Kempner, Walter, Papers and Records, 1948-1992

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Collection Number: MC.0038
Walter Kempner Papers and Records, 1948-1992

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Collection Overview

Size: 451.0 linear feet
Abstract: Contains records pertaining to the Walter Kempner's Rice Diet and related work for Duke University. Also contains business records of the Walter Kemper Foundation. Types of materials include medical records, newsletters, correspondence, clippings, budgets, logbooks, membership materials, and minutes. Major subjects include reducing diets, cell physiology, obesity, and Duke University Medical Center. Materials range in date from circa 1938 to 2002.
Creator: Kempner, Walter, 1903-1997
Language: English
Repository Duke University Medical Center Archives
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Information for Users

Access Restrictions
Portions of this collection are restricted due to the presence of personal health information. Contact the Archivist for information about access.
Usage Restrictions
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], Walter Kempner papers and records, Duke University Medical Center Archives.
Acquisitions Information
Acquired; 1977-2004.
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Subject Headings

The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings and Medical Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collectionsuch as folders or items.

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Biographical Information

Walter Kempner was born in 1903 in Germany. He joined Duke in 1934 as a member of the Department of Medicine. Kempner was interested in the effect of diet on various diseases including hypertension and diabetes. Observing that those diseases were relatively rare where rice was a staple food, Kempner came up with a formula of rice, fruit, juices and vitamins. Kempner tracked the effectiveness of the Rice Diet through eye-ground tests. These scans of the vessels of the retina revealed overall health, including hypertension. Since the 1930s, Kempner and his associates have employed the Rice Diet to treat more than 18,000 patients from all around the world.

Walter Kempner retired from Duke University in 1974 and from the Rice Diet program in 1994. He died in 1997 at the age of 93. Some of his colleagues continue to sustain the Kempner Foundation.

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Scope and Content

Organized into the following series: 1. Early Correspondence, circa 1930-1950; 2. Later Correspondece; circa 1950-1980; 3. Kempner Foundation Membership; 4. Kempner Foundation Financial Papers, 1970-1991 (1); 5. Kempner Foundation Financial Papers, 1970-1991 (2); 6. Daily Reminder Books; 7. Medical Tests; 8. Patient Lists, 1970-1981; 9. Miscellaneous; 10. Patient Files, Older (Yellow Charts); 11. Patient Files, Newer (Yellow Charts); 12. Deceased Patients, Newer (Yellow Files), 13. Publications, circa 1940-2002.

Series 1-12 are restricted due to the presence of personal health information. Contact the Archivist for information about access.

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Contents list

Series Quick Links

Early Correspondence, circa 1930-1950


Box 1.01
ABERNATHY through BLUE

Box 1.02
BLUM through CALVO

Box 1.03
CAMP through DAVIS

Box 1.04
DEAR through GARNTO

Box 1.05
FLANAGAN through GOWER

Box 1.06
GRAD through FRANCIS

Box 1.07
HEARN through JILL

Box 1.08
JOHANSEN through KRUMBEIN

Box 1.09
KUHLMAN through NISS

Box 1.10.
NOEGEL through SCRUGGS

Box 1.11
SEGAL through VOSE

Box 1.12
Oster through Miscellaneous Correspondence

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Later Correspondence, circa 1950-1980


Box 2.01
ABBOTT through BLUM

Box 2.02
BODMAN through CAVANAUGH

Box 2.03
CHAIT through CRUTCHFIELD

Box 2.04
CUGLE through DYER

Box 2.05
EAGAN through FEW

Box 2.06
FIETCHER through GLUCKSTERN

Box 2.07
GOCH through GUTMAN

Box 2.08
HABICHT through HEXEM

Box 2.09
HIERS through HYNSON

Box 2.10.
ILOWITE through KAYE

Box 2.11
KEARNS through KYSHINSKY

Box 2.12
L - Miscellaneous through LEVY

Box 2.13
LEWIS through MAC MILLAN

Box 2.14
MACNAIR through MAZZOLA

Box 2.15
MCADAMS through MCWANE

Box 2.16
MEANY through MORTON

Box 2.17
MORTON through ORTLIEB

Box 2.18
OSBORNE through POWERS

Box 2.19
PRENTICE through REZER

Box 2.20.
RHOADES through RYNSTON

Box 2.21
SAHM through SCHROFF

Box 2.22
SCHULTZ through SHORT

Box 2.23
SHREVES through SOVJAK

Box 2.24
SOWELL through STUCHELL

Box 2.25
SPRUILL through TUTTLE

Box 2.26
UMSTEAD through WEXLER

Box 2.27
WELLMAN through ZWICK

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Kempner Foundation Membership


