Fonds 014 - Dr. John Martin fonds

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Dr. John Martin fonds

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CA NL0001 014

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  • 1933-1998, predominant 1950-1970 (Creation)
    Martin, Dr. John
    St. John's (NL)

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72 cm of textual material
4 photographs

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John R. Martin was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1922. He had his early schooling at the High School, Dublin, Montreal West High School and Lower Canada College. He graduated M.D., C.M. from McGill University in 1945. His postgraduate work included: Junior Rotating Internship at Montreal General Hospital, 1945-1946; Rotating Intern at Queen Mary Veteran’s Hospital, 1946-1947; Student at British Post Graduate Medical School, Hammersmith, London, 1947-1948; Pathology, Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen, Scotland, 1948-1949; Assistant Resident in Medicine, Queen Mary Veteran’s Hospital, Montreal, 1949-1950; Assistant Resident in Medicine, Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, 1950-1951; Research Fellow, Clinical Investigation Unit, Queen Mary Veteran’s Hospital, Montreal, 1951-1952; Assistant Resident in Psychiatry, Queen Mary Veteran’s Hospital, 1952-1953; Research Fellow, Canadian Arthritis and Rheumatism Society, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York, USA, 1953-1954; and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, combined course in Medical Statistics and Epidemiology, 1985-1986.

Dr. John Martin held several professional positions over the course of his career, beginning with the position of Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at McGill University in Montreal, which he left in 1975 to accept a Professorship in Rheumatology at the new medical school at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. While at Memorial University, Dr. Martin was Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology), 1975-1990; Professor of Occupational Medicine, 1987-1990; Director, Northern Medicine and Health Program, 1978-1994; Associate, Memorial University of Newfoundland Centre for Offshore and Remote Medicine (MEDICOR), 1984-1991; History of Medicine Group, 1985-1990; Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology) (part-time), 1990, and professor of Community Medicine (Occupational Health), 1990-1991.

In addition to teaching responsibilities, Dr. Martin held other positions as well. He was Chief Occupational Medical Officer for the Province of Newfoundland from 1983 to 1991, and was president of the Newfoundland Medical Association from 1976 to 1977. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Martin is married to Claire (nee Connor), daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Connor of Balinderry, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and they have three children: Richard (b. 29 August 1960), Jennifer (b. 8 November 1962), and Christopher (b. 13 December 1967).

Custodial history

With the completion of the Leonard Miller book in 1998, these records were held in the possession of Dr. Martin. He deposited the papers with the Faculty of Medicine Founders’ Archive on 29 February 2000.

Scope and content

information relating to the writing and publication of Leonard Albert Miller: Public Servant, written by Dr. John Martin and published in 1998. Fonds is composed of the following series:

  1. Publication materials
  2. Notes and research materials
  3. Bibliography and publications
  4. Illustrations and photographs

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When the papers of Dr. John Martin arrived at the Faculty of Medicine Founders’ Archive, there was some degree of order present. Files were clearly labeled and in alphabetical order. This formed the framework for further arrangement and description of the collection, with the original order of material being preserved as much as possible.

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  • English

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There are no restrictions on access to or use of the material in this fonds.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Users should be aware that copyright regulations state that any copy of archival material is to be used solely for the purposes of research or private study, and that any use of copied material for any other purpose may require the authorization of the copyright owner of the work in question. Only one copy may be made for the patron. It is the patron’s responsibility to obtain such authorization.

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The files in Series 2 all reflect the original names placed on the files by Dr. Martin. Users should be aware that any names of people given for files may refer to research done on a scholarly work by that person. An example of this is File 2.01.097 entitled “Noel, S.J.R.,” which contains notes from Politics in Newfoundland written by S.J.R. Noel. For assistance with the names of files and their contents, users are requested to ask the archivist.

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