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Card files on scientific research.

These boxes contain file cards concerning Dr. Terry's research. Cards are typically bibliographic citations arranged by subject. Subjects include research on Anthropology, Embryology, Evolution, lungs and lung fluid, and the human skeleton including several studies on posture and walking.


This Box Contains material for an embryology course taught at Cornell in 1892. It contains a series of slide sections detailing the development of Amblystoma punctuary, a scalpel, and a model of a cat's paw.


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.

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