W. Stanford Reid was the first chair of Guelph's Department of History and the founder of its Scottish studies program.
During his time as chair, Reid launched the master's and PhD programs in history and established the graduate program in Scottish studies. It was one of Guelph's first graduate programs in the liberal arts and is still one of the most popular.
Reid was also responsible for initiating the McLaughlin Library's Scottish collection, which is now the largest collection of Scottish materials outside Scotland. He travelled abroad to gather materials for the collection, acquiring several original manuscripts and 40 letters by Scottish novelist and poet Sir Walter Scott.
When Reid retired, faculty in the Department of History established two annual awards in his name. The W.S. Reid Essay Prize is presented to the student with the best essay in a fourth-year history course. The W.S. Reid Thesis Prize recognizes the best thesis submitted by an undergraduate student in history.
BY RACHELLE COOPER