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Guide to the Alfred Blalock Papers, 1899-1985 (MC.0093)

Abstract

Alfred Blalock (1899-1964), surgeon-in-chief of the John Hopkins Hospital, professor, and director of the surgery department at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (1941-1964), was one of two physicians who developed the "blue baby" operation and treatments for surgical shock. Collection contains correspondence, memorabilia, photographs, scrapbooks, tributes, committee materials, biographical materials, and reprints. Major subjects include Johns Hopkins Hospital, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, medical education, tetralogy of fallot surgery (blue baby syndrome), and surgery. Materials date from 1899 to 1985.

Descriptive Summary

Call Number
MC.0093
Title
Alfred Blalock Papers
Date
1899-1985
Creator
Blalock, Alfred
Extent
39 Linear Feet (26 cartons, 1 flat box folder)
Repository
Duke University Medical Center Archives

Collection Overview

The collection contains the professional papers of Alfred Blalock. Types of materials include correspondence, operation notes, department budgets, patient information, administrative materials, programs, and a cassette tape. Materials range in date from 1899 to 1985.

Arrangement Note

This collection is organized into six series: Personal and Professional Correspondence, 1931-1985; Personal Materials, circa 1921-1964; Johns Hopkins University, 1944-1964; Scrapbooks, 1899-1964; Collection Biographical Materials, undated; Oversized Materials, 1926-1976.

Restrictions on Access & Use

Some collections are stored off site and must be requested at least 48 business hours in advance for retrieval.

Access Restrictions

This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals or IRB approval may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which Duke University assumes no responsibility.

Use 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.

Contents of the Collection

1. Personal and Professional Correspondence, 1931-1985

Series Scope and Contents: Contains personal correspondence between Blalock and family members. Includes professional correspondence between Blalock and colleagues from Vanderbilt University and The Johns Hopkins University, professional societies and associations, honorary societies, and publications or educational boards. Materials are arranged alphabetically and date from 1931 to 1985, although the majority are undated.

