Collection RC0653 - Allan Roy Dafoe collection

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Allan Roy Dafoe collection

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  • 1934-1941 (Creation)

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24 b&w photographs.

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Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe (29 May 1883 – 2 June 1943) was a Canadian obstetrician, best known for delivering and caring for the Dionne quintuplets, the first quintuplets known to survive early infancy. Before modern fertility treatments, multiple births were a rare event and, when they did occur, the babies were not likely to survive. The 1934 birth of the Dionne Quintuplets in isolated Callander, Ontario (near North Bay), was regarded as a medical miracle and the country doctor who ensured their survival became an international celebrity. This collection consists of a small group of photographs of Dr. Dafoe basking in the fame which the births brought him. The images show Dafoe being honoured at various events in Washington (a meeting with President Roosevelt), New York City and Atlantic City between 1934 and 1941. There are no photographs of the famous quints.

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The collection consists of 24 black and white photographs of Dr. Dafoe (1883-1941). Each is identified on the reverse side, usually with the accompanying text for a brief story. The photographs were taken for International News Photos Inc., 1934-1941.

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The collection (01-2007) was purchased on the internet (e-bay). It previously had been part of the archive of William Randolph Hearst’s San Francisco Examiner.


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Research Collection’s Pierre Berton fonds contains manuscripts and research materials relating to his book The Dionne Years: a Thirties Melodrama (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart,1977).

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