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Accession Number: 97-1011


Dr. Barclay McKone manuscripts. -- 1951, 1955. -- 2 manuscripts.

Biography / History

Dr. Barclay McKone (1914-2006) completed his medical training in the mid-forties and went directly into treating those with tuberculosis in Hamilton, and later tuberculosis rehabilitation work in London, Ontario. From there he was invited by the Director of Indian Health Services to become the medical superintendent of the Moose Factory Indian Hospital, a task he undertook on January 1, 1951 and held until August 1954. In 1955 he led one unit of three which undertook a major medical expedition through the eastern Arctic to investigate illness in the area.

Custodial History

This fonds was created by and in the custody of Dr. Barclay McKone before it was donated to Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

These manuscripts were written by Dr. Barclay McKone, M.D., and are in typescript format. The first manuscript with the title "Moose Factory Indian Hospital" describes, in addition to a brief historical and geographical background of Moose Factory and its service area, salient treatments used to fight tuberculosis, and the frequent successes. The record comes alive with frequent records of specific cases. A review of cases indicated different characteristics of the disease and its treatment between Indian and Inuit patients. This report also refers to the treatment of other diseases and cases handled by the hospital between 1951 and 1955. The second manuscript with the title "Eastern Arctic Medical and X-Ray Survey 1955" describes in more complete diary-like detail the considerable amount of work done by group #2 of a 3 group expedition in their attempt to grapple with all the medical problems of the eastern Arctic. Again a primary concern is to identify and arrange to treat patients with tuberculosis. The time frame is June to September 1955.


Title based on the creator of the fonds.

This fonds was donated by Dr. Barclay McKone.

Restrictions: The manuscripts may be quoted with an acknowledgement of the source.

Materials added in 2015:

Two DVDs of film footage taken by Dr. Barclay McKone between 1951 and 1955 while he was working as a physician in the James Bay region. Also included are typed notes by Dr. McKone which provide information about the content of the films. The film footage was originally in VHS format and was copied to DVD prior to being donated by Dr. Barclay's great niece Christine Fischer Guy. Ms. Guy received the original VHS tapes from Dr. McKone to help in the research of her novel, The Umbrella Mender, which was published in 2014 and is set in Moose Factory. The DVDs and notes were donated from the estate of Dr. Barclay McKone in 2015 via Christine Fischer Guy.
Restriction: Permission to publish from this material is required from Christine Fischer Guy.