Box 3.01
Memberships, form letters, contribution letters, A-FU

Box 3.02
Contribution Letters, GA - LE

Box 3.03
Contribution Letters, LI - RO

Box 3.04
Contribution Letters, RU - Z

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Kempner Foundation Financial Papers, (1), 1970-1991


Box 4.01
Foundation Tax Returns, 1984-1990
Kempner Foundation Legal Papers
Action by Trustees, 1970-1971
Action by Trustees Without Meeting, 1972
Kennon and Kennon Tax Act, 1969
Constitution and Bylaws for Kempner Foundation
Quarterly Report Tax statement
Copyright
Wachovia Charitable Funds Management
BOT Minutes, 1985-1988
[4 files]
Tax returns, circa 1988
Lab Fund, 1987-1991
[2 files]
Jerome Green Contributions to Kempner Foundation
MacMillan Contributors
Ray Contributors
Articles of Incorporation Bylaws and Tax Letter, 1951

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Kempner Foundation Financial Papers, (2), 1970-1991


Box 5.01
Copyright of Bulletin of the Walter Kempner Foundation
Obesity Research (North American Association for the Study of Obesity), 1982
Requests for Employment, Kempner Clinic
News Articles
Sending Minutes
Reminder of Meeting
Bell Printing
Other Programs
News Service
P.A., 1983
Problem of Wakefulness, master copy
Jobs, audiovisual
Requisitions/Reprint Requests/People who came to the Rice House
Heller Prudential Letter
IBM Project
Insurance
International Business Machines, Inc.
Kempner Symposium
Rice House, Fall 1974
Rice Houses, Contracts
Walter Kempner, bibliography, etc.
WKF -- old stationery
Water Filters

Box 5.02
Curriculum Vitae, RLP/WK/BN
W.K. Pubilcations: Curriculum Vitae
U.S. Postal Service
Van Itallie, Dr. Theodore
Miscellaneous
Buddy Taub correspondence
Kathryn McGenniss Fox will
Fuhrman, Murray, M.D. obituary and testimonial

Box 5.03
Foundation Gifts
Transfer of Funds of WKF to Duke University thru 1984
Mr. Gary C. Cole/Ms. Teague/Mr. Bernardo
Miscellaneous Lab Fund
Teague, Ms. Joyce (Misc.) Wachovia Winston
Foundation (Adger-Receipt Acknowledge of Accounts), 1985-1987
Financial Statement
Foundation Tax Returns, 1970-1979
Information sent to Mr. Kennon for Internal Revenue Service
General Mills Foundation, 1974
Policemen, 1974
Tarantul Research Project, 1970

Box 5.03
MacMillan, Alley, Ball Resolutions
Please Remove from List
Fuhrman, Dr. Murray
Krasne, Mrs. Bernice
Mertens
Schlayer, Dr. Clotilde
Schultz, Dr. H. S.
Smith, Mr. Calvin
Wolff, Mr. John
Alley, Mr. Rayford W.
Ball, Mr. Russell C.
Brinton, Mr. Howard T.
Gaffron, Dr. Hans
Madden, Mr. James L.
Sauber, Mr. Julius
Van Syckle, Mr. Frank H.
Werk, Mr. George B.
Kempner Foundation, 1972-1979

Box 5.04
Kempner Foundation, 1980-1984
MacMillan, John H., President, Kempner Foundation
John Price Jones Company
Gustavus and Louise Pfeifer Research Foundation
Kempner Foundation Board of Trustees
Foundation Board Meeting Photographs
Gifts
Trust Department (6 Folders)
Mr. Cole-Wachovia; Winston Salem
Mr. Cary C. Cole

Box 5.04
Ormston, Katherine
Bulletin Mailing List
Walter Kempner Foundation Minutes
Kempner Foundation, 1949-1962

Box 5.05
Kempner Foundation, 1963-1971
Requests for Walter Kempner Foundation Bulletin
Request of Funds from Walter Kempner Foundation
Mailing List
Treasurer (Olin C. Peeler), Walter Kempner Foundation
Story of the Rice Diet
Miscellaneous W.K. Foundation
Dr. Kempner Talk to Board of Trustees
W.K. Foundation Bulletin, Cards, and Mailing List
Kempner Foundation, 1978-1986

Box 5.06
Kempner Foundation, 1959-1977
Financial Statements (3 Folders), 1986
Wachovia Documentation, 1978
Miscellaneous Documents

