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Guide to the Walter Kempner papers and records, 1948-1992 (MC.0038)

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.

Descriptive Summary

Call Number
MC.0038
Title
Walter Kempner Papers and Records
Date
1930-2002
Creator
Kempner, Walter
Extent
451.00 linear feet
Repository
Duke University Medical Center Archives

Collection Overview

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.

Arrangement Note

The ordering system of these records was changed substantially from their original order during initial processing. Subsequent processing retained the imposed ordering scheme for consistency. Arrangement may vary among related collections.

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

Portions of this collection are restricted due to the presence of personal health information. Contact the Archivist for information about access.

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. Early Correspondence, 1930-1950

Abernathy-Blue, various dates
Box 1
Blum-Calvo, various dates
Box 2
Camp-Davis, various dates
Box 3
Dear-Garnto, various dates
Box 4
Flanagan-Gower, various dates
Box 5
Grad-Francis, various dates
Box 6
Hearn-Jill, various dates
Box 7
Johansen-Krumbein, various dates
Box 8
Kuhlman-Niss, various dates
Box 9
Noegel-Scruggs, various dates
Box 10
Segal-Vose, various dates
Box 11
Oster-Miscellaneous Correspondence, various dates
Box 12

2. Later Correspondence, 1950-1980

Abbott-Blum, various dates
Box 13
Bodman-Cavanaugh, various dates
Box 14
Chait-Crutchfield, various dates
Box 15
Cugle-Dyer, various dates
Box 16
Eagan-Few, various dates
Box 17
Fietcher-Gluckstern, various dates
Box 18
Goch-Gutman, various dates
Box 19
Habicht-Hexem, various dates
Box 20
Hiers-Hynson, various dates
Box 21
Ilowite-Kaye, various dates
Box 22
Kearns-Kyshinsky, various dates
Box 23
L-Miscellaneous-Levy, various dates
Box 24
Lewis-Mac Millan, various dates
Box 25
Macnair-Mazzola, various dates
Box 26
Mcadams-Mcwane, various dates
Box 27
Meany-Morton, various dates
Box 28
Morton-Ortlieb, various dates
Box 29
Osborne-Powers, various dates
Box 30
Prentice-Rezer, various dates
Box 31
Rhoades-Rynston, various dates
Box 32
Sahm-Schroff, various dates
Box 33
Schultz-Short, various dates
Box 34
Shreves-Sovjak, various dates
Box 35
Sowell-Stuchell, various dates
Box 36
Spruill-Tuttle, various dates
Box 37
Umstead-Wexler, various dates
Box 38
Wellman-Zwick, various dates
Box 39

3. Kempner Foundation Membership, various dates

Memberships, form letters, contribution letters, A-Fu, various dates
Box 40
Contribution Letters, Ga - Le, various dates
Box 41
Contribution Letters, Li - Ro, various dates
Box 42
Contribution Letters, Ru - Z, various dates
Box 43

4. Kempner Foundation Financial Papers, (1), 1951-1991

Foundation Tax Returns, 1984-1990
Box 44
Kempner Foundation Legal Papers, various dates
Box 44
Action by Trustees, 1970-1971
Box 44
Action by Trustees Without Meeting, 1972
Box 44
Kennon and Kennon Tax Act, 1969
Box 44
Constitution and Bylaws for Kempner Foundation, various dates
Box 44
Quarterly Report Tax statement, various dates
Box 44
Copyright, various dates
Box 44
Wachovia Charitable Funds Management, various dates
Box 44
BOT Minutes, folder 1, 1985-1988
Box 44
BOT Minutes, folder 2, 1985-1988
Box 44
BOT Minutes, folder 3, 1985-1988
Box 44
BOT Minutes, folder 4, 1985-1988
Box 44
Tax returns, 1988
Box 44
Lab Fund, folder 1, 1987-1991
Box 44
Lab Fund, folder 2, 1987-1991
Box 44
Jerome Green Contributions to Kempner Foundation, various dates
Box 44
MacMillan Contributors, various dates
Box 44
Ray Contributors, various dates
Box 44
Articles of Incorporation Bylaws and Tax Letter, 1951
Box 44