American College of Surgeons, 1953
Box 1
American College of Surgeons, Letters of Congratulations on being elected President-Elect, 1953
Box 1
American College of Surgeons, 1951-1952
Box 1
Conference Committee on Graduate Training in Surgery, undated
Box 1
American Heart Journal, undated
Box 1
American College of Surgeons, 1948-1950
Box 1
American College of Surgeons, 1941-1947
Box 1
American Heart Association, undated
Box 1
AMA Distinguished Service Award, Letters of Congratulations, 1953
Box 1
American Medical Association, 1957
Box 1
American Medical Association, 1941-1956
Box 1
American Medical Association Committee for the Protection of Medical Research, 1944-1952
Box 1
American Philosophical Society, undated
Box 1
American Red Cross Advisory Board on Health Services, undated
Box 1
American Society for Clinical Investigation, undated
Box 1
American Surgical Association, 1956
Box 1
American Surgical Association, Letters of Congratulations on Presidency, undated
Box 1
American Surgical Association Presidents Dinner, 1955
Box 1
American Surgical Association, 1934-1955
Box 1
Andrus, E.C., undated
Box 1
Anesthesia, undated
Box 1
Annual Reviews, undated
Box 1
Antivivisection, 1951-1963
Box 1
Antivivisection, 1949-1950
Box 1
Antivivisection, 1946-1947
Box 1
Correspondence, A, undated
Box 2
Correspondence, An, undated
Box 2
Academie Des Sciences de l'Insititut de France, undated
Box 2
Abbott, Osler A., undated
Box 2
Adams, William E., undated
Box 2
Agnew Lecture, 1959
Box 2
Alexander, John, undated
Box 2
Allen, J. Garrott, undated
Box 2
Allison, Philip R., undated
Box 2
Alpha Omega Alpha Lectures, undated
Box 2
American College Surgeons, 1962
Box 2
American Cancer Society, undated
Box 2
Correspondence, Am, undated
Box 2
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, undated
Box 2
Advisory Board of the Medical Faculty, undated
Box 2
American College of Surgeons, Nashville, 1955
Box 2
American College of Surgeons, Maryland Chapter, undated
Box 2
American College of Physicians, Symposium on Cardiac Surgery, 1953
Box 2
American College of Surgeons, Cleveland, undated
Box 2
American College of Chest Physicians, undated
Box 2
American College of Cardiology, undated
Box 2
American College of Surgeons, 1954
Box 2
American College of Surgeons, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1954
Box 2
American Assoc. for thoracic Surgery, 1931
Box 2
American College of Surgeons, Lima, Peru, 1955
Box 2
American College of Surgeons, 1956-1957
Box 2
American College of Surgeons, 1958-1961
Box 2
American Association for the Advancement of Science, undated
Box 2
Advertising Club, undated
Box 2
American College of Surgeons Annual Clinical Congress, Atlantic City, November 15-19, 1954
Box 2
American College of Surgeons, 1955
Box 2
American Board of Surgery, undated
Box 2
American College of Surgeons, England, 1954
Box 2
American College of Surgeons, Lancaster, PA, 1954
Box 2
Correspondence, Ba, undated
Box 3
Taub Visiting Professor of Surgery, Baylor University, 1957
Box 3
Bailey, Charles P., undated
Box 3
Baker, Benjamin M., undated
Box 3
Balfour, Donald C., undated
Box 3
Donald C. Balfour Lecture, Toronto, May 22, 1942
Box 3
Donald C. Balfour, Visiting Professor of Surgery, Mayo Clinic, October, 1962
Box 3
Baltimore City Hospitals, undated
Box 3
Baltimore City Medical Society, undated
Box 3
Bancroft, Frederic W., chapter for Book, undated
Box 3
Banzet, Paul, undated
Box 3
Correspondence, Baer, undated
Box 3
Bard, Philip, undated
Box 3
Bay District Surgical Society, Los Angeles, 1950
Box 3
Beard, Joseph W., undated
Box 3
Correspondence, Be, undated
Box 3
Beaumont Lectures, undated
Box 3
Beattie, John, undated
Box 3
Beck, Claude S., undated
Box 3
Beecher, Henry K., undated
Box 3
Bennett, George E., undated
Box 3
Correspondence, Ben, undated
Box 3
Benson, Donald W., undated
Box 3
Bergen County Heart Association, Paramus, NJ, October 10, 1957
Box 3
Bernheim, Bertram M., undated
Box 3
Correspondence, Bi, undated
Box 3
Bigelow, W.G., undated
Box 3
Bigelow Medal, undated
Box 3
Bing, Richard J., undated
Box 3
Bjork, Viking Olov, undated
Box 3
Correspondence, Bl, undated
Box 3
Blackford, Chester M., undated
Box 3
Blades, Brian, undated
Box 3
Blain, Alexander, III, undated
Box 3
Blakemore, Arthur H., undated
Box 3
Blalock Award, undated
Box 3
Blalock, Dandy, undated
Box 3
Blalock, Dan, undated
Box 3
Blalock, D.B., undated
Box 3
Blalock, Edgar, undated
Box 3
Blalock, Mrs. G.Z., undated
Box 3
Blalock, Georgia, undated
Box 4
Blalock, Mary Elizabeth, undated
Box 4
Mary O'Brian Blalock Memorial Fund, undated
Box 4
Blalock, William Rice, undated
Box 4
Board of Thoracic Surgery, undated
Box 4
Boise, Margaret, undated
Box 4
Bordley, John E., undated
Box 4
Bowman, President Isaiah, undated
Box 4
Brockman, Stanley K., undated
Box 4
Correspondence, Bo, undated
Box 4
Correspondence, Br, undated
Box 4
Correspondence, Bro, undated
Box 4
Brock, Russell C., undated
Box 4
Brooks, Barney, undated
Box 4
Brodel, Max, undated
Box 4
Bronk, Detlev W., undated
Box 4
Barney Brooks, undated
Box 4
George E. Brown Memorial Lecture, Rochester, Minnesota, 1947
Box 4
George E. Brown Memorial Lecture, Cleveland, Ohio, May 31, 1941
Box 4
Brown, James Barrett, undated
Box 4
Brown, Merril W., undated
Box 4
Broyles, Edwin N., undated
Box 4
Correspondence, Bu, undated
Box 4
Bulletin of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, undated
Box 4
Burch, John C., undated
Box 4
Burdette, Walter J., undated
Box 4
Burwell, C. Sidney, undated
Box 4
Correspondence, Bus, undated
Box 4
Correspondence, Ca, undated
Box 5
Campbell, Eldridge H., undated
Box 5
Campbell, Leon G., undated
Box 5
Campbell, W.A., undated
Box 5
Correspondence, Cam, undated
Box 5
Cannon, Walter B., undated
Box 5
Cantrell, James R., undated
Box 5
Correspondence, Car, undated
Box 5
Carter, B.N., undated
Box 5
Cave, Henry W., undated
Box 5
Correspondence, Ce, undated
Box 5
Central Surgical Association, undated
Box 5
Correspondence, Ch, undated
Box 5
Chambers, Robert G., undated
Box 5
Chesney, Alan M., undated
Box 5
Chicago Medical Society, 1949
Box 5
Chicago Surgical Society, undated
Box 5
University of Chicago Honorary Degree, June 15, 1951
Box 5
Christopher, Frederick, undated
Box 5
Edward D. Churchill Lecture, 1946
Box 5
Churchill, Edward D., undated
Box 5
Correspondence, Cl, undated
Box 5
Clark, Sam L., undated
Box 5
Clay, Richard C., undated
Box 5
Clinics, undated
Box 5
Correspondence, Co, undated
Box 5
Correspondence, Col, undated
Box 5
