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Department of Medicine and Surgery (University of Michigan) theses, 1851-1878

57 microfilms (1449 theses)

Theses written by University of Michigan Medical School students; subjects concern the theory and treatment of specific diseases, as well as the psychology of medicine, attitudes toward women and child rearing, the social standing of the physician, and medical practices during the mid-nineteenth century.

Gordon C. Brown papers, 1940-1972

3.5 linear feet

Virologist, professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health of the University of Michigan. Research material, class materials, reprints of articles, and miscellanea.

The papers of Gordon Brown consist largely of research grant applications and supporting materials, research notes, and classroom materials. Included are reprints of Brown's extensive journal publications and related printed material, and reports of the 1973 Task Force on Teaching Needs in the School of Public Health. The papers are most useful for examining the state of research in polio, birth defects and viral diseases in the 1950s and 1960s and the curriculum and organization of the University of Michigan School of Public Health.


Harlan Henthorne Hatcher Papers, 1837-1998 (majority within 1891-1986)

72 linear feet — 1 oversize folder — 1.1 GB (online)

Harlan Henthorne Hatcher (1898-1998) was president of the University of Michigan from 1951 to 1967. The papers span the years 1837-1998 and document Dr. Hatcher's University of Michigan presidency, Ohio State University career, literary career, organizational involvement, personal life, and family history. Includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, manuscripts, speeches, yearly datebooks, oral history interview transcripts, magnetic audio tape recordings, an audiocassette recording, and photographs.

The Harlan Henthorne Hatcher Papers document his University of Michigan presidency, Ohio State University career, literary career, organizational involvement, personal life, and family history. The collection spans the years 1837-1998, with the bulk of the materials covering 1891-1986. It includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, manuscripts, speeches, yearly datebooks, oral history interview transcripts, magnetic audio tape recordings, an audiocassette recording, and photographs. The collection is strongest in its documentation of Dr. Hatcher's presidency at the University of Michigan, especially in correspondence and speeches. Documentation is weakest on the subjects of his Ohio State University career before 1944 and organizational involvement before 1967. The collection may be useful to researchers interested in the history of the University of Michigan from 1951-1967, the duties of university administrators and their spouses, authors of the 1920's to 1950's, and environmental activism in Michigan in the 1970's and 1980's.

The Harlan Hatcher collection has been divided into two subgroups of files: those which were created or accumulated from his tenure as president of the University of Michigan (1951-1967) and those materials (mainly personal) dated either prior to or subsequent to Hatcher's presidential years.

The library, as archives of the University of Michigan, is the repository for all of the files of its presidents. For historic reasons, all of the papers of presidents up to and including Harlan Hatcher have been treated as personal collections and cataloged under the name of the president. Beginning with Hatcher's successor - Robben Fleming - and continuing to the present, the files of individuals occupying the president's office have been considered both personal and institutional. Records created from an individual's responsibility as president, usually materials from the years when he was president, are treated as office files and have been cataloged as part of the University of Michigan President's Office record group. Materials from either before or after an individual's tenure as president have been treated separately and have been cataloged under that president's name.


Kenny R.E.H.A.B. Records, 1945-1997 (majority within 1950-1964)

2 linear feet

Detroit-area chapter (est. 1946) of organization founded to provide the Kenny method treatment for neuromuscular diseases. Records include administrative files of the Detroit Chapter of the Sister Elizabeth Kenny Foundation; collected information pertaining to the Minneapolis headquarters of the Foundation and about Sister Kenny; informational publications; scrapbooks containing clippings and scattered photographs; and slides of 40th anniversary programs in 1986.

The Kenny R.E.H.A.B. records are arranged in four series: Detroit Chapter, 1948-1995, Supporting and Related Agencies, etc., 1945-1986, Publications, 1940s-1987, and Visual Materials, 1953-1986. The record group includes correspondence, minutes of the executive committee and the trustees, newsletters and other publications, and files pertaining to the relationship between the local chapter and the national headquarters. The records detail the changes in the administration and goals of the organization following the discovery of the Salk polio vaccine.


School of Public Health (University of Michigan) records, 1909-2015 (majority within 1941-2004)

8.74 GB (online) — 97 linear feet (in 98 boxes)

Teaching and research unit of the University of Michigan. Records include dean's files, administrative records, minutes, also records of the school's program in Public Health Nursing and records of the Association of Schools of Public Health.

The records of the School Public Health include Dean's files of Henry F. Vaughan, Myron Wegman, Richard Remington, John Kirscht, June E. Osborn and Noreen M. Clark; files concerning the Association of Schools of Public Health; records of the school's Program in Public Health Nursing; institutes and inservice courses; records regarding school-wide issues and departmental affairs, including accreditation and program reviews; committee and faculty meeting minutes; building construction records; and files relating to state and national public health issues such as PBB contamination, poliomyelitis, and AIDS; including materials concerning public health in Detroit.


Thomas Francis Papers, 1917-1975 (majority within 1941-1969)

66 linear feet — 2 oversize folders

The Thomas Francis Jr. collections consists of the personal and professional papers of one of the developers of the influenza and poliomyelitis vaccinations. Francis taught epidemiology at the School of Public Health and medical school from 1941 to 1969 and greatly influenced the direction of research in his field.

Important certainly for the study of influenza and poliomyelitis research, the Francis papers also document changes in the way scientific research, particularly medical research, was managed. In his correspondence files, the records from his work in combating influenza and poliomyelitis, and his participation in various professional societies, the researcher will find Francis interacting as a member of a scientific community, working with others, soliciting and exchanging views, and administering, when needed, vast programs of testing.

The Thomas Francis, Jr. papers have been arranged into seven series: General; Correspondence; Poliomyelitis Vaccine Evaluation Center; Organizations; University of Michigan; Speeches, Articles, etc.; Topical Files; and Personal/Biographical. Specific topics covered in the collection are mentioned in the descriptions of individual series. In sum, the collection documents more thoroughly Francis' work since coming to the University of Michigan in 1941. Francis' fame rests upon his research and his heading-up of influenza and poliomyelitis testing programs. For some topics, use of the Francis papers will require of the researcher at least a basic level of knowledge of epidemiology or disease control. Other subjects, such as the administration of research projects and the ways in which information is transmitted within the scientific community are less specialized and capable of being understood by the informed layperson.

Parts of the Francis papers have not yet been completely processed. Most of these subseries pertain to Francis' organizational commitments and to his membership on various boards and commissions. Types of records in these unprocessed subseries consist of minutes of meetings and procedural records. These unprocessed records are indicated on the finding aid along with the bulk size of the subseries.


Urban League of Greater Muskegon Records, 1943-1995 (majority within 1943-1992)

17.5 linear feet

Records of the Urban League of Greater Muskegon and its predecessor the Citizen's Recreation Association of Muskegon. Board of directors files, executive director's files, community organization department files, printed material, newspaper clippings, photographs, and miscellanea.

The records of the Urban League of Greater Muskegon have come to the library in two principal accessions, in 1964 and 1995. Included are correspondence, minutes, reports, printed materials, and newspaper clippings documenting the work of the organization. The record group has been divided into the following series:

  1. History/Background Information
  2. Board of Directors
  3. Organizational
  4. Executive Director
  5. Topical File
  6. Community Organization Department
  7. Urban League Guild of Greater Muskegon
  8. Printed Material
  9. Newspaper Clippings
  10. Health Topical File
  11. Programs
  12. Related Organizations
  13. Photographs