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Elinor Huntsman Mawson fonds
The fonds consists of audio cassettes with transcriptions and a collection of reprints of some of Dr. Elinor Huntsman's scientific articles, 1931-1950. The 6 hours of taped interviews capture her recollections of St. Andrews, the Biological Station where she was employed, and the research work she did with Dr. Best. She also recalls the war years in England and her life in Deep River. Finally, she discusses the setting up of the Charlotte County Archives in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. It includes photographs of Charlotte County, St. Croix River, Grand Manan, Dr. Elinor Huntsman.
Elinor Huntsman Mawson was born 2 February 1910, her mother was Florence Marie Stirling (known as Mary) and her father was Archibald Gowanlock Huntsman. She grew up in Toronto, her father was a Professor in the Zoology Dept. of the University of Toronto, and during the summer months they relocated to St Andrews, because her father was the director of the biological research station. Elinor graduated from Havergal College and the University of Toronto where she received a first class BA honours degree in 1931. During her undergraduate studies she had classes with Dr Charles Best, and he supervised her for her post-graduate studies. She earned an MA in Biochemistry in 1932. And during her research for her PhD, Dr Best recommended that she should go to England, to tour laboratories and to meet other scientists. She spent the next three years crossing the Atlantic several times, for this purpose. She met her future husband Colin Mawson at Manchester University. She earned her PhD in Physiology in 1935 [...]