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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (University of Michigan) records, 1901-1995 (majority within 1935-1958, 1980-1990)

6.5 linear feet (in 8 boxes)

Records include registers; annual reports; administrative files; departmental minutes; admissions books containing details on admission, births, treatment, and disposition of patients; and photographs.

The records of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology document the evolution and development of this department, although the documentation is far from complete. The records primarily cover two periods: 1935-1958, and 1980-1995. The records are organized into nine series: Annual Reports; Minutes; Admissions Books/Birth Records; Registers and Miscellaneous Records; Administrative Files; Medical School Review Committee; Printed Material and Photographs.


John R.G. Gosling Papers, 1897-1984 (majority within 1950-1975)

2 linear feet

Professor of obstetrics and gynecology and associate dean of the Medical School, 1964-1981; papers include files on the history of the University of Michigan Medical School, teaching and research files, some medical school administrative records and personal and professional correspondence.

The Gosling collection consists of research files on obstetrical and gynecological issues, historical files on the University of Michigan Medical School, lecture notes, and student medical notes ca. 1897-1900 (author unknown).


J. Robert Willson Papers, 1933-1993, 1964-1978

6 linear feet

Professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michigan. Personal and professional correspondence, departmental records and annual reports, activities with professional associations, student notes, and materials dealing with abortion and family planning. Includes photographs.

The papers of J. Robert Willson primarily document his long affiliation with the University of Michigan. The earliest material includes his student notes from Norman F. Miller's lectures on obstetrics and gynecology between 1933 and 1937. Documentation resumes with correspondence and departmental records documenting his tenure as chairman (1964-1978), and professor of obstetrics and gynecology (1964-1983).

The Willson papers are divided into seven records series: Correspondence; Biographical Material; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Files; Topical Files; Talks and Writings; Professional Societies and Organizations; and Photographs.