Fonds - Dr. H. Bliss Murphy fonds

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Dr. H. Bliss Murphy fonds

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159 slides

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Dr. H. Bliss Murphy (1914-1992), physician, was born in St. John's, Newfoundland on 29 May 1914, the son of Dr. G.N. and Enid M. (Berteau) Murphy. He was educated at Bishop Feild College, Memorial University in St. John's, and at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he earned a M.D.C.M. in 1941. One year later, he graduated from the University of Toronto with a Diploma in Radiology. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force from Fall of 1943 to June 1946 and upon discharge returned to St. John's as Consultant to the American Base at Fort Pepperel.

After returning to Newfoundland, Dr. Murphy held a number of professional positions and appointments including Member of the Board of the Canadian Cancer Society, Consultant to Newfoundland Cancer Foundation, President of the St. John's Clinical Society, President of Staff for the General Hospital, Chief of Staff for the General Hospital, Medical Director for X-Ray Technology at the Trades and Technical College and a Clinical Lecturer at Memorial University's Medical School.

Over the years, Dr. Murphy was involved in many clubs and associations. These included the Rotary (St. John's Club), the Bally Haly Golf and Country Club, the Newfoundland Game Fish Protection Society, the Riverdale Tennis Club, the Masonic Club, and was President of the Feildian Gardens Association. On 16 April 1942, he married Ruperta Angel and they had four children: Anne Elizabeth (Yardley), John Robert, Susan Margaret and Barbara Louise.

Custodial history

The slides of Dr. H. Bliss Murphy were in the custody of Dr. Kenneth B. Roberts while Dr. Roberts held the position of Dr. John Clinch Professor of Medical History with the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland. After Dr. Roberts' retirement in 1988, the negatives were transferred to the custody of Dr. Penny Hansen, a student of Dr. Roberts. Dr. Hansen deposited the slides in the Faculty of Medicine Founders' Archive in February 2000.

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The Dr. H. Bliss Murphy fonds contains 159 glass slides, which are arranged by subject in six series. The slides consist of individuals, families, landscapes, buildings, religious ceremonies and work in India, various microscopic images, anatomical diagrams taken from the Anatomy Department, London Hospital Medical Collection, physicians, including famous physicians such as Pasteur, Fleming, and Koch, diagrams of medical experiments, procedures, and microscopic images, as well as unrelated subjects such as biblical images, a human skull, a mummified corpse and a poem.

Fonds consists of the following series: 1.0 India (65 slides); 2.0 London Hospital Medical Collection (12 slides); 3.0 Physicians (11 slides); 4.0 Medical Diagrams (26 slides); 5.0 Microscopic Images (34 slides); 6.0 Miscellaneous (12 slides).

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Material in fonds is protected by copyright. Copyright regulations state that any copy of archival material is to be used solely for research or private study. Any use of copied material for any other purpose may require the authorization of the copyright owner. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance from the copyright holder(s).

Copyright regulations require that records be kept of all copies made of material deposited prior to September 1, 1999 and that these records may be viewed by the author of the material, the copyright owner or representatives of either.

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Faculty of Medicine Founders' Archive finding aid # 13. Series level control.

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Created - May 28, 2013

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