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Gustave Gingras fonds [multiple media]. 



Place of creation


3.9 m of textual records.
938 photographs b&w and col.
2 film reels (30 min).
4 videocassettes (ca. 2 h, 32 min).
2 audio discs (ca 30 min).
2 audio reels (ca. 1 h, 30 min).
15 audio cassettes (ca. 2 h, 42 min).

Scope and content

Fonds consists of Gingras' personal and professional correspondence in both English and French; membership and executive documents for organizations such as the Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Forces Medical Council, Institut de Réadaptation de Montréal/ Rehabilitation Institute of Montreal and St. John Ambulance. It includes Gingras' work on special studies for the War Amps of Canada for the Canadian prisoners of war taken by the Japanese at Hong Kong in 1941 and for the thalidomide victims of the early 1960's. Documents cover mainly 1985-1996. Also included are moving images and sound recordings of talks and press conferences given by Gingras, in French and English, about his work. Photographic material depicts the career of Gustave Gingras such as reception of awards, attendance at meetings, participation in the War Amps Association, the Canadian Medical Association, the Defence Medical Association, the St-John Ambulance, the RCMP, the Institut de Réadaptation de Montréal, and at the Sorbonne. Also included is an album of rehabilitation clinics in Vietnam.

Textual records
Sound recordings
90: Open
Moving images (film)
90: Open
Moving images (video)
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
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TCS 01240
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Graphic (photo)
90: Open
TCS 01241
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
TCS 01429
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Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Sound recordings and moving images: Reproduction and use in any form requires the written permission of the copyright holders.
Photographs: No restrictions on use. Various copyrights on items less than 50 years old; copyright expired on items greater than 50 years old. Credit: name of photographer / National Archives of Canada / copy negative number.

Textual records: The finding aid is a file list. MSS2107 (Paper)

Textual records: Finding aid. MSS2107 (Electronic)

Moving images Consul the MISACS database for item-level descriptions. (Electronic)

Sound recordings Consult the MISACS database for item-level descriptions. (Electronic)

Photographic accession no. 1985-266: Descriptions of each volume located in 326 with a copy in Photo art & Research. FA-162 (Paper)

Biography / Administrative history

Gustave Gingras was born in Montréal on 18 January 1918. He received a classical education at College Bourget, Rigaud, Qué., where he graduated with a B.A. in 1936. Granted his M.D. by the Faculté de Médecine, Université de Montréal, in 1941, he immediately entered the Canadian Army Medical Corps and served overseas until the end of the war in 1945. He was then put in charge of rehabilitating veterans at the Queen Mary Veterans Hospital, Montreal. He was founder and Executive Director of the Institut de Réadaptation de Montréal/ Rehabilitation Institute of Montreal from its establishment in 1949 to his retirement in 1976. Gingras was both a national and international pioneer in the specialty of physical and rehabilitation medicine. His expertise and knowledge were highly regarded by the Université de Montréal, where he served as both Professor of Rehabilitation and Director of the School of Rehabilitation, 1954-76. Gingras produced more than one hundred papers on rehabilitation. The numerous honours and awards that Gingras received over the years are an indication of the mark he has left on rehabilitation medicine. The rehabilitation of war veterans was just part of Gingras' work.

In 1969, he received the Lasker Award for his rehabilitation work in Latin America for the United Nations, his leadership in the Moroccan oil poisoning disaster of 1959-1960 and his contribution to the Canadian rehabilitation program in Vietnam. In addition, he acted as an officer for many scientific/medical societies and non-professional bodies. After his retirement in 1976, Gingras relocated to Prince Edward Island where he was Director of Rehabilitations Services for the PEI Department of Health 1977-1980 and Chancellor of the University of PEI, 1974-1982. He was a consultant to the War Amps of Canada for special compensation for Canadians who were taken prisoner of war at Hong Kong as well as compensation for thalidomide victims of the early 1960's. He died in May 1996.

Additional information

Received from Gustave Gingras in 1980 and 1985 and from Camille de la Chevrotière in 1996.

Language note
Material mostly in English with about 15 percent of the correspondence in French.

Subject heading

1. Gringras, Gustave, 1918-
2. Physicians Québec (Province)
3. Médecins Québec (Province)


Related control no.

1. 1980-0042 MISA
2. 1985-0618 MISA
3. 1985-0619 MISA
4. 1985-0620 MISA
5. 1985-266 NPC
6. 1997-064 DAP
7. 1998-0033 VSA
8. 1996-03024-8
9. 1996-04010-3