Howard B. Hamilton, MD papers

Karyotyping Isozyme Study [Caged and Confused] I Quitt!! Mt. Niseko Type Recital Photographer [Hula Away Howard] Back of Dining Room Check [Howard and Friend] ADB to Washington H.H Off to Honolulu Tea Party at Auditorium A Lonely Man AAA Returns a Borrowed Book Opening AAA's Window ADB Leaving for Washington At Miyajima [Howard Has an Audience] Without Title [Hard Headed] [Don't Hang out with Howard] Dead or Alive At Yu-enchi HH and Dr. Makind Arthur, the Busiest AAA and TH After Dinner at HDB [Bedrest] [Arthur D. Bloom on Brown Lunch Bag] Staff meeting Famous Brand-New Car Happy Return to{ Japan, Hiroshima, and ABCC Pools by AAA [Joy Riding] Thank you, sir! With Best Regards AAA's Seminar New Office!! [Skating Rink] Moving into New Office [Moving into New Office part 2] Organizing Cytogenetics Symposium Liver Conference HBH the Humanist Conference Liver Biopsy AAA's Bruised Knee [Karma] [Calm before the storm] TV Star AAA NHK 8:05-9:00 AM Music Hour [Sweet Dreams] [Demobilized] Run Away H.S Scolding [Shots Fired] Sophisticated Murder [Touché] Sometimes I Don't Have to Listen To… A Seminar in a Lovely Day (For Tennis) No ADMI Frozen to Death in Staff Meeting [Don't Get Too Carried Away] New Office Preparing for Cytogenetics Symposium Ushiwakamaru-HBH A Famous Tennis Player in Hiroshima [Barking Up the Wrong Tree] [Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Consequences] I'm Sorry, Sir. [Putting Yourself into Your Work] Hon and His Friends Seminar Rainy Season [Smoke Break] Yakitori-Ya Howard the Big Fighter Flood by Sweat Who Knocked? Awa Don't Throw Anything Away! [Editing] Swing Along with Howard 4:30 p.m., Friday [Zither Playing] New Swan Lake 'a la Kirov Lunch [Eyes in the Back of Your Head] Awa Recovers from the Vapors Good Morning Kangen-sai After all… [Got Your Nose] ADB and the Cockroaches Insecticidal Gun Fighter I Have No Objection [Employee in Blue] I Apologize [Portrait of a Balding Man] [Bright Eyed] [Overkill]
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Identity elements

Reference code

MS 066

Level of description

Collection

Title

Howard B. Hamilton, MD papers

Date(s)

  • 1945-1997 (Creation)

Extent

3.75 cubic feet (8 boxes)

Name of creator

(1918-2007)

Biographical history

Dr. Howard Beye Hamilton was born in Oak Park Illinois on December 4, 1918. He graduated from the University of Rochester in New York in 1941 and from Yale University School of Medicine in 1945. Hamilton served in the United States Navy from 1942-1945, during World War II. In the late 1940s and early 1950s Hamilton conducted research at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, the Long Island School of Medicine, the New York College of Surgeons, and the University of Tokyo in Japan.

In 1956 Dr. Hamilton moved to Hiroshima, Japan, where he lived for the next thirty years. After his move to Japan, Hamilton served as the Chief of Clinical Laboratories for the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) from 1956 until its dissolution in 1975. Hamilton worked in the same capacity for the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF), which succeeded the ABCC, until 1984. Between 1984 and 1986 Dr. Hamilton began transitioning into retirement; he continued to work as a consultant for the RERF during this time.

Dr. Hamilton was a consummate scholar and published extensively thoughout his career. Hamilton published papers on topics including endocrinology, steroid chemistry, enzyme kinetics, hemoglobinopathies, the structure and function of hemoglobin, genetic polymorphisms, biochemical genetics, the long term after-effects of exposure to ionizing radiation, and epidemiology of cardio-vascular disease.

Dr. Hamilton's hobbies included playing tennis and practicing the Japanese theatrical art of Noh, which features dramatic masks and carefully defined movements. After his retirement, Dr. Hamilton catalogued Noh and Kabuki works and published Noh plays. In some circles, Dr. Hamilton was known as much for his enthusiastic patronage and participation in Noh as he was for his work with the ABCC and RERF. (Source: Washington Post, May 9, 2007)

Dr. Hamilton died on May 9, 2007 at his home in Falls Church, Virginia. He was 88 years old.