5. Kempner Foundation Financial Papers, (2), 1949-1991

Copyright of Bulletin of the Walter Kempner Foundation, various dates
Box 45
Obesity Research (North American Association for the Study of Obesity), 1982
Box 45
Requests for Employment, Kempner Clinic, various dates
Box 45
News Articles, various dates
Box 45
Sending Minutes, various dates
Box 45
Reminder of Meeting, various dates
Box 45
Bell Printing, various dates
Box 45
Other Programs, various dates
Box 45
News Service, various dates
Box 45
P.A., 1983
Box 45
Problem of Wakefulness, master copy, various dates
Box 45
Jobs, audiovisual, various dates
Box 45
Requisitions; Reprint Requests; People who came to the Rice House, various dates
Box 45
Heller Prudential Letter, various dates
Box 45
IBM Project, various dates
Box 45
Insurance, various dates
Box 45
International Business Machines, Inc., various dates
Box 45
Kempner Symposium, various dates
Box 45
Rice House, Fall 1974
Box 45
Rice Houses, Contracts, various dates
Box 45
Walter Kempner, bibliography, etc., various dates
Box 45
WKF -- old stationery, various dates
Box 45
Water Filters, various dates
Box 45
Curriculum Vitae, RLP; WK; BN, various dates
Box 46
W.K. Pubilcations: Curriculum Vitae, various dates
Box 46
U.S. Postal Service, various dates
Box 46
Van Itallie, Dr. Theodore, various dates
Box 46
Miscellaneous, various dates
Box 46
Buddy Taub correspondence, various dates
Box 46
Kathryn McGenniss Fox will, various dates
Box 46
Fuhrman, Murray, M.D. obituary and testimonial, various dates
Box 46
Foundation Gifts, various dates
Box 47
Transfer of Funds of WKF to Duke University thru, 1984
Box 47
Mr. Gary C. Cole; Ms. Teague; Mr. Bernardo, various dates
Box 47
Miscellaneous Lab Fund, various dates
Box 47
Teague, Ms. Joyce (Misc.) Wachovia Winston, various dates
Box 47
Foundation (Adger-Receipt Acknowledge of Accounts), 1985-1987
Box 47
Financial Statement, various dates
Box 47
Foundation Tax Returns, 1970-1979
Box 47
Information sent to Mr. Kennon for Internal Revenue Service, various dates
Box 47
General Mills Foundation, 1974
Box 47
Policemen, 1974
Box 47
Tarantul Research Project, 1970
Box 47
MacMillan, Alley, Ball Resolutions, various dates
Box 47
Please Remove from List, various dates
Box 47
Fuhrman, Dr. Murray, various dates
Box 47
Krasne, Mrs. Bernice, various dates
Box 47
Mertens, various dates
Box 47
Schlayer, Dr. Clotilde, various dates
Box 47
Schultz, Dr. H. S., various dates
Box 47
Smith, Mr. Calvin, various dates
Box 47
Wolff, Mr. John, various dates
Box 47
Alley, Mr. Rayford W., various dates
Box 47
Ball, Mr. Russell C., various dates
Box 47
Brinton, Mr. Howard T., various dates
Box 47
Gaffron, Dr. Hans, various dates
Box 47
Madden, Mr. James L., various dates
Box 47
Sauber, Mr. Julius, various dates
Box 47
Van Syckle, Mr. Frank H., various dates
Box 47
Werk, Mr. George B., various dates
Box 47
Kempner Foundation, 1972-1979
Box 47
Kempner Foundation, 1980-1984
Box 48
MacMillan, John H., President, Kempner Foundation, various dates
Box 48
John Price Jones Company, various dates
Box 48
Gustavus and Louise Pfeifer Research Foundation, various dates
Box 48
Kempner Foundation Board of Trustees, various dates
Box 48
Foundation Board Meeting Photographs, 1950
Box 48
Gifts, various dates
Box 48
Trust Department, folder 1, various dates
Box 48
Trust Department, folder 2, various dates
Box 48
Trust Department, folder 3, various dates
Box 48
Trust Department, folder 4, various dates
Box 48
Trust Department, folder 5, various dates
Box 48
Trust Department, folder 6, various dates
Box 48
Mr. Cole-Wachovia; Winston Salem, various dates
Box 48
Mr. Cary C. Cole, various dates
Box 48
Ormston, Katherine, various dates
Box 48
Bulletin Mailing List, various dates
Box 48
Walter Kempner Foundation Minutes, various dates
Box 48
Kempner Foundation, 1949-1962
Box 48
Kempner Foundation, 1963-1971
Box 49
Requests for Walter Kempner Foundation Bulletin, various dates
Box 49
Request of Funds from Walter Kempner Foundation, various dates
Box 49
Mailing List, various dates
Box 49
Treasurer (Olin C. Peeler), Walter Kempner Foundation, various dates
Box 49
Story of the Rice Diet, various dates
Box 49
Miscellaneous W.K. Foundation, various dates
Box 49
Dr. Kempner Talk to Board of Trustees, various dates
Box 49
W.K. Foundation Bulletin, Cards, and Mailing List, various dates
Box 49
Kempner Foundation, 1978-1986
Box 49
Kempner Foundation, 1959-1977
Box 50
Financial Statements, folder 1, 1986
Box 50
Financial Statements, folder 2, 1986
Box 50
Financial Statements, folder 3, 1986
Box 50
Wachovia Documentation, 1978
Box 50
Miscellaneous Documents, various dates
Box 50
Income Tax Statements, folder 1, various dates
Box 51
Income Tax Statements, folder 2, various dates
Box 51
Miscellaneous Financial Papers, various dates
Box 51

