Fonds MS-13-82 - J. Gordon Duff fonds

Portrait of George A. Burbidge Photograph of George A. Burbidge in a medical sciences classroom Photograph of J. Gordon Duff Callender's favorite compound dentrifice : a fragrant stimulating astringent and disinfectant Callender's favorite compound dentrifice : for cleansing and preserving the teeth The Secrets behind the Old Remedies of West Pubnico Old Fashioned Remedies in New Brunswick A History of Collection of Old Home Remedies and Beliefs about Disease North American Indian Remedies Notes and other material on Canadian pharmacy history

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J. Gordon Duff fonds

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  • 1844-2010 ; predominant 1961-1990 (Creation)
    Duff, J. Gordon, 1930-2014

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4.09 m of textual records and graphic material. - 82 photographs.

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J. Gordon Duff (1930-2014) was born in Rosetown, Saskatchewan on April 3, 1930. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSP) degree in 1953 and continued his studies there, obtaining an MSc degree in 1955. In 1958, he received a PhD (Pharm. Chem.) from the University of Florida.

He joined Dalhousie University in 1961 as the first Director of the College of Pharmacy, a post he maintained for 11 years. During his tenure, he played a major role in developing the undergraduate program. His responsibilities expanded to include the implementation of several other programs, including a Research program, Master of Science, Continuing Education, and Clinical Pharmacy program. He retired in 1990 after 29 years of teaching in the College of Pharmacy, followed by further involvement with the school. Dr. Duff earned much respect in pharmacy academia across Canada, serving in key roles including chair of CCPF and president of both CFP and CAHP.

An historian at heart, Duff has preserved historical items and was the major force behind the establishment of the historical pharmacy at Sherbrooke Village, as well as collecting and displaying the archives at the College of Pharmacy. As an active member in various professional associations, he has served on numerous committees at the university, provincial and national level. Dr. Duff was appointed Professor Emeritus in 1991. He died in Halifax on December 11, 2014.

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The materials were created by J. Gordon Duff, while Duff was director of the Dalhousie College of Pharmacy and professor of pharmacy. Records created by various professional pharmaceutical associations, societies, and research on the history of pharmacy that was collected by Duff were also found.

The first donation was made in June, 1995 and included correspondence, notes and research on the history of pharmacy, meeting minutes, papers from professional pharmaceutical associations, and student papers. It also included administrative papers from the Maritime College of Pharmacy which was removed and put with records donated by the Maritime College of Pharmacy in March 1995.

The second and last donation was made December, 1996 and included correspondence, research and notes on the history of pharmacy, meeting minutes and papers from professional pharmaceutical societies, and photographs.

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Fonds consists of records pertaining to the professional life of J. Gordon Duff while he was director and professor at the Dalhousie College of Pharmacy. Records include correspondence, pharmacy history and research, photographs, and materials on the Dalhousie College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie University Faculty of Health, and pharmacy associations.

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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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See Dalhousie University Faculty of Health Professionals fonds (UA-16) for similar types of records.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], J. Gordon Duff fonds, MS-13-82, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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