Coller, Frederick A., undated
Box 5
Colston, J.A. Campbell, undated
Box 5
Columbia University, undated
Box 5
Committee of Consultants on Medical Research, undated
Box 5
Correspondence, Con, undated
Box 5
Connell, Clarence P., undated
Box 5
Cooke, Robert E., undated
Box 5
Cooley, Denton A., undated
Box 5
Correspondence, Cor, undated
Box 5
Correspondence, Cr, undated
Box 5
Craig, R. Glenn, undated
Box 5
Cressman, Ralph D., undated
Box 5
Crosby, Edwin L., undated
Box 5
Crowe, Samuel J., undated
Box 5
Correspondence, Cu, undated
Box 5
Cullen, Thomas S., undated
Box 5
Cutler, Elliott C., undated
Box 5
Cutler, Max, undated
Box 5
Bryan-Brown, Christopher, undated
Box 6
Curriculum Vitae, Surgical House Staff, folder 1, 1941-1962
Box 6
Curriculum Vitae, Surgical House Staff, folder 2, 1941-1962
Box 6
Curriculum Vitae, Surgical House Staff, folder 3, 1941-1962
Box 6
Curriculum Vitae, Surgical House Staff, folder 4, 1941-1962
Box 6
Curriculum Vitae, Surgical House Staff, folder 5, 1941-1962
Box 6
Curriculum Vitae, Surgical House Staff, folder 6, 1941-1962
Box 6
Curriculum Vitae, Surgical House Staff, folder 7, 1941-1962
Box 6
Curriculum Vitae, Surgical House Staff, folder 8, 1941-1962
Box 6
Curriculum Vitae, Surgical House Staff, folder 9, 1941-1962
Box 6
Advisory Committee of the Department of Surgery, undated
Box 6
Committee on Resident Training, undated
Box 6
Committee on Organization and Policy, undated
Box 6
Committee on Radiology, undated
Box 6
Committee on Children's Hospital, undated
Box 6
Children's Hospital, Robert Garrett Fund, undated
Box 6
Pulmonic Stenosis (Patient Referral to Surgeons in Europe), undated
Box 6
Pulmonic Stenosis, Strode, Starr, undated
Box 6
Surgical Advisory Committee, undated
Box 6
Notes on Staff Committee on Professional Services (Medical Planning and Development Committee), undated
Box 6
Medical Planning and Development Committee, undated
Box 6
Correspondence, Da, undated
Box 7
D'Allaines, Professor, undated
Box 7
Dallas B. Phemister Lecture, 1952
Box 7
Dallas Southern Clinical Society, 1946
Box 7
Dandy, Walter E., undated
Box 7
Daniel, Rollin A., Jr., undated
Box 7
Davis, Edgar W., undated
Box 7
Davis, John Staige, undated
Box 7
Davis, Loyal, undated
Box 7
Davis, Ralph, undated
Box 7
Davis and Geck, Inc., undated
Box 7
Davison, Wilburt C., undated
Box 7
Dennis, Clarence, undated
Box 7
Correspondence, De, undated
Box 7
DeBakey, Michael E., undated
Box 7
Deknatel, J.A. and Son, Inc., undated
Box 7
Dr. Blalock's Dinner, undated
Box 7
Correspondence, Di, undated
Box 7
Correspondence, Do, undated
Box 7
Dock, William, undated
Box 7
Dogliotti, A. Mamo, undated
Box 7
Drogstedt, Lester R., undated
Box 7
Correspondence, Dr, undated
Box 7
Duckett, J. Warner, undated
Box 7
Duncan, Geo. W., undated
Box 7
Dunphy, J. Englebert, undated
Box 7
Ebert, Paul A., undated
Box 7
Correspondence, E, undated
Box 7
Edgerton, Milton T., undated
Box 7
Edwards, Leonard W., undated
Box 7
Eloesser, Leo, undated
Box 7
Correspondence, El, undated
Box 7
Book on Heart Surgery - See Correspondence with Dr. Elkin, 1940
Box 7
Elkin, Daniel C., undated
Box 7
Elman, Robert, undated
Box 7
Correspondence, Er, undated
Box 7
Eisenhower, Milton S., undated
Box 7
Estes, W.L., Jr., undated
Box 7
Evans, Everett I., undated
Box 7
Experimental Studies, undated
Box 7
Correspondence, Fa, undated
Box 8
George E. Fahr Lecture and Talk for Postgraduate Course in Surgery, undated
Box 8
Feltrinelli Prize, undated
Box 8
Correspondence, Fi, undated
Box 8
Finney, George G., undated
Box 8
Firor, Warfield W., undated
Box 8
Correspondence, Fl, undated
Box 8
Correspondence, Fo, undated
Box 8
Foss, Harold L., undated
Box 8
Correspondence, Fr, undated
Box 8
Freeman, Norman E., undated
Box 8
Futcher, Palmer H., undated
Box 8
Correspondence, Ga, undated
Box 8
Gaertner, Rob't. A., undated
Box 8
Gantt, W. Horsley, undated
Box 8
Gairdner Foundation Award, 1959
Box 8
Gairdner Foundation, undated
Box 8
Correspondence, Ge, undated
Box 8
Georgia, University of, undated
Box 8
Georgia, Medical College of, Visiting Professor, 1962
Box 8
Georgia, Medical College of, Commencement Address, undated
Box 8
Gerwig, Walter, Jr., undated
Box 8
Gey, George O., undated
Box 8
Correspondence, Gi, undated
Box 8
Gibbon, John H., Jr., undated
Box 8
Correspondence, Go, undated
Box 8
Goldberg, Herman K., undated
Box 8
Goodpasture, Earnest W., undated
Box 8
Goodwin, Willard E., undated
Box 8
Gordon-Taylor, Gordon, undated
Box 8
Grose, William E., undated
Box 8
Correspondence, Gri, undated
Box 8
Gross, Robert. E., undated
Box 8
Haight, Cameron, undated
Box 9
Correspondence, Ha, undated
Box 9
William David Haggard Memorial Lecture, 1944
Box 9
Haggart, Harry H., undated
Box 9
Haller, J. Alex, Jr., undated
Box 9
Correspondence, Ham, undated
Box 9
Handelsmon, Jacob C., undated
Box 9
Hanrahan, Edward M., undated
Box 9
William S. Halsted Centennial Celebration (Program and Correspondence), undated
Box 9
William S. Halsted Centennial Celebration - Letters from those not attending the meeting, undated
Box 9
William S. Halsted Centennial Celebration - Letters from those who attended the meeting, undated
Box 9
William S. Halsted Centennial Celebration (Invitation), undated
Box 9
Hanlon, C. Rollins, undated
Box 9
Harken, Dwight E., undated
Box 9
Holman, Emile, undated
Box 9
William S. Halsted Society, 1939
Box 9
Correspondence, Har, undated
Box 9
Hardy, James D., undated
Box 9
Harvey, A.M., undated
Box 9
Correspondence, Hos, undated
Box 9
Huer, George J., undated
Box 9
Humphreys, George H., II, undated
Box 9
Hufnagel, Charles A., undated
Box 9
Howard, John Eager, undated
Box 9
Houston Trip, 1948
Box 9
Horning, E. Douglas, undated
Box 9
Honolulu Trip, 1950
Box 9
Higgins, R. Paul, Jr., undated
Box 9
Heuer Memorial Lecture, 1957
Box 9
Honolulu Trip-1957, Pan-Pacific Surgical Association, undated
Box 9
Correspondence, Hol, undated
Box 9
House Staff, 1955-1956
Box 9
Correspondence, Hom, undated
Box 9
Correspondence, Ho, undated
Box 9
Correspondence, Hu, undated
Box 9
Hill, Rogers Lee, undated
Box 9
Hibbitts, J.B. Jr., undated
Box 9
Correspondence, Hi, undated
Box 9
Huggins, Charles B., undated
Box 9
Heart Association of Maryland, undated
Box 10
Harkins, Henry N., undated
Box 10
Hart, Deryl, undated
Box 10
Hat, undated
Box 10
Hatcher, Charles Ross, Jr., undated
Box 10
Harvey, Samuel C., undated
Box 10
Harvey, John C., undated
Box 10
William Harvey Lecture, New York Academy of Medicine, November 15, 1945
Box 10
Harrold, Thomas, undated
Box 10
Harrison, Timothy S., undated
