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TWU Historical Research in Nursing Class Japan papers

  • MS 188
  • Collection
  • October 2014

The TWU Historical Research in Nursing Class Japan papers contains assigned journals written by graduate nursing students of their experiences while in Hiroshima, Japan as part of a Texas Women’s University class titled Historical Research in Nursing. The class traveled to Japan in October 2014.

Subjects: Hiroshima, nursing, ABCC, Texas Woman's University, Nursing History

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ENAMI Akiko ABCC-RERF papers

  • MS 161
  • Collection
  • 1970s-2011

This collection consists of one small photo binder containing 56 photos measuring about 5 x 3.5 inches. There are also several loose photos that are roughly 6.5 x 4.5 inches as well as 8.5 x 5 inch photos. The photos document events related to the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission or the Radiation Effects Research Foundation. Many of the pictures were taken at the Hijiyama facility in Hiroshima. A few photos show U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy visiting the ABCC Hijiyama facility. Other photos depict reunions or gatherings of former members of the ABCC and RERF. Most of the individuals are not identified. ENAMI Akiko donated this collection through her friend UEMOTO Merry, who visited the McGovern Historical Collections research center October 18 and October 19, 2012 along with Dr. Jack Schull. The collection is contained in the Small Manuscript Collection (SMS) within one folder measuring 0.0625 cubic feet.

Subjects: ABCC, RERF, SHIGEMATSU Itsuzo, U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy

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Isozyme Study

Cartoon of Dr. Akio Awa conducting research involving isozymes. His test results reveal 'Sukiyaki, Beer, Girls, and Sake.' These are surprising results from an Isozyme study. Book in the background says, "J.Electrophoresis."

I Quitt!!

Cartoon of Howard B. Hamilton (abbreviated HBH), is portrayed typically with his bow tie. Dr. Howard has nearly destroyed his office with the caption, "H.H Preparing For Biochemical Variation (Hokkaido)."


Cartoon of Dr. Arthur D. Bloom. He is whimsically portrayed as holding a camera with a teacup spilled on the ground.

ADB to Washington

Cartoon of Dr. Arthur D. Bloom literally 'sleeping on the plane' on his way to a conference in Washington. This is an unlikely spot to take a nap, but Dr. Bloom seems to be in quite a deep sleep. Caption says, "Preparation for The Great Conference: Sleep tight!"

AAA Returns a Borrowed Book

Cartoon signed, "AAA," for Dr. Akio Awa who is depicted as returning a borrowed book. The caption reads, "Thank you very much." The title of the cartoon appears to be in someone else's hand, and it is presumed as Dr.Hamilton's, who may have created some of the titles for some of these illustrations.

ADB Leaving for Washington

Cartoon of Arthur D. Bloom leaving for work on an airplane. His head is wrapped in a bandage surrounding the outer perimeter of his head, which is a common motif in cartoons of someone being or feeling ill.

Without Title

Cartoon of Dr. Awa because of the lack of a bow tie. The employees created and participated in tennis matches. Dr.Awa appears to be taking a magic tennis racket ride possibly insuating he has magical tennis skills.

[Don't Hang out with Howard]

Cartoon of Dr. Akio Awa with "devil" Dr. Hamilton, and the cartoon is a display of dark humor. When the characters in the cartoons are up to no good, they are usually depicted with horns and fangs. This is probably a hyperbole of the sentiment, "You're killing me!"


Cartoon of Dr. Howard B. Hamilton stabbing himself seemingly through a mirror.

[Barking Up the Wrong Tree]

Cartoon of Dr. Howard B. Hamilton barking at a dog barking at him. This is the first part in a series of two cartoons related to image MS066-006-045b pasted beneath it on the original object.

I'm Sorry, Sir.

Cartoon of Dr. Awa with puppy eyes apologizing to someone who called him a, "Bakayaro." This roughly translates to, "You idiot!"

