McGill University for the Advancement of Learning. Vol. 1: 1801-1895

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McGill University for the Advancement of Learning. Vol. 1: 1801-1895
Political tensions of Lower Canada delayed implementation of James McGill's 1813 bequest to establish a university in Montreal for sixteen years; and then it was only by incorporating the Montreal Medical Institution as Faculty of Medicine that in 1829 a beginning of a university could be made. Thirty years after James McGill's death, the Faculty of Arts was finally established, but not until the trustee-body known as the Royal Institution for the Advancement of Learning was moved from Quebec City to Montreal and established as its board of governors did McGill University begin to revive and hold out promise of a respectable future. The author points out that it was the appointment of John William Dawson as principal in 1855 that brought modern ideas of education to Montreal, and Dawson imparted to the emerging institution his own deeep commitment to science. The Molson Hall in 1862, the first Medical School on campus in 1872, the Redpath Museum in 1882, the Macdonald Physics Building, the Redpath Library, and the Macdonald-Workman Engineering Building, all in 1893 were the major external evidences of the great intellectual advances that had been made. Equally, the admission of women students in 1884 marked the immense social developments in Montreal society. An early contribution to elementary teaching through the work of the McGill Nornal School was followed by the institution of examinations for a far-flung network of affiliated secondary schools and by the encouragement and supervision of local colleges.
Montreal and Kingston
McGill-Queen's University Press
Frost, Stanley B. McGill University for the Advancement of Learning. Vol. 1: 1801-1895. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1980.
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