New book display: Spotlight on the Edmison Collection

Event Date: 
Nov 24, 2017 to Jan 2, 2018
Event Location: 
Lederman Law Library

Stop by Lederman Law Library to view a new book display: Spotlight on the Edmison Collection. The display features books, articles, pamphlets, and reports from the Edmison Collection, as well as pictures, news clippings and other material from the Edmison fonds at the Queen’s University Archives.

John Alexander Edmison, Q.C., was an appointed Member of the first Parole Board of Canada in 1959. Previously, he had been Assistant to the Principal of Queen’s University.  Educated in Arts at Queen’s University and in Law at McGill, Mr. Edmison practiced law in Montreal until his enlistment with the Black Watch, Royal Highland Regiment of Canada, in 1940. In 1945, United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) appointed him as its Chief Liaison Officer to Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force. In France and Germany, he set up an organization for the care of refugees, displaced persons, and concentration camp survivors. 

As a writer and speaker on penology and criminology, Mr. Edmison was interested in crime prevention, penal reform, and in the welfare of ex-prisoners. He was a member of the four-man Fauteux Committee appointed by the Minister of Justice to study probation, parole and clemency problems (1953-56). He was also a Member of the first Parole Board of Canada from 1959 - 1969. In 1960, he received the “Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service” from the John Howard Society of Ontario.

From 1971-1980, he donated his collection of criminology and penology materials to Queen's University Library.

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