - China