By Matt Richardson, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian
A trio of leading medical minds have recently had guides to their archival collections published online. The McGovern Historical Center is pleased to announce the arrival of detailed finding aids for the papers of Dr. George J. Ehni, Dr. Russell J. Blattner, and Dr. Frederick C. Elliott.
Russell J. Blattner, MD made contributions to pediatrics, infectious disease research, and the development of multiple TMC institutions. He arrived in Houston in 1947 to serve as Professor of Pediatrics and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. He played a role in the creation and success of Texas Children’s Hospital, helped establish the Blue Bird Clinic at Methodist Hospital, and helped lay the foundation for the Texas Institute for Rehabilitation and Research. Dr. Blattner’s papers contain his research work throughout his career in St. Louis and Houston. They contain photographs, research materials, reprints, and publications.
George John Ehni, MD was a neurosurgeon who practiced in Houston from 1949-1986. He spent two decades as chairman of the division of neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Ehni was also president of the Neurosurgical Society of America, the Southern Neurosurgical Society, and the International Society for Study of the Lumbar Spine. His papers—all 22 boxes of them—contain documents relating to Dr. Ehni’s life and career in neurology, including correspondence, manuscripts, research materials, and reprints.