Dr. Joseph Lewis Belsky was Chief of Medicine for the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC), a committee formed to study the long-term effects of radiation exposure on the residents of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Japan, from 1969-1972. (The ABCC was subsequently renamed the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF)).
The Ernst W. Bertner, MD papers document the life, career, and leadership of Dr. Ernst W. Bertner, who was one of the founders and first president (1945 - 1950) of the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. He was also the acting director for the first four years of the existence of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Bertner was active in leading many medical organizations and institutions in the first half of the 20th century in Texas and in the nation. These papers provide information about his life, including his service in World War I, his contributions to medical organizations, such as the Texas Medical Association and the American Cancer Society, and to the development of the Texas Medical Center and its institutions. The collection is 6.5 cubic feet in size and materials are in good condition.
Connie Brady was a nursing student at the Shannon West Texas Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas, from 1960 to 1964. This collection includes a graded 1964 diary Brady wrote for a nursing course, school-related correspondence and papers, school publications, and nursing publications. The material is in good condition and is about 0.25 cubic feet (1 box). 1960-1964.
The R. Lee Clark manuscript collection consists of Dr. Clark’s papers, both personal and professional, collected over a 30-year period. Much of the collection centers around University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where Dr. Clark was Director and Chief of Staff, President, and finally President Emeritus. There is an historical series within the collection relating to the formation of the early M.D. Anderson Hospital and the Texas Medical Center. The collection includes information on other cancer institutes and organizations, both national and international.
The records of Dr. Daniel L. Creson document his career in psychiatry as a clinician, educator, community organizer, humanitarian and historian. His work as a clinician and educator are shown through records of classes, lectures and symposiums which he either taught or organized. Information about some of the mental health or professional organizations he directed or was active in is available. Photographs and print material document his humanitarian work in areas of international conflict. Dr. Creson worked for many years to document the history of psychiatry in Texas. The collection includes audio and video tape interviews with many psychiatric professionals as well as print material about Texas mental health care institutions.
Murdina M. Desmond, M.D., FAAP (Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics) was a member of a 1950s team that developed an infection control plan for hospital- acquired staphyloccous infection for newborns. Dr. Desmond began the first neonatal intensive care unit in the nation at the former Jefferson Davis Hospital and worked with affected babies at the hospital during the 1963-64 rubella outbreak. In 1973, she became director of the Leopold Meyer Center for Developmental Pediatrics at Texas Children's Hospital. (Adapted from the obituary in the American Academy of Pediatrics News, 2003;23;123.)
The Ivan Frances Duff, MD, papers, MS 90, consists of Dr. Duff's work in the field of rheumatology and his professional work in China and in Japan. The collection covers the years 1966-1993. Dr. Duff was born July 20, 1915 in Pendleton, Oregon. He graduated from the University of Oregon and the University of Michigan Medical School, where he completed his internship and residency training in internal medicine. In 1946 he joined the faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan where he served in several capacities. His major interest was in the field of rheumatic diseases. He died Oct. 27, 1994. Dr. Duff's interest in epidemiology led to studies with the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) beginning in 1964. He was a researcher with the ABCC from 1967-1975 and then with the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF) from 1975-1986. He studied the incidence and prevelance of rheumatoid arthritis and gout in Hiroshima and Nagasaki patients. In 1980, Dr. Duff was a member of an American Physician Exchange Group of twelve doctors visiting the People's Republic of China at the invitation of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences. This initial visit led to a long relationship between Dr. Duff and the Chinese medical community. From 1981 to 1991, Dr. Duff was a research consultant at Peking Union Medical College, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences Beijing, People's Republic of China, where he collaborated in epidemiologic studies of rheumatic diseases. Most of the materials are in good shape. Some items show water damage. The collection consists of 3.75 cubic feet (6 boxes).
