Fonds MS-13-41, SF Box 67, Folders 4-12 ; SF Box 68, Folder 1 ; SF Box 63, Folder 8 - George and Arthur VanWart fonds

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George and Arthur VanWart fonds

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MS-13-41, SF Box 67, Folders 4-12 ; SF Box 68, Folder 1 ; SF Box 63, Folder 8

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  • 1890 - 1960 (Creation)

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10 cm of textual records

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Dr. George Clowes VanWart was born in Lower Queensbury, New Brunswick on August 5, 1868. He received his early education at local schools and graduated from Fredericton Collegiate School. He attended the University of New Brunswick for one year and then moved to Philadelphia to attend the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1890 with the degree of M.D. He spent a year working in London and Dublin and then returned to Fredericton to set up a private medical practice. He maintained this practice for 47 years.

He continued with post-graduate studies at the Philadelphia Polyclinic specializing in eye, ear, nose and throat diseases. He was on staff at the Victoria Public Hospital from 1891 until 1938 and was Head of the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Department.

Dr. VanWart was made a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1913, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in 1931. He was Past-president of the Council of Physicians and Surgeons in New Brunswick, being elected on three separate occassions.

An active member in community organizations, Dr. G.C. VanWart was a member of the Fredericton Board of School Trustees from 1899 and was elected Chairman in 1913, a position he held until a week prior to his death. He passed away on October 1, 1938.

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Dr. Arthur F. VanWart, son of Dr. G.C. VanWart, was born in 1896. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Brunswick in 1917 and a Master of Arts in 1920. He attended medical school at the University of Toronto and graduated with his M.B. in 1921 and received his L.M.C.C. from the Medical Council of Canada that same year.

Upon graduation he interned at Toronto General Hospital, followed by post-graduate studies in surgery in Chicago, and was certified by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in medicine and surgery.

He returned to Fredericton in 1923 and joined his father in the practice of medicine. He was appointed to the staff of the Victoria Public Hospital, a position he held until his death. He was a member of the Board of Trustees from 1938-1941 and appointed Chief of Surgery, a position held until his retirement.

Dr. A.F. VanWart was an active member in several professional associations, including past-president of both the New Brunswick Medical Society and the Canadian Medical Association. He served on the Senate of the University of New Brunswick as Alumni representative and later as provincial representative.

He received an Honorary LL.D. from the University of New Brunswick in 1949. Dr. A.F. VanWart passed away in March 1973.

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Records were accessioned by the Dalhousie University Archives in 1984. The custodial history is unknown.

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Fonds consists of medical notebooks, journal articles, an academic calendar, a student handbook, notes, and correspondence.

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], George and Arthur VanWart fonds, MS-13-41, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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  • Box: SF Box 63
  • Box: SF Box 67
  • Box: SF Box 68