Awa Recovers from the Vapors

Cartoon of Dr. Awa with an unconvincing face stating, "Thank You, Sir. I'm Fine, Sir." The vapors are a vague catch-all phrase. The meaning may differ for this cartoon, but Dr. Awa is standing above an open man-hole after walking past a caution construction sign indicating something maybe mentally draining.

I Have No Objection

Cartoon of Dr. Awa giving his approval to show his cartoons to the Hematology department. The caption says, "AAA when asked if his cartoons could be shown to Hematology."

Don't Do Like This!!

  • Cartoon of Arthur D. Bloom missing his flight. The cartoons is signed by his colleagues: H. Shinooka
  • K. Tamahe
  • S. Lida
  • S. Hori
  • S. Murata
  • Akio
  • and Takeo. This is the first comic in a series of three.

Bon Voyage

Cartoon of Dr. Awa waving goodbye to Arthur D. Bloom. This is the second comic in a series of three.


Cartoon of Arthur D. Bloom under pressure to meditate. The man in the background must have assisted Arthur D. Bloom's collegue (sitting next to Arthur D. Bloom) with his meditation practice.

Lost Chromosome 2

Cartoon of Dr. Awa looking for his lost chromosome 2 in the trash. This cartoon is the second in a series of two.

[Red Rover]

Cartoon of ABCC employees linking arms. The Japanese words are assumed to be the individuals' names.

[Glasses off, Game on]

Cartoon of professional employees from the Atomic Bomb Casualty Comission enjoying a game of volleyball. This cartoon is the second of two.

Ivan F. Duff, MD papers

  • MS 090
  • Collection
  • 1967-1993

The Ivan Frances Duff, MD, papers, MS 90, consists of Dr. Duff's work in the field of rheumatology and his professional work in China and in Japan. The collection covers the years 1966-1993.

Dr. Ivan Frances Duff was born July 20, 1915 in Pendleton, Oregon. He died in October 1994. He graduated from the Univ. of Oregon and the Univ. of Michigan Medical School, where he completed his internship and residency training in internal medicine. In 1946 he joined the faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, as an instructor, becoming a Professor in 1960. Dr. Duff founded the Turner Geriatric Clinic a the University of Michigan Medical Center. His major interest was in the field of rheumatic diseases.

Dr. Duff was a member of U.S. Naval Reserve and served on active duty a commander in the Submarine Medical Service in the Pacific theater from 1942 to 1946. After the war, the returned to the University of Michigan where he joined the faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Duff's interest in epidemiology led to studies with the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) beginning in 1964. He was a researcher with the ABCC from 1967-1975 and then with the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF) from 1975-1986. He studied the incidence and prevelance of rheumatoid arthritis and gout in Hiroshima and Nagasak patients.

In 1980, Dr. Duff was a member of an American Physician Exchange Group of twelve doctors visiting the People's Republic of China at the invitation of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. This initial visit led to a long relationship between Dr. Duff and the Chinese medical community. From 1981 to 1991, he was a research consultant at Peking Union Medical College, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences Beijing, People's Republic of China, where he collaborated in epidemiologic studies of rheumatic diseases.

Dr. Duff was a leader in the field of rheumatology. He was the recipient of many awards and honors and served on many national panels. For a complete list of his accomplishments, please see Dr. Duff's vitae and obituary in this collection.

Dr. Duff died at his home in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Oct. 27, 1994 at the age of 79.

The materials are in good shape. However, some items were damaged and separated as a result of the 2001 flooding by Tropical Storm Allison, which devestated the Texas Medical Center and the archive of the HAM-TMC Library where this collection was stored. In the fall of 2013, an archivist discovered the missing folders in another collection where they had been stashed during the recovery process. The archivist reintegrated the newly discovered Duff files into MS 90. Old finding aids have been preserved to provide some scholars reference to the missing material. Where ever appropriate, Chinese or Japanese names are written with the surname first followed by the personal name. Some of the materials in this collection show water damage. Most of the damaged papers are in the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission papers in series III. The processing archivist made photo copies if the paper was badly degraded or flaking to pieces. Most of the materials are in good shape. The collection consists of 3.75 cubic feet (6 boxes).

