Amos, D. Bernard, Papers, 1963-1991

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Collection Number: MC.0019
D. Bernard Amos papers, 1963 - 1991

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Collection Overview

Size: 6.5 linear feet 4 record storage boxes, 1 document case
Abstract: Dr. Dennis Bernard Amos was professor of immunology and experimental surgery at Duke University from 1962 to 1993. This collection contains photographs, writings, an address, an autobiographical sketch, lab notebooks and patient logs for skin graft work. Major subjects include the Department of Immunology and Duke University Medical Center. Materials range in date from 1963 to 1991.
Creator: Amos, D. Bernard (Dennis Bernard), 1923-2003
Language: English
Repository Duke University Medical Center Archives
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Materials in boxes 2-5 must be screened for sensitive or confidential materials before they can be accessed.
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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], Dennis Bernard Amos papers, Duke University Medical Center Archives.
Acquisitions Information
Box 1 - unknown.
Boxes 2-5 - Transfer; A2007-021; 2007
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Biographical Information

Dennis Bernard Amos was born April 16, 1923 in Bromley, Kent, England. He attended Bromley School, Sir John Cass Technical Institute and later worked as a technician at Burroughs Wellcome. From 1940 to 1945, Dr. Amos worked at Ratcliff Infirmary in Oxford. During that time, he was assistant scoutmaster to children evacuated from London. In 1946 he returned to London and worked as a technician in Harley Street for D. Scott Jones. He attended Chelsea Polytechnic (M.B.) before entering Guy's Medical School in 1947 (M.B., B.S., 1951; M.D., 1963).

From 1952 to 1955, Dr. Amos was a postdoctoral fellow and pathology trainee at Guy's Hospital. From 1955 to 1962, he was a senior research scientist at Roswell Park Memorial Hospital in New York state. In 1962, Dr. Amos joined Duke University as James B. Duke Professor and head of the Division of Immunology. One of Dr. Amos' many contributions included demonstrating the use of lymphocytes for typing MHC antigens to match donors and recipients for organ transplantation. Following Dr. Amos' research, the first kidney transplant between a recipient and living related donor who was selected on the basis of MHC matching was performed at Duke University in 1965.

In 1969, Dr. Amos organized, with Dr. David Hume, the first regional organ sharing program in the United States, later known as the South-Eastern Organ Procurement Foundation. He also organized the first International Histocompatability Workshop in Durham; subsequent workshops led to competitive studies that helped define the MHC (HLA) complex. Amos was the first chair of the WHO HLA Nomenclature Committee and a member of the Organizing Committee of the Fist International Congress of Immunology. In addition, he served as president of the American Association of Immunology from 1980-1981.

On February 21, 2000, members of Duke's original transplant team and current members gathered to celebrate the future of the program, and a graduate scholarship was endowed, the Bernard Amos Training Fellowship for Immunology, to honor Duke's first immunologist. Dr. Amos passed away on May 15, 2003.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains photographs, writings, an address, an autobiographical sketch, lab notebooks and patient files for skin graft work. Major subjects include the Department of Immunology and Duke University Medical Center. Materials range in date from 1963 to 1991.

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Contents list

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Papers, 1963-1991


Box 1
Photographs of skin tests featuring reaction and control areas on forearm, 1963 and undated
'Presidential address to the American Association of Immunologists in Atlanta, Georgia, April 15, 1981: The Era of the Immunogeneticist', 1981
Short writing, 'I've Never Been Called Dennis by Family or Friends,' undated
Reprints
'A Theoretical and Experimental Approach to Transplantation: The Duke Experience,' circa 1985
'A Mouser's Recollections,' circa 1991
'Fundamental Antigens of HLA,' 1991

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RESTRICTED: Skin Graft Case Files, 1965-1974 1965-1974


Box 2
RESTRICTED: Patient Files
A-Gra

Box 3
RESTRICTED: Patient Files
Gre-Rob

Box 4
RESTRICTED: Patient Files
Rou-Z
Skin Graft Families data, 1967-1972
Skin Graft notes, undated
Slides
Miscellaneous Lab data, 1965
HL-A - Skin Grafts, Unrelated, (corresponding photos in box 5), 1968-1969
HL-A - Skin Grafts, Unrelated - Group I, 1969
HL-A - Skin Grafts, Unrelated - Group III, 1969
HL-A - Skin Grafts, Unrelated - Incompatible Majors
HL-A - Skin Grafts, Unrelated - 2nd sets
HL-A - Skin Grafts, Family, 1968
HL-A - Skin Grafts, Major Incompatibilities
HL-A - Skin Grafts, Rejection Times/Class. By Sera - 1 Allele different, 1969
HL-A - Skin Grafts, Rejection Times/Rel. (1 of 2), 1969
HL-A - Skin Grafts, Rejection Times/Rel. (2 of 2), 1969
HL-A - Skin Grafts, Rejection Times/Unrel., 1969
HL-A - Skin Grafts, Rejection Times with Clin. Course
Mouse, H-2 Complex, Skin Graph data

Box 5
RESTRICTED: Lab Notebooks and Photographs
Lab Notebook, 1955-1956
Lab Notebook, 1957
Lab Notebook (1 of 2), 1958-1959
Lab Notebook (2 of 2), 1958-1959
Lab Notebook - Serum Donors and their Immunizing Cells
Photographs of Skin Grafts, Unrelated (1 of 4), 1968-1969
Photographs of Skin Grafts, Unrelated (2 of 4), 1968-1969
Photographs of Skin Grafts, Unrelated (3 of 4), 1968-1969
Photographs of Skin Grafts, Unrelated (4 of 4), 1968-1969

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