Box 10
Harper, W. Henry, undated
Box 10
Hen, undated
Box 10
Heimbecker, Raymond O., undated
Box 10
Correspondence, He, undated
Box 10
House Staff, 1955-1956
Box 10
Correspondence, I, undated
Box 10
Correspondence, Int, undated
Box 10
International Society of Surgery, 1950
Box 10
International Society of Surgery, 1938-1949
Box 10
International Medical Assembly of Southwest Texas, undated
Box 10
Correspondence, Ir, undated
Box 10
Isaacs, James P., undated
Box 10
Italy, 1951
Box 10
Correspondence, Ja, undated
Box 10
Jaeger, Helmut W., undated
Box 10
Correspondence, Jo, undated
Box 10
James IV Association of Surgeons, Inc., undated
Box 10
Edwin A. Jarecki Memorial Lecture, undated
Box 10
Johns, Frank S., undated
Box 10
The Johns Hopkins Hospital Budget Control, 1940-1951
Box 10
The Johns Hopkins University (Letters of congratulation on professorship), undated
Box 10
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, undated
Box 10
The Johns Hopkins Fund, undated
Box 10
The Johns Hopkins Annual Roll Call, undated
Box 10
The Johns Hopkins University, undated
Box 10
The Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association, 1938
Box 11
The Johns Hopkins Medical Society, undated
Box 11
Johnson, Hollis E., undated
Box 11
The Johns Hopkins Hospital 75th Anniversary and Dedication of Children's Medical and Surgical Center, undated
Box 11
Johns, Thomas N.P., undated
Box 11
Johnson, Robert W., Jr., undated
Box 11
Johnston, Robert A., undated
Box 11
Correspondence, Jon, undated
Box 11
Jones, W. Alton, undated
Box 11
Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, undated
Box 11
E. Starr Judd Lecture, Minneapolis, 1943
Box 11
Jude, James R., undated
Box 11
Correspondence, Ka, undated
Box 11
Kay, Jerome Harold, undated
Box 11
Correspondence, Ke, undated
Box 11
Keiffer, Richard F., Jr., undated
Box 11
Kirkley, James A., Jr., undated
Box 11
Correspondence, Ki, undated
Box 11
Correspondence, Kl, undated
Box 11
Koontz, Amos R., undated
Box 11
Kouwnhoven, William B., undated
Box 11
Correspondence, Kr, undated
Box 11
Kirklin, John, undated
Box 11
Kredel, Frederick E., undated
Box 11
Correspondence, La, undated
Box 11
Lahay, Frank H., undated
Box 11
Lam, Conrad R., undated
Box 11
Lamont, Austin, undated
Box 11
Correspondence, Lar, undated
Box 11
Albert Lasker Award, undated
Box 11
Correspondence, Le, undated
Box 11
Lectures, undated
Box 11
Leathers, W.S., undated
Box 11
Correspondence, Leh, undated
Box 11
Leeds, Sanford, undated
Box 11
Lemmer, Richard A., undated
Box 12
Lehman, Edwin P., undated
Box 12
Leo Leob Lecture, 1945
Box 12
Leriche, Rene, undated
Box 12
Lewis' Practice of Surgery, undated
Box 12
Lewison, Edward F., undated
Box 12
Life Insurance Medical Research Fund, undated
Box 12
Light, Rudolph A., undated
Box 12
Correspondence, Li, undated
Box 12
J.B. Lippincott Company, undated
Box 12
Correspondence, Lo, undated
Box 12
London Trip, 1947
Box 12
London Trip, 1952
Box 12
Long, Crawford W. Address, undated
Box 12
Long, Perrin H., undated
Box 12
Longcope, Warfield, undated
Box 12
William P. Longmire, undated
Box 12
Lord, Jere W., Jr., undated
Box 12
Correspondence, Lu, undated
Box 12
Correspondence, Man, undated
Box 12
Correspondence, Ma, undated
Box 12
Manuscripts, undated
Box 12
Maloney, James V., undated
Box 12
Manuscripts, undated
Box 12
Martin, J.D., undated
Box 12
Mason, James M., III, undated
Box 12
Medical and Chirugical Faculty Survey Committee on Corporate Practice of Medicine, undated
Box 12
Medical and Chirugical Faculty of the State of Maryland, undated
Box 12
Medical Faculty Club, undated
Box 12
Meleney, Frank L., undated
Box 12
Memoranda, undated
Box 13
Medico, undated
Box 13
Medical Staff Meetings, undated
Box 13
Meade, Richard H., undated
Box 13
Modern Medicine Award for Distinguished Achievement, 1960
Box 13
Correspondence, McL, undated
Box 13
Lewis Linn McArchur Lecture, 1948
Box 13
Correspondence, McA, undated
Box 13
Correspondence, McG, undated
Box 13
McClure, Roy D., undated
Box 13
Correspondence, Me, undated
Box 13
Correspondence, Men, undated
Box 13
Correspondence, McK, undated
Box 13
McKusick, Victor A., undated
Box 13
McLanahan, Samuel, Jr., undated
Box 13
Stuart McGuire Lecture, 1941
Box 13
Maryland Society for Medical Research, undated
Box 13
Mason, Karl E., undated
Box 13
Correspondence, Mas, undated
Box 13
Mason, Morton F., undated
Box 13
Matas Medal In Vascular Surgery, 1950
Box 13
Matos, Rudolph, undated
Box 13
Matos Lecture, 1948
Box 13
Maumenee, A. Edward, undated
Box 13
Correspondence, May, undated
Box 13
Correspondence, Mi, undated
Box 13
Manuscripts, undated
Box 13
Marshall, E.K., undated
Box 13
Correspondence, Mar, undated
Box 13
Moynihan Lecture, Royal College of Surgeons, London, September 26, 1947
Box 13
Mercer, Walter, undated
Box 13
Merrill, Duane L., undated
Box 13
Mitchell, James F., undated
Box 13
Miller, Joseph M., undated
Box 13
Correspondence, Mo, undated
Box 13
Moore, Francis D., undated
Box 13
Correspondence, Mor, undated
Box 13
Moore, J. Earle, undated
Box 13
Morgan, Hugh J., undated
Box 13
Morgan, Russell H., undated
Box 13
Morrow, Andrew Glenn, undated
Box 13
C. V. Mosby Company, Principles of Surgical Care, Shock and Other Problems, undated
Box 14
Moynihan Lecture, Leeds, England, 1954
Box 14
Correspondence, Mu, undated
Box 14
Muller, William H., Jr., undated
Box 14
Myasthenia Gravis, Hill, Jettie, undated
Box 14
Myasthenia Gravis Studies, undated
Box 14
Operative Notes, Mediastinal Tumors (Thymonal), undated
Box 14
Naffziger, Howard C., undated
Box 14
Correspondence, Na, undated
Box 14
Naef, A.P., undated
Box 14
Nanson, Eric M., undated
Box 14
National Academy of Sciences, 1945
Box 14
National Health Council, undated
Box 14
National Research Council, undated
Box 14
National Research Council, Medical Fellowship Board, undated
Box 14
National Research Council, Committee on Medical Research, undated
Box 14
National Research Council, Subcommittee on Shock, undated
Box 14
Subcommittee on Blood substitutes Correspondence - DeGowin, undated
Box 14
National Research Council, Committee on Surgery, undated
Box 14
National Research Council, Division of Medical Sciences, Committee on Anesthesia in Shock, undated
Box 14
National Society for Medical Research, undated
Box 14
Correspondence, Ne, undated
Box 14
Nelson, Arthur R., undated
Box 14
Nelson, Russell A., undated
Box 14
Dedication of New Surgical Wing, The Clinical Center, National Institute of Health, 1963
Box 14
Nystrom, Gunnar, undated
Box 14
