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Guide to the Elbert L. Persons Papers, 1923-1970 (MC.0026)

Abstract

Contains the professional and a small amount of personal papers of Elbert Lapsley Persons (1904-1970), Professor of Medicine and Professor of Community Health Sciences at Duke University. Types of materials include professional and personal correspondence, grant materials, records pertaining to Persons' time with the 65th General Hospital, Duke Medicine, and the ACP, as well as administrative records, guides, brochures, programs, schedules, information on Duke Medicine's Annual Medical Symposium, meeting materials, schedules, notes, photographic materials, a small amount of personal papers, speeches, writings, and contracts. Materials range in date from 1923 to 1970.

Descriptive Summary

Call Number
MC.0026
Title
Elbert L. Persons Papers
Date
1923-1970
Creator
Persons, Elbert L. (Elbert Lapsley), 1904-1970
Extent
11 Linear Feet (7 cartons, 1 manuscript box)
Repository
Duke University Medical Center Archives

Collection Overview

Contains professional and personal correspondence, grant materials, records pertaining to Persons' time with the 65th General Hospital, Duke Medicine and American College of Physicians administrative records, guides, brochures, programs, schedules, information on Duke Medicine's Annual Medical Symposium, meeting materials, schedules, notes, photographic materials, a small amount of personal papers, and contracts. Materials range in date from 1923 to 1970.

Arrangement Note

Organized into the following series: Personal Papers, 1951-1969; Correspondence, 1946-1970; Duke Medicine, 1931-1970; Professional Papers, 1923-1970; United States Armed Forces, 1934-1970; American College of Physicians (ACP), 1943-1970; Diets, circa 1940-1949; Audiovisual, 1964, undated.

Restrictions on Access & Use

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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.

Contains Medical Center Administrative records. These include records of the officers of the University, as defined in the Bylaws, the deans of schools and colleges, and departments, institutes, and other offices as designated by the President. For a period of twenty-five years from the origin of the material, permission in writing from the director of the office of record and the Medical Center Archivist is required for use. After twenty-five years, records that have been processed may be consulted with the permission of the Medical Center Archivist. (Issued by the Office of the Chancellor, December 1, 1975).

Materials in box 8 are restricted per HIPAA. AV3-AV5 must be screened for sensitive or confidential materials before being accessed.

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 Papers, 1951-1969

Series Scope and Contents: Includes Harvard Medical School reunion materials, Eagle's Nest Camp correspondence, insurance records, and memorial booklets of Persons' colleagues and friends. The bulk of the photographic materials have been moved to the Photograph Collection. Materials range in date from 1951 to 1969.

Eagle's Nest Camp, 1952-1959, undated
Box 1
Harvard Medical School, 1951-1952, 1967-1969
Box 1
Insurance, 1961-1963
Box 1
Memorials and Tributes, 1962, 1964, undated
Box 1
Photographic Materials, 1963, undated
Box 1

2. Correspondence, 1946-1970

Series Scope and Contents: Includes incoming and outgoing personal and professional correspondence with the bulk of the correspondence dating from the 1950s to 1970. Personal and professional correspondence are mixed together and contain other materials such as receipts, clippings, product advertisements, invitations, conference speeches, telegrams, and memos. Topics discussed in the personal correspondence include family events, travel, thank you notes, correspondence to different companies Persons patronized, reservations, and invitations. Topics discussed in the professional correspondence include department appointments, professional organizations, consultations, research, letters to journal editors, and recommendations. Major correspondents include Eugene Stead, Jesse Helms, C.E. Persons, and P. Walter Davis. Large amounts of correspondence is also located in the following series: United State Armed Forces and American College of Physicians. The materials are arranged both alphabetically and chronologically and date from 1946 to 1970.

Alphabetical, 1950-1970

Subseries Scope and Contents: Includes personal and professional correspondence arranged alphabetically. Materials date from 1950 to 1970.

Annals of Internal Medicine, 1958
Box 1
Alexander, Leo, 1952
Box 1
Anlyan, William, 1964-1967
Box 1
Armed Forces Medical Journal, 1952
Box 1
Bookhout, C. G., 1951
Box 1
Bradford, A.L. Colonel, 1950
Box 1
Bunim, Joseph J., 1956
Box 1
Crane, P. Willard, 1950
Box 1
Davis, Walter Royall, 1957-1967, undated
Box 1
Drug Company Representatives, 1964-1965, undated
Box 1
Duke Athletic Association, 1967
Box 1
Elson, Kendall, 1950, undated
Box 1
General Telephone Company of the Southeast, 1969
Box 1
Hart, Deryl, 1960-1964
Box 1
Helms, Jesse, 1970
Box 1
Hendricks, Evelyn, 1951
Box 1
Henkle, C.V., 1960-1968
Box 1
Horrigan, Caroline, 1951
Box 1
Insurance, 1957-1961, undated
Box 1
Journal of Chronic Diseases, 1963
Box 1
Kelly, Sylvester B., 1955-1956
Box 1
King, J. Harold, 1960
Box 1
Knight, Douglas M., 1963-1965
Box 1
Life Magazine, 1970
Box 1
MacNider, Sarah Foard, 1951
Box 1
Medical Passport Foundation, Inc., 1970
Box 1
Middleton, William S., 1950-1969
Box 1
National Disease and Therapeutic Index, 1958
Box 1
Pike, Floyd, 1964-1966
Box 1
Recommendations, 1955-1959
Box 1
Robbins, Ann and Leonard J. (Peter), 1962
Box 1
Smith, Luther, 1966
Box 1
Stetcher, Robert, 1950-1951
Box 1
Taylor, Ross V., 1959-1962, undated
Box 1
Thompson, John M., 1965
Box 1
Upjohn Company, 1959-1962
Box 1
Veeder, Elizabeth, 1961-1964, undated
Box 1
Wallace, Dan, undated
Box 1
White, E.M., 1951
Box 1
Woodhall, Barnes, 1963-1964
Box 1
Wyngaarden, James B., 1968
Box 1

