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Dr. David Lewis fonds. Series
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Administrative activities files

The Series consists of records that reflect Dr. Lewis’ administrative responsibilities and activities throughout the course of his professional career. Records include reports, correspondence, and committee minutes.

Combined Operations book

The series consists Dr. Lewis book project, relating to the compilation and editing of reminiscences of fellow WWII veterans of the Combined Operations of the Royal Canadian Navy resulting in the two volumes book “From St. Naziere to Singapore: the Canadian Amphibious War 1941-1945”.

Graphic materials

The Series consists of slides collected and created by Dr. Lewis to illustrate his lectures and presentations including Growth and Development, Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), Lithium, Little Men and Affective Disorders.

Medical training

The series consists of records pertaining to Dr. Lewis’ early medical training at the University of Toronto, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Maudsley Hospital in England including records on a Lysergic Acid (LSD) research project. Also consists of correspondence and reports regarding Dr. Lewis’ McLaughlin Foundation Travelling Fellowship grant.


The Series consists of records reflecting Dr. Lewis’ early education and early psychiatric career, and also consists of personal correspondence with his family and friends and autobiographical narrative journal.

Professional service and learning

The Series consists of records that selectively reflect Dr. Lewis’ service to external organizations and his interests in professional learning opportunities.

Research and scholarly activities

The Series consists of records that reflect the breadth and depth of Dr. Lewis’ research interests and activities. His early interests included the investigation into Little Men or Lilliuputian hallucinations and the effects of Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) therapy. He also conducted research related to his administrative activities, particularly research to enhance and improve practice at the Affective Disorders Clinic. His later studies into chronic fatigue syndrome and psycho immune responses reflect his on-going evaluation of cause and effect in psychiatric practice. Lewis’s career brought him into contact with several of the pioneers of Canadian psychiatry; he later became interested in chronicling the lives of Robert Cleghorn and Donald Cameron.

Teaching activities

The Series consists of records created as a result of Dr. Lewis’ teaching activities including those from the University of Toronto, McGill University and the University of Calgary. The records include outlines of courses, hand-outs, hand-written speaking and lecture notes and reading lists. Courses represented include the Behavior Course, Death and Dying, Group Dynamics, Group training, Affective Disorders, Growth and Development and the History of Psychiatry.