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Interview with Dr. Edward J. Cooksey, Part 1 of 2

Dr. Edward J. Cooksey, Part 1 of 2. Interviewed by Don Macon. Dr. Cooksey describes his early years growing up in Houston and of his first career as a pharmacist, before entering the Texas Dental College, where he taught pharmacology while studying for his DDS; he continued to teach there for many years. He tells how the school became part of the University of Texas System. He recounts his personal interest in the Houston Dental Society and his role in planning the Doctors Club. (Continued in Part 2). 5/2/1974, 25:30, (MDAH Master #96-1-74)

Cooksey, Edward, J.

Interview with Frederick C. Elliott, DDS, Part 1 of 5

Frederick C. Elliott, DDS, Interview, Part 1 of 5, U-matic Tape, Master. 1893-1932. Interviewed by Don Macon. Video tape recorded 7/19/1973. Approximately 30min. MDAH Master # 35-1-73. Produced for Texas Medical Center Historical Resources Project. Part 1 of this five part series introduces Dr. Fred Elliott and covers his early years in Pittsburg, Kansas. Son of a small town pharmacist, young Fred Elliott worked in his father's drug store while going to school. He set forth on his own at the age of 15 years, worked in drug stores in Oklahoma and Western Kansas, acquired his license in the dental profession and learned about the Kansas City Dental College. Dr. Elliott graduated from this school in 1918, immediately joined its faculty, and later combined dental practice with his teaching. Shortly after his marriage in 1928, Dr. Elliott joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee Dental College at Memphis. In 1932, Dr. Elliott accepted the Deanship of the Texas Dental College at Houston.

Elliott, Frederick C.

Interview with Frederick C. Elliott, DDS, Part 2 of 5

Frederick C. Elliott, DDS, Interview, Part 2 of 5, U-matic Tape, Master. 1932-1943. Interviewed by Don Macon. Video recorded 7/23/1973. Produced for the Texas Medical Center Historical Resources Project. Part 2 of this series covers Dr. Elliott's activities from 1932, when he became Dean of the Texas Dental College, until 1943 when the school was brought into the University of Texas System as the Dental Branch in Houston. The Texas Dental College faced financial problems. The faculty was primarily composed of part time staff. Dr. Elliott went to work to improve teaching methods, recruit student and patients for the clinic. Dr. Elliott served on numerous health committees such as the Houston Board of Health and the Public health Commission of the Houston Chamber of Commerce. The image of the Texas Dental College changed from a place that only trained dentists to a health education and awareness institution. During these years Dr. Elliott met Col. William B. Bates who was Chairman of the School Board and Dr. E. W. Bertner who also served on the Houston Board of Health. Efforts to make the Texas Dental College a state school were revived in 1939. House Bill #278 was passed in 1943, and the University of Texas Dental Branch came into being on September 1st. of that year.

Elliott, Frederick C.

Interview with Frederick C. Elliott, DDS, Part 3 of 5

Frederick C. Elliott, DDS, Interview, Part 3 of 5, U-matic Tape, Master. 1943-1953. Interviewed by Don Macon. Video Tape Recorded 7/25/1973. Approximately 30min. MDAH Master # 38-1-73. Produced for Texas Medical Center Historical Resources Project. Part 3 begins with a review of material that has gone before. Dr. Elliott discusses the study made by a committee appointed by the University of Texas Board of Regents to recommend locations of the Univeristy of Texas Health Units. He describes the planning and construction of a new building to house the Dental Branch at Houston. Dr. Elliott discusses this association during these years with Dr. E.W. Bertner, Col. William B. Bates, Mr. John Freeman and Dr. R. Lee Clark. He gives insight to the man, Dr. E. W. Bertner, and touches briefly on his tragic illness and death. In 1954 Dr. Elliott was asked to become Executive Director of the Texas Medical Center, Inc. Dr. Elliot tells of his decision to leave the dental school to head a busy medical center that was in the midst of active development.

Elliott, Frederick C.

Interview with Carroll D. Simmons

Carroll D. Simmons. Interviewed by Don Macon. 30:30, 3/1/1974. MDAH Master #89-1-74. Former Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs of the University of Texas System in Austin, Mr. Simmons traces his long career. He tells of his move to Houston to become trust officer in the First National Bank, where he worked with the MD Anderson Hospital account; he recalls the planning of the institution and his roles as secretary of the MD Anderson Foundation and the assistant secretary-treasurer of the Texas Medical Center, Inc.

Simmons, Carroll D.

University of Texas Dental Branch records

  • IC 009
  • Collection
  • 1906-1997

The University of Texas Dental Branch records includes historical information from 1906-1997 about the University of Texas Dental Branch formerly known as the Texas Dental College. The collection includes items such as photographs and elevation drawings for the building that was built in the 1950s. The collection also includes information about the accreditation of the school as well as it's curriculum. Curriculum resources include teacher guides, study materials, and course catalogs and schedules.

The collection also directories from UT Dental Branch as well as Texas Dental Journal and Houston District Dental Society. There is information on student graduation dating back to 1906. There is ephemera from various school events such as ground breaking, centennial celebration, and various guest speakers. There are publications in this collection including handbooks, student guides, brochures, video tape catalogs and research manuals. There are articles, library history, memorandums and information about the law that govern dentistry.

This collection is in good condition, consisting of 9.75 cubic feet (20 Boxes).

University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston

Texas Medical Center Historical Resources Project records

  • IC 084
  • Collection
  • 1973-1991

The Texas Medical Center (TMC) Historical Resources Project records contain video oral histories of notable personalities associated with the TMC. The initial group of interviews focuses on individuals involved in the founding or early days of the TMC. Later “video profiles” also include significant visitors to the TMC. Several of these feature national and international figures in cancer research on their visits to Houston. In total the collection features thirty-eight individuals.

