Fonds MG 4288 - Hans Möller Fonds

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Hans Möller Fonds

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CA MUA MG 4288

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  • approximately 1952-2002, predominant 1980-1997 (Creation)
    Möller, Hans

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1.3 m of textual records
32 photographs
1 audio cassette

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Biographical history

Hans Möller was born November 10, 1918 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He completed his Ph.D. in Danish Literature at Copenhagen University in 1945. During WWII, Möller aided in the rescue of Danish Jews in October of 1943. He was also active in the Danish resistance efforts, working as a courier for the underground and publishing an illegal newspaper that countered Nazi propaganda efforts. After the war he studied Library Science at the National Library of Denmark, followed by UNESCO fellowship to study audio–visual media in Mexico, the United States and Canada. Möller worked at the University of Copenhagen, and at Royal Library, Copenhagen before immigrating to Canada in 1955, where he started working for the National Film Board of Canada.

After holding librarian positions in Toronto and Ottawa in the early 1970s, including two years as President of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries, Hans began his McGill career as an Area Librarian in the Undergraduate Library in 1977. He served as lecturer in the Department of German Studies and Associate professor at the Graduate School of Library Science (now School of Information Studies) of which in 1981 he became Director. In 1986, after serving a two year mandate as Director of Libraries (Acting) he stepped down and became Research and Development Librarian. He maintained an active presence in the classroom in his role as Associate Professor of Scandinavian Languages, and with the University at large. Dr. Möller founded Fontaus, an annual scholarly journal, produced by McGill Librarians which showcased the extensive Rare Book and Special Collections. For almost a decade, Dr. Möller served as editor of the journal, and in 1996 reduced his work load to half time so he could more completely focus on the publication.

Dr. Hans Möller was involved in numerous institutional activities at McGill including Friends of the Libraries, and a member of the Board of Trustees for the McCord Museum. He was pivotal to the organization of numerous events at McGill such as the Nordic Music Festival, the 100th Anniversary of Redpath Hall, Library Day, and a number of fundraising events including The Feather Book exhibit. Möller was an active member of a number of professional organizations including the CLA, MAUT, the AASSC and the Bibliographic Society of Canada. His expertise in his profession was showcased in the many lectures he presented on the topics of Librarianship and Scandinavian Studies, and his passion for his work was highlighted in the events he helped organize through Rare Books and Special Collections.

In 1997 Dr. Möller retired but remained a strong supporter of the McGill Libraries and of the University. After his retirement he worked with, and served as, President of the Canadian Scandinavian Foundation which helps raise funds for Canadian students to research or study in Nordic countries.

Dr. Hans Möller died September 7, 2015, and gifted his body to science at McGill

Custodial history

The records were kept and maintained by the creator in his office at McGill University and at home until they were donated by Dr. Möller to the McGill University Archives.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of documents, photographs and audio media relevant to the professional history of Dr. Hans Möller. The scope predominately covers the period of 1980 to 1997 and includes Dr. Möller’s published works, personal and professional correspondence, research articles, and documents related to his professional activities and associations within and outside McGill University.

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Deposited by Hans Moller, 16 August 2013


The fonds had a natural arrangement which was preserved. Some files had no formal title, and a title was imposed by the archivist based on the content of the file.

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  • Danish
  • English

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Some material in other languages.

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Jean-Marc Tremblay 21/09/2018

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