VIEW-2677 | Interior Peter Redpath Library, McGill University, Montreal, QC, 1893 (?)

Interior Peter Redpath Library, McGill University, Montreal, QC, 1893 (?)
Wm. Notman & Son
Probably 1893, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
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Founded in 1821 thanks to a legacy from James McGill, a merchant who amassed a huge fortune in the fur-trade, McGill University was established on his estate at the foot of Mount Royal.

The students for a long time were in the image of the founder. They were mostly the children of the upper and upper middle classes who had access to university studies. But class membership was not the only obstacle that had to be overcome. For many years, even the women of the elite were excluded from university programs. At first admitted only to the McGill Normal School, which gave them a distinct and inferior education that did not lead to a real degree, women students were only allowed to enrol in undergraduate programs in 1884. But equality had still not really been achieved, because women were kept segregated for many more years.

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