Fonds MG4253 - Herbert H. Jasper Fonds

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Herbert H. Jasper Fonds

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  • 1927-1999 (Creation)
    Jasper, Herbert H. (Herbert Henri), 1906-1999

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3.5 m of textual records
218 photographs
527 scientific illustrations (printed on photo paper)
76 - 35mm slides
37 glass lantern slides
8 film reels
2 audio reels
22 artifacts
32 medals
52 certificates

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Herbert Henri Jasper was born on July 27, 1906 in La Grande, Oregon, U.S.A. He began his university education studying philosophy and psychology, receiving his B.A. at Reed College in Portland, Oregon in 1927, and his M.A. at the University of Oregon in Eugene in 1929. With a burgeoning interest in the human brain in relation to the mind and behaviour, Jasper completed his Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Iowa in 1931. At this time he married Constance Cleaver, with whom he had a daughter, Marilyn. His thesis work from Iowa was recognized by an appointment as National Research Council Foreign Fellow, leading to two years of study at the Sorbonne in Paris, from 1931-32, with Alexandre and Andrée Monnier and Louis Lapicque. In 1932, a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation allowed him to establish an EEG laboratory at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he carried out pioneering EEG work and published the first paper in the United States on the human EEG in Science in 1935. During this time he was also a professor in the psychology department. He received his D. és. Sci. from the University of Paris in 1935. Herbert Jasper continued to attend conferences and give lectures until his death on March 11, 1999 from sudden cardiac attack at the age of 92. He is widely recognized as one of the most influential neurophysiologists of the twentieth century.

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The fonds was acquired in four accessions, three directly from Herbert Jasper’s wife Mary Lou Jasper (2006-0021, 2006-0036, 2007-0119), and one from Mary Lou Jasper via the Université de Montréal (2006-0069). Accession 2006-0021 was received December 12, 2005, Accession 2006-0069 was received May 15, 2006, and Accession 2007-0119 was received June 28, 2007. All accessions have been merged into 2007-0119.

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The fonds documents Herbert H. Jasper’s research activities at the Montreal Neurological Institute and the Centre de Recherches en Sciences Neurologiques at the Université de Montréal, his active travel and participation in international symposia and research organizations, his correspondence with an international network of researchers and colleagues, as well as his publishing and editorial work. A small amount of the materials also relate to his teaching activities at the Université de Montréal, as well as his personal life. Records include correspondence, conference and symposia materials, publications, research notes, photographs, and awards, including medals, plaques, and certificates. The majority of the materials are from the 1960s to the 1980s. Arrangement of the fonds varies by series, and includes subject, chronological, and alphabetical arrangement.

The series consist of 1) Research; 2) Teaching; 3) Personal; 4) Photographs

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  • English
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Russian

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Mainly English, some French, a very small amount of German, Japanese, and Russian.

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