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Cartoon of Dr. Akio Awa conducting research involving karyotyping. Joke spoiler: He appears to be 'working his fingers to the bone' where he is seen accidentally snipping his fingers off with a pair of scissors.

Mt. Niseko

Cartoon of "H.H.," or Howard Hamilton. This portrays Dr.Hamilton skiing down Mount Niseko in Hakkaido.

Type Recital

Cartoon of "H.H.," or Howard Hamilton. This portrays Dr.Hamilton typing on a Royal typewriter as his imagination has him think he is a great pianist performing a masterpiece.

Tea Party at Auditorium

Cartoon of two women and one man, who are members of the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission. The caption reads, "E. Bloom," and, "A.D.B. [initials for Arthur D. Bloom] M. Bloom For Mrs. E. Bloom."

Opening AAA's Window

Cartoon of Dr. Hamilton because of the presence of the bow tie of his character, who is using an unconventional entrance into Dr. Akio Awa's office. He may also be doing a poor job of trying to open the window of Dr. Awa's office. The caption reads, "Thank you, you did very well for me."

Staff meeting

Cartoon of Dr. Hamilton sitting with his feet on the desk during a staff meeting. Dr. Hamilton participated in many other activities outside of work, and these are portrayed in his thought bubbles above his head. They include: performing in Noh plays, skiing, playing tennis, eating (in the cartoons he is seen with pie often), and typing.

[Skating Rink]

Cartoon of Dr. Howard B. Hamilton rollerskating in his new office. This image appears to be related to MS066-006-029a because the mess that was behind Howard is now piled onto his desk to make way for his new skating rink.

Liver Conference

Cartoon of Dr. Howard B. Hamilton throwing away his tie as he hides underneath a table. Dr. Awa seems to be leading the presentation at the Liver Conference, which is labeled in the comic a well as a caption that says, "Real Presentation."

AAA's Bruised Knee

Cartoon first of a mini-series related to image MS066-006-033b. Here Dr. Howard B. Hamilton is laughing at Dr. Awa's bruised knee, but the joke will soon be upon Dr. Hamilton.

[Calm before the storm]

Cartoon of Dr. Howard B. Hamilton sleeping peacefully in a hammock right before Dr. Awa sneaks his way up a tree to disturb his nap.

NHK 8:05-9:00 AM Music Hour

Cartoon of Dr. Howard B. Hamilton peacefully enjoying music broadcasted by the NHK Japanese Broadcasting Corporation as one of his associates attempts to play a cruel joke on him.

[Sweet Dreams]

Cartoon of Dr. Howard B. Hamilton peacefully sleeping with the window open with his bowtie on a bedpost.


Cartoon of Dr. Howard B. Hamilton attempting to run away from Dr. Awa who is grabbing him by his bow tie.

H.S Scolding

Cartoon of Dr. Howard B. Hamilton getting stabbed by a female coworker. The title alludes he may have gotten a scolding from this coworker.


Cartoon of Dr. Howard B. Hamilton snake charming polypeptide chains at a seminar.


Cartoon of Dr. Awa enjoying a large beer. There are Japanese characters for the caption.


Cartoon of a staff member referred to as "HS." She appears to be handed a frustrating work assignment.


Cartoon of Arthur D. Bloom and his family taking a boat tour. This is part one of two in a mini series of drawings.

After all…

Cartoon of Arthur D. Bloom and his family taking a boat tour minus the boat. This is a part two to a two-part mini series of drawings.

[Employee in Blue]

Cartoon of Dr. Awa's silhouette or possibly Dr. Howard B. Hamilton's silhouette pasted onto a blue piece of paper.

Program Review 1964

Cartoon of Dr. Howard B. Hamilton bestowing the gift of a drafted ,"Program Review 1967" upon his coworkers as he makes an angelic departure from Japan.