William "Bill" H. Ellett donated the William H. Ellett Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission papers. Ellett is a physicist. He graduated from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute with a B.S. in physics. He earned a masters of science in physics at New York University and a doctorate in radiation physics at Royal Postgraduate Medical School at the University of London. From 1984 to 1992, he served as a consultant for the Radiation Effects Research Foundation at Hiroshima. From 1985 to 1991, he was a a senior program officer on the Board on Radiation Effects Research, Commission on Life Sciences with the National Academy of Sciences. He The materials includes a 1945 topographical map of Nagasaki used in planning the atomic attack and a 1946 topographical map of Hiroshima that was used by the international damage assessment group. The collection also includes an unpublished manuscript of ABCC history written by John Z. Bowers, a former ABCC staffer. Ellett also included his personal copies of the "Life Span Study" reports. The size of the collection is one cubic foot (2 boxes and two oversize maps).
Manuscript (MS) 159, The Herbert Fred, MD Papers, is a collection of papers related to Dr. Fred's medical career and personal life in six series: Medical Life, Running Life, Writing Life, Family Life, Religious Life and Legal. Herbert Leonard Fred, MD was born in 1929 in Waco, Texas. He is known for his contribution to medical education. He is an award-winning clinician, diagnostician, and professor of internal medicine. In keeping with the beliefs of Sir William Osler, Dr. Fred, an emeritus American Osler Society member, centered his medical practice on the patient, championing the use of the mind and five senses to develop medical diagnoses. The collection consists of correspondence, certificates of fact, scholarly presentations, scholarly article reprints, news clips, portrait and event records, and medical conditions in text, photographic, slide, video, and audio formats along with award and gift realia from Dr. Fred’s medical career and personal life. Papers relating to Dr. Fred’s parents and grandparents from the Fred and Marks families in Waco, Texas are in the Family Series. While most of the collection is open to public use, some folders have restricted access due to patient confidentiality. Dr. Fred was a life-long chronicler and the collection detail is rich. With a date range from 1890 to 2013, the collection consists of 112 cubic feet in 88 boxes plus several realia objects in the Oversize collection.
The Howard B. Hamilton, MD, papers, MS 66, includes material from 1945-1997 related to the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) and the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF). Hamilton was the Chief of Clinical Laboratories for the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission from 1956 until its dissolution in 1975. He served in the same capacity for the Radiation Effects Research Foundation, which succeeded the ABCC, until 1984. This collection encompasses this period of time in Dr. Hamilton's career, as well as his related scholarly work after his retirement from RERF. Dr. Hamilton donated his collection of letters, reprints, newspaper articles, photographs, memos, and ephemera to the John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center between 1985 and 2002. The collection is in good condition and consists of 3.75 cubic feet (10 boxes).
Ruth Hartgraves, MD was an Obstetrician-Gynecologist in Houston, Texas from 1935-1985. During her 50 years in private practice, she delivered more than 3000 babies, held appointments at the major hospitals in Houston and was a faculty member at the Baylor College of Medicine. She was active in medical organizations, such as the American Women’s Medical Association, of which she served as President and from which she received the Elizabeth Blackwell Award. She and her sister, Hallie Hartgraves, attended the University of Texas Austin in the 1920s and were among the first women graduates of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.The collection includes information about her Texas heritage, family history and life as a professional woman in the mid20th century. Resources document her cultural interests, especially in opera, her religious affiliations at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, and her extensive world travel.
The Philip S. Hench, MD, papers, MS 76, consist of Dr. Hench's personal and professional documents from his childhood, 1896, to his death, 1965. These papers provide information about his family and life, including his service in World War II, his contributions to medical research in rheumatic diseases, and his Nobel Award and other awards. Dr. Hench, a co-developer of cortisone as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, was a joint winner of the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1950. Dr. Hench had studied rheumatic diseases and researched treatments from his early years in the 1920s as a fellow at Mayo Clinic. At the time of his death, he was Professor Emeritus of Medicine in the University of Minnesota and head of the Section of Rheumatic Diseases at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Hench was active in leading and participating in many rheumatic organizations and institutions both nationally and internationally.
The Herman Walter Johnson, MD papers document the life and career of Dr. Herman Walter Johnson, who was professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Baylor College of Medicine. He also served during World War I as major in the United States Army Medical Corps. The collection contains one box and oversized materials, including Dr. Johnson autobiography (Reminiscences of a Male Midwife), news articles, certificates, and offical documents. Materials are in good condition.