New York Academy of Medicine, 1943
Box 14
Correspondence, Ni, undated
Box 14
Correspondence, No, undated
Box 14
Nu Sigma Nu Lecture, 1941
Box 14
Nu Sigma Nu, undated
Box 14
Nursing Service, undated
Box 15
Alumnae Association of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, undated
Box 15
Correspondence, O, undated
Box 15
O'Bryan, Mesa Rose, undated
Box 15
Ochsner, Alton, undated
Box 15
Olgivie, Heneage, undated
Box 15
Ogden Surgical Society, April, 1950
Box 15
Central Ohio Heart Association, Columbus, Ohio, undated
Box 15
Otto, Thomas O., undated
Box 15
Correspondence, Ol, undated
Box 15
Old Hands Club, undated
Box 15
Otis, Arthur B., undated
Box 15
Owings, James C., undated
Box 15
Correspondence, Pa, undated
Box 15
Paris Trip, 1947
Box 15
Park, Edwards A., undated
Box 15
Passaro Award, 1948
Box 15
Passaro Foundation, undated
Box 15
Paty, David H., undated
Box 15
Correspondence, Pe, undated
Box 15
Correspondence, Pec, undated
Box 15
Peirce, E. Converse, III, undated
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Pennsylvania Railroad, undated
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Perkins, Walter E., undated
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Paullin, James E., undated
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Correspondence, Ph, undated
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Phemister, Dallas B., undated
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Phi Beta Pi Lecture, 1946
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Phi Beta Kappa, undated
Box 15
Phi Chi Lecture, 1944
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Phi Delta Epsilon Lecture, 1947
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Pilcher, Cobb, undated
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Pickrell, Kenneth L., undated
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Correspondence, Po, undated
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Poth, Edgar J., undated
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Pollock, Allan V., undated
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Potts, Willis J., undated
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Powers, John H., undated
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Powers, Samuel R., Jr., undated
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Pressman, Joel J., undated
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Correspondence, Pr, undated
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Price, Phillip B., undated
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Proctor, Donald F., undated
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Provident Hospital, undated
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Publicity I, undated
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Publicity II, undated
Box 16
Public Relations, undated
Box 16
Puerto Rico, San Juan Medical Association, 1951
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Quotations, undated
Box 16
Correspondence, Q, undated
Box 16
Quarterly Review of Surgery, undated
Box 16
Quattlebaum, Julian K., undated
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Quattlebaum, Julian K., Jr., undated
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Correspondence, Ra, undated
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Ragan, James J., undated
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Ragan, James J., Jr., undated
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Rankin, Fred W., undated
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Ravdin, I.S., undated
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Ravitch, Mark M., undated
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Correspondence, Re, undated
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Reed, Lowell J., undated
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Reid, Mont R., undated
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Riemhoff, William F., Jr., undated
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Ri, undated
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Rice, Mrs. William E., undated
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Rich, Arnold R., undated
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Riemhoff, William F., III, undated
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Rigau, Alberto, undated
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Correspondence, Ro, undated
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Robb, Douglas, undated
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Robinson, G. Canby, undated
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Robinson, Robert A., undated
Box 16
University of Rochester, Honorary Degree, June 12, 1951
Box 16
Roswell Park Lecture and Medal, 1955
Box 16
Correspondence, Rol, undated
Box 16
Royal College of Surgeons of England, undated
Box 16
Royal Society of Medicine, undated
Box 16
Correspondence, Ru, undated
Box 16
Russia, 1961
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Correspondence, Sa, undated
Box 16
Sabiston, David C., Jr., undated
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Sanford, Marshall C., undated
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Honorary Degree, University of Saskatchewan Convocation Address, 1963
Box 17
W.B. Saunders Co., folder 1, 1969-1985
Box 17
W.B. Saunders Co., folder 2, 1969-1985
Box 17
W.B. Saunders Co., folder 3, 1969-1985
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W.B. Saunders Co., folder 4, 1969-1985
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Correspondence, Sc, undated
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Correspondence, Sche, undated
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Correspondence, Sci, undated
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Schlossberg, Leon, undated
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Correspondence, Schm, undated
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Schwentker, Francis F., undated
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Scotland Trip, 1965
Box 17
Scott, H. William, Jr., undated
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Correspondence, Se, undated
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Selignam, Arnold M., undated
Box 17
Servelle, Marceau, undated
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Correspondence, Sh, undated
