Resolution on the Death of
Professor John Schreiber, 1921 - 2002

Courtesy of the School of Architecture

Professor John Schreiber died peacefully on the 21st of February, 2002, at Taybarn, the home he built in Perth, Ontario. He was born and raised in Poland, but at the start of the Second World War he escaped to England where he served in the Polish Navy under British Command. When he was discharged with the rank of Lieutenant in 1946, he traveled to Scotland to study architecture at the University of Glasgow, graduating in 1951 and emigrating to Canada soon after. He joined the staff of the School of Architecture at McGill in 1953 and although he retired officially from teaching in 1987, his relationship with the School never ended.



Shortly before his death in 2002, John Schreiber, architect, landscape architect and former professor at the McGill School of Architecture donated an archive of his professional work to the John Bland Canadian Architecture Collection at McGill University. The two hundred and thirty four projects represented in the Schreiber fonds span half a century of work and are documented in more than four thousand plans and drawings, hundreds of photographs and close to six linear metres of textual files. The access to the archive is now facilitated by a newly published John Schreiber: Guide to the Archive (Montreal: McGill University Libraries, 2003) as well as by the means of the present website. Other archival material on Schreiber's architectural work in the Thousand Island region is available at Queen's University Archive and documented in The Schreiber Fonds of the Hewitt and Vandendries Residences (2001), a guide edited by Pierre de la Ruffinière du Prey and Milijana Mladjan.

Dr. Irena Žantovská Murray
Chief Curator
Rare Books and Special Collections
John Bland Canadian Architecture Collection