The published and unpublished writings of Dr. Eugen Kahn, a respected and significant researcher and educator in the psychiatry discipline during the first part of the 20th century, are the main items in this collection. The published papers are usually in the form of reprints from the journals in which they appeared. Some writings have notes by Kahn. In addition, reprints of articles by Dr. Emil Kraepelin, another important figure in psychiatry, are included. There is some correspondence, primarily between Dr. Kahn and Professor H. Schipperges from the 1960's, and some academic reports from Dr. Kahn's tenure at Yale University and at Baylor College of Medicine.
The Marvin A. Kastenbaum, PhD, papers, MS 93, 1950-1997, contain materials related to the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC), including audio-visual materials, photographs, artifacts, personal cards, clippings, and statistical analyses compilied by the ABCC. Kastenbaum worked for 17 months as a statistician with the ABCC. Kastenbaum's first contribution to the archive in March 1994 was a set of photographs of ABCC employees. Later, he made additional donations of artifacts, audio-visual materials and more photographs. While in Japan, Dr. Kastenbaum had occasion to review much of the medical data which had been collected by the commission between 1947 and 1954. During his 17-month affiliation with the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission, Kastenbaum recorded some of his experiences on film. He donated three reels of 8 mm film to the archive in 1995. This film is a unique visual history. He filmed ABCC events in Japan, highlights from festivals, and scenes of daily life. Approximately one-third of the footage is devoted to ABCC personnel, activities and sites. The latter part of the film includes scenes of Hong Kong, Bangkok, India, Pakistan, Israel and Greece that Dr. Kastenbaum filmed after leaving Tokyo, Japan in May 1954. The collection is 1.75 cubic feet (3 boxes).
Ernst Knobil, PhD was a world renowned physiologist whose work was seminal in many areas of endocrinology. Dr. Knobil was on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School, Chairman of the Department of Physiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Dean of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He maintained an active research laboratory from 1951 to 1997. This collection contains data notebooks from his laboratories; information about the funding support he received from various sources, including the National Institutes of Health; information about his Deanship and other appointments; lectures and material for classes he taught; significant resources on his activities with professional organizations, such as the National Academy of Sciences and the American Physiology Society; correspondence with a wide range of national and international scientists; reprints and/or manuscripts of his published material; and biographical information about his education. This collection provides a comprehensive overview of work of an important and distinguished biomedical scientist and academic of the latter half of the twentieth century.
Dr. Lange served with the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission from 1951-1953 in the Department of Medicine. Scientists investigating radiation and the relationship to leukemia and hematology will be interested in the research Dr. Lange conducted at ABCC. Dr. Large worked closely with Dr. William C. Moloney, the former ABCC Chief of the Department of Medicine. Dr. Moloney's personal journal, with photographs describing his two years at ABCC is also part of the Archive's ABCC Collection. The collection is open for research. Individuals interested in using the collection should contact the Director of the Historical Research Center or the Coordinator for the ABCC Collections.
Moise Dreyfus Levy Sr, MD was born September 4, 1889 in Galveston, Texas and grew up in Natchitoches, Louisiana (Texas State Journal of Medicine volume 59 pages 248-49, March 1963). Dr. Levy's medical career spanned 50 years, 40 of those spent practicing medicine in Houston, TX. Dr. Levy graduated from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX on May 31, 1913. He was the first president of the Texas Society of Pathology, which was founded in 1921 and continues to exist today. Dr. Levy was elected president of the Harris County Medical Society in 1957. He was the author of 33 published medical writings (TSJM 59:248-49, Mar., 1963). Several letters pertaining to Dr. Levy's articles and copies of two original articles, one on the treatment of Bubonic Plague in Galveston, TX from circa 1920 and one on the use of Tartar Emetic as a cure for Malaria circa 1917 are included in the collection. The scope of the collection is limited to selected papers and a plaque from 1957 that commemorates Dr. Levy's time as president of the Harris County Medical Society. These items were donated by Dr. Levy's daughter Justine (Levy) Bennett to the Houston Academy of Medicine - Texas Medical Center Library in 1982. The collection is one box, 0.5 cubic feet. The title of the collection is Moise Dreyfus Levy, MD, Papers and is collection number MS 33. The collection is in excellent condition.