For TV

Cartoon of Dr. Awa giving a televisioned thank-you for cookies. The gesture he is making is called Akanbe, or Akkanbee, and is used as a taunting/silly gesture.

The Nagasaki Locker Crisis

Cartoon of Yoshida depicting his frustration with the lockers. This is the first cartoon of two, image MS066-006-076b, depicting the Nagasaki locker crisis.


Cartoon of an unidentfied subject calling for help from Yoshida's locker. The caption reads, "Buy a New Locker Right Now!!" This is the second cartoon of two related to image MS066-006-076a.

"I Used to Help"

Cartoon of Dr. Howard B. Hamilton mistaking his coworker for the post he was intending to hammer into the ground. This cartoon is reminiscient of popular twentieth century cartoons like Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry.

Parker 71 Repairman

Cartoon of Dr. Awa misusing a pen. The top caption reads, "I'm sorry, I can't fix it,' and the bottom says, "Parker 71 Repariman."

After the Bonenkai

Cartoon of a presumably intoxicated Dr. Awa walking back from the Bonenkai, which is a Japanese drinking party held among coworkers. At 6:00pm Dr. Awa left the train station and went to Yasaku. Next, Dr. Awa heads to the 'Bar District' by 8:30pm, and he was in bed by 1:00 am snoozing away.

[Caged and Confused]

Cartoon of one person looking into a cage of a man at his desk with a smaller man inside a smaller cage. It seems like a metaphysical portrait of having to report to your supervisor.

A Lonely Man

Cartoon depicting a somber Dr. Arthur D. Bloom where the Bloom family is wishing him well with the caption reading, "Have a Nice Trip."

Dead or Alive

Cartoon of a cat[?] with a nicotine habit, smoking a pipe. The creature is wearing a ten-gallon hat, and this poster has American Wild West undertones. The caption says, "Dead or Alive $100,000 FBI Wanted Chrom. Lab."


Cartoon of Dr. Hamilton sick in bed with a thermometer in his mouth with his EKG sheet near his head.

[Arthur D. Bloom on Brown Lunch Bag]

Cartoon of Dr. Arthur D. Bloom smoking his pipe with his eyes crossed appearing stressed. Dr. Bloom is frequently depicted with his seemingly beloved pipe, and this cartoon has been drawn on what appears to be a brown paper lunch sack.

Famous Brand-New Car

Cartoon of presumably Dr. Hamilton, although the bow tie is not visible/present. Dr. Hamilton is seen driving this same style VW Bug in other cartoons. This cartoon is reflective of the Flinstones motif, where Fred powered the motion of his car with his feet.

Pools by AAA

Cartoon of Dr. Hamilton appearing to have fallen in the pool being rescued by Dr. Awa who seems to have a smirk on his face hinting at possible mischief.

With Best Regards

Cartoon of Dr. Akio Awa presumably being indifferent to the nervousness he may be feeling towards some upcoming work-related situation. The cartoon is signed by someone with Japanese characters. The Caption reads, "You can't say that I'm nervous," and, "Relax!!"


Cartoon second of two in a series related to image MS066-006-033a. This depicts Dr. Howard B. Hamilton attempting to kick Dr. Awa's bruised knee, but it comes back to bite him.


Cartoon of Dr. Awa being filmed by the NHK Japanese Broadcasting Corporation while Dr. Howard B. Hamilton attempts to cut the power cord. They are filming the broadcast from the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission Clinical Lab.


Cartoon of Dr. Awa putting Dr. Howard B. Hamilton in the freezer possibly.

Hon and His Friends

Cartoon of one of the workers at the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission Research Center trying to fall asleep to no avail due to background noise.

Flood by Sweat

Cartoon of Dr. Howard B. Hamilton flooding a tennis court with his own sweat. The caption at the bottom reads "Isni Kai Match."

Who Knocked?

Cartoon of Dr. Howard B. Hamilton shutting his bow tie and foot in the door while Dr. Awa waits to be let inside.

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