Palmer H. Futcher Papers


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Palmer H. Futcher Papers


  • 1946-1948. (Creation)


0.50 Linear Feet

Name of creator


Biographical history

Palmer H. Futcher (1910-2004) was assistant professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine from 1946-1948. He earned his M.D. from Johns Hopkins in 1936 in the same class as Washington University faculty member Barry Wood. Wood hired him in the spring of 1946, and he had other appointments in medicine at Barnes Hospital and as chief of the diabetic & endocrine clinic at Washington University Clinics.

In 1948, Futcher moved to Johns Hopkins as associate professor of medicine and physician in charge of the private outpatient service of Johns Hopkins Hospital. He held a number of posts at Johns Hopkins including assistant dean. From 1967 to 1975 he was the executive secretary of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Scope and content

The Palmer H. Futcher note file on Internal Medicine Department presentations, was started by Dr. Futcher during his tenure as assistant professor of medicine, 1946-1948.  The card file consists of 4 x 6 inch cards, arranged in two parts, (1) names of presenters, and (2) subjects of their presentations.  Futcher’s actual lecture notes are filed in the subject file, with the presenter file serving as an index. Presenters include W. Barry Wood, Carl V. Moore, Edward Reinhard, etc., with guests from other departments, including Carl F. Cori and Robert A. Moore. Notes from presentations in the 1960-1980s are also in the subject file, although most are from 1946-1948.

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Conditions governing access

The collection is open and accessible for research.

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Conditions governing reproduction

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

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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

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Custodial history

The items in this collection were the gift of Palmer H. Futcher, MD. Accession number: 2003-003.

Immediate source of acquisition

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information


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Related archival materials

See the Palmer H. Futcher Collectionat the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives at Johns Hopkins University. URI:

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

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