The Thomas Matney papers, MS 146, includes materials from 1926 through 2011 relating to Dr. Matney’s research in genetics, Dr. Matney’s teaching materials, and his research as a community activist into the support and well being of at-risk children. Dr. Matney was the first associate dean of the newly formed UT Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences as well as a professor of genetics and environmental science and a student advisor. Professor Matney made important contributions to scientific understanding of cancer-causing agents and the genetic mechanisms that underlie the development of cancer. Mrs. Nancy Matney donated Dt. Matney’s collection of personal and business correspondence, photographs, newspaper articles, pamphlets, diplomas, awards, artwork, a scrapbook, yearbooks, journal articles, abstracts, contracts, applications, research notes and notebooks, lecture notes, audiovisual material, ephemera, and realia to the John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center in January 2011. The collection is 10.5 cubic feet (thirteen boxes).
The collection documents Dr. Meynier's work in obstetrics and gynecology from 1931 to his retirement in 1977. Of particular interest is the history of Dr. Meynier's involvement in numerous issues of the mid-twentieth century: public health services and delivery of medical care to the indigent, location of a new city-county charity hospital, and the controversy surrounding liberalization of laws governing abortion. Also documented are Dr. Meynier's terms as president, respectively, of the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 1960, the Houston Gynecological and Obstetrical Society in 1964, and the Harris County Medical Society in 1969.
Thomas F. Miles, M.D., was born in Alabama in 1858 and died in Lorena, Texas in 1937. He attended Vanderbilt University and graduated from Tulane in 1884 with a degree in Doctor of Medicine. He later practiced medicine in Eddy, Texas and later Lorena where he lived and practiced for 54 years. This collection includes his black bag, medicines in glass bottles, one carte-de-visite and two cabinet cards depicting Miles, diplomas, surgical instruments, medical tools, and some papers. The collection is generally in fair condition. The black leather bag is brittle. The photographic images are in excellent condition. The surgical tools show some rust. The medicines in glass vials have degraded. 1 cubic foot (1 box). 1880-1908.
William C. Moloney MD kept a personal journal, with photographs, for much of his two years in Japan with the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission. In January of 1986, Dr. Moloney donated his journal, correspondence and diary pages to the Harris County Medical Archive. He died in 1998 at the age of 91. His first contribution was a set of ten reprints representing his work with the ABCC from 1952 to 1954. Dr. Moloney's journal is a fine document, one which will be of great use to historians. It is an important record of personal impressions, thoughts and details of events. The journal gives new insights into the work of the ABCC and into the people who participated in that work. Dr. Moloney wrote in his journal from April 1952 to February 1954. The Korean War was on and there was a great deal of military activity in southern Japan. The collection is open for research. The collection consists of a handwritten journal, loose calendar or notebook pages and some reprints. The journal is in generally fair condition. The paper is slightly acidic and the binding is loose. There are numerous photos glued onto the pages. The collection encompasses the years 1952-1954 and is 0.25 cubic feet (1 box).
James V. Neel is one of world's premier geneticists. He has contributed to the field of human genetics as a scientist, physician, professor, consultant and administrator. He received his Ph.D. as well as M.D. from the University of Rochester in New York. He completed his residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. Dr. Neel has been affiliated with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor for nearly fifty years. Since 1985, he has served as the Lee R. Dice Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Human Genetics and Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has served and continues to serve on the committees of a number of national and international institutes, governmental agencies and organizations. Dr. Neel's collection is one of the largest and most complete of the ABCC Collections held by the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library (29 boxes/ 11 linear feet).
A major portion of the Raymond D. Pruitt Papers consists of his writings (published and unpublished), including notes on some documents and correspondence about some published documents. Of particular interest are his original manuscripts, material on his years at Oxford University, material on the origin and first years of Mayo Medical School including correspondence regarding his resignation from Baylor Medical College, and material on medical education.
