Irvin A. Kraft papers

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Reference code

MS 179

Level of description



Irvin A. Kraft papers


  • 1939-2010 (Creation)


4 cubic feet (7 boxes)

Name of creator


Biographical history

Irvin Alan Kraft was born in Huntington, West Virginia, on November 20, 1921. He attended from Johns Hopkins University but interrupted his education to join the army. He qualified for the Army Specialized Training Program and volunteered to become a doctor, which meant completing two years of pre-medical courses in nine months. His unit studied at NYU School of Medicine and he completed his residency in psychiatry at Kingsbridge VA Hospital in New York City. After a second tour of duty in the Air Force, he received a fellowship in child psychiatry at Tulane University in 1954. He moved to Houston in 1957 to initiate a child psychiatry program at Baylor College of Medicine. He later joined the UT School of Public Health as a clinical professor of mental health.
Kraft was instrumental in founding the Texas Institute of Child Psychiatry in 1963. He worked with Denton Cooley in 1968 as a psychiatric consultant to the heart transplant team. He died May 30, 2010, and is buried at Emanu El Memorial Park.

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Scope and content

Printed paper is the predominant format in the collection though there are numerous black and white and color photographic prints, some objects and other ephemera and an 8mm sound film.

A large portion of the collection is comprised of various scrapbooks. The scrapbooks contain printed material, ephemera, and photographic prints, either taped or pasted on acidic paper that has browned and is brittle. The pages were removed from the scrapbooks, original order maintained, and stored in acid-free folders. In addition to the scrapbooks, the collection contained a large number of newspaper clipping. The clippings have not been arranged and are extremely brittle.

Highlights of the collection include the photo scrapbook, “The Army Life of Irvin Alan Kraft” and the complete records of Dr. Kraft’s military service.

The collection is approximately four cubic feet and contains seven boxes (three cubic foot, four various sizes) and one oversize folder. The materials are in fair to good condition and there are no preservation concerns at this time. The scrapbook pages are stored flat in boxes 4, 5, and 6; take care when removing the folders to preserve original order.

Subjects: Psychology, children

System of arrangement

The collection is divided into four series, Series I: Biographical and Education Information, Series II: Professional Papers, Series III: Personal Papers, and Series IV: Objects.

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Conditions governing access

No access restrictions. Open for research.

Physical access

Materials are in good condition.

Technical access

Conditions governing reproduction

Permission to publish material from the Irvin A. Kraft Papers must be obtained from the John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center of the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center (HAM-TMC) Library.

Languages of the material

  • English

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Finding aids

A finding aid is available.

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Custodial history


Immediate source of acquisition

The Irvin A. Kraft collection was donated by Dr. Elizabeth Kraft, Dr. Irvin Kraft’s daughter, on 7/22/2013.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

Approximately eleven boxes of confidential patient records were shredded and discarded during processing. The file folders had handwritten instructions to shred after a certain date and the donor okayed the shredding. The diplomas and certificates were removed from their frames and the frames discarded. Wood plaques were photocopied and the original plaques discarded. Scrapbook albums were taken apart and the covers discarded. The original order of the pages has been maintained. Duplicates, where apparent, where discarded. Ten medical texts were discarded or put into the book sale.

The collection was accessioned containing framed diplomas and certificates and wood plaques. To conserve space and maintain a satisfactory level of preservation, the diplomas and certificates were removed from their frames. High quality, color photocopies were made of the wood plaques and the originals were discarded.


No accruals are expected for this collection.

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Specialized notes

  • Citation: Irvin A. Kraft papers; MS 179; 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: February 10, 2017 Oversize items and audiovisual materials were moved to the OV and AVF sections. Materials in flat boxes were placed in a .5 document box. There is no longer a box 4 and collection should be renumbered.

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Archivist's note

Kate Wilson, December 17, 2013

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