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William Tobin Fonds
5 cm of textual records
William Tobin was born in England and came to Canada as a young man. In 1903 he took a job as a laboratory assistant in the Faculty of Medicine, and two years later he became caretaker of the Medical Students' Reading Room and porter of the Medical Building, a post he held until his retirement in 1937. Tobin was elected as "King Cook III", guest of honour and the focus of elaborate satire and practical joking at Medical student banquets from 1913 until 1927.
Tobin's papers consist of a scrapbook and photo album containing programmes, menus and newspaper clippings concerning the "King Cook" celebrations, 1911-1927, newspaper obituaries and photographs of Medical Faculty professors, programmes for social events of the Medical Society, Pharmaceutical Society and the McGill Employees Association (of which Tobin was secretary) and letters of recommendation from the Medical Students Society, 1921-1931.
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