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Jarrett H. Folley, MD papers

  • MS 097
  • Collection
  • 1950-1952

Jarrett H. Folley, MD, served as the Director of the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) during 1950 and 1951. The Jarrett H. Folley, MD, papers collection is comprised of official interim and quarterly reports issued by the ABCC, a reprint written by Folley, Dr. Wayne Borges and Dr. Takuso Yamawaki "Incidence of Leukemia in Survivirs of the Atomic Bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki", and a typescript discription of the programs of clincial investigation by the ABCC. In the archival manuscript collections donated by other former ABCC members are reports and articles written or coauthored by Dr. Folley. Also, in the photograph collection are numerous black and white photographs of Dr. Folley posing with nurses and fellow physicians. The collection consists of 0.5 cubic feet (1 box).

The collection is divided into three series: Reports; Reprints; and Presentations. The Reports series is comprised of official interim and quarterly reports issued by the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission. The Reprints series includes an article written by Dr. Folley, Dr. Wayne Borges and Dr. Takuso Yamawaki for the American Journal of Medicine "Incidence of Leukemia in Survivirs of the Atomic Bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan." The documents in the Presentation series consist of "The Involvment of Dartmouth Personnel in the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Follow-up Studies" accompanied by Dr. Folley's handwritten note, and a typescript description by Dr. Folley of "the program of clinical investigation carried on by the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission." The materials are in good condition.

Folley graduated from Harvard Medical School. His medical training included Mary Hitchock Memorial Hospital, New Haven Hospital, and University of Pennsylvania. Folley's major interest was in the field of internal medicine. He served as the President of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic, Hanover, New Hampshire from 1964 to 1974. Folley was the Medical Director of the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) from 1950 to 1951, during his leave of absence from the Hichcock Clinic, Hanover, New Hampshire. In 1948 the ABCC initiated the first survey of the incidence of leukemia in populations exposed to high energy radiation by the explosion of an atomic bomb. Folley published his report on the incidence of leukemia in the survivors of the bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the American Journal of Medicine in 1952. He died in 1991.

Folley, Jarrett H.

Robert D. Lange, MD papers

  • MS 064
  • Collection
  • 1954- 1966

The Robert D. Lange Collection contains publications and reprints from the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission, The Journal of the Hiroshima Medical Association, Blood, The Journal of Hematology, Texas Reports on Biology and Medicine. Unique to this collection are the 46 lantern slides. The contribution consists of lantern slides, publications and a set of 35 mm slides. The print and photographic materials in this small collection complement each other well. Most of the 46 lantern slides are of the original illustrations printed in the publications in his collection. The collection is in good condition with some fraying and normal depreciation.

Lange, Robert D.

Herman Wigodsky, MD papers

  • MS 065
  • Collection
  • 1949-1988

The Herman Wigodsky, MD papers contains Chernobyl Report and photocopied correspondence. The collection consists of one box equaling 1 cubic foot. Dr. Wigodsky's largest donation to the archive was the Chernobyl Report given in November 1986. He also donated a photocopy of a letter from Manfred Leiser of the International Atomic Energy Commission.

Subjects: ABCC, Internal Medicine. Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission.

Wigodsky, Herman

James V. Neel, PhD papers

  • MS 089
  • Collection
  • 1946-1990

The James V. Neel papers contains incoming and outgoing Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission communication and correspondence, Committee on Atomic Casualties minutes, hematology ABCC 1, hematology ABCC 2, hematology ABCC program 1, Japan lectures, Nagasaki study of Metal Ret. Children, ABCC memoranda and reports, genetics data, atomic calculations, various conference information, genetics and vital statistics, genetics code, studies on consanguinity and heritability, genetics section monthly reports, cousin marriage, congenital and/or hereditary abnormalities in Japanese and Caucasians, quarterly reports submitted from Japan, monthly reports, genetics and research information, calculation sheet on atomic bomb studies, radiation census, midwife training, Kitamura program, consultants correspondence, staff correspondence, photocopy of manuscript, and other prints and photos related to the work and research of Dr. James V. Neel.

Subjects: ABCC, Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission.

Neel, James V. (James Van Gundia)

H. Grant Taylor, MD papers

  • MS 044
  • Collection
  • 1925-1992

Papers consist primarily of personal and professional correspondence; board meeting and committee meeting minutes and reports; drafts, manuscripts, and published professional papers (including several first drafts handwritten by Dr. Taylor); documentation chronicling his role with the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) in Japan, his role in the organization and development of a regional medical plan centered in Houston, of the University of Texas (UT) Postgraduate School of Medicine and its Division of Continuing Education, and of M. D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute (MDAH), currently known as UT M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and its renowned Department of Pediatrics; applications and correspondence regarding funding for a wide range of research, continuing education, and community projects. The collection consists of 45 boxes equaling 23 cubic feet contain personal and biographical papers, documentation of appointments, meetings, boards and committees, continuing education, and other paper materials.

Subjects: ABCC, Oncology. Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission. University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston.

Taylor, H. Grant

Frank W. Putnam, MD papers

  • MS 092
  • Collection
  • 1943-1995

The Frank W. Putnam papers contains RERF board of directors correspondence and board meeting reports, budget draft proposals, electrophoresis article reprints, “Hiroshima and Nagasaki Revisited”, medical dosimetry, assembly of life sciences, advisory committee meeting, meetings and conclusion of scientific council, genetic study conference, publications, and other material related to the work of Dr. Putnam. Collection consists of 5 boxes totaling 3 cubic feet of various paper material.

