Collection P055 - Robert Howard Collection

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Robert Howard Collection

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3 cm of textual records and 12 photographs.

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(ca. 1851-1888)

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Robert Howard was born in Montreal around 1851 and spent his childhood there. By 1871, he had moved to St. Jean, Quebec. He graduated in Medicine from McGill University in 1874, with a M.D., C.M. degree.

He kept an office at the corner of McCumming and Lemoine streets in St. Jean, where he practiced medicine as an allophatic doctor. His Irish father, Henry, was also a doctor and was superintendent at L'Hospice des Aliénés, an asylum and, according to an 1870 newspaper, Henry had invented a system for ventilating apartments.

He had been ill for several years before his early death in 1888, having gone to Europe for his health.

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Gift of Dr. H.L. Smith, Montreal, and of his cousin and the daughter of Robert Howard, Miss L.G. Howard, Westmount, 8 December 1975. Old accession number 536.

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Collection contains memorabilia relating to Dr. Robert Howard's student life at McGill University and of his career, from 1871 to 1888. Among the items are diplomas, photographs, newspaper clippings, a booklet from McGill University, a frame and a programme.

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  • English
  • Latin

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The documents are in English and Latin.

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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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