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Vilray Blair Papers

  • FC025
  • Collection
  • 1901-1955

The Vilray Blair Papers comprise 10 series that include office files, publications by Blair and other authors, and military memorabilia. The publications document Blair’s interest and achievements in plastic and oral surgery, especially his success in treating harelip and cleft palate, skin grafting, and reconstructive facial surgery. His correspondence and professional association memorabilia illuminate his extensive involvement as a recognized leader in the medical community, and his military memorabilia details his time as a plastic surgeon in the U.S. Army.

Blair, Vilray Papin, 1871-1955

Vilray P. Blair Photographs and Drawings

  • VC001
  • Collection
  • 1900-1950

This collection consists of 85 photographs and drawings documenting a range of subjects in the personal and professional life of Dr. Vilray P. Blair (1871-1955). The collection includes photographs of Blair, his family and colleauges, and his residence in Florissant, Missouri. Other depicted subjects from Blair's professional career include his operating room at Barnes Hospital specially decorated by artist Gisella Loeffler (1900-1977), his plaster cast shop, and a selection of his plastic surgery patients. Several of the patient photographs appear in Dr. Blair's published papers, including: "The Surgical Restoration of the Lining of the Mouth" (1923), "The Full Thickness Skin Graft" (1924), and "The Problem of Bringing Forward the Retracted Upper Lip and Nose" (1926).

Blair, Vilray Papin, 1871-1955

James L. O'Leary Photographs and Certificates

  • VC035
  • Collection
  • 1931-1974

This collection consists of 16 photographs and certificates from the career of James L. O'Leary. The photographs primarily depict scenes from Vilray P. Blair's operating room and group portraits. Certificates include a William G. Lennox Award certificate, a Certificate of Distinguished Service from the American Epilepsy Society, and several certificates of appreciation.

O'Leary, James L., 1904-1975

Vilray P. Blair Certificates and Artifacts

  • VC113
  • Collection
  • 1910-1955

This collection consists of 20 certificates and artifacts from Vilray P. Blair. Certificates include diplomas, membership certificates, Board certifications, and Army appointments. The collection also includes two plaster casts: a cast of Blair's face and a cast of his right hand.

Blair, Vilray Papin, 1871-1955