Fonds F410 - Abram Hoffer fonds

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Abram Hoffer fonds

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  • 1907-1908, 1937-2006 (Creation)

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60.9 m of textual records
712 photographs
12 film reels

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Custodial history

Dr. Abram Hoffer donated these records to the Saskatoon office, Saskatchewan Archives, in 9 accession between 1976 and 2006: S833 (July 2, 1976); S88-71 (September 15, 1988); S88-77 (October 3, 1988); S92-95 (November 9, 1992); S94-6 (February 10, 1994); S2003-12 (March 10, 2003); S2006-30 (March 21, 2006); S2006-47 (October 11, 2006); and S2006-58 (March 4, 2006).

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This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by Dr. Abram Hoffer during the course of his career as a psychiatrist in Saskatchewan and British Columbia. The records document Hoffer's psychiatric practice, as well as his cutting-edge research on schizophrenia, orthomolecular medicine, and other alternative therapies over a period of 50+ years.

The types of records included are correspondence, clinical and patient case files, appointment diaries, subject files, reports, conference and meeting materials, manuscripts, clippings, publications, photographs, audio tapes, films, video tapes, and computer floppy disks.

The fonds has been arranged into twenty series: 1. Personal/Family; 2. Appointment Diaries; 3. General Correspondence; 4. Miscellaneous Correspondence; 5. "A" Correspondence With Physicians; 6. American Schizophrenia Association/Foundation; 7. Huxley Institute for Biosocial Research; 8. Canadian Schizophrenia Foundation; 9. Papers and Manuscripts of A. Hoffer; 10. Subject Files; 11. Research Papers: Psychiatric Research Unit, Saskatchewan Department of Public Health; 12. Reprints, Papers, etc.; 13. Conference, Meetings, Symposia; 14. Clippings and Publications; 15. Audio Visual Materials; 16. Bibliographic Reference Cards; 17. Clinical Files; 18. Hoffer-Osmond Correspondence; 19. Laity Correspondence; 20. Early Research Miscellaneous.

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Arrangement reflects both original order and archival intervention. Where existing file titles were evident, they were retained. Other titles have been supplied by the archivist. Series titles supplied by arranging archivist.

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Restrictions on access

Some of these records are subject to access restrictions according to the terms of an agreement with the donor dated November 15, 2006, and to terms outlined in Saskatchewan's Health Information Protection Act . Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Use, publication and/or reproduction of records are subject to terms of an agreement with the donor and the conditions of the Copyright Act. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

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SAFA 161 (old guide GS 180) consists of a fonds level description, series level descriptions, and file level descriptions.

Associated materials

Related material: Regina Clippings file: Clippings file: Harvesting: Ghan, Esther (nee Hoffer). Memories of harvesting at Hoffer, Sask. Hoffer, 1955, 5 pages. R-42, Ghan, Esther: Collector: 24 cm of records re Hoffer family and Hoffer Post Office; cookbooks; photographs; newspaper articles, publications and notes on Jewish settlements and life in Saskatchewan (1912-1973). Tape R-653-654: Recorded interview with Clara Hoffer, Regina, for the Oral History Project, The Jews. Interviewed by Esther Ghan. 1974. Micro. R-2.70, Hoffer, Clara: Reminiscences of pioneering in a jewish community in the Lipton area by Clara Hoffer (Mrs. Israel Hoffer). In Yiddish. Micro. R-3.32, Hoffer School District No. 4735: Unpublished, illustrated history of the Hoffer School Distict entitled "For auld lang syne." 1955. Regina Pamphlet file: Psychiatric hospitals: Kahan, Fannie H. (nee Hoffer, Mrs. Irwin J. Kahan). Brains and bricks: the history of the Yorkton psychiatric centre. Regina, White Cross Publications, c. 1965, 172 pages (illustrated). R-E 3392, Kahan, Fannie: Copies of letters to Israel Hoffer, 1926-1939; Pictorial Supplement, published in cooperation with The Jewish historical Society of Western Canada, no. 25, 1968-1969; "Jewish Farm Settlement on the Prairies," by H.G. Frank (The Jewish Post, Dec. 24, 1959); "People run risk of being 'sugarholics'," by Sharon Kahan (Leader-Post, Regina, Nov. 28, 1974). R-349, Kahan, Fanny: 498 cm of records created by Fannie Kahan, journalist and author, chiefly unpublished manuscripts and published works. R-E 386, Hoffer, Clara: Township Twenty-Five, by Clara Hoffer (Sask. Dept. of Culture and Youth), 1975, 144 pages. R-E 2853, Hoffer, Clara: "Land of Hope," by Clara Hoffer and F.H. Kahan, Western Producer, 1959-1960), concerning the Jewish colony established near Hirsch and Hoffer by Israel Hoffer, 1905; "Recollections of Mrs. Israel Hoffer, 1955," concerning a winter basket social and dance at the Hirsch synagogue, 3 pages. R-E 3029, Hoffer, Clara: "The Builder," reminiscences of Mrs. Israel Hoffer, told in the third person, c. 1959, 394 pages. (Also published in the Western Producer as "Land of Hope"). R-E 2995, Hoffer, Israel: "Reminiscences of Mr. Israel Hoffer," 1951, 11 pages. Saskatchewan History, Vol. 5, No. 1, Recollections by Israel Hoffer.

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Further accruals are expected.

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1 video cassette; 92 audio recordings;1 computer floppy disk; 1 vinyl disk

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Other codes: textual records: old guide GS180 (S-A207); S-A 1040; S-A 1095; S-A 1101; S-A 1102; S-A 1103; S-Q 415

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legacy ID F410

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