Reginald Burbank, MD papers

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Reference code

MS 218

Level of description



Reginald Burbank, MD papers


  • 1820-1973 (Creation)


2.5 cubic feet (5 boxes)

Name of creator


Biographical history

Reginald Burbank, MD, was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on July 26, 1888. Dr. Burbank obtained his medical degree from Cornell Medical College in 1915. Some of the many professional positions he held included: Assistant surgeon New York Orthopedic Hospital (1916-1926); Chief of the Arthritis Clinic at Cornell Medical College (1917-1919); Instructor in Arthritis, chief, arthritis clinic Bellevue Medical College (1916-1926); Consultant on arthritis, Brooklyn Hospital (1926-1956); and Director, arthritis clinic St. Claire’s Hospital 1940-1956). Dr. Burbank dedicated more than fifty years of his life to the study, research, and treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, and gout. Dr. H.J. Hadjopoulos conducted research alongside Dr. Burbank for forty-seven years, and Dr. Hadjopoulos’ name is attached to most of the medical research drafted and published in the manuscripts found within these papers. Dr. Burbank died December 20, 1972, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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Scope and content

The Reginald Burbank, MD papers (MS218) is 2.5 cubic feet and consists of 5 documents boxes. Dr. Burbank’s papers include institutional publications, medical research, translations, books, pamphlets, correspondence, letters, newspaper clippings, typed manuscripts, typed manuscripts (drafts), and medical journals that document his research and career. Dr. Burbank had a vast collection of historical manuscripts and books related to the study and history of gout, rheumatism, and arthritis. He studied as well as helped to translate these texts to support his own research findings and to assist future researchers. Items relating to these endeavors are within the collection. The materials are in relatively good condition.

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Conditions governing access

Unrestricted. Material is open for research.

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Technical access

Conditions governing reproduction

Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the repository, McGovern Historical Center.

Languages of the material

  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

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Custodial history


Immediate source of acquisition

Dr. Reginald Burbank's papers are associated with the donation of his rare book collection in 1952. Additional materials were accessioned in 1971.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information


No accurals are expected for this collection.

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Related archival materials

Burbank-Fraser Rare Book Collection on Arthritis, Rheumatism, and Gout; MS033 Moise D. Levy, MD papers; MS053 Earl J. Brewer, MD papers; MS076 Philip S. Hench papers; MS088 John L. Decker, MD papers; MS091 Darrell Crain, MD papers, MS124 John Baum MD papers

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Specialized notes

  • Citation: Reginald Burbank, MD papers; MS 218; 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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Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)

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Archivist's note

The Collection was initially assessed to understand whether there was any apparent series, order, or specific preservation needs. The assessment proved that each individual item tended to have its own folder. There are some exceptions to this, however, different items within a single folder are intellectually related. Thus, original order of the items in the collection has been maintained. The items originally constituted 5 boxes equaling 2.5 cubic feet, but after initial processing the items were condensed into 4 boxes now equaing 2 cubic feet. The collection's size has changed again due to discovering another box of Burbank's papers pertaining to his rare book collection, and now the collection equals 2.5 cubic feet and 5 boxes. Again, the items have been kept in their physically consecutive order. Most folders are entitled according to the title of the item(s) within them and include the names and dates if any are transcribed within the item. Drafted manuscripts of Dr. Burbank's research and publications are mainly grouped within Boxes 1-2, and his final or published research can be found in Boxes 3-4. Items were removed from envelopes and placed in archival folders. Newspaper clippings from 1873 and an autography from 1820 in Box 3 Folder 3.13 were encapsulated in polyester sleeves and placed in the archival folder. Acid-free paper was used to interleave the contents in Folder 3.13 for larger newspaper clippings. Four binders were found containing records and biographical information of Dr.Burbank’s rare book collection. This were processed and constitute their own series. These can be found in Box 4. There is no known correspondence to map the record to its object, but the researcher may be able to map by author name or the object’s title looking in these eight folders (folders 4.13-4.20). Moreover, Box 5 was discovered and contained manuscripts and correspondence pertaining to the Burbank Rare Book Collection.

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