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Dr. David Lewis fonds. Subseries
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Affective Disorders Clinic

The Sub-series consists of research arising from Dr. Lewis’ appointment as Clinical Director of the Affective Disorders Clinic at the University of Calgary. Records include evaluations of the effectiveness of methods of treatment, research proposals, drafts of papers
and presentations. Specific research topics include the Therapeutic Waiting room, plasma levels, and evaluations of practice.

Autobiographical reflective journal (Waves)

The Sub-series consists of Dr. Lewis narrative journal entries, he entitled ‘Waves’ project, on his life’s experiences and their effects and important activities including his childhood, career development, war experiences relating to his participation in the Dieppe raid and later his compilation of veterans stories for the book on combined operations.

Chronic fatigue syndrome research

The Sub-series consists of Dr. Lewis’ research into Mysathenic Encephalomyeltis (ME), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Post-Viral Asthenia (PVA) and the possible links to depression and other disorders. Records include drafts of papers and presentations, research notes and background materials.


The Sub-series consist of letters received and copies of letters sent by Dr. Lewis to solicit information from veterans on war experiences, and letters of consent to publish articles and photographs. Also includes news clippings.

Correspondence, certificates and awards

The Sub-series consists of Lewis’ personal correspondence, correspondence with his parents and with Raymond Prince. Records also include certificates of membership, recognition and registration, and diplomas. The Sub-series also consists of an MD diploma granted to Dr. Lewis’ father, David Sclater Lewis, and an appointment certificate for Dr. Lewis as Temporary Sub-Lieutanent in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, correspondence on war medals awarded, and newspaper clippings on his war activities.

Donald Cameron research

The Sub-series consists of biographical research on Donald Cameron, research notes and outlines, correspondence between Lewis and Cameron, and drafts of papers. Sub-series also consists of a copy of the official opinion in the matter of psychiatric procedures at the Allan Memorial Institute from 1948-1964, press releases and newspaper articles on these procedures. Records also include draft of a paper by Raymond Prince, annotated by Dr. Lewis on “The CIA and the Origins of Transcultural Psychiatry at McGill: A Historical Note.” Donald Cameron was the first Director of the Allan Memorial Institute and was involved in experiments for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) involving psychiatric patients. These experiments became controversial when brought to light during the mid 1980s, resulting in a federal investigation.

Early education

The Sub-series consists of records from Lewis’ early education at Trinity College School including correspondence between the school and his parents, monthly grade reports and school event brochures. The Sub-series also consists undergraduate student English papers at McGill University, convocation booklet, academic reports and certificates, and correspondence from an early position Lewis held at the Ottawa Journal.


The Sub-series consists of Dr. Lewis’ research and scholarly interests not represented in the other sub-series. These interests ranged from art and poetry therapies, abnormal behavior, depression, epilepsy, Freud, Greek mythology, religion and existentialism. The Sub-series also consists of records on Dr. Lewis’s initiative to create a computerized psychiatric journal article collection called PSYDAT. Records in this sub-series include drafts of presentations and articles, speaking notes, proposals, background research and correspondence. Records also include published copies of many of Dr. Lewis’ articles.

Lilliputian (little men) studies

The Sub-series consists of Dr. Lewis’ research into patient’s hallucinations of “Little Men,” or Lilliputianism. Records consist of information from case files, patient artwork, research notes and background materials, drafts of papers and presentations, preliminary information on a follow-up study, and copy of the article published in 1961.

Lithium studies

The Sub-series consists of research notes, abstracts of papers and correspondence related to Dr. Lewis’ research on the use of lithium. The Sub-series also consists of research gathered during a sabbatical trip to Europe and New York to investigate the use of lithium in other clinics. The information gathered would have been instrumental to Dr. Lewis’ initiative to create the Affective Disorders Clinic at the University of Calgary.

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