Box 5.07
Income Tax Statements (2 Folders)
Miscellaneous Financial Papers

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Daily Reminder Books


Box 6.01
1948-1972

Box 6.02
1973-1992

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Medical Tests


Box 7.01
Urine Results

Box 7.02
Puromycin Studies

Box 7.03-7.04
Experiment Records

Box 7.05-7.10.
Medical Tests Records

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Patient Lists, 1970-1981


Box 8.01
Lists

Box 8.02
Lists

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Miscellaneous


Box 9.01
Photos of Physicians
Geographical File

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Patient Files, Older (Yellow Charts)


Box 10.01
Aa - Alla

Box 10.02
Alle - As

Box 10.03
At - Barl

Box 10.04
Barm - Bed

Box 10.05
Bee - Berm

Box 10.06
Bern - Bla

Box 10.07
Ble - Bov

Box 10.08
Bow - Bri

Box 10.09
Bro - Bum

Box 10.10.
Bun - Cam

Box 10.11
Can - Car

Box 10.12
Cas - Ch

Box 10.13
Ci - Cohe

Box 10.14
Cohn - Coo

Box 10.15
Cop - Cri

Box 10.16
Cro - Dav

Box 10.17
Daw - Dil

Box 10.18
Dim - Due

Box 10.19
Duf - Elg

Box 10.20.
Eli - Fa

Box 10.21
Fe - Fi

Box 10.22
Fl - Fo

Box 10.23
Fra - Fri

Box 10.24
Fra - Fe

Box 10.25
Fr - Ga

Box 10.26
Ge - Gi

Box 10.27
Gl - Goldn

Box 10.28
Goldr - Graw

Box 10.29
Gray - Gri

Box 10.30.
Gro - Hal

Box 10.31
Ham - Harr

Box 10.32
Hart - Hem

Box 10.33
Hen - Hi

Box 10.34
Ho - Horn

Box 10.35
Horo - Hy

Box 10.36
Ia - Je

Box 10.37
Ji - Kal

Box 10.38
Kam - Kay

Box 10.39
Ke - Kirsch

Box 10.40.
Kirschb - Kram

Box 10.41
Kran - Lal

Box 10.42
Lam - Lea

Box 10.43
Leb - Levin

Box 10.44
Levine - Lig

Box 10.45
Lil - Lo

Box 10.46
Lu - Mc

Box 10.47
Mal - Marr

Box 10.48
Mars - Maz

Box 10.49
Mc - Mak

Box 10.50.
Me - Mik

Box 10.51
Mil - Mol

Box 10.52
Mon - Mox

Box 10.53
Mu - Nei

Box 10.54
Nel - O'B

Box 10.55
Oc - Os

Box 10.56
Ot - Pec

Box 10.57
Ped - Pil

Box 10.58
Pin - Pow

Box 10.59
Poz - Ran

Box 10.60.
Rao - Rich

Box 10.61
Rick - Ron

Box 10.62
Roo - Roz

Box 10.63
Ru - Sam

Box 10.64
San - Sche

Box 10.65
Schi - Schuma

Box 10.66
Schume - Seli

Box 10.67
Sell - Shel

Box 10.68
Shen - Sim

Box 10.69
Sin - Smith

Box 10.70.
Smith - Sos

Box 10.71
Sou - Steh

Box 10.72
Stei - Ston

Box 10.73
Stor - Tan

Box 10.74
Tar - Th

Box 10.75
Ti - Tun

Box 10.76
Tup - Vok

Box 10.77
Vol - Was

Box 10.78
Wat - Wek

Box 10.79
Wel - Wiel

Box 10.80.
Wien - Wil

Box 10.81
Wim - Wood

Box 10.82
Wool - Yu

Box 10.83
Za - Zy

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Patient Files, Newer (Yellow Charts)


Box 11.01
Aa - Ba

Box 11.02
Be - Boo

Box 11.03
Bor - Cap

Box 11.04
Cal - De

Box 11.05
Car - Co

Box 11.06
Dh - Ew

Box 11.07
Fa - Ga

Box 11.08
Ge - Go

Box 11.09
Gr - Ha

Box 11.10.
He - Hy

Box 11.11
Ia - Ka

Box 11.12
Ke - Ky

Box 11.13
La - Le

Box 11.14
Li - Mac

Box 11.15
Mad - Me

Box 11.16
Mi - Mo

Box 11.17
Mu - Pa

Box 11.18
Pe - Ra

Box 11.19
Re - Ro

Box 11.20.
Ru - Se

Box 11.21
Sh - Sm

Box 11.22
Sn - Sz

Box 11.23
Ta - Vy

Box 11.24
Wa - Zwe

Box 11.25
Wi - Zwi

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Deceased Patients, Newer (Yellow Files)

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