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Narratives, most of which concern foreign travels, and an early version of EVC's bibliography. Dated writings are from 1930, 1944, 1965, 1969-1972, and 1984.

General correspondence, 1906-1928.

Files covering the period of EVC's life from his undergraduate studies in Toronto to his acceptance of a professorship at Washington University. Boxes 2-22, reels 1-22. See also Series 3 (legal size correspondence from his year in South Africa, 1924-1925).

South African correspondence, 1924-1925.

Files compiled during the months when EVC was a researcher at Onderstepoort, near Pretoria, South Africa (using primarily a larger size of paper for his correspondence than is used in the US, and thus filed separately from Series 2). Box 23, reel 22.

General correspondence, 1928-1940.

Files from the period when EVC came to St. Louis to direct the Cytology Division of the Department of Anatomy at Washington University School of Medicine. Some files contain items dated as late as 1942. Boxes 24-38, Reels 22-35.

Correspondence concerning leprosy research, 1935-1965.

In 1940 and 1941 EVC and his staff at Barnard Free Skin and Cancer Hospital conducted experiments using Promin, a preparation of glucosulfone sodium developed by the Parke Davis Company. Their findings contributed to clinical trials of the drug at the United States Marine Hospital in Carville, Louisiana, where Promin was shown to be effective in the treatment of leprosy. In the early 1960s a controversy developed involving a historical review by James A. Doull, whom EVC believed did not give proper credit to his contributions to leprosy research. Boxes 39-40, Reels 35-36.

Correspondence concerning the Club for Research on Ageing, 1937-1950.

In the late 1930s contacts developed between scientists in various disciplines interested in aging, which led to the formation of a group which called itself the Club for Research on Ageing (sic: EVC used the British spelling of the word in his files). EVC was from the beginning a recognized leader among the group. One result of the contacts was the formation of a formal organization, the Gerontology Society, Inc., in 1945. Boxes 41-42, Reels 36-38.

Correspondence concerning Textbook of Histology, 1941-1950.

A textbook of histology was among EVC's best known monographs. The first edition appeared in 1934, the second in 1938, the third in 1944, and the fourth in 1950. A fifth edition appeared in 1960 in collaboration with John C. Finerty, but documentation for it is not included in this series. (See Series 9, under Finerty.) Alphabetical arrangement. Box 43, Reels 38-39.

Correspondence and financial records concerning the Fourth International Cancer Congress and International Cancer Research Commission, 1947-1951.

EVC was in his day among the premier organizers of international scientific meetings. One such achievement was the Fourth International Cancer Congress, held in St. Louis September 2-7, 1947, for which EVC served as president. Over 200 scientists from more than 40 countries attended meetings at the Jefferson Hotel, with informal gatherings held also at the two local university campuses. The delegates were considered to be official representatives of their respective countries, a fact reflected in the arrangement of the series, which is alphabetical by name of country. See also Series 62, which contains press clippings concerning the event. The meeting established an International Cancer Research Commission, on which EVC served as the United States representative until 1954. Series 10 concludes with two files of financial data for, respectively, the Congress and the Commission. Boxes 77-78, Reels 66-68.

Correspondence with foreign cancer research colleagues, 1948-1960.

The experience of organizing the Fourth International Cancer Congress convinced EVC and others that regular consultations between scientists across national lines was essential for progress against the disease. As noted for Series 10, the meeting in 1947 established an International Cancer Research Commission, on which EVC served as the United States representative until 1954. The numerous contacts abroad continued with great frequency until the end of his official university service, as documented in this series. Alphabetical arrangement by country. Boxes 79-83, Reels 68-73.

Correspondence with University and Medical Center administrations, 1948-1960.

In his last decade of active academic life, EVC compiled this series of documents related to academic administration. Of all issues touched upon here, he appears to have been most deeply concerned about inadequate annuity payments forthcoming from his pension as he reached retirement age and the straitened circumstances in which certain of his retired colleagues were living. Box 84

Correspondence with scientific colleagues concerning books, 1959-1971.

In his first decade of official retirement, EVC remained vigorously active as a writer and editor of medical books. For most of the publications concerned with here, he was or had been a principal editor, but for others he was but one of several contributors. Some of these works appeared in multiple editions or in foreign translations. This series comprises correspondence with colleagues; see Series 14 for contacts with publishers. Boxes 85-86

Invitations to professional events, 1952-1958.

In the 1950s EVC was much in demand as a speaker and conference participant, foremost in his two specialty areas, cancer research and gerontology. The documentation here ranges from texts of papers and scientific discussions to concerns over accommodations and appropriate dress for the various occasions

Correspondence concerning post as cancer advisor in India, 1951-1960.

In 1951 and 1952 EVC was an advisor on cancer to the government of India, funded by the US State Department Point IV Program (a Truman Administration initiative to assist lesser-developed countries). He visited India in 1952. Most of the correspondence is with Indian nationals, but included as well are personal and professional communications with others. Boxes 95-96, Reels 83-85.

General correspondence, 1955-1961.

Although still active in cancer-related programs, the late 1950s saw EVC increasingly concentrated on gerontology. This series particularly documents his work for the American Society for the Aged.

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