Fonds MS-13-77 - Robert William Murray MacKay fonds

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Robert William Murray MacKay fonds

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  • 1917-1977 (Creation)

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38 cm of textual records and other material

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Dr. MacKay was born in Pictou County, Nova Scotia on February 17, 1902. He received his early education at West Branch Elementary School, Pictou Academy and graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in 1928. He studied psychiatry at Brandon Mental Hospital in Manitoba and at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

In 1931, Dr. MacKay returned to Halifax and accepted the position of Assistant Superintendent of the Nova Scotia Hospital. He was appointed Acting Superintendent in 1935 and Administrator-Superintendent in 1937, a post he held until his retirement in 1967. He joined the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie and lectured on psychiatry until a department was formed in 1940, at which time he became a full-time professor.

Dr. MacKay was a member of Canadian and American psychiatric associations and was made a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He was also on the Board of Governors of the Pine Hill Divinity Hall. The Nova Scotia Hospital honoured Dr. MacKay by naming the Children's Unit after him following his retirement. Murray MacKay passed away on May 9, 1977.

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Accession 68-78. The records were donated by Mrs. Lillian MacKay, wife of Dr. MacKay, in 1978.

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Fonds consists of lecture notes, administrative papers regarding the Nova Scotia Hospital, certificates of achievement, medals, and personal correspondence.

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  • English

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Access restrictions apply to some correspondence. Restrictions will be noted in file-level descriptions. All other 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], Robert William Murray MacKay fonds, MS-13-77, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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