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The collection includes page images, descriptions and full digital text of more than a thousand documents. Search options include:

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In addition to the core collection, the following are available:

  • Banting's scrapbooks - page images of three scrapbooks, compiled by FG Banting, documenting his career and personal life. Selected items in the scrapbooks have also been individually described and included in the core collection. These items are listed on each scrapbook page.
  • Descriptions of the archival collections - The materials for this digital collection were selected from several archival collections, at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library and elsewhere. Descriptions of each archival collection, its source, and the digital materials selected, are provided.
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Letter to Dr. Elliott P. Joslin 21/11/1921
Letter to Sir William Bayliss 08/09/1922
Letter to Professor A. B. Macallum 14/09/1922
Letter to Dr. J. B. Collip 28/02/1923
Letter to Professor A. B. Macallum 5/12/1923
Letter to Dr. J. B. Collip 18/12/1923
Letter to Dr. Joslin 21/11/1921
Letter to Dr. C. V.  Mosby 3/01/1924
Reminiscences of the researches which led to the discovery of insulin
Certificate from collegiate institutes and high schools of Ontario
Nobel Prize medal inscribed to F. G. Banting
Medical discovery proves epoch-making
Medical men gather to discuss recent discovery
Declares Best shares honor
New treatment is certain cure Europe declares
Winners named for Reeve prize
Fondness for mongrel helped to find insulin
Maimed veterans offered selves freely as experimental material
New York excited over new cure for diabetes