Content and structure elements

Scope and content

The Howard B. Hamilton, MD, papers, MS 066, includes material from 1945-1997 related to the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) and the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF). Hamilton was the Chief of Clinical Laboratories for the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission from 1956 until its dissolution in 1975. He served in the same capacity for the Radiation Effects Research Foundation, which succeeded the ABCC, until 1984. This collection encompasses this period of time in Dr. Hamilton's career, as well as his related scholarly work after his retirement from RERF. Dr. Hamilton donated his collection of letters, reprints, newspaper articles, photographs, memos, and ephemera to the John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center between 1985 and 2002. The collection is in good condition and consists of 3.75 cubic feet (8 boxes).

This collection contains eight series: I. Correspondence; II. Memorandum, Notes, Books; III. Conferences, Congresses, Manuscripts; IV. Reprints; V. Newspaper Articles; VI. Akio Awa Cartoons; VII. Additional Correspondence; VIII. Addendum Series. This collection contains many reprints of articles Hamilton wrote or co-wrote on topics including the structure and function of hemoglobin, biochemical genetics, and the long term after-effects of exposure to ionizing radiation. One highlight of the collection is a series of cartoons, Series VI, created by Hamilton's friend Dr. Akio Awa that gives a unique look into the daily goings-on of the ABCC and RERF. Another collection highlight is the photographs in the Addendum Series, Series VIII, which includes images of former United States Senator Ted Kennedy who visited RERF in the late 1970s. Photos also include group photos from many ABCC and RERF conferences and events.

This collection was donated to the Historical Research Center over a number of years, and the material was processed at different times by different people, which resulted in several different organizational schemes being used. During the most recent processing of the collection the arrangement of the material was left unchanged to maintain continuity and for the sake of scholarly citations that may have been made previously

Hamilton was born in Oak Park Illinois on December 4, 1918. He graduated from the University of Rochester in New York in 1941 and from Yale University School of Medicine in 1945. Hamilton served in the United States Navy from 1942-1945, during World War II. In the late 1940s and early 1950s Hamilton conducted research at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, the Long Island School of Medicine, the New York College of Surgeons, and the University of Tokyo in Japan.

In 1956 Hamilton moved to Hiroshima, Japan, where he lived for the next thirty years. After his move to Japan, Hamilton served as the Chief of Clinical Laboratories for the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) from 1956 until its dissolution in 1975. Hamilton worked in the same capacity for the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF), which succeeded the ABCC, until 1984. Between 1984 and 1986 Dr. Hamilton began transitioning into retirement; he continued to work as a consultant for the RERF during this time.

Hamilton was a consummate scholar and published extensively thoughout his career. Hamilton published papers on topics including endocrinology, steroid chemistry, enzyme kinetics, hemoglobinopathies, the structure and function of hemoglobin, genetic polymorphisms, biochemical genetics, the long term after-effects of exposure to ionizing radiation, and epidemiology of cardio-vascular disease.

Hamilton's hobbies included playing tennis and practicing the Japanese theatrical art of Noh, which features dramatic masks and carefully defined movements. After his retirement, Dr. Hamilton catalogued Noh and Kabuki works and published Noh plays. In some circles, Dr. Hamilton was known as much for his enthusiastic patronage and participation in Noh as he was for his work with the ABCC and RERF. (Source: Washington Post, May 9, 2007)

Hamilton died on May 9, 2007 at his home in Falls Church, Virginia. He was 88 years old.

The collection is in good to excellent condition depending on the age of the individual item and how carefully it was stored and preserved in the years before it entered the HRC's collection. Dr. Hamilton donated his large collection of letters, reprints, newspaper articles, photographs, memos, and ephemera to the John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center between about 1985 and 2002. The collection consists of 3.75 cubic feet (8 boxes) and is collection MS 066.

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Conditions governing access

The collection is open for research.

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Copyright restrictions may apply.

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Custodial history

Immediate source of acquisition

Dr. Hamilton donated his large collection of letters, reprints, newspaper articles, photographs, memos and ephemera to the John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center between about 1985 and 2002.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

Accruals

No accruals are expected for this collection.

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Existence and location of copies

Related archival materials

Related materials include the assorted Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) collections located at the McGovern Historical Research Center. Consult an archivist for more information.

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Specialized notes

  • Citation: Howard B. Hamilton, MD papers; MS 066; John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.

Alternative identifier(s)

TARO

00017

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Finding aid based on DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard).

Sources used

Archivist's note

The original finding aid for this collection was written by Margaret Irwin in 1994, and the finding aid was updated in March 2011 by Emily Downing. At that time, new material that had not been processed initially was processed and incorporated into the collection.

Archivist's note

Finding aid prepared by Emily Downing.

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