Subjects: ABCC, Cardiology. Baylor College of Medicine.

Putnam, Frank W.

Gilbert Beebe, PhD papers

  • MS 100
  • Collection
  • 1957-2001

The Gilbert Beebe, PhD papers contains materials related to the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) and the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF).

Subjects: ABCC, Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission. Radiation Effects Research Foundation.

Beebe, Gilbert

Robert W. Miller, MD papers

  • MS 101
  • Collection
  • 1921-2006

The Robert W. Miller, MD, papers, MS 101, includes materials from 1953 through 1998 related to the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) and the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF). Miller was the chief pediatric physician on the team that conducted the research and observations in Hiroshima. This collection encompasses this period of time in Dr. Miller's career, as well as scholarly work relating to the results of the ABCC's research. Dr. Miller donated his collection of personal and business correspondence, journal articles, book reviews, business reports, newspaper articles, pamphlets, and a book to the John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center between 1994 and 1998. The materials are in good condition. The collection is 0.5 cubic feet (one box).

This collection contains four series: I. Biographical; II. Correspondence; III. Publications; and IV. Ephemera. This collection contains many journal articles that analyze the results of the research collected by the ABCC. One of the highlights of this collection is the personal letters written by Dr. Miller to his family during his time in Hiroshima, which gives a glimpse into the day to day life of the time.

Miller, Robert W.

Seymour Jablon papers

  • MS 216
  • Collection
  • 1946-2009

The Seymour Jablon papers contain notebooks, photographs, slides, articles, correspondence and other materials related to Dr. Jablon’s work with the Medical Follow-Up Agency as well as the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC). There are many slides and photos from Jablon’s trips to Japan.

Jablon, Seymour

William J. Schull, PhD papers

  • MS 067
  • Collection
  • 1945-2014

MS 67 the William J. Schull papers contains correspondence, interoffice memorandums, presentations, scientific works, journal reprints, monograph drafts, report drafts, travel diaries, travel receipts and itineraries, travel ephemera, other printed material, news clips, exhlbit material, photographs, 35 mm slides, audios tapes, video tapes, film, maps and realia in eighty-six cubic feet of material documenting his the life and works. Over 60 percent of the collection documents his life and work at the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) and Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF) in Japan. Twenty five percent of the collection contains papers from his work for various governmental and non-governmental bodies about the effects of ionizing radiation. Another 8 cubic feet contains lbs from his personal life. Dr. Schull created travel diaries about the many international trips required for his work. The collection contains 62 typewritten travel diaries as well as many lbs of travel ephemera, mainly from Japan, collected by Dr. Schull. Dr. Schull wrote several books and the collection contains copies of the historical documents and photographs used in the creation of his books, notably "Song Among The Ruins," his memoir about his time at the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission. The major theme of this collection is epidemiological and genetic scientific innovation used to quantify the threat posed to the human race by ionizing radiation; to establish the probability of health outcomes to alleviate the fear of survivors, especially about the health of unborn generations; and to provide governments with facts about the consequences of the use of atomic weapons for war and nuclear energy for industrial purposes.

In addition to the records for ABCC and RERF (1945-2014), organizations with a large number of records in the collection include: ICRP, International Commission On Radiological Protection (1980-1995); ICRHER, International Consortium For Research On The Effects of Radiation (1990-2002); UNSCEAR, United Nations, Scientific Committee On The Effects Of Atomic Radiation (1987); WHO, United Nations World Health Organization, Health Effects of Chernobyl Accident (1990s); United States Department of Energy, Advisory Council On Nuclear Facility Safety (1990); United States Environmental Protection Agency, Science Advisory Board, Radiation Advisory Committee (1984-1990); and BRER, United States National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council, Board On Radiation Effects Research (1990s).

While the material is generally in good condition, some of the material suffered flood damage during tropical storm Allison in 2001. Although archivists discarded several lbs that could not be salvaged, they did preserve some material that may have value although flood damage is evident. With the damaged papers, some pages may be stuck together and handwritten notes may be faded beyond recognition. This damaged material is limited to four folders in two boxes, including box 40 folder 1; and box 42, folders 1, 2 and 3.

Dr. Schull collected and preserved all of the material in this collection in the course of his professional career and private life from 1945 to 2014. The collection consists of approximately 135 boxes including oversize and audiovisual. It consists of approximately 86 cubic feet of material.

Schull, William Jackson

Walter J. Russell, MD, DM Sc. papers

  • MS 063
  • Collection
  • 1884

Walter J. Russell donated the material in this collection in 1986, 1989, and 1995. Dr. Russell received his Doctor of Medicine degree at the St. Louis University Medical School, in 1952. In July of 1959, he was appointed Chief of the Department of Radiology of the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission. Dr. Russell continued his to conduct his research with the ABCC successor organization, the Radiation Effects Research Foundation. This is a record of communication with twenty-five Japanese physicians and nearly one hundred and sixty medical institutions. The collection is organized in alphabetical order and is in good condition. The size of the collection is 2.5 linear feet (6 boxes).

Russell, Walter J.