This material is generally arranged in chronological order. Bound meeting minutes and meeting reports are in the original binders. Staples were removed from correspondence. When deemed appropriate, the materials- were interleaved with archival bond to retain original order to the greatest extent possible. The four boxes of material occupy 2 cubic feet. The material is arranged in four series: Series I: Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF), General Series II: RERF, Scientific Council Series III: RERF, Board of Directors Series IV: RERF, Budget Draft Proposals
Dr. Henry Renfert, Jr. served in the United States Navy during World War II aboard the U.S.S. Hydrus and U.S.S. Independence. He served aboard the Independence when it was assigned to the atomic bomb experiments on Bikini Atoll. He served after the war at Sasabo base in Japan. For his work there he received the Naval commendation medal for his success in controlling communicable diseases. In 1956 he and Dr. Virgil Lawless founded the Austin Diagnostic Clinic, which grew into the Austin Diagnostic Medical Center and eventually was called the Austin Medical Center.
The Richard S. Ruiz, MD, papers, MS 150, includes materials from 1925 through 2007 related to the Hermann Eye Center. Dr. Ruiz was the Chief of Ophthalmology at Hermann Hospital as well as the Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Texas Medical School - Houston. Dr. Ruiz established the Hermann Eye Center, a world class eye care facility which combined the patient care from Hermann Hospital as well as the education and research of the University of Texas Medical School. This collection primarily encompasses the building of the original Hermann Eye Center in 1977 as well as some information about the 1994 renovation of the Hermann Eye Center. Dr. Ruiz donated his collection of journal articles, newspaper articles, business correspondence, photographs, architectural blueprints, and a scrapbook to the John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research center between March and May 2011. The scrapbook is becoming brittle and many of the pictures are falling off of the leaves. The other materials are in good condition. The collection is 2 cubic feet (three boxes).
Walter J. Russell Collection is composed exclusively of his correspondence with and on behalf of Japanese physicians interested in the radiology training program. The size of the collection is 2.5 linear feet (6 boxes). Walter J. Russell received his medical education at St. Louis University Medical School. He graduated in 1952 with a Doctor of Medicine degree. He is a member of several learned societies. They are as follows: Diplomate American Board Radiology (radiology), American College of Radiology, American Roentgen Ray Society, Health Physics Society, Nippon Societas Radiologica, New York Academy of Sciences, Pan American Medical Association, Radiological Society of North America, Society of Nuclear Medicine. In July of 1959, he was appointed Chief of the Department of Radiology of the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission. Dr. Russell continued his to conduct his research with the ABCC successor organization, the Radiation Effects Research Foundation. His association with RERF continues today. Dr. Russell, his wife Mitsuko and children still live in Hiroshima Japan.
The William J. Schull, PhD Papers documents to life and career of Dr. William Schull. Dr. Schull is an American scientist and geneticist famous for his research into the effects of ionizing radiation on the human body largely based on the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki after World War II. Dr. Schull began his scientific career in radiation research in 1949 when he joined the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC). Dr. Schull served many decades in the elite corps of scientists conducting research into the genetic impact of irradiation on human health. A professor emeritus of The Human Genetics Center, School of Public Health, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Texas, Dr. Schull served on most of the major governmental and non-governmental committees formed throughout the 20th century to quantify the effects of ionizing radiation. The collection consists of approximately 135 boxes including oversize and audiovisual. It consists of approximately 86 cubic feet of material and is in good condition.
MS 170 the William J. Schull Photo Collection contains photographic prints, positive and negative transparencies, and text ephemera from Dr. Schull's career and many international travels as a global scientific research consultant in the effects of radiation and human genetics. The images and text reflect Dr. Schull's appreciation for each land's beauty and the uniqueness of its people, along with the many friends he cultivated in every place he worked. The collection is organized by geographic location in loose archival photo and slide sleeves or in scrapbooks. Geographical areas represented include Japan, Europe and The Middle East; Latin America and South America; Asia, Australia, and South Pacific countries; and the United States. Most of the material is original. Some images were created by the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) Photo labs. The collections consists of approximately 12 boxes including oversize. It consists of approximately 8 cubic feet of material.
The papers of Dr. Seybold are made up primarily of office files, correspondence and memoranda, newsclippings, articles, committee meeting minutes and reports; the working files of a prominent Houston physician who at one time or another served as chief of staff at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, partner and chief of staff of the KelseySeybold Clinic, president of the Texas Surgical Society, member of the University of Texas Committee of 75 and the Centennial Commission. His influence on Texas and Houston medicine is clearly seen in this voluminous collection.
