Fonds MSG 747 - Diet Dispensary of Montreal fonds

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Diet Dispensary of Montreal fonds

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  • 1885 - 1980 (Creation)

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2 m of textual records
Approximately 15 colour slides
5 black & white photographs

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Records were donated to the McGill Archives in 1965 by Dr. Orville F. Denstedt. Dr. Denstedt compiled a history of the Montreal Diet Dispensary titled, “A Chronicle of the Montreal Diet Dispensary 1879-1957”. A copy of this can be found in container two.

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The fonds consists of records pertaining to the Montreal Diet Dispensary and its connection to other charitable associations and institutions that assisted in the general functions of the Dispensary; the records date from 1885-1965 with a single record from 1980. There are notebooks filled with notes from the Diet Dispensary meetings from the late 1880s up until the mid-1900s. There is correspondence to financial and legal bodies such as the Royal Bank of Canada and Armstrong & De Witt from the Dispensary, dating from 1907-1929. In addition to business correspondence, there are also some personal correspondence to and from Dr. Denstedt from 1957-1958. In addition, there are a number of annual reports and statements for the Dispensary as well as the Welfare Federation of Montreal and its member agencies (of which the Diet Dispensary was one); these date from 1921-1957. Furthermore there are some mounted colour slides, date unknown, and a series of photos depicting Dr. Denstedt and various women at Richmond Square from 1956. There are also administrative records such as the Montreal Diet Dispensary Address Book, date unknown, and some publications mainly in the form of nutritional pamphlets from 1936-1942.

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  • English

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Finding aid prepared by Caitlyn Gribbons and Savannah Newton as part of McGill’s School of Information Studies course GLIS 641; edited by Prof. Gordon Burr, December 2019.

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