Fonds MG 49 - F.E. Coburn fonds

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F.E. Coburn fonds

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MG 49

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  • 1946-1979, predominant 1957-1975 (Creation)

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3.5 meters of textual records, 16 audio cassettes, 6 photographs, 1 video cassette, memorabilia.

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Frank Emerson Coburn was born on 25 April 1912 in Toronto, Ontario. He attended the University of Toronto where he received both his B.A. (1936) and his MD. (1939). He did postgraduate work at the State University of Iowa from 1940-1943. From 1943-1946 he was Psychiatric Specialist, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. After the war he returned to Iowa, where he was Assistant, then Associate Professor of psychiatry. In 1955 he joined the University of Saskatchewan as Associate Professor. He was made Full Professor in 1957 and was named Acting Head of the Dept. of Psychiatry in 1970. His major field of interest was psychosomatic illness. In addition to his work in psychiatry, he was president of the Saskatchewan NDP, and was a candidate in Ontario in the 1950's, as well as running for municipal office in Saskatoon in 1969. He passed away in 2004.

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This collection contains biographical material and personal correspondence, as well as files relating to Professor Coburn's work in the Dept. of Psychiatry, his affiliation with the New Democratic Party, and his membership with the Unitarian Universalist Church. There are several files on City and St. Paul's Hospitals, other universities, and articles, lecture notes, book reviews, speeches and addresses by Dr. Coburn.

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Donated to the University Archives by Frank Coburn (1986) and Judi Coburn (2004).


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Materials containing third party personal information is restricted according to the guidelines in the Local Authorities Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. These files have been designated “restricted” in the guide. Please consult with an archivist.

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Related material: See also Faculty Biographies, Faculty Publications series.

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