6. Daily Reminder Books, various dates

Daily Reminder Books, 1948-1972
Box 52
Daily Reminder Books, 1973-1992
Box 53

7. Medical Tests, various dates

Urine Results, various dates
Box 54
Puromycin Studies, various dates
Box 55
Experiment Records, various dates
Box 56
Experiment Records, various dates
Box 57
Medical Tests Records, various dates
Box 58
Medical Tests Records, various dates
Box 59
Medical Tests Records, various dates
Box 60
Medical Tests Records, various dates
Box 61
Medical Tests Records, various dates
Box 62
Medical Tests Records, various dates
Box 63

8. Patient Lists, 1970-1981

Lists, various dates
Box 64
Lists, various dates
Box 65

9. Miscellaneous, various dates

Photos of Physicians, various dates
Box 66
Geographical File, various dates
Box 66
Patient files J-S, various dates
Box 67
Patient files, N-S, various dates
Box 68

10. Patient Files, Older (Yellow Charts), various dates

Aa - Alla, various dates
Box 69
Alle - As, various dates
Box 70
At - Barl, various dates
Box 71
Barm - Bed, various dates
Box 72
Bee - Berm, various dates
Box 73
Bern - Bla, various dates
Box 74
Ble - Bov, various dates
Box 75
Bow - Bri, various dates
Box 76
Bro - Bum, various dates
Box 77
Bun - Cam, various dates
Box 78
Can - Car, various dates
Box 79
Cas - Ch, various dates
Box 80
Ci - Cohe, various dates
Box 81
Cohn - Coo, various dates
Box 82
Cop - Cri, various dates
Box 83
Cro - Dav, various dates
Box 84
Daw - Dil, various dates
Box 85
Dim - Due, various dates
Box 86
Duf - Elg, various dates
Box 87
Eli - Fa, various dates
Box 88
Fe - Fi, various dates
Box 89
Fl - Fo, various dates
Box 90
Fra - Fri, various dates
Box 91
Fra - Fe, various dates
Box 92
Fr - Ga, various dates
Box 93
Ge - Gi, various dates
Box 94
Gl - Goldn, various dates
Box 95
Goldr - Graw, various dates
Box 96
Gray - Gri, various dates
Box 97
Gro - Hal, various dates
Box 98
Ham - Harr, various dates
Box 99
Hart - Hem, various dates
Box 100
Hen - Hi, various dates
Box 101
Ho - Horn, various dates
Box 102
Horo - Hy, various dates
Box 103
Ia - Je, various dates
Box 104
Ji - Kal, various dates
Box 105
Kam - Kay, various dates
Box 106
Ke - Kirsch, various dates
Box 107
Kirschb - Kram, various dates
Box 108
Kran - Lal, various dates
Box 109
Lam - Lea, various dates
Box 110
Leb - Levin, various dates
Box 111
Levine - Lig, various dates
Box 112
Lil - Lo, various dates
Box 113
Lu - Mc, various dates
Box 114
Mal - Marr, various dates
Box 115