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Shakelford, Richard T., undated
Box 17
Shackman, Ralph, undated
Box 17
Shands, Alfred R., Jr., undated
Box 17
Sharp, Edward H., undated
Box 17
Shattuck Lecture, 1944
Box 17
Sherwood, Elizabeth, undated
Box 17
Shipley, Arthur M., undated
Box 17
Sinai Hospital, undated
Box 17
Sinai Hospital Talks, undated
Box 17
Correspondence, Sl, undated
Box 17
Sloan, Herbert E., Jr., undated
Box 17
Correspondence, Sm, undated
Box 17
Reginald Knight Smith Lecture, 1950
Box 17
Smith, George, undated
Box 17
Smith, Kline, and French, undated
Box 17
Smithy, Horace G., undated
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Smith, Winford H., 1941-1943
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Smith, Winford H, 1944-1950
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Correspondence, Sn, undated
Box 17
Society of Clinical Surgery, 1951
Box 17
Correspondence, So, undated
Box 17
Society of University Surgeons, undated
Box 17
Society of Clinical Surgery, 1939-1950
Box 17
Society of Thoracic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, undated
Box 17
Society for Vascular Surgery, 1947
Box 17
Correspondence, Te, undated
Box 18
Correspondence, Th, undated
Box 18
Correspondence, Thal, Alan P., undated
Box 18
Thomas, Charles E., undated
Box 18
Thomas, Edward P., undated
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Thorn, George W., undated
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Correspondence, Ti, undated
Box 18
Correspondence, To, undated
Box 18
Topics of Clinical Surgery, undated
Box 18
Touroff, Arthur S.W., undated
Box 18
Correspondence, Tr, undated
Box 18
Trimble, I. Ricgeway, undated
Box 18
Tuberculosis - Chest Surgery, Tuberculosis Advisory Committee, undated
Box 18
Correspondence, Tu, undated
Box 18
Tumulty, Philip A., undated
Box 18
Turner, Thomas B., undated
Box 18
Correspondence, U, undated
Box 18
Under the Dome, undated
Box 18
U.S. Public Health Service, undated
Box 18
Correspondence, Va, undated
Box 18
Correspondence, Ve, undated
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Correspondence, Wa, undated
Box 18
Walters, Waltman, undated
Box 18
Correspondence, Wan, undated
Box 18
Wangensteen, Owen H., undated
Box 18
Ward, Grant E., undated
Box 18
W. Dean Warren, undated
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Correspondence, Was, undated
Box 18
Correspondence, We, undated
Box 18
Correspondence, Wei, undated
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Correspondence, Wei, undated
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Correspondence, Wel, undated
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Correspondence, Wel, undated
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Welch, Claude E., undated
Box 18
Wesolowski, Sigmund A., undated
Box 18
Correspondence, Wh, undated
Box 18
Whipple, Allen O., undated
Box 18
Allen O. Whipple Surgical Society, undated
Box 18
White, Paul D., undated
Box 18
Whitehorn, John C., undated
Box 18
Correspondence, Wi, undated
Box 18
Sommer Memorial Lecture, 1956
Box 19
Southeastern Surgical Congress, undated
Box 19
Southern society of Clinical Surgeons, undated
Box 19
Southern Medical Association, undated
Box 19
Southern Surgical Association, Carrington Williams, undated
Box 19
Southern Surgical Association, Alton Ochsner, undated
Box 19
Southern Surgical Assoication, John C. Burch, undated
Box 19
Southern Surgical Assoication, Charles A. Vance, undated
Box 19
Southern Surgical Association Council, 1941-1962
Box 19
Southern Surgical Association Annals of Surgery, undated
Box 19
Southern Surgical Association, 1943
Box 19
Correspondence, Sp, folder 1, undated
Box 19
Correspondence, Sp, folder 2, undated
Box 19
Correspondence, Sp, folder 3, undated
Box 19
Spencer, Frank C., undated
Box 19
Stafford, Edward S., undated
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Correspondence, Sta, undated
Box 19
Stalfort, H. Alfred, undated
Box 19
Starr, Albert, undated
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Starzl, Thomas E., undated
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Stewart, John D., undated
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Correspondence, Ste, undated
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Stout, Merrell L., undated
Box 19
Stockton Post Graduate Study Club, undated
Box 19
Correspondence, Sto, undated
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Stone, Harvey B., undated
Box 19
Stenstrom, John D., undated
Box 19
Alfred A. Strauss Lecture, undated
Box 19
Strayhorn, David, undated
Box 19
Students, undated
Box 19
Correspondence, Su, undated
Box 19
Sumner, Wilbur C., undated
Box 19
Surgery, Alton Ochsner, undated
Box 19
Surgery, Walter E. Dandy Volume, undated
Box 19
Surgery, C.V. Mosby Co., undated
Box 19
Surgery Gynecology and Obstetrics, undated
Box 19
Surgery, Owen H. Vangensteen, undated
Box 19
Swan, Henry, undated
Box 19
Correspondence, Ta, undated
Box 19
Talbert, James L., undated
Box 19
Taussig, Helen B., undated
Box 19
Correspondence, Will, undated
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Williams, George Rainey, undated
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Williams, G. Rainey, undated
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Wilson, Harwell, undated
Box 20
Gordon Wilson Memorial Lecture, Gordon Wilson Medal, 1941
Box 20
Correspondence, Win, undated
Box 20
Correspondence, Win, undated
Box 20
Correspondence, Wo, undated
Box 20
Womack, Nathan, undated
Box 20
Wood, George O., undated
Box 20
Woods, Alan C., Jr., undated
Box 20
Woods, W. Barney, undated
Box 20
Woods, Alan C., undated
Box 20
World Medical Association, 1950
Box 20
World Medical Association, 1953
Box 20
Bigger, I.A., undated
Box 20
Correspondence, X - Y, undated
Box 20
Youmans, John B., undated
Box 20
Young, Hugh H., undated
Box 20
Correspondence, Z, undated
Box 20
Zollinger, Robert M., undated
Box 20
Blalock, Alfred, undated
Box 20
[Unidentified photographs], undated
Box 20
Letters from Blalock Residents, 1972
Box 20
Blalock's Testimonial Dinner, undated
Box 20
Biography materials [on Blalock], undated
Box 20
Alfred Blalock, undated
Box 20
Birthday Dinner, April 2, 1960
Box 20
Blalock Yearly Report, undated
Box 20
Alfred Blalock Autopsy, undated
Box 20
Memorabilia (unfoldered), undated
Box 20
Meetings, 1955-1964
Box 20
Collected Papers, Correspondence, undated
Box 20
Meetings, 1944-1954
Box 20
Dr. Alfred Blalock, 1963
Box 20
Dr. Alfred Blalock, 1961-1962
Box 20

