Clarence B. Farrar fonds

Title: Clarence B. Farrar fonds

Dates of creation: 1865-1990; predominant 1890-1970

Physical description: 13 metres of textual and graphic material and artifacts

Biographical Sketch:  Clarence Bynold Farrar was born in Cattaragus, New York on November 27, 1874.  He was educated at Allegheny College,  Harvard College (AB, 1896), and Johns Hopkins Medical School (MD, 1900).

Upon graduation from medical school, Dr. Farrar served two years of internship at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.  He then went to the University of Heidelberg for postgraduate training in psychiatry.

In 1904, Dr. Farrar returned to Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital to become Assistant Physician and Director of Laboratories.  At the same time, he was made Associate in Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Medical School.  In 1913, Dr. Farrar moved to Trenton Hospital, New Jersey, where he took an appointment as Assistant Physician and Lecturer in Abnormal Psychology at Princeton University.  Later, from 1916 to 1923, Dr. Farrar served as Chief Psychiatrist in the Department of Soldier’s Civil Re-establishment in Ottawa.

In 1926, after a short period as Medical Director of Homewood Sanitarium in Guelph, Ontario, Dr. Farrar was appointed Medical Director of the Toronto Psychiatric Hospital and Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto.  He remained in this position until his retirement in 1947. 

Between 1931 and 1965, he served as editor of the American Journal of Psychiatry.

For his significant contributions to psychiatry, Dr. Farrar received many national and international honours.  These include: a D.Sc. from McGill University in 1961; an L.L.D. from the University of Toronto in 1964; the Order of Service Medal from Canada in 1969; and the Thomas W. Salmon Committee Award from the New York Academy of Medicine in 1969.

Dr. Farrar married Evelyn Linwood Lewis of Alexandria, Virginia in 1911.  The couple had two daughters, Evelyn Aida, born in 1914, and Clarice Elaine, born in 1918.  Dr. Farrar later married Joan Gage in 1964.  He died in Toronto on June 3, 1970.

Scope and content: Correspondence, case records, reports, ephemera, photographs, glass slides, artifacts and other records of Dr. Clarence B. Farrar, documenting his personal and professional life as a psychiatrist in the United States; in Canada at the federal Department of Soldier's Civil Re-establishment, at the Homewood Sanatorium, at the Toronto Psychiatric Hospital and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto; and as editor, American Journal of Psychiatry.

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Accession number: B1999-0011