Fonds F0221 - Frank Barrett fonds

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Frank Barrett fonds

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  • Cartographic material

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9 m of textual records and cartographic material
92 photographs
275 photographs : slides
112 photographs : negatives
9 videocassettes
5 audio cassettes

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Frank Barrett was an Associate Professor in Geography, Atkinson College, York University. He was born in 1935 in Toronto, Ontario, educated at the University of Toronto (BA 1958), the University of Minnesota (MA 1964), and Michigan State University where he received his PhD (Geography - African Studies and Sociology) in 1973. Dr. Barrett primarily researched, taught, and published about the geographical aspect of disease, the history of medical geography and geographical medicine, geographical thought, and Africa's cultural areas, disease patterns, and medical care and nutrition. He served York University in many administrative and collegial capacities, including Chair, Dept. Geography and Urban Studies, Atkinson College (1981-1982, 1988-1989, and 1999-2001).

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Fonds consists of records pertaining to Frank Barrett's work as a university professor and his research and writing in the field of geography. These records include undergraduate and graduate essays, published papers, drafts, presentations, grant files, research materials including reproductions of maps and atlases, photographs, audio cassettes, videocassettes, teaching files, course notes, correspondence, raw data and questionnaires from Barrett's housing studies, as well as Atkinson College Geography department newsletters. The fonds also includes correspondence, book proposals and prospectus, drafts, and reviewers' comments for Barrett's "Disease and Geography: The History of an Idea".

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Donated by Frank Barrett in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2010.


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  • English
  • German

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Some restrictions apply. Files containing personal student information are closed for 40 years from the last date in the file.

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2003/01/15 Creation.
2006/05/06 Revised.
2020/07/27 J. Grant. Metadata clean-up. Migration to AtoM.

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