Cheves M. Smythe, MD papers

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MS 176

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Cheves M. Smythe, MD papers


  • 1924-2013 (Creation)


9.5 cubic feet. (10 boxes)

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Biographical history

Cheves McCord Smythe was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1924. He was born into a well-established South Carolina family. Smythe received his undergraduate degree from Yale College in 1943, and his medical degree in 1947 from Harvard Medical School. He completed his internship and residency at the Boston City Hospital. Next, he served as a Research Fellow at the Presbyterian Hospital in New York. Following this, he returned to the Boston City Hospital as a Chief Resident. From 1942-1966, Smythe served in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was a part of the Medical Corps and became a Lieutenant Commander. He retired from the Naval Reserve in 1966. Beginning in 1955, Smythe started as an Instructor in Medicine at the Medical College of South Carolina. He eventually becoming an Assistant Professor of Medicine and finally Dean. He remained as Dean from 1963 until his departure in 1966. The following four years he served as Assistant Director and Director of the Department of Academic Affairs at the Association of American Medical Colleges. The bulk of his career was spent at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, where he became the first dean of the school in 1970. He would remain as dean until 1975. Smythe continued his profession at the university until 1995, serving as Professor, Adjunct Professor, and Dean Pro Tem. Smythe continued his career abroad when he became the Dean at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. He served in this role from 1982 to 1985. His involvement with the school continued, and he returned as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine from 1990 to 1991. Smythe had many hospital appointments including the Hermann Hospital, Memorial Southwest Hospital, and the LBJ Hospital. He was also a member of many medical organizations and received many honors and awards. In addition, he was the author of numerous publications. For a complete list of accomplishments please visit Smythe’s vitae and bibliography.

Dr. Smythe died May 11, 2020, in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Scope and content

The Cheves M. Smythe MD papers, Ms 176, has been arranged chronologically according to titles held, and additional items were placed at the end of the collection. This collection consists of research documents, correspondence, and publications. Highlights of the collection include information from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. The Collection comprises of 10 boxes and is 9.5 cubic feet. All of the original boxes have been replaced, and the majority of the original folders have been replaced. Overall the collection is in good condition but should be handled with care as many papers are beginning to reflect their age.

System of arrangement

This collection is arranged into the following series.
Series I: Education; 1965-2007
Series II:Boston City Hospital; 1947-1964, undated
Series III:Medical College of South Carolina; 1950-1998
Series IV:Association of American Medical Colleges; 1963-1982
Series V:University of Texas Medical School; 1966-2012
Series VI:Aga Kahn University; 1978-2010
Series VII: Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital; 1989-1992
Series VIII: Hermann Hospital; 1993-1997
Series IX: Societies and Associations; 1948-2010
Series X: Studies; 1956-1988
Series XI: Professional Visits; 1975-1987
Series XII: Publications; 1940-1997, undated
Series XIII: Speeches; 1960-2004, undated
Series XIV: License/Certification; 1966-1998
Series XV: Navy; 1952-1984
Series XVI: Personal Correspondence; 1940-2007
Series XVII: Professional Correspondence; 1952-2006
Series XVIII: Addendum 1961-2001

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Most of this material is not restricted. Some files are restricted. Please consult an archivist for more information.

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This material was donated by Cheves M. Smythe on May 28, 2013.

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  • Citation: Cheves M. Smythe MD papers; MS 176; 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.

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

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Finding aid prepared by Christiana Horn, a graduate student with Texas Women's University working on her Master of Library Science degree.

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  • Shelf: 11.26