Chronological, 1946-1970

Subseries Scope and Contents: Includes personal and professional correspondence arranged chronologically. Materials date from 1946 to 1970.

Correspondence, 1946-1947
Box 1
Correspondence, 1950-1959, circa 1950-1959
Box 1
Correspondence, 1960
Box 1
Correspondence, 1961, circa 1961
Box 1
Correspondence (folder 1 of 2), 1962, circa 1962
Box 1
Correspondence (folder 2 of 2), 1962, circa 1962
Box 1
Correspondence, 1963, circa 1963
Box 1
Correspondence, 1964, circa 1964
Box 1
Correspondence, 1965, circa 1965
Box 1
Correspondence, 1966, circa 1966
Box 1
Correspondence, 1967, circa 1967
Box 1
Correspondence, 1968, circa 1968
Box 2
Correspondence, 1969, circa 1969
Box 2
Correspondence, 1970, circa 1970
Box 2

3. Duke Medicine, 1931-1970

Series Scope and Contents: Includes materials pertaining to the Arthritis Grant in which Persons was involved; Duke Medicine's annual Medical Symposium documents; correspondence, statistics, reports and studies, schedules, meeting materials for committees and groups, articles, guides, brochures, notes, and other administrative materials used to promote the School of Medicine, Duke Hospitals, and to train and assist faculty and staff. Also contains information about Duke Medicine buildings and clinics such as the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC), Hanes Ward, and the Rheumatism Clinic. Materials date from 1931 to 1970.

Arthritis Grant, 1955-1966

Subseries Scope and Contents: Includes materials pertaining to the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases Graduate Training Grants of which Persons was the program director. Materials include correspondence, application forms, memos, budgets, and other records relating to the grant. Materials date from 1955 to 1966.

Arthritis Grant, 1955-1958
Box 2
Arthritis Grant, 1959-1960
Box 2
Arthritis Grant, 1961-1962
Box 2
Arthritis Grant, 1963-1966
Box 2

Committees and Groups, 1937-1970

Subseries Scope and Contents: Includes materials documenting Duke Medicine's committees and groups in which Persons was involved. Contains correspondence, meeting materials, proposals, memos, studies, reports, printed materials, notes, and other materials pertaining to Duke Medicine's committees and groups. Materials date from 1937 to 1970.

Contraception and Abortion Committee, 1970
Box 2
Curriculum Committee, 1947-1948, 1960?, undated
Box 2
Duke University Medical Society, 1937-1942, 1966-1968
Box 2
Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, 1960-1962
Box 2
Fringe Benefits Duke Insurance Program Committee, 1949, 1954-1956, undated
Box 2
Medical Library Committee, 1955-1958
Box 2
Medical Record Library Committee, 1953-1964
Box 2
Physical and Occupational Therapy Committee, 1955-1959
Box 2
Physical Therapy Committee, 1955
Box 2
Planning and Development Committee, 1958-1961
Box 2
Policy Review - MPDC Committee, 1958
Box 2
Preventive Medicine Committee, 1951
Box 2
Relative Value Schedule Sub-Committee, 1957-1960, undated
Box 2
Rheumatism Study Group, 1957-1959, undated
Box 2
Schools of Medicine and Nursing Executive Committees, 1947
Box 2
Social Service Committee, 1955-1959
Box 2
University Council, 1958-1962
Box 2

Facilities, 1931-1966

Subseries Scope and Contents: Includes materials relating to Duke Medicine buildings and clinics. Materials include correspondence, programs, invitations, historical notes, memos, notes, brochures, administrative records and printed materials. Materials date from 1931 to 1966.

