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About the Project


The History of McGill Project was established in 1975, to undertake historical study, research, and publication on McGill University, whose long and colourful history stretches back to the birth of James McGill in 1744.

The aim of the project is to make this history as well known and accessible as possible to a changing world.

The Director

In September, 2003, Peter F. McNally succeeded Dr. Frost as Director of the History of McGill Project.

He is a Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, Past-president of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, and Convenor of the Library History Interest Group of the Canadian Library Association.

Professor McNally is currently writing McGill University: for the Advancement of Learning v. III (1970-2002).

Professor McNally's publications include:

Readings in Canadian Library History. Ottawa: Canadian Library Association, 1986.

Readings in Canadian Library History 2. Ottawa: Canadian Library Association, 1996.

"Charles Henry Gould." Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998. Vol. XIV, pp: 428-430.

"McGill University Libraries." International Dictionary of Library Histories. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001. Vol. 1, pp: 436-438.

"Peter and Grace Redpath: Collectors and benefactors." Fontanus, from the Collections of McGill University. Vol. X (2003), pp: 152-173.

The Founder

The founding Director of the History of McGill Project was Stanley Frost.

Coming to McGill in 1956, as a Professor of Old Testament Languages and Literature, he thereafter became successively Dean of the Faculty of Divinity, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, and Vice-Principal (Administration).

He served as Director of the Project from 1974 until September 1, 2003.

In 1990, McGill awarded him an LLD. In 2004 he became Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Frost's publications include:

McGill University: for the Advancement of Learning. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1980-1984. 2 Vols.

The Man in the Ivory Tower: F. Cyril James of McGill. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1991.

James McGill of Montreal. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1995.

The History of McGill in Relation to the Social, Economic and Cultural Aspects of Montreal and Quebec. Montreal: McGill University, 1979.

Autumn Harvest. Montreal: McGill University Libraries, 2002.

Relationships with Other Organizations

The History of McGill Project enjoys close relations with other University organizations.

Although a separate entity, the James McGill Society is also concerned with making the University's past better known. Dr. Frost was one of its founders. Both he and Professor McNally have served as Executive Secretaries and Presidents.

The McGill University Archives serves as a central research resource for both the Society and the Project.

The McGill University Library system is another important research resource.