Letter from Wilder Penfield to Richard M. Pearce, January 28, 1929.
Date:
1929-01-28
Description:
Carbon copy of Wilder Penfield's 1929 application to (Richard M. Pearce of) the Rockefeller Foundation (RF) for funding to build what would become the Montreal Neurological Institute. Penfield inquires as to whether he might set up an interview with Pearce while traveling to New York. Penfield reminds Pearce of the funding he received from the RF to visit neurology centers in Europe. He reports that since his trip he has been working in neuropathology laboratories at the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) in Montreal. Despite the good set up at the RVH, Penfield believes a more comprehensive plan is necessary to tackle the challenge of neurosurgery. He asserts that the RVH is a suitable institution to support a center specializing in neurosurgery and research. Penfield presents his initial thoughts on the building, laboratories, spaces for staff, accommodations for patients, offices, and special examination rooms. Penfield asserts the he has the "personnel now to begin such an undertaking" and has written in hopes that the Rockefeller Foundation would help fund the building and operation of such an institute.
Physical Description:
text.typescript.black and white 27.6 x 20.8 cm
Language:
English

is Part Of:
Wilder Penfield Digital Collection

Wilder Penfield Fonds P142 -- Series A (Administration) -- Sub-Series A/N (Administration, Neuro)
Publisher:
Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University
Citation:
Letter from Wilder Penfield to Richard M. Pearce, January 28, 1929. [Online image]. Wilder Penfield Digital Collection Wilder Penfield Fonds P142 -- Series A (Administration) -- Sub-Series A/N (Administration, Neuro) . Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University . Retrieved October 15, 2019 from http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/penfieldfonds/fullrecord.php?ID=9961
Rights:
This material has been made available with the consent of the copyright holders and can be used in accordance with fair dealing provisions of Canadian copyright law. For more information, please contact the Osler Library of the History of Medicine.
Creator:
Penfield, Wilder Graves, 1891-1976.
Notes:
Handwritten note at top of page 1: " "This is the original carbon of my application to the Rockefeller Foundation, the only one I made before Gregg came to Montreal in Oct.1931 and said we could go ahead here or in in Philadelphia or somewhere else! He never said he had see it. But I felt sure he had. W.P. Apr. 15, 1975."

Typed at top of page, before address and salutation: "Building: (a) Seventeen laboratory rooms for neuropathological work by men working in neurosurgery, neurology and psychiatry. this would give a space for voluntary workers as well as for men on the staff. These rooms with hall space would require about 7225 sq. feet." [in other drafts of this letter, this paragraph is integrated into the body of the letter].

Typed at bottom left of page after the valediction: "WGP/HL".

There are at least two other records containing a version of this letter. All letters are titled "Letter From Wilder Penfield to Richard M. Pearce, January 28, 1929."

Call Number:
A/N 2-1