Fonds P132 - Bethune Foundation Fonds

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Bethune Foundation Fonds

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60 cm of textual records. – 104 photographs. – 23 photographic negatives. – 2 audiocassettes. – 6 videocassettes

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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.

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

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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.

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  • Chinese
  • English
  • French

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The documents are in English, French and Chinese

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Items can be requested for consultation online via the Library Catalogue or by email at Advance notice is recommended.

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