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Title: George H. Bishop PapersAdd to your cart.

ID: FC/FC033

Extent: 3.0 Linear Feet

Biographical/Historical Note

George H. Bishop (1889-1973) received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1919 and joined the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine in 1921. He held a variety of appointments, among them research associate and associate professor in the Department of Physiology (1921-1930), professor of applied physiology in the Department of Ophthalmology (1930-1932), professor of biophysics in the Neurophysiology Laboratory (1932-1947) and professor of neurophysiology in the Department of Neuropsychiatry (1947-1954). Dr. Bishop is remembered for his collaboration with Joseph Erlanger and Herbert S. Gasser in research on the properties of nerve fibers, for which the latter two received the 1944 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Dr. Bishop is also well-known for his work in the development of electroencephalography as a diagnostic tool in the understanding of epilepsy.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Much of this collection was assembled by Louise H. Marshall, formerly of Washington University and later of the University of California, Los Angeles. Mrs. Marshall used materials related to Dr. Bishop that she had personally collected, as well as items supplied by her husband, Wade Marshall, and by Dr. Bishop’s brother, Frederick Bishop. All of these materials were placed together with items that had been kept in the Department of Neurology after Dr. Bishop’s death. Included in the collection are correspondence, manuscripts, notes, diagrams, and various ephemera. All photographs and many of the drawings in this collection were separated from the written documents and placed in a visual collection (VC034). The resulting arrangement reflects the mixed provenance and the many hands that have contributed to the collection. It is important to underscore that although Dr. Bishop himself never saw these collections as bibliographic entities, they were assembled in good faith that the effort would help to preserve the memory of this important scientist.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: The collection is open and accessible for research.

Use Restrictions:

Users of the collection should read and abide by the Rights and Permissions guidelines at the Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives.

Users of the collection who wish to cite items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication must request, sign, and return a Statement of Use form to the Archives.

For detailed information regarding use of this collection, contact the Archives and Rare Book Department of the Becker Library (arb@wusm.wustl.edu).

Related Materials:

Also in the Bernard Becker Medical Library are visual collections and an oral history interview with Dr. Bishop. The visual collections consist of photographs, drawings and certificates (VC034) and examples of laboratory apparatus used by Dr. Bishop (VC242), including a microscope. Other archival collections at the Becker Library that include correspondence with Dr. Bishop are the Records of the Office of the Dean, the E. V. Cowdry Papers, and the James L. O’Leary Papers.

Additionally, a separate collection containing materials relating to Dr. Bishop is the Karl Spencer Lashley Papers, which is housed at the University of Florida.

Preferred Citation: [Item description, Box number, Folder number], George H. Bishop Papers, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University School of Medicine.


