Herman Walter Johnson, MD Papers

Manuscript Collection No. 001


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Repository: John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library
Creator: Johnson, Herman Walter.
Title: Herman Walter Johnson, MD Papers.
Dates: 1905-1956.
Quantity: .25 cubic feet and one oversize folder. (1 box)
Abstract: 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’s autobiography (Reminiscences of a Male Midwife), news articles, certificates, and offical documents. Materials are in good condition.
Identification: MS 001
Language: English.

Biographical Notes

Herman Walter Johnson, MD (1883-1958) was born in Andover, Vermont on August 2, 1883. He graduated from the University of Buffalo Medical School in 1905 and, after years of working as a male midwife in New York and Texas, was appointed Professor and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Baylor College of Medicine. He served in World War I as a major in the United States Army Medical Corps. He held memberships and fellowships at the State Board of Medical Examiners for the State of Texas, the Academy International of Medicine, the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Houston Surgical Society. He published his autobiography, titled Reminiscences of a Male Midwife, in 1954. Herman Walter Johnson, MD died on November 14, 1958. This information was taken from the Texas Medical History E-book 4 available through the Texas Medical History Documents link on the DigitalCommons@The Texas Medical Center web page and materials within the Johnson collection.

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Scope and Content Note

The Herman Walter Johnson, MD papers (MS001) is .25 cubic feet and consists of 1 box and oversized materials. It contains Dr. Johnson’s autobiography (Reminiscences of a Male Midwife), United States Army appointment, news articles, certificates, and medical licenses that document the life, career, and military service of Dr. Herman Johnson. The records pertain to the geographic areas of Buffalo, New York and Houston, Texas. The materials are in good condition.

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Arrangement of Collection

This collection is arranged into the following series.

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Access restrictions

Access to this material is not restricted.

User restrictions

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Index terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Johnson, Herman W.–Archives

Academy-International of Medicine and Dentistry
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
American College of Surgeons
Baylor College of Medicine
Baylor University
Dannemora State Hospital for Insane Convicts (Dannemora, NY.).
Houston Surgical Society
State University of New York at Buffalo. School of Medicine (Buffalo, NY.).
Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Texas Medical Board
Texas Medical Center
Texas State Board of Medical Examiners
United States. Army. General Hospital No. 2 (Baltimore, MD).
University of Buffalo. School of Medicine (Buffalo, NY.).
University of the State of New York

Andover (Vt.).
Buffalo (N.Y.).
Fort McHenry (Baltimore, Md.).
Gowanda (N.Y.).
Houston (Tex.).

Childbirth.
Delivery (Obstetrics).
Gynecology.
Labor (Obstetrics).
Midwifery.
Midwives.
Obstetrics.

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Preferred Citation

Herman Johnson, MD Papers, 1905-1956, MS 001; 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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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:Autobiography, news articles, and official documents 1905-1956
This series includes original objects such as Johnson’s autobiography, Reminiscences of a Male Midwife, medical school diplomas, army commissions, medical licenses, and certificates of professional membership and fellowships. It also includes copies of the back of the envelopes in which the certificates and diplomas were housed and an news article from the Houston Post.
Box Folder
1 1 Reminiscences of a Male Midwife by Herman W. Johnson, M.D. 1954.
2 Houston Post article: “Dr Johnson has ‘Greeted’ 15,000 New Houstonians”. Sunday, September 9, 1956.
3 University of Buffalo School of Medicine diploma. May 4, 1905.
3 State Board of Medical Examiners for the State of Texas Medical and Surgical License. June 15, 1920.
4 Academy-International of Medicine Fellowship certificate. undated.
4 United States Army Citation appointing Herman Walter Johnson to the rank of Major in the Medical Corps. October 1, 1918.
4 Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Fellowship certificate. October 4, 1930.
5 Charter Member of the Houston Surgical Society Membership certificate. 1947.
Box Folder
MD 11 6 American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology Certificate. May 16, 1939.
6 Baylor University Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Membership certificate. 1949.
6 American College of Surgeons Fellowship certificate. October 30, 1925.
6 New York State Medical and Surgical License. June 23, 1905.