Carlos Vallbona, MD papers

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MS 184

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Carlos Vallbona, MD papers


  • 1968-2014 (Creation)


63 cubic feet (66 boxes)

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Biographical history

Carlos Vallbona-Calbo’ was born in Granollers, Barcelona, Spain, on July 29, 1927. His father was abducted by a revolutionary security patrol in 1937 and never returned. Vallbona earned a medical degree in Barcelona in 1950 and did post-graduate work in Paris. He and his wife arrived in the US in the 1953, during the polio epidemic.
Vallbona began his career in the US at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky but moved to Houston in 1955 to work for Baylor College of Medicine and for the Southwestern Poliomyelitis Respiratory Center, now The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR). He stayed at Baylor for over 50 years. He did extensive work on post-polio syndrome and the use of magnets to relieve pain. He also worked with the Harris County Hospital District (Harris Health) to assist underserved communities. Dr. Vallbona died August 5, 2015, in Houston.

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Scope and content

The Carlos Vallbona, MD papers contains correspondence, course materials, slides; files from his 3701 Kirby office; and other material detailing the career of Dr. Vallbona as a pediatrician, educator, advocate, physical therapy and post-polio syndrome specialist. He held positions at Baylor College of Medicine and TIRR. The materials date from between 1968 and 2014. Materials were donated in three stages in 2014 and 2015. Collection consists of 54 boxes equaling 54 cubic feet.

Subjects: Physical Theraby, Post-Polio, Baylor College of Medicine.

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Conditions governing access

This collection contains a small amount of restricted material. While unprocessed, the collection is open for research.

Physical access

The materials are in good condition.

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Copyright restrictions may apply.

Languages of the material

  • Catalan
  • English
  • Spanish

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Inventory 2020.

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Immediate source of acquisition

Donated by the family of Carlos Vallbona, MD. Materials picked up from his office with the assistance of his administrative assistant Patricia Parra-Arevalo. Collection acquired over three different trips to Dr. Vallbona’s office, August 28, 2014, September 30, 2014, and March 24, 2015. Acknowledgement letter sent to Nuri Vallbona by Sandra Yates on September 15, 2014. Accessioned September 10, 2014.

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  • Citation: Carlos Vallbona, MD papers; MS 184; 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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Archivist's note

Inventory prepared by Alethea Drexler, 2019.

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