William O. Russell, MD papers

Identity elements

Reference code

MS 107

Level of description

Collection

Title

William O. Russell, MD papers

Date(s)

  • 1939-1997 (Creation)

Extent

52 cubic feet (105 boxes)

Name of creator

(1910-1997)

Biographical history

Dr. William Ogburn Russell, Jr., was born in March 24, 1910 in San Jose, California, and frew up on the Russell Ranch near Sacramento. He earned his MD from Stanford University in 1938. He completed his residency at the Mallory Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, and then returned to California to practice pathology in Santa Barbara. He moved to Houston in 1948 the first chair of the pathology department at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he remained until 1977. After his retirement from UT MDA he moved to Florida and spent ten years as director of pathology at North Ridge Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale. Russell was married to Marolyn Cowart Russell, MD, who was also faculty at MD Anderson. He died in August 2, 1997, and is interred at Woodland Cemetery, Woodland, California.
Thirteen linear feet of his papers are available at the UC Davis archives.

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Scope and content

The William O. Russell, MD papers contains personal papers, professional papers, and financial documents related to the life and career of William O. Russell, such as correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, oil leases, farming leases, statistical reports and research. The collection documents Dr. Russell's education, post-graduate medical training, pathology practice, cancer pathology, ranch and ranching activities. The collection also contains records related specifically to the Russel Ranch, including families genealogy with historic and contemporary farm information. Geographic coverage within the collection includes Texas, California, Utah, Florida as well as his work at MD Anderson Cancer Center. The date range of the materials is 1939-1997. The collection chronicles Dr. Russell's many roles in society, including family man, rancher, medical professional, pathologist, member of medical study groups, and medical executive.

Subjects: Pathology, UT MD Anderson Cancer

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Conditions governing access

No restrictions to access.

Physical access

Materials are in good condition.

Technical access

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright restrictions may apply

Languages of the material

  • English

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Finding aids

None.

Acquisition and appraisal elements

Custodial history

Deed-3

Immediate source of acquisition

Received collection of 34 boxes through the Estate of William O. Russell in 1997.

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No accruals are expected for this collection.

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Specialized notes

  • Citation: William O. Russell, MD papers; MS 107; 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.

Alternative identifier(s)

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00224

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