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William Beaumont Papers

  • PC001
  • Collection
  • 1807-1853

The Beaumont collection includes correspondence, notebooks and casebooks, pre-publication drafts, notes, certificates, press clippings, and legal and financial documents.  The major subject of the collection is the Alexis St. Martin case and the pioneering and controversial experiments on St. Martin that illuminated the physiology of human digestion.  The papers also document Beaumont’s strong influence on his family including his wife, parents, siblings, and children; his career as a U. S. army surgeon, 1812-1939; land speculation in Plattsburgh, Green Bay and Saint Louis; and his service on the U.S. Army Board and professional associations.  Of local interest is the correspondence on Beaumont’s medical practice in Saint Louis, 1939-1853; two malpractice lawsuits; the Saint Louis Medical College where Beaumont served as a faculty member; and the politics in the Saint Louis medical community.

The manuscript collection described below consists of three document series arranged predominantly in chronological order.  Series 1 includes all items that were described in the 1968 Index.  For reasons never discussed in the 1968 Index, many items in the gift of papers to Washington University were omitted from its elaborate analysis.  These items now make up Series 2 and Series 3 of the Beaumont Papers.  Beaumont’s notebooks are compiled into Series 2.  Newspaper clippings and book reviews that were once in the possession of Beaumont and his family make up Series 3.

Beaumont, William

Henry L. Ettman Papers

  • PC003
  • Collection
  • 1941-1968

This collection includes 4 series.  Much of the documention included in each of the series details how to operate various medical equipment.  Note that Series 1, Series 2, and Series 3 are available on microfilm only.  Series 4 is available in both microfilm and hardcopy format.

Ettman, Henry L.

Paul H. Stevenson Papers

  • PC004
  • Collection

See also Oral History with Helen W. Stevenson and Lucy M. Stevenson (OH075).

Stevenson, Paul H.

Max A. Goldstein Papers

  • PC008
  • Collection
  • 1892-1941

Series 1 and 2 of the Max A. Goldstein papers include lecture notes and travel diaries, 1892-1894, the manuscript for his The Acoustic Method for the Training of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Child (1939), other manuscripts, reprints of articles, and pamphlets. Series 3 is notes from acoustical instrument catalogs, and Series 5 is a notebook on pathological anatomy and other subjects. Series 4 relates to Dr. Goldstein's purchase of antiquarian books that today form the CID-Max A. Goldstein Collection in Speech and Hearing. Series 6 consists of two letters by Helen Keller. Series 7 is Dr. Goldstein's English language paraphrase of a German article, “Die Sprache des Kindes,” by Ernst Tappolet. Series 8 consists of one letter by C.G. Goodwin.

Goldstein, Max A.

Kathe Heinemann Papers

  • PC009
  • Collection
  • 1939-1965

This small collection includes manuscripts and research materials (primarily in German) for two unpublished articles titled: “Die Aerzteheiligen Kosmas und Damian; ihre Wunderheilungen in Licht alter and neuer Medicin” and "Ueber Skelettdarstellungen aus der Antike und ihre Bedeutung fuer die Medizinsgeschichte."

With the editorial assistance of Washington University’s former director of the medical library Estelle Brodman, the article on St. Cosmas and St. Damian (patron saints of physicians, surgeons, and pharmacists) was published by the _Medizin Historische Journal_in 1974 (Volume 9, pages 255-317). The second paper is on the subject of illustrations of skeletons in antiquity.

The materials for both papers include photographs and other graphic materials for the plates, letters concerning the plates, notes, and draft manuscripts.

Heineman, Kathe

Thomas Jefferson Letter

  • PC011
  • Collection
  • 1810, 1814

This collection includes a single handwritten letter by former president Thomas Jefferson. The letter, dated December 26, 1814, was sent to John McAllister, an optician in Philadelphia. McAllister had crafted several sets of Jefferson’s lenses that were purchased during his second presidential term. Several years had passed since Jefferson bought the lenses and he had only just begun to use one of the sets McAllister had made. As he began using this particular set regularly, he found that a few didn’t work as desired. In the letter, Jefferson explains, in his eloquent style, what he perceives to be the problem and asks McAllister to repair the faulty lenses.

Jefferson, Thomas

Don Pierce Lecture Notes

  • PC014
  • Collection
  • 1899-1900

Lecture notes taken at Barnes Medical College, 1899-1900

Pierce, Don

Joseph C. Hinsey Collection

  • PC020
  • Collection
  • 1979-1981

The collection contains letters from Joseph C. Hinsey to Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Hunt, William Dock, and others. Hinsey’s address at Joseph Erlanger’s memorial service is included.

Hinsey, Joseph C.

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