Name and location of repository
Level of description
George H. Bishop Papers
- 1915-1978 (Creation)
3.00 Linear Feet
Name of creator
George H. Bishop 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 content
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.
System of arrangement
Conditions governing access
The collection is open and accessible for research.
Conditions governing reproduction
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Languages of the material
Scripts of the material
Language and script notes
The collection is a gift of Louise H. Marshall and the Washington University Department of Neurology in 1980. The principal provenance number is 80-022. Other accessions include 83-072, 84-027, and 88-024.
Immediate source of acquisition
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related archival materials
A collection containing materials relating to Dr. Bishop is the Karl Spencer Lashley Papers is housed at the University of Florida.
- George H. Bishop Oral History
- George H. Bishop Photographs and Drawings
- George H. Bishop Instruments
- Bishop, Ethel Ronzoni (Mrs. George Bishop), Vertical File
- Bishop, George H., Vertical File
- Bishop, George H., Lecture, Vertical File
- Rafael Lorente de No Reprints and Drawings
- Neurology and Neurological Surgery Department Records
Rules or conventions
"Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS), 2013."
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