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Harris County Medical Society records

  • IC 004
  • Collection
  • 1903-2008

Harris County Medical Society records consists of about 14 boxes and contains financial, newspaper clippings, audio discs, digital roster CD, photographs, bound copies of Physicians Newsletter, pictorial rosters that document the history of the Harris County Medical Society.

Harris County Medical Society

TMC Library Historical Photograph Collection

  • IC 098
  • Collection
  • 1543-2004

The TMC Library Historical Photograph Collection contains photographs, negatives, slides, published prints, printed materials, postcards, framed images, audiovisual materials, and a plaque. The collection consists of roughly 5300 items, which includes individual 35mm slides, 35mm negatives, 120 format negatives, photographic prints, and other printed materials. This is an artificial collection of several types of images collected by or donated to the McGovern Historical Center (MHC) through the years. The bulk of the materials date from 1940 to 1990. The entire collection depicts images from 1543 to 2004. The earliest date is related to copy photographs of pages from the 1543 edition of the Fabrica by Andreas Vesalius. Other early dates are framed prints of well-known medical pioneers from the 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries. Some dates describe the date of the copy photograph others describe the date of the original image. The collection illustrates the history of medicine around the world and more acutely the Texas Medical Center and Texas Medical Center Library. Majority of the materials have been removed from this collection and incorporated into the original collections or new collections based on the donor records.

The collection is arranged into three series: Cataloged Photographs, Subject Photographs, and Oversize and Audiovisual Materials. Subject Photographs are arranged in files according to subject and then in alphabetical order. Subject terms used are as follows (in order): Attractions Photos, Building Photos, Event Photos, Individual Photos, Institutions and Organizations, Medical Equipment and Apparatus, and Surgical, Anatomical, and Medical Photos.

The collection was created to consolidate various photographs and images collected by the archive staff. Many were cataloged and assigned identification numbers (P-### for prints or N-### for negatives). These photographs were originally donated. The donor information in the card catalog was used to either create new photograph collections or incorporate into existing collections. This collection is comprised of the remaining items. Information about donors, if known, is available in the inventory. Uncataloged photographs were organized into general subjects and kept in alphabetical order. Oversize materials maintain the same identification number system and subjects. To increase discoverability of all archival materials, the collection was expanded to include materials with no known provenance. This includes framed items stored in the Garment Artifacts and Framed (GAF) section as well as audiovisual materials.

McGovern Historical Center (artificial)

Ernst William Bertner, MD papers

  • MS 002
  • Collection
  • 1908-1978

The Ernst W. Bertner, MD papers (MS002) is 6.5 cubic feet and consists of seven documents boxes and two oversize boxes. It contains biographical information, personal and professional correspondence, speeches, certificates, official appointments, newsclippings, scrapbooks, photographs, audiovisual materials, and realia that detail the personal life, professional activities, and leadership of Dr. Ernst W. Bertner in Houston and the Texas Medical Center. The materials are in good condition.

Bertner, Ernst William

L. Rodney Rodgers, MD papers

  • MS 030
  • Collection
  • 1940-1994

The L. Rodney Rodgers, MD papers consists of announcements, correspondence, articles, handbooks, ethics papers, Harris County Medical society meeting records, reprints and other printed material related to L. Rodney Rodgers career in internal medicine.

Subjects: Internal Medicine.

Rodgers, L. Rodney

Sidney Schnur, MD papers

  • MS 031
  • Collection
  • 1982

The Sidney Schnur, MD papers contains awards, correspondence, committee and expenditure reports, executive committee minutes, surveys, courses, meetings, personnel files, meeting agendas, and admittance lists related to the career of Sidney Schnur in the field cardiovascular medicine.

Subjects: Cardiovascular

Schnur, Sidney

Robert K. Blair, MD papers

  • MS 037
  • Collection
  • 1944-1983

The Robert K. Blair, MD papers contains 8 record books of daily appointments, Harris County Medical Society bulletins, moving papers and lease agreements, personal letters and correspondence spanning Robert Blair’s career in internal medicine.

Subjects: Internal Medicine.

Blair, Robert K.

R. Lee Clark, MD papers

  • MS 070
  • Collection
  • 1929-1985

Lee Clark’s personal papers, Series I, contain financial documents, family correspondence from relatives throughout Texas, lists of purchases including various cars, information on houses and repairs, ideas for his ranch and considerations about other land purchases.

Lee Clark received his M.D. from the Medical School of Virginia. He served as Chief Resident at the American Hospital in Paris, France and was a Fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Before coming to M.D. Anderson, Dr. Clark was Director of Surgical Research within the United States Air Force at Randolph Field, San Antonio, Texas. Drafts of Clark’s Surgical History of the Army Air Forces are located in Series II.

Dr. R. Lee Clark collected papers from many sources, envisioning the historical importance, not only of his personal papers, but of items related to University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the Texas Medical Center, various University of Texas medical schools, and many national and international cancer organizations. A series of historical papers, in addition to folders labeled “Inactive”, “to 1956”, or “to 1959”, provide witness to the early growth of M.D. Anderson Hospital and Houston’s medical community. Dr. Clark also kept the minutes of many meetings of the University of Texas Board of Regents, as he was dependent on funding from the state to furnish resources necessary for M.D. Anderson Hospital. Newspaper clippings document Clark’s leadership at M.D. Anderson and the growth of cancer treatment and care, both within the state of Texas and throughout the world. He was Directing Medical Editor of the Medical Arts Publishing Foundation that published The Heart Bulletin, The Cancer Bulletin, The Psychiatric Bulletin, and Medical Record and Annals, as well as co-editor of The Book of Health and The Year Book of Cancer.