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Series 1: Manuscripts, Correspondence, and Publications.  1915-1978.Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Manuscripts for Annual Review of Physiology and correspondence to V.E. Hall, 1962-1965.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Bee research, baswood honey correspondence, 1963.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Paper: "The action of tap water on dendrites," undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Paper: "Excitable functions of neurons," undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Paper: "The form of the potential record as predicted by the membrane theory of excitation," includes French reprint, 1937.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Paper: "Growth rates in the honey bee larva," 1961.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Neurophysiology for fellows ("Excitable functions of neurons"), undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Basic neurology guide, James L. O'Leary and George Bishop, 1947.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Dr. Bishop's bibliography, 1917-1971.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Frederick Bishop's letter to James O'Leary, 1973.Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence, Frederick Bishop with William M. Landau; brochures from Michigan library collections, 1974-1978.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Biophysics course, 1949.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Bishopiana, correspondence regarding reconstituting Dr. Bishop's files, 1974.Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Early Bishopiana, compiled by Frederick Bishop, 1915-1919.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Cartoons, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Cat optic nerve reference list (from Ann Childs), 1966.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Cathode ray tube experiments by Gasser and Erlanger, 1966.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Circuit diagram of electronic respirator, Marshall modification, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Controversies: (a) Bishop-Erlanger correspondence re article; Erlanger-Graham correspondence.(b) Correspondence re Dr. Bishop’s stomach operation, 1929-1962.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Mary Brazier, 1947-1951.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: T.H. Bullock, 1954-1962.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: William F. Collins, 1954-1962.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Irving Diamond, 1967-1971.Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Irving Diamond, copies sent from Diamond, 1961-1972.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Duke University lecture, 1960-1961.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Bishop family, 1962-1972.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Walter Freygang, 1956.Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Victor Hall, 1955.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: William C. Hall, 1970.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: D.O. Hebb, 1950-57.Add to your cart.
Folder 18: D.O. Hebb, copies sent from Hebb, 1950-1974.Add to your cart.
Folder 19: C.J. Herrick, March 1936-December 1950.Add to your cart.
Folder 20: C.J. Herrick, January 1951-June 1955.Add to your cart.
Folder 21: C.J. Herrick, May 1956-March 1957.Add to your cart.
Folder 22: C.J. Herrick, April 1957-December 1959.Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Herbert Jasper, copies sent from Jasper, 1956-1958.Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Harvey Karten, 1963.Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Heinrich Kluver, 1967.Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Stephen Kuffler, copies sent from Kuffler, 1949-1967.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Rafael Lorente de No, 1941.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Vernon Mountcastle, 1964.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Jerzy Rose, 1954-1958.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Friedrich Sanides, including reprint of Sanides' article, notes by Dr. Bishop, 1967.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Clinton Woolsey, 1959-1970.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Letter to Samuel Trufant regarding experiments on the philosophical inversion of motor behavior, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Miscellaneous correspondence, poems, reprints by various authors, copies from Frederick Bishop, 1918-1925.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Miscellaneous correspondence, 1958-1962.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Miscellaneous correspondence, 1963.Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Miscellaneous correspondence, 1964-1973.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Critique of Frank Atencio's dissertation, 1971-1972.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Dr. Bishop's curriculum vitae, 1967.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: EEG, drawings, notes, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Electrodes, typescript of "Analysis of the vagus and cervical sympathetic nerves of the turtle and of the cat by means of the cathode ray oscillograph," 1929.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: The evolution of the nerve impulse, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Excitability manual, original drawings, undated.Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Finances and taxes, 1931.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Finances and taxes, 1932.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Finances and taxes, 1933.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Finances and taxes, 1934.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Finances and taxes, 1935.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Finances and taxes, 1936.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Finances and taxes, Ethel Ronzoni federal tax return, 1937.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Recommendation for Samuel Gelfan to receive research award, 1962.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Viktor Hamburger, "Changing concepts in developmental neurobiology," Bishop Lecture, 1974.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: C.J. Herrick, correspondence regarding Herrick's manuscript, 1950-1951.Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Herrick Lecture: letter from Ingle to Bishop regarding Herrick's biography; original notes, typescripts for "Simple life of the cortex," 1966.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: C.J. Herrick, memorial, correspondence with Ingle regarding essay, 1966.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: C.J. Herrick, “Neuropil and optical systems,” undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Inflammation, turpentine, protocols of experiments, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 15: International symposium on brain development, 1962.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Itch, correspondence regarding experiments, 1957-1958.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: William Landau, 1972-1974.Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Karl Lashley, 1955.Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Lashley Award to Dr. Bishop, 1966-1967.Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Lectures, 1956-1964.Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Letters to Bill, Willie, Maggie, and Fritz, 1952-1965.Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Lorente de No, poems, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Maps to home, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Memorial, Dr. Bishop and Ethel Ronzoni, Bishop Lecture, 1974.Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Memorial and lecture, continued, 1974.Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Memorial and lecture, continued, remarks by William Landau and Frederick Bishop, 1974.Add to your cart.
Folder 27: A Symposium on Dendrites, American Society of Electroencephalographers, Santa Fe, October 4, 1957, and the Annual George H. Bishop Lecture and Alumni Conference [Washington University School of Medicine] St. Louis, April 11, 1958. Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology, Supplement Number 10, November 1958.Add to your cart.
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Folder 1: Miscellaneous items including newspaper clippings, Christmas cards, programs, note to Dean Carl V. Moore, 1961-1974.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: National Academy of Sciences, 1967.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Newspaper clippings of executions, 1930.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Now let us get back to brainwaves, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Obituaries, reprint of article by James O'Leary in Journal of Neurophysiology, 1973-1974.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Old experiments, Bishop and Heinbecker, 1929.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: James O'Leary, curriculum vitae, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Pain dinner, Washington D.C., 1958.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Patient record, notes by Dr. Bishop, 1948.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Personal notes, 1953-1954.Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Philosophical inversion of motor behavior, 1948-1951.Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Protocol, 1946.Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Recommendation letters for Stephen Londe, 1962.Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Reconstruction; correspondence with Peter Bishop, 1967.Add to your cart.
Folder 15: “The relation between nerve fiber size and sensory modality,” by George Bishop in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 1959.Add to your cart.
Folder 16: “Relation of pain sensory threshold to the form of the mechanical stimulator,” by George Bishop, Rockefeller Foundation Grant, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Reprints: Scheibel & Scheibel, Roitbak, Diamond, and other authors, 1962-1971.Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Ethel Ronzoni, regarding the "hiker dress," undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Ethel Ronzoni, reprints, 1926.Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Rotating interrupter, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Walter Rothenbuhler letter regarding bee research, 1957.Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Science (journal), reviews of articles, 1963-1966.Add to your cart.
Folder 23: “Some observations and influences on the nature of dendrites,” from Wade Marshall’s files, 1958.Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Ralph Sonnenschein, reprint of Sonnenschein article and letter from Bishop to Margaret Jones, 1958.Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Staining procedures, 1953.Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Thalamus, from notes on Herrick's Foundations, 1953.Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Notes and photographs, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Weight chart, undated.Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Dr. Bishop's announcement of injury from fall from ladder, 1970.Add to your cart.
Folder 30: "One way to control dandelions", from Missouri Botanical Garden Bulletin, June 1957.Add to your cart.
Series 2: Collected Reprints.  1917-1936.Add to your cart.
This series contains the 1917-1936 publications of Dr. Bishop.  These volumes were arranged chronologically and have been bound in buckram.
Volume 1: Collected reprints of Dr. Bishop, 1917-1929.Add to your cart.
Volume 2: Collected reprints of Dr. Bishop, 1930-1936.Add to your cart.

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