A. Louis Dippel, MD papers

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Reference code

MS 046

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A. Louis Dippel, MD papers


  • 1933-1981 (Creation)


0.5 cubic feet (1 box)

Name of creator


Biographical history

Adelbert Louis Dippel was born in Ehlinger (now Ellinger), Texas, near LaGrange in Fayette County, on July 10, 1901. His grandparents all emigrated from Germany around 1850. His family wanted him to become an engineer but he had decided on medicine when he was twelve and admired the family doctor who treated him for malaria. He attended Blinn College in Brenham before earning both a B.S. and an M.S. from the University of Texas in 1924, then an MD from UTMB in 1928. Renal calculi kept him out of the service during World War II. Dr. Dippel was an instructor and associate professor in obstetrics at Johns Hopkins University from 1934 to 1940, then at the University of Minnesota from 1940 to 1943; he was head of that department in 1943 and 1944. He then returned to Texas to take positions at Baylor College of Medicine and UTMB, where he remained until he retired in 1977. He died in Tacoma, Washington, on September 6, 1991.

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Scope and content

A. Louis Dippel, MD papers contains biographical documents including curriculum vitae and autobiography, and reprints of articles related to the career of A. Louis Dippel in the field of obstetrics and gynecology.

Subjects: Obstetrics-Gynecology

System of arrangement

Materials retain original order.

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Conditions governing access

Open for research with some restrictions.

Physical access

Materials are in good condition.

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Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright restriction apply.

Languages of the material

  • English

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Finding aids

Hard copy of inventory.

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Custodial history


Immediate source of acquisition

Supplement materials presented to archive by Dr. Dippel on May 29, 1985. The majority of the collection was donated prior to this date. Original order was maintained.

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No accruals expected for this collection.

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Specialized notes

  • Citation: A. Louis Dippel, MD papers; MS 046; John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library. Please cite the box and folder numbers where appropriate.
  • Processing information: The collection was assessed and original order of the collection has been maintained.
  • Processing information: Photographs with ID number P-584 were pulled from IC 098 TMC Library Historical Photograph Collection and reincorporated into this collection based on donor records. The images were previously cataloged and housed in acid-free envelopes. At that time, a photo identification number (P-### for prints) was assigned to the group of photographs. The descriptions provided on the catalog cards were written on the envelope and inventoried, noting the description, dimensions, and quantity. The descriptive information was encoded with the abbreviated details from the envelope along with the quantity of photographs (in square brackets, like [3]) in the envelope. Copy of catalog card is housed with the items. The catalog card provides more information about the items, such as photographer service, dimensions, and, occasionally, brief historical or biographical descriptions of subjects.
  • Processing information: Some material in the collection has been restricted. Restricted material was placed in an acid-free envelope and labeled within the folder to maintain order. Any duplication of restricted materials is prohibited.

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Archivist's note

Finding aid prepared by Tina Cho, Alethea Drexler, and Sandra Yates, July 2020.

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  • Shelf: 7.02