Dr. Clark held positions of authority in a number of national and international organizations. Correspondence and meeting minutes show that he was a dynamic force in the formation of several branches of the Union International Contre le Cancer, notably the Committee for International Collaborative Activities and the Association of American Cancer Institutes. UICC was a world-wide effort to more successfully track and treat the causes of cancer. The American Cancer Society also benefited from Clark’s vision and energy, as did the Cancer Committee of the American College of Surgeons. Meeting minutes from several committees document activities within those organizations. He served on the boards of directors of the Damon Runyon/Walter Winchell and Hogg Foundations. After retirement from M.D. Anderson, he served as a consultant for Robert Douglass Associates, assisting with site visits and forward planning for cancer hospitals.

Photographs of M.D. Anderson Hospital buildings, colleagues, and many organizational meetings are held in Series XIII, as well as in other parts of the collection.

Memorabilia and realia, as well as a series on professional travel, attest to the scope of Dr. Clark’s career.

Clark, Randolph Lee, 1906-1994

Frederick C. Elliott, DDS papers

  • MS 071
  • Collection
  • 1896-1987

The Dr. Frederick C. Elliott Papers document Dr. Elliot's leadership roles in the University of Texas Dental Branch and Texas Medical Center, as well as other aspects of his career and personal life. It includes his manuscript on the History of the Texas Medical Center, along with recorded interviews and transcripts.

The collection documents Dr. Elliott's career through committee and administrative reports, correspondence, legal papers, and legislative material. Also included are scrapbooks, personal memos, manuscripts, photographs, and audio tapes. There are copies of a number of Dr. Elliot's speeches, as well as materials relating to honors he received. The Graduation Apparel that had made up Series VII was lost in a 2001 flood.

The size of the collection is 10 linear feet (18 boxes). Materials are in good condition.

Elliott, Frederick C.

Mylie E. Durham, Jr., MD papers

  • MS 079
  • Collection
  • 1985

MS 079 the Mylie E. Durham Jr., MD papers consists primarily of an oral interview conducted circa 1985 in the form of a printed transcript and six (6) cassette tapes. Dr. Durham Jr. was a native Houstonian. He was a member of the Harris Country Medical Society, the Texas Medical Association, and the American Medical Association. The collection consists of 0.25 cubic feet (1 box).

Durham, Mylie E. Jr.

Herbert Fred, MD papers

  • MS 159
  • Collection
  • 1890-2013

Manuscript (MS) 159, The Herbert Fred, MD Papers, is a collection of papers related to Dr. Fred's medical career and personal life in five self-defined series: Medical, Running, Writing, Family, and Religious. Herbert Leonard Fred, MD was born in 1929 in Waco, Texas. He is known for his contribution to medical education. He is an award-winning clinician, diagnostician, and professor of internal medicine. In keeping with the beliefs of Sir William Osler, Dr. Fred, an emeritus American Osler Society member, centered his medical practice on the patient, championing the use of the mind and five senses to develop medical diagnoses.

Dr. Fred studied at Rice Institute from 1946 to 1950, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine from 1950 to 1954, and University of Utah Hospitals from 1954 to 1957. After service in the United States Air Force, he returned to Houston, Texas where he joined the faculty of Baylor University College of Medicine from 1962 to 1969. Ensuing academic appointments included: University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences from 1968 to the present; Director of Medical Education, St. Joseph Hospital from 1969 to 1988; The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston from 1971 to the present; Rice University from 1979 to 2002; and HCA Center for Health Excellence from 1988 to 1993.

The papers are in excellent condition. Documentary forms consist of correspondence, certificates of fact, scholarly presentations, scholarly article reprints, school boy essays, real estate deeds and titles, judicial decrees, news clips, portrait and event records. Formats include text; visual works in photographic, slide, pastel chalk, and pencil; audio works in video and audio on compact disc and magnetic tape along with award and gift realia. Dr. Fred collected images of disease conditions and symptoms throughout his career to use for medical education. The collection contains an extensive color slide collection of medical images, many of rare conditions. These slides are in fragile condition and some have faded beyond recognition. Extensive papers relating to Dr. Fred’s parents and grandparents from the Fred and Marks families in Waco, Texas are in the Family Series and contain some information about Waco and or Texas history. Geographic locations to which the records pertain are Waco, Amarillo, and Houston, Texas; Baltimore, Maryland; Salt Lake City, Utah; Europe and China. While most of the collection is open to public use, some folders and the medical images have restricted access due to patient confidentiality. With a date range from 1890 to 2013, the collection consists of 112 cubic feet in 88 boxes plus several realia objects in the Oversize collection.

Fred, Herbert L.

Joseph I. Maurer Photograph Collection

  • MS 219
  • Collection
  • 1954-1960

The Joseph I. Maurer Photograph Collection consists of 1411 items that total over 2300 negatives depicting members of the Harris County Medical Society and their medical specialties. These negatives were originally prepared for the Pictorial Roster and Handbook of Harris County Medical Society.

Maurer, Joseph I.

Procedures

One scrapbook titled Procedures. A collection of biographical articles and photos of John Roberts Phillips, MD and Rebecca Hall Phillips, RN and copies of published journal articles. Compiled by Rebecca Hall Phillips, RN. Scrapbook was digitized for preservation of the original laminated scrapbook. The orginal was discarded.

Phillips, Rebecca Hall