2. Personal Materials, circa 1921-1964

Series Scope and Contents: Contains letters of congratulation to Blalock; letters of concern and support to Alice Blalock, widow of Blalock; memoranda; and biographical material. Materials range in date from circa 1921 to 1964.

Letters of congratulation on appointment to Johns Hopkins University, undated

Letters of congratulation on appointment to Johns Hopkins University, 1940
Box 21
Letters of congratulation on appointment to Johns Hopkins University, 1941
Box 21
Letters of concern, 1964
Box 21

Letters of condolence to Mrs. Alice Blalock, 1964

Scope and Contents note: Ordered alphabetically.

A-E, undated
Box 21
F-K, undated
Box 21
L-Y, undated
Box 21
A-W, undated
Box 21
Government and university oficials, undated
Box 21
Menu for dinner in honor of Alfred Blalock, 1941
Box 21
Memoranda, letters of appointment and biographical materials, 1921-1962
Box 21
Letters to the Old Hands Club from Mark Ravitch, 1964
Box 21
Writings in memoriam, 1964
Box 21

3. Johns Hopkins University, 1944-1964

Series Scope and Contents: Contains photocopied records, possibly from Blalock's papers at Johns Hopkins University. Types of materials include committee notes, correspondence, operation lists, administrative files, operation notes, and department budgets. Materials range in date from 1944 to 1964.

Staff Committee on Professional Services, undated
Box 22
Committee on Gynecology and Obstetrics, undated
Box 22
Surgical Patient Care Committee, undated
Box 22
Pulmonary Arteriovenous Fistulae, undated
Box 22
Patient correspondence (pulmonic, mitra, and valvular pulmonic stenosis), 1945-1964
Box 22
Lists of operations, undated
Box 22
General surgery patients, A-Z, undated
Box 23
Pulmonic stenosis letters of congratualtions, undated
Box 23
Operative notes, metastatic tumor of the chest, undated
Box 23
Coarctation of aorta, undated
Box 23
Pericarditis, undated
Box 23
Administration, undated
Box 23
Surgical Department budget, patient funds, undated
Box 23
Gifts to be used at Blalock's discretion, undated
Box 23
Professional and other correspondence, 1955, 1963-1964
Box 23
Vanderbilt University patients, undated
Box 23

4. Scrapbooks, 1899-1964

Series Scope and Contents: Contains several scrapbooks, programs, and testimonials honoring Blalock, as well as other biographical materials. Materials range in date from 1899 to 1964.

Dedication of the Children's Medical and Surgical Center and 75th Anniversary Celebration,, May 1964
Box 24
William S. Halsted Centennial Celebration, 1952
Box 24
Program and Dinner Honoring Doctor Alfred Blalock, 1960
Box 24
Letters to Alfred Blalock on the Occasion of a dinner in his honor, 1960
Box 24
Mary O'Bryan Blalock, undated
Box 24
Alfred Blalock, 1899-1941
Box 25
Alfred Blalock, 1941-1948
Box 25
Alfred Blalock, 1949-1951
Box 25
Alfred Blalock, 1952-1959
Box 25
Alfred Blalock, 1960
Box 25

5. Collected Biographical Materials, undated

Series Scope and Contents: Contains materials assembled by Frances Grebel for the purpose of providing an account of Blalock's life and career. These files include both photocopies and some original documents. Types of materials include correspondence, bibliographies, recommendations, lists of honors conferred on Blalock, obituaries, and presentation abstracts. Materials primarily date from 1921 to 1968 and some are undated.