Mars - Maz, various dates
Box 116
Mc - Mak, various dates
Box 117
Me - Mik, various dates
Box 118
Mil - Mol, various dates
Box 119
Mon - Mox, various dates
Box 120
Mu - Nei, various dates
Box 121
Nel - O'B, various dates
Box 122
Oc - Os, various dates
Box 123
Ot - Pec, various dates
Box 124
Ped - Pil, various dates
Box 125
Pin - Pow, various dates
Box 126
Poz - Ran, various dates
Box 127
Rao - Rich, various dates
Box 128
Rick - Ron, various dates
Box 129
Roo - Roz, various dates
Box 130
Ru - Sam, various dates
Box 131
San - Sche, various dates
Box 132
Schi - Schuma, various dates
Box 133
Schume - Seli, various dates
Box 134
Sell - Shel, various dates
Box 135
Shen - Sim, various dates
Box 136
Sin - Smith, various dates
Box 137
Smith - Sos, various dates
Box 138
Sou - Steh, various dates
Box 139
Stei - Ston, various dates
Box 140
Stor - Tan, various dates
Box 141
Tar - Th, various dates
Box 142
Ti - Tun, various dates
Box 143
Tup - Vok, various dates
Box 144
Vol - Was, various dates
Box 145
Wat - Wek, various dates
Box 146
Wel - Wiel, various dates
Box 147
Wien - Wil, various dates
Box 148
Wim - Wood, various dates
Box 149
Wool - Yu, various dates
Box 150
Za - Zy, various dates
Box 151

11. Patient Files, Newer (Yellow Charts), various dates

Aa - Ba, various dates
Box 152
Be - Boo, various dates
Box 153
Bor - Cap, various dates
Box 154
Cal - De, various dates
Box 155
Car - Co, various dates
Box 156
Dh - Ew, various dates
Box 157
Fa - Ga, various dates
Box 158
Ge - Go, various dates
Box 159
Gr - Ha, various dates
Box 160
He - Hy, various dates
Box 161
Ia - Ka, various dates
Box 162
Ke - Ky, various dates
Box 163
La - Le, various dates
Box 164
Li - Mac, various dates
Box 165
Mad - Me, various dates
Box 166
Mi - Mo, various dates
Box 167
Mu - Pa, various dates
Box 168
Pe - Ra, various dates
Box 169
Re - Ro, various dates
Box 170
Ru - Se, various dates
Box 171
Sh - Sm, various dates
Box 172
Sn - Sz, various dates
Box 173
Ta - Vy, various dates
Box 174
Wa - Zwe, various dates
Box 175
Wi - Zwi, various dates
Box 176
Loe-Pot, various dates
Box 207
Aba-Car, various dates
Box 210
Chr-Gut, various dates
Box 211
Hak-Zuy, various dates
Box 212

12. Deceased Patients, Newer (Yellow Files), various dates

Ah - Go, various dates
Box 177
In - Ze, various dates
Box 178

13. Publications, various dates

Bulletin of the Walter Kempner Foundation, various dates
Box 179
Secondary sources and reprints, 1940-2002
Box 179

