Redpath Research Journal

Do you enjoy surprising people with amusing facts and stories?

Over the past three years, the Redpath Museum Club has been working to publish annual Redpath Research Journals. The purpose of the Journal is to highlight interesting facts and features about the Redpath Museum collections, McGill, and the Montreal area. If you would like to be published in our third issue of the Redpath Research Journal, the topics available are endless!

Important Dates!:

December 1st, 2013, as the tentative submission deadline

This year, we have 3 possible categories for submissions: essay, photo essay or interview.

Essay: 4-10 pages on a particular topic, Chicago Style referencing,

Interview: a documented conversation with a person of interest in the McGill or Montreal community, with a clear, appropriate questions that may be answered to support a guiding question or topic, including a descriptive introduction and conclusion

Photo essay: Black and white photographs that capture the essence of McGill and perhaps an unconventional perspective

Topics for submissions include, but are not limited to the following. If you have an idea for a topic you are passionate about that is not on the list, the editors (Kaela and Jacob) would love to hear your thoughts! Check out the following website for some inspiration!

McGill Related Topics

▪   the Redpath Mansion (located near the MMFA, a double-murder happened there in early 1900s, and it’s still a mystery)

▪   Hochelaga – the aboriginal community that was supposedly located on the McGill campus’ land waaay back

▪   James McGill and his house that used to be where Burnside is (burned down like 3 times)

▪   The clock on campus that has just been re-installed on the Roddick Gates

▪   The Faculty Club building – originally it was owned by a German family, during World War II it was taken away from them by the government, and then given to the McGill’s principal at the time – now it’s still used by McGill Faculty (but the principal no longer lives there)

▪   the minerals used in certain buildings on campus

▪   the development of campus from a field with cows grazing on it, to what we see today (the process of beautifying it

▪   famous alumni

▪   looking at the many mansions donated to McGill University during World War II as soldiers died, and no one was left to look after these houses

▪   McGill’s influence in the War effort

▪   McGill Students as soldiers during WorldWarII

▪   Protests at McGill

▪   The Puppet Collection in McGill’s Rare Books Collections

▪   The McGill Observatory

▪   Peter Redpath and his sugar ties

▪   Birks Building – the library and the chapel

▪   Stephen Leacock

▪   The three bares statue (Goodwill Fountain), and other art on the McGill campus

▪   McGill Tobacco (we had our own brand of cigarettes)

▪   McGill’s role in the beginning of ice hockey

▪   Body snatching Medical students

▪   McGill fashions throughout the ages

▪    history of McGill songs, on example from the early 1900s being-   James McGill, James McGill,Peacefully he slumbers there, Though he knows we’re on the tear, He’s our father Oh yes, rather, James McGill!!!!!

▪   The Montreal Millionaires who lived right around McGill

▪    the Ogilvies, the Strathconas, the Shaugnesseys, the Courols and more

▪   McTavishes and the Quesnels – the magnates of the North West Fur Company

▪    the Molsons and the Dows – the early brewers

▪   the Bleurys, the Shuters and the Vigers – the real estate proprietors

▪    John Molson, expertise as a brewer, branched into the steamship business and more astonishingly into theatre ownership, his success rested primarily on his trade

▪   Lord Strathcona – one of the co-founders of the Royal Victoria Hospital which was opened in 1893, and also responsible for the opening of the Royal Victoria College for women students at McGill

Redpath Museum Related Topics

▪   The architecture of the Museum

▪   Where the mummies came from (expo 67)

▪   More about the man who lived in the basement of Redpath

▪   How we acquired certain artifacts (if there is an artifact that intrigues you, this may be interesting)

▪   Information about the variety of other collections at McGill found here:

▪   The collections of Walter F. Ferrier: Who was Ferrier, what was his relationship to McGill, and how did he acquire his spectacular collection?

▪   The ‘cave party’: Rumor has it that one McGill geologist (possibly Dr. James Douglas) once threw a party in a cave. The minerals in the Douglas Collection are all cave deposits from the same cave. What is the story behind this?

▪   The story of the ‘McGill minerals’: mcgillite, dawsonite, thomasclarkite, donnayite, gaidonnayite etc. What are these minerals, and how did they come to acquire their names?

▪    The Canon Diablo meteorite in the mineral collections: Possibly one of the single most valuable items in the whole Redpath Museum. How did McGill acquire it? Where does it come from? Why is it so valuable?


▪   The Abe Levine shell collection: Who was Abe Levine? How many awards did he win for his spectacular shell collection? How many shells are in the collection? How did McGill come to acquire it?

▪    What about the lion, the stable antelope, bongo or the giant beluga whale skeleton on the first floor?

▪   McGill has a huge and notable mammal collection, including mounts and skeletons of rare specimens such as platypuses, echidnas, a giant anteater, a tapir, a pangolin and several koalas. How many species are represented? How long have they been in the collection and who collected them?

Watch this space for updates


2 thoughts on “Redpath Research Journal

  1. Did the journal come out with the ghost stories in it? I’ve been looking forward to that forever! As an Aboriginal student at McGill, I would be interested in contributing at some point. Is it too late to contribute? If so, I can do it next time. 🙂

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