David Nafe Kerr Papers


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David Nafe Kerr Papers


  • 1942-1993 (Creation)
  • 1942-1993 (Creation)


3.00 Linear Feet

Name of creator


Biographical history

David Nafe Kerr (1916-1978) graduated from Washington University School of Medicine in 1941. Upon graduation he joined the US Army General Hospital 21 unit, which was drawn in large part from the medical staff of Washington University and Barnes Hospital. Dr. Kerr was stationed with the unit at Fort Benning, Georgia in January 1942. He served as a medical officer in northern Africa, Italy, and France between 1942-1946. Despite his noncombatant status as a physician, Dr. Kerr was awarded the Silver Star in 1944 "for gallantry in action."

Scope and content

This small collection is primarily focused on Dr. Kerr's military service during WWII.

System of arrangement

Conditions governing access

The collection is open and accessible for research.

Technical access

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 (arb@wusm.wustl.edu).

Preferred Citation:

Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

Languages of the material

  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

Language and script notes

Finding aids

Custodial history

Immediate source of acquisition

Gift, Becker Library copy:John D. Kerr, 1991 May 8 (1991-055 copies).
Gift, Becker Library copy:John D. Kerr, 2003 December (2004-022 originals).
Photographs of David N. Kerr with other officers in the unit are also in repository (VC013).

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Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related archival materials

Photographs of David N. Kerr with other officers in the unit are also in repository (VC013)

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Rules or conventions

"Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS), 2013."

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Archivist's note

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