This collection MS 176 is composed of the papers of Cheves McCord Smythe, MD, born 1924, a graduate of the Harvard Medical School. The collection covers most of his medical career. Smythe served at numerous hosptials and held several medical teaching and administrative positions. 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 served as 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. The collection consists of research documents, correspondence and publications ranging from 1925 to 2013 totalling 9.5 cubic feet (10 boxes).
Dr. Vernie A. Stembridge was a major figure in Texas medicine, particularly pathology, during the second half of the twentieth century. The McGovern Historical Research Center in the Texas Medical Center Library received the papers of Dr. Stembridge from his family in February 2011. The materials date from 1945 to 2000. The materials include Vernie A. Stembridge’s scholarly works and reprints, administrative papers and correspondence, materials concerned with organizations and professional interests. The collection also includes Dr. Stembridge’s personal items and objects – photos, awards, realia, and oversized objects such as a projector for glass slides, plaques, a gavel, and a Tiffany sterling silver bowl. The collection is 20 cubic feet (19 boxes). The materials are in good condition.
MS 35, the papers of Watauru W. Sutow, MD, primarily cover the professional life of Dr. Sutow. He is known for his work in pediatric oncology and for his pediatric studies with the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission. Sutow was born August 31, 1912 and died December 20, 1981. Sutow was a pioneer in defining and establishing pediatric oncology as a specialty and chemotheraphy as a viable adjunct or alternative to radiotherapy and surgery for the treatment of cancer. During the late 1940s and early 1950s, Sutow directed a pediatric research team for the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission. He later joined the University of Texas' M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. As a collaborator with the Brookhaven National Labratory, he conducted extensive research on the effects of radiation fallout on Marshall islanders. The Sutow's papers consist of correspondence and memoranda, committee minutes and reports, drafts, manuscripts, and published professional papers; journal article reprints, personal correspondence and memorablia; and a collection of slides and audio cassette tapes. The collection is in good condition. The papers span the years 1929-1996 with the bulk of material ranging from 1948 to 1981. The collection consists of 43 cubic feet (86 boxes, including 1 oversize box).
Dr. Taylor’s papers consist primarily of personal and professional correspondence; board meeting and committee meeting minutes and reports; drafts, manuscripts, and published professional papers (including several first drafts handwritten by Dr. Taylor); documentation chronicling his role with the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) in Japan, his role in the organization and development of a regional medical plan centered in Houston, of the University of Texas (UT) Postgraduate School of Medicine and its Division of Continuing Education, and of M. D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute (MDAH), currently known as UT M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and its renowned Department of Pediatrics; applications and correspondence regarding funding for a wide range of research, continuing education, and community projects. These papers document his career beginning with some of his medical school notes. The 38 boxes of material occupy 16 linear feet.
Dr. Carl Tessmer served as the first Director of the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC), NAS-NRC Field Agency, from 1948 to 1951. His archival collection, titled Carl F. Tessmer, MD, papers, relates to the origin and subsequent progress of the ABCC. The bulk of the material in his collection is administrative in nature. Included are semi-annual and annual reports, National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and National Reseearch Committtee(NRC) committee reports, early negotiations, reports from the initial clinical surveys, published scientific reports and correspondence dating from 1947. Approximately, 300 photographs and 15 sets of negatives accompanied Dr. Tessmer's Collection. The photographs were moved and housed separately with the ABCC photograph collection, and have been cataloged. This collections is 7.125 linear feet (18 boxes).
Dr. Wigodsky became associated with the ABCC in 1947. He was the Professional Associate on the Committee on Atomic Casualties, National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council, Washington, D.C. His assignment with the ABCC concluded in 1950 but his interest in nuclear accidents and radiation research continues. Dr. Wigodsky has been affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center and Medical School at San Antonio for more than four decades, 1955-present. His first appointment was from 1955-1961, as the Director of the University of Texas Post-Graduate School of Medicine, San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Wigodsky has served as a consultant and later as an Associate Coordinator for the University's Regional Medical Program Planning Office, 1967-1968, 1968-1970. From eight years, 1970-1978 he was a lecturer in the Department of Pathology. In 1978 he was promoted to Clinical Professor. He has been very active as a physician, professor, consultant and administrator.