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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Robert William "Murray" MacKay was a professor of psychiatry at Dalhousie University and superintendent of the Nova Scotia Hospital. Born in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, on 17 February 1902, he was educated at West Branch Elementary School, Pictou Academy and Dalhousie Medical School, graduating in 1928. He studied psychiatry at Brandon Mental Hospital in Manitoba and at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. In 1931 MacKay returned to Halifax for a position as 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 lectured on psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine until 1940, when the department was founded and he became a full-time professor. Dr. MacKay was a member of Canadian and American psychiatric associations, a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and a member of the Board of Governors of Pine Hill Divinity Hall. The Nova Scotia Hospital named the Children's Unit after Murray MacKay following his retirement. He died on 9 May 1977.

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Records were donated to the Dalhousie University Archives by Lillian MacKay, wife of Dr. MacKay, in accession (68-78) 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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