14. Patient Index Cards, various dates

Patient Index Cards, box 1, various dates
Box 180
Patient Index Cards, box 2, various dates
Box 181
Patient Index Cards, box 3, various dates
Box 182
Patient Index Cards, box 4, various dates
Box 183
Patient Index Cards, box 5, various dates
Box 184
Patient Index Cards, box 6, various dates
Box 185
Patient Index Cards, box 7, various dates
Box 186
Patient Index Cards, box 8, various dates
Box 187
Patient Index Cards, box 9, various dates
Box 188
Patient Index Cards, box 10, various dates
Box 189
Patient Index Cards, box 11, various dates
Box 190
Patient Index Cards, box 12, various dates
Box 191
Patient Index Cards, box 13, various dates
Box 192
Patient Index Cards, box 14, various dates
Box 193
Patient Index Cards, box 15, various dates
Box 194
Patient Index Cards, box 16, various dates
Box 195
Patient Index Cards, box 17, various dates
Box 196
Patient Index Cards, box 18, various dates
Box 197
Patient Index Cards, box 19, various dates
Box 198
Patient Index Cards, box 20, various dates
Box 199
Patient Index Cards, box 21, various dates
Box 200
Patient Index Cards, box 22, various dates
Box 201
Patient Index Cards, box 23, various dates
Box 202
Patient Index Cards, box 24, various dates
Box 203
Patient Index Cards, box 25, various dates
Box 204

15. Exhibit: American Medical Association, June 1944

Exhibit: American Medical Association, box 1, June 1944
Box 205
Exhibit: American Medical Association, box 2, June 1944
Box 206
EKGs, June 1944
Box FF3-1
Left Panel, part 1 of 3, June 1944
Box FF3-1
Left Panel, part 2 of 3, June 1944
Box FF3-1
Left Panel, part 3 of 3, June 1944
Box FF3-2
Titles for Right Panel: 'No. 5, 2a & 2b Top'; 'No. 4 between Roebuck'; 'Eyes at bottom', June 1944
Box FF3-2
Center of Center Panel, June 1944
Box FF3-2
Loose Eye Ground Boards, undated
Box FF3-2

16. A2008-029: Additions of May 2008, various dates

Patient Photos, box 1, various dates
Box 213
Patient Photos, box 2, various dates
Box 214
Patient Photos, box 3, various dates
Box 215
Correspondence, box 1, various dates
Box 216
Correspondence, box 2, various dates
Box 217
Correspondence, box 3, various dates
Box 218
Correspondence, box 4, various dates
Box 219
Print Blocks, box 1, various dates
Box 220
Print Blocks, box 2, various dates
Box 221
Appointment Books, box 1, various dates
Box 222
Appointment Books, box 2, various dates
Box 223
Appointment Books, slides, box 3, various dates
Box 224
Appointment Books, box 4, various dates
Box 225
Lab info for articles, box 1, various dates
Box 226
Lab info for articles, patient index cards, food book and food analysis, box 2, various dates
Box 227
Notebooks, box 1, various dates
Box 228
Lantern slides, box 1, various dates
Box 229
Lantern slides, box 2, various dates
Box 230
Lantern slides, box 3, various dates
Box 231
Lantern slides, box 4, various dates
Box 232
Lantern slides - Day 2 Box 1, various dates
Box 233
Lantern slides - Day 2 Box 2, various dates
Box 234
Lantern slides - Day 2 Box 3, various dates
Box 235
Eye Ground, box 1, various dates
Box 236
Eye Ground, box 2, various dates
Box 237
Eye Ground, box 3, various dates
Box 238
Eye Ground, box 4, various dates
Box 239
Eye Ground, box 5, various dates
Box 240
Eye Ground, box 6, various dates
Box 241
Eye Ground, box 7, various dates
Box 242
Eye Ground, box 8, various dates
Box 243
Eye Ground, box 9, various dates
Box 244
Eye Ground, box 10, various dates
Box 245
Eye Ground, box 11, various dates
Box 246
Eye Ground, box 12, various dates
Box 247
Eye Ground, box 13, various dates
Box 248
Eye Ground, box 14, various dates
Box 249
Eye Ground, box 15, various dates
Box 250
Eye Ground, box 16, various dates
Box 251
Eye Ground, box 17, various dates
Box 252
Eye Ground, box 18, various dates
Box 253
Eye Ground, box 19, various dates
Box 254
Eye Ground, box 20, various dates
Box 255
Eye Ground, box 21, various dates
Box 256
Eye Ground, box 22, various dates
Box 257
Eye Ground, box 23, various dates
Box 258
Eye Ground, box 24, various dates
Box 259
Eye Ground, box 25, various dates
Box 260
Eye Ground, box 26, various dates
Box 261
Eye Ground, box 27, various dates
Box 262
Eye Ground, box 28, various dates
Box 263
Eye Ground, box 29, various dates
Box 264
Eye Ground, box 30, various dates
Box 265
Eye Ground, box 31, various dates
Box 266
Eye Ground, box 32, various dates
Box 267
Eye Ground Negatives - Kodak box, various dates
Box 268
Miscellaneous, various dates
Box 269
Oversize - Charts (poor condition), box 1, various dates
Box 270
Oversize - Charts, box 2, various dates
Box 271
Oversize - Charts, box 3, various dates
Box 272
Oversize - Eye photos and charts, box 4, various dates
Box 273
Oversize - Eye photos and charts, box 5, various dates
Box 274
Wooden box - Slides, various dates
Box 275
Patient Index Cards, various dates
Box 276
Wooden box - Slides, various dates
Box 277
Cardboard container (open) - Slides, various dates
Box 278
Plastic container - Slides, various dates
Box 279
Plastic tub - Certificate, books and journals, various dates
Box 280