Don Macon, Director of the TMC Historical Resources Project, serves as interviewer in all but one of the recordings. They are all staged as one-on-one conversations, with the exception of his interview of Isaac Berenblum and Philippe Shubik. A typical interview begins with some biographical information about the interviewee, followed by accounts of their involvement with the Texas Medical Center. They each tend to be approximately 30-60 minutes long; the shortest interview is about 18 minutes, with the longest being 2 hours and 18 minutes.

The bulk of the interviews took place from 1973-1978. There are also interviews from 1982, 1988, and 1991. Most if not all of the interviews were recorded in the studio at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

The conversations with thirty-eight different interviewees are spread across nearly one hundred tapes. Some interviews are divided into multiple segments, while many tapes are duplications.

This videotapes are primarily 3/4" U-Matic with some VHS. There are many original master recordings, as well as duplicates on a variety of media--including a dozen interviews transferred to DVDs. Transcripts have been created for some of the interviews.

Texas Medical Center Historical Resources Project

Texas Medical Center (TMC) Photograph Collection

  • IC 104
  • Collection
  • 1938-1982

The Texas Medical Center (TMC) Photograph Collection contains photographic materials that document the growth and development of the TMC from the 1930s to 1980s. The collection consists of 2525 items and includes photographic prints, aerial photographs, negatives, transparencies and printed materials. The materials depict the institutions of the TMC, their staff, facilities, services, and patient care. Images show buildings and their construction as well as some photographic copies of architectural renderings. Aerial photographs from the 1940s to 1980s show the TMC grow from marshland to an urban center. The collection provides images of the leaders and historical figures that shaped the TMC from concept to reality. The collection totals 7 boxes, equaling 3.5 cubic feet. The materials are in good condition.

Texas Medical Center

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

Paul V. Ledbetter, MD papers

  • MS 034
  • Collection
  • 1966-1977

The Paul V. Ledbetter, MD papers contains biographical information, correspondence, administrative records, newspaper clippings, manuals, publications, audio cassettes, notes, notebooks, loose monographs, glass slides, patient data, membership directories, and rosters related to Dr. Ledbetter's life, career, practice (Ledbetter Clinic Association) and professional organizations, such as American Heart Association, Houston Heart Association, Houston Society of Internal Medicine, and Texas Academy of Internal Medicine. Three audio cassettes provided an oral history of Dr. Ledbetter. Materials are in good condition. The collection consists of 3 boxes, totaling 1 cubic foot.

Subjects: Internal Medicine.

Ledbetter, Paul V.

Samuel Dreizen, DDS, MD papers

  • MS 059
  • Collection
  • 1946-1992

The Samuel Dreizen, DDS, MD papers contains 35mm slides, glass slides, reprints, medical and dental school course notes, lecture notes, faculty workshop records, and models that document Dr. Dreizen's education, work, and colleagues in the field of dentistry. Collection includes records from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and UT Dental Branch. Photographs relate to research and clinical studies conducted at the Spies Clinic, Hillman Hospital in Birmingham AL, at Northwestern University Medical School Department of Nutrition and Metabolism, and at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston MD Anderson Cancer Center. Collection consists of 60 boxes totaling 34 cubic feet. Materials are in good condition.

Dreizen, Samuel

Barnet M. Levy, DDS papers

  • MS 060
  • Collection
  • 1970-1980s

The Barnet M. Levy, DDS papers contains progress reports, director’s reports, and other papers pertaining to Barnet M. Levy career and his research in the field of dentistry. The collection consists of 1 box equaling 0.5 cubic feet. Materials are in good condition.

Levy, Barnet M.

Harold S. Skjonsby, DDS papers

  • MS 069
  • Collection
  • 1967-1987

The Harold S. Skjonsby, DDS, papers (MS069) is 2 cubic feet,consists of 5 boxes, and is in good condition. The collection contains memos, instructional materials, curriculum, and reports that document Harold S. Skjonsby’s time as faculty the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston.

Skjonsby, Harold S.

Jack H. Levine, DDS papers

  • MS 072
  • Collection

Jack H. Levine, DDS papers contains annual faculty workshop, teaching handbooks, video tape catalog, pictorial directory, and student guides. Jack H. Levine was born in 1923 in Waco, Texas. He practiced dentistry for thirty-five years and taught at U.T. Dental School for fifteen years. Collection consists of two boxes equaling 1 cubic foot of various printed material.

Subjects: Dentistry, University of Texas Dental Branch.

Levine, Jack H.

Elie M. Watts III, DDS papers

  • MS 209
  • Collection

The Elie M. Watts III, DDS papers contains books, realia, and ephemera related to the career of Dr. Watts in general dentistry.

Watts, Elie M., III

Walter Rehrauer DDS and Texas Dental College papers

  • MS 221
  • Collection
  • 1909-1963

Walter Rehrauer DDS and Texas Dental College papers contains materials related to the life and career of Walter Rehrauer D.D.S. who graduated from the Texas Dental College in 1914. Served in the U.S. Navy or Naval Reserve during World War I, the inter-war period, World War II and beyond. Dr. Rehrauer was born in New York City on August 3, 1890. He was a resident of Houston by 1917 and resided at 1907 Baldwin St. with his wife Alice Virginia Rehrauer. This collection contains copies of his military service, large format photos of faculty and students from the Texas Dental College in 1914 and 1916. Also included is a scrapbook. The materials are in good condition, although one of the photos shows lots of silvering caused by a poor photo printing process. The collection is roughly 1 cubic foot totaling 2 boxes, one of which is oversize).

Subjects: Texas Dental College, dentistry, U.S. Navy, military, Walter Rehrauer

Rehrauer, Walter