Correspondence between Isaiah Boeman (president of Johns Hopkins University), Winfred Smith, and Blalock, 1941-1958
Box 26
Early years, correspondence with acquaintances, 1945, 1960-1962
Box 26
Early Johns Hopkins years, correspondence with acquaintances, 1921-1957
Box 26
Blalock biography materials, folder 1, 1937-1963
Box 26
Blalock biography materials, folder 2, 1937-1963
Box 26
Blalock biography materials, folder 3, 1937-1963
Box 26
Blalock family ancestry and family history research, 1945-1967
Box 26
Archives of Surgery correspondence, 1939-1962
Box 26
Arizona Heart Association Cardiac Symposium, 1962
Box 26
Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, 1957
Box 26
Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, 1955
Box 26
Honors, 1950-1966
Box 26
Lists of publicatons by Alfred Blalock and coworkers, 1924-1959
Box 26
Presentation of bas relief and collected papers, 1967
Box 26
Speeches and addresses; presentation background materials, 1957-1966
Box 26
Reprints of articles about Blalock, 1964, 1968
Box 26
Obituary, 1964
Box 26
Professional and personal correspondence, 1942-1957
Box 26
David C. Sabiston, Jr. and Leslie Grebel correspondence, 1967
Box 26
Dedication of the Alfred Blalock Research Laboratory (Lexington, Ky.), 1965
Box 26
Southern Medical Association correspondence, 1941-1955
Box 26
Correspondence regarding Marshall Sanford, 1946-1957
Box 26
Correspondence regarding assembling biographical materials, 1965
Box 26
Abstracts of discussions and presentations on which Blalock participated, 1944-1948
Box 26
Serendipity and the Future of Surgery, no date, undated
Box 26
Southern Surgical Association correspondence, 1960-1964
Box 26
Mary Halsted Terry Savage correspondence, circa, 1953
Box 26
John L. Sawyers and Southern Surgical Association correspondence, 1950-1963
Box 26
Internship recommendations, 1945-1948
Box 26
Stanley J. Sarnoff correspondence, 1944-1954
Box 26
Daniel Elkin correspondence, 1946-1947
Box 26
Brief professional correspondence, 1941-1963
Box 26
Hedley Atkins correspondence, 1947-1964
Box 26
G.V. Anrep correspondence, 1930-1954
Box 26
A correspondence, 1944-1964
Box 26

Reprints, undated

Reprints, 1927-1941
Box 26
Reprints, 1941-1947
Box 26

6. Oversized Materials, 1926-1976

Series Scope and Contents: Contains a program for a dinner honoring Blalock and an audiocassette tape. Materials date to 1960.

Program: A Dinner in Honor of Alfred Blalock, 1960
Box MCA OS 1
The Blalock Heritage In American Sugery: Boone Powell Visiting Professorship in the Department of Surgery, Baylor University, March 12-13, 1976
Box MCA OS 1
John Hopkins Surgical Society: Photograph, January 23, 1926
Box MCA OS 1
Cassette Tape: Dr. Blalock - Final Copy, undated
Box MCA OS 1

Biographical Information

Alfred Blalock was born in Culloden, Georgia, on April 5, 1899. When he was fourteen, he entered the Georgia Military Academy, a preparatory school for the University of Georgie, as a senior. Afterwards, he graduated with an AB from the University of Georgia (1918). He earned his MD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (1922).

From 1922 to 1925, Blalock worked as a hospital physician and assistant resident surgeon at Hopkins, completing an internship in urology, and then as an assistant resident on the general surgical service, followed by a fellowship in otolaryngology.

In 1925, Blalock he went to the newly constructed Vanderbilt University Hospital to complete his residency in surgery under Barney Brooks, Vanderbilt's first professor of surgery. While at Vanderbilt, he did pioneering work on the nature and treatment of hemorrhagic and traumatic shock, demonstrating that surgical shock resulted primarily from the loss of blood. He advocated for plasma or whole-blood transfusions as treatment following the onset of shock. His early work on shock is credited with saving the lives of many casualties during World War II.

Blalock worked as a professor at Vanderbilt from 1938 to 1941. In 1941, he returned to Johns Hopkins to take on the joint positions of surgeon-in-chief of the hospital and professor and director of the surgery department at the medical school. While at Johns Hopkins, Blalock worked with his colleague Helen Taussig and assistant Vivien Thomas on a shunt technique to cure blue baby syndrome. Blalock had developed great expertise in vascular anastomosis. On November 29, 1944, Blalock, Taussig, and Thomas performed the first Blalock-Taussig operation on a patient with Fallot's tetralogy. The child survived the operation and word of their successful treatment quickly spread throughout the world.

At the end of his life, Blalock devoted much of his time to the establishment of a center for child medicine and child surgery in Baltimore. He retired from the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins in 1964 and died the same year.

Throughout his career, Blalock received many awards and honors. Blalock belonged to numerous medical societies in the United States and abroad, including the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Royal Society of Medicine, as well as being awarded numerous honors including Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award (with Robert Gross and Helen Taussig), the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur, the Passano Award, the Matas Award, and the Henry Jacob Bigelow medal. He published more than 200 articles and the book "Principles of Surgery, Shock and Other Problems." He also delivered more than 40 honorary lectures, as well as being awarded honorary degrees from nine universities. The Alfred Blalock Surgical Resident Award is given in Dr. Blalock's honor at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center each year.

Blalock married Mary Chambers O'Bryan in 1930. They had three children: William Rice Blalock, Mary Elizabeth Blalock, and Alfred Dandy Blalock. Mary died in 1958. A year later, Blalock married Alice Waters. Blalock died in 1964.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alfred Blalock Papers, Duke University Medical Center Archives.

Acquisitions Information

Accession A2004.036 (gift, June 2004)

Processing Information

Processed by Archives staff: February 2005; encoded by Emily Glenn: June 2005

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