17. A2010-038: Additions of July 2010, various dates

Correspondence, Clippings, various dates
Box 281
Eye photos (alphabetical), various dates
Box 282
Reprints (Kempner, Newborg and others), various dates
Box 283
Correspondence, clippings and reprints, various dates
Box 284
Eye photos, 'contributions'-financial, various dates
Box 285
Eye photos, various dates
Box 286
Photos, EKG charts, negatives & x-rays, various dates
Box 287
Correspondence, Kempner reprints, various dates
Box 288
Reprints, journal articles (some Kempner), various dates
Box 289
Photos and glass slides, various dates
Box 290
Reprints, various dates
Box 291
Correspondence, clippings, various dates
Box 292
Reprints, index cards with jounral title-info, various dates
Box 293
Photos, charts, various dates
Box 294
Reprints, various dates
Box 295
Correpsondence-misc. files (bulk re: USPHS), various dates
Box 296
Misc. correspondence and articles, various dates
Box 297
Correspondence, reprints, general files (alphabetical), various dates
Box 298
Correspondence, various dates
Box 299
Clippings (2 binders), financial papers, bulletins and reprints, various dates
Box 300
Clippings, reprints, correspondence (alphabetical), various dates
Box 301
Correspondence (alphabetical), various dates
Box 302
Correspondence, reprints, various dates
Box 303
Misc. correspondence, business files, various dates
Box 304
Articles, correspondence, general files (alphabetical), various dates
Box 305
Correspondence, older articles (1930s), various dates
Box 306
Clippings, article, general files, various dates
Box 307
General correspondence and correspondence re: treatment, reprints, various dates
Box 308
Correspondence and reprints, various dates
Box 309
Glass plates (15 sealed packages), various dates
Box 310
Notebooks-ledgers, oversize graph printouts, various dates
Box 311
Binders of clippings (sleeved), various dates
Box 312
Photos, glass plates (packaged), photo CDs, various dates
Box 313
Correspondence, articles, misc. papers re: rice diet, various dates
Box 314
Misc. correspondence, various dates
Box 315
Magazine articles re: rice diet, various dates
Box 316
Photos, EKGs, various dates
Box 317
Photos, X-rays and charts, various dates
Box 318
Clippings, articles, various dates
Box 319
Correspondence, articles, Kempner bulletins, various dates
Box 320
Magainze Articles, re: Rice Diet, various dates
Box 321
Oversize: Heart & Lung photographs, various dates
Box 322
Oversize: Full body photographs, various dates
Box 323
Oversize: Miscellaneous Photographs & Charts, undated
Box 324

18. A2010-065: Additions of November 2010, various dates

Chicago; Pinehurst talks, 1944; grant applications; Congress; early rice diet history, various dates
Box

19. Barbara Newborg Research, various dates

Treatment Recordings, various dates
Box 208
Laboratory Notebooks, various dates
Box 209

Biographical/Historical Note

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.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Walter Kempner papers and records, Duke University Medical Center Archives.

Acquisitions Information

Acquired; 1977-2004.

Processing Information

Processed by: Archives staff, 1997 Encoded by: Emily Glenn, September 2004