Fonds M.G. 2010 - William Dunlop Tait Fonds

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William Dunlop Tait Fonds

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CA MUA M.G. 2010

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  • approximately 1920-1943 (Creation)
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    Tait, William Dunlop, 1880-1945

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15 cm of textual records.

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(1880-1945)

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Nova Scotian William D. Tait received his B.A. from Dalhousie and his M.A. from Harvard University. Tait joined the staff of McGill in 1909 as lecturer in experimental psychology; he was promoted to Assistant Professor in 1914, Associate Professor in 1921 and Professor in 1924. From 1924 until his death, he served as chairman of the Department. Apart from teaching and research, largely in educational psychology, Tait acted as a government consultant; he was a member of both the Industrial Conference in Ottawa (1919) and the labour committee of the Federal Cabinet. Dunlop passed away in 1945.

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Fonds contains correspondence and manuscripts. The correspondence is largely devoted to the Tait family’s property in Nova Scotia and other domestic matters, but there are also files regarding Tait’s work at McGill (1928-1942) and at the Nova Scotia Summer School in Education (1927-1941). The fonds also contains a few letters to and from Vincent Massey (1926-1940). Approximately a third of Tait’s papers are drafts of publications on practical psychology, behaviour and behaviourism, educational psychology, psychopathology and social applications of psychology. (ca 1920-1930).

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Material in English.

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396

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