Fonds MG100 - Margaret Amelia Banks fonds

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Margaret Amelia Banks fonds

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  • 1946-1949 (Creation)
    Banks, Margaret Amelia

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  • 1 scrapbook
  • 2 artefacts

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Dr. Margaret Banks received a B.A. (Honours History) from Bishop's University in 1949. She was also that year's recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Medal for History and the Governor General's Medal for Highest Standing in the Graduating Year. She went on to earn an M.A. and a Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, and she spent most of her career as Law Librarian at The University of Western Ontario. Margaret Banks died on 29 April 2010. Her will stipulated that the two medals she earned at Bishop's were to be given back to Bishop's. She was the first woman to receive the GG medal for highest standing in the academic year. Also left to Bishop's, a scrapbook compiled by Margaret's father, Thomas Banks,
containing photographs, newspaper clippings, and personal mementos of Margaret's three years at Bishop's (1946/47 - 1948/49).

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Scrapbook containing photographs, newspaper clippings, and personal mementoes of Margaret's three years at Bishop's (1946/47 - 1948/49). Inscribed: This volume was compiled not by me, but by my father, Thomas Herbert Banks (1886-1960), who was much more talented at such things than I am. Signed Margaret A. Banks.

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Marianne Welch, Trustee, estate of the late Margaret Amelia Banks


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Other materials pertaining to Dr. Banks' life as a scholar - her papers, letters, diaries, memorabilia, etc. - have been donated to the Archives at the University of Western Ontario.

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Bishop's University Magazine, Spring 2006: Margaret Banks ’49 honoured by UWO On September 29, 2005, an extension to the Faculty of Law building was officially opened at The University of Western Ontario. A new conference room in the Law Library was named in honour of Dr. Margaret Banks ’40 for her leadership in the early development of a first class law library at Western. A framed photo of Margaret, a gift om the law book publisher Carswell to the Faculty of Law when Margaret retired in 1989, was moved from the Reading Room to the new Margaret A. Banks Room. Beatrice Bill Deadman ’50 and her husband joined Margaret at the ceremony.

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