Canada in the world’s memory: The insulin collections at University of Toronto

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Do you know what memories—made in Canada—are now enshrined in the world’s memory? The UNESCO Memory of the World program registers documentary heritage considered to be of world significance and outstanding universal value. A number of collections preserved in Canada are on the register, including some that show the history of science and innovation.

The University of Toronto’s insulin collections, for example, consist of the archives created by the scientific team of Frederick Grant Banting (1891-1941), Charles Herbert Best (1899-1978), James Bertram Collip (1892-1965), and John James Rickard Macleod (1876-1935). The university has scanned most of the collections, so take a look at these outstanding archives, worthy of the world’s memory! Here’s just a taste from the Banting Papers – from a letter to Banting from an early trial patient: “The same day you left I gathered some nerve together and gave myself the Insulin, and [have been] doing it ever since…. I am feeling great.”

Read more about the discovery and early development of insulin in the University of Toronto’s insulin collections below (article in English only).

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Adele Torrance

 Adele Torrance is the Archivist at Ingenium - Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation.