Fonds MG 4127 - John Peters Humphrey Fonds

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John Peters Humphrey Fonds

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CA MUA MG 4127

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  • 1906; approximately 1915; approximately 1918-1999 (Creation)
    Humphrey, John P.

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7.0 m of textual records

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John Humphrey was born in Hampton, N.B., in 1905. He graduated from McGill University with four degrees: in Commerce (B. Comm. 1925), Arts (B.A. 1927), Law (B.C.L. 1929) and Graduate Studies (PhD. 1945). He was called to Quebec Bar in 1929. In 1936 he continued graduate studies in Paris and in 1936 he joined the Faculty of Law, where he stayed for 10 years. In 1946 Humphrey was appointed the first director of the Division of Human Rights in the United Nations Secretariat and served this function until 1966. He wrote the original draft of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He retired from the United Nations in 1966 and rejoined McGill. He taught at McGill for over 30 years and in 1988 a lectureship was established at the University in his name. He is the author of Human Rights and the United Nations : A Great Adventure (1984) When he terminated the Common law program, he showed interest in the civil law. Humphrey also co-founded the Canadian Foundation of Human Rights of which he was the president emeritus. Humphrey received 13 honorary degrees (Order of Canada, the Saul Hayes Human Rights Award for the Canadian Jewish Congress and the United Nations Human Rights Award for lifetime achievements in the field of human rights (1988).

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The fonds of the accession files consists of correspondence, drafts for the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (1947), publications, conference material, relating to human rights worldwide, diaries, plaques given to honour professor Humphrey's work on the United Nations Declaration for Human Rights, related photographs and books used in the exhibit.

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December 1988; January 1991; December 1991; November 1993 and May 1995.


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Handwritten and typescript

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1988-0102; 1991-0001; 1991-0089; 1993-0075; 1995-0032; 1996-0068; 2002-0086; 2003-0064; 2004-0012; 2004-0024; 2007-0110; 2013-0079

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