Dr. William Metcalf fonds Help

Fonds F 4417

Dr. William Metcalf fonds

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Dr. William Metcalf fonds
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

15 centimetres of textual records

1 silk bag

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of correspondence, diplomas and medical certificates earned by Dr. Metcalf; essays, articles and obituaries regarding Dr. Metcalf; a copy of Dr. Metcalf's will (not a photocopy); correspondence and research material obtained by Dorothy Deane regarding her great uncle Dr. Metcalf, as well as correspondence that refers to her donations to other institutions.

Correspondence includes a set of letters between Dr. Metcalf and his fiancée, Emma Clarke, written between the time of their initial engagement and the time of their marriage (8 February 1883 to 17 June 1883); correspondence from Dr. Metcalf to Hon. Charles Clarke (father of Dr. Charles Clarke); letters written by Dr. Charles Clarke, Jennie Workman and Mrs. James Morphet Metcalf (formerly Mrs. William George Metcalf).

Fonds also includes a silk letter bag with the initials WGM, which originally housed the letters between Dr. Metcalf and Emma Clarke.

The letters between Dr. Metcalf and Emma Clarke are ordered chronologically; there is no particular order to the remainder of the fonds.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

Dr. William Metcalf (1847-1885) was a psychiatrist who gained prominence for his innovative treatment of psychiatric patients while he was superintendent of the Rockwood Asylum in Kingston.

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Metcalf, William George, 1847-1885

Restrictions on Access
There are no restrictions on access.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright has been transferred to the Archives of Ontario by the donor. Fonds also contains material owned by various other copyright owners. To find out more about the copyright status of the particular material you wish to use, consult a Reference Archivist through the Reference Desk. There are no restrictions on reproduction for research and private study. If you wish to use other than for research and private study any of this material, submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Custodial History

The records were donated to the Archives of Ontario from Mrs. Dorothy Deane, great-niece of Dr. William Metcalf, in 2003. The fonds consists of records created by Dr. Metcalf and of those accumulated by Mrs. Deane in her research on her great uncle. Mrs. Deane acquired the records created by Dr. Metcalf from her cousin, Leila Metcalf Cosgrave, one of Dr. Metcalf's daughters.

Related Material

Medical Superintendent Journals while Dr. Metcalf was at the Toronto Asylum can be found in RG 10-272 Queen Street Mental Health Centre records of the Medical Superintendent.

Medical Superintendent Records from Kingston can be found in RG 10-295 Kingston Psychiatric Hospital records of the Medical Superintendent, including the account by his successor of his death.


No further accruals are expected.

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The letters between Dr. Metcalf and Emma Clarke must be viewed under the supervision of a Reference Archivist. Some of the letters are fragile and must be removed from the envelope and opened by the Reference Archivist.

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Records series that make up this fonds

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Reference Code Series Title
F 4417-1 Personal correspondence of Dr. Metcalf
F 4417-2 Dr. Metcalf's medical diplomas & certificates
F 4417-3 Correspondence and research material relating to Dr. Metcalf