Deryl Hart Pavilion, Dedication, 1966
Box 2
Duke University School of Medicine and Hospital, Dedication program, 1931
Box 2
Duke University School of Medicine and Hospital, "Eminent Men for Whom Duke Hospital Wards are Named" booklet, undated
Box 2
Duke University School of Medicine and Hospital, Historical notes, undated
Box 2
Hanes Ward, 1961-1963, undated
Box 2
Private Diagnostic Clinic, 1959-1965
Box 2
Rheumatism Clinic, 1954-1959
Box 2

Faculty and Staff, 1932-1969

Subseries Scope and Contents: Includes materials created for Duke Medicine faculty and staff. Materials include booklets, manuals, handbooks, correspondence, memos, writings, administrative records, and a Medical Center House Staff listing. Materials date from 1932 to 1969.

Department of Medicine, 1947-1953, 1959, 1964, undated
Box 2
Faculty Benefits Handbook, 1969
Box 2
Faculty Health Plans, 1958-1964
Box 2
"Manual for the Guidance of Clinical Clerks", 1932-1933
Box 2
Medical Center House Staff, 1938-1939, 1963-1965
Box 2
Persons' Extramural Activities List, 1959
Box 2
Position at the Woman's College Infirmary, 1960-1963
Box 2
Residency Program, 1958-1962
Box 2

Medical Symposiums, 1935-1952

Subseries Scope and Contents: Documents Duke Medicine's annual medical symposium. Includes programs, correspondence, memos, and meeting materials. Materials date from 1935 to 1952.

Advances in Therapy (December 9-10, 1952), 1952
Box 2
The Application of Military Medicine to Civilian Practice (October 4-5, 1946) (folder 1 of 2), 1946
Box 2
The Application of Military Medicine to Civilian Practice (October 4-5, 1946) (folder 2 of 2), 1946
Box 2
The Basis of Disease (October 13-15, 1949), 1949
Box 2
The Care of Women and Children in General Practice (November 9-11, 1950), 1950
Box 2
Diseases on the Gastro-Intestinal Tract (October 17-18, 1947), 1947
Box 2
Diseases of the Heart, Circulation and Kidney (October 15-17, 1936), 1936
Box 2
Diseases of the Lungs and Thorax (October 19-21, 1939), 1939
Box 2
Diseases of Metabolism and Diseases of the Blood Forming Organs (October 31-November 2, 1940), 1940
Box 2
Post Graduate Course in Gastrointestinal Diseases (October 31-November 2, 1935), 1935
Box 2
Symposium on Therapy (November 4-6, 1948), 1948
Box 2

Other, 1959-1966

Subseries Scope and Contents: Houses materials documenting Duke Medicine including a convocation program, printed materials, correspondence, and a small amount of a Medical Alumni Reunion materials. Materials date from 1959 to 1966.

Duke Eastern North Carolina Postgraduate Course mailer, undated
Box 2
Duke University Convocation program (September 24, 1964), 1964
Box 2
Manoocherian Foundation, Inc., 1962-1966
Box 2
Medical Alumni Reunion, 1959
Box 2
Oral Histories, 1966
Box 2
"Suggestions for the Composition of Scientific Papers", undated
Box 2

4. Professional Papers, 1923-1970

Series Scope and Contents: Includes correspondence; contracts pertaining to consultant work not with the United States Armed Forces; professional membership records; reports; studies; meeting materials; class notes, study books, and school papers from medical school; schedules; medical licenses; speeches and writings by Persons; programs; and other printed materials not directly related to Persons' work at Duke. Also includes a set of teaching lantern slides. Materials date from 1923 to 1970.

Consulting, 1950-1968

Subseries Scope and Contents: Includes materials documenting Persons' nonmilitary consultant work. Includes correspondence, contracts, administrative records, forms, and printed materials. Materials date from 1950 to 1968.

Oak Ridge Institute of Nuclear Studies, 1950-1952
Box 3
Social Security Administration Office of Hearings and Appeals (folder 1 of 2), 1961-1968
Box 3
Social Security Administration Office of Hearings and Appeals (folder 2 of 2), 1961-1968
Box 3

Coursework, 1923-1926

Subseries Scope and Contents: Includes a small amount of Persons' study books and coursework while at Harvard Medical School. Contains guides on medical topics, class notes, and papers. Materials date from 1923 to 1926.

Bacteriology, 1924-1925
Box 3
Class notes, 1923
Box 3
Pathology, 1924-1925
Box 3
Pharmacology, 1924-1925
Box 3
Persons' papers from Harvard Medical School, 1924-1926
Box 3

Memberships and Affiliations, 1950-1970

Subseries Scope and Contents: Includes professional groups Persons was affiliated with throughout his career in medicine. Contains correspondence, roosters, administrative records, notes, course programs, and printed materials. Materials date from 1950 to 1970.

American Board of Internal Medicine, 1955-1958
Box 3
American Geriatrics Society, 1951-1962
Box 3
American Medical Association, 1958-1963
Box 3
American Medical Association Committee on Medical Practice, 1957-1959, 1970, undated
Box 3
American Rheumatism Association, The Arthritis Foundation, 1965-1967
Box 3
American Rheumatism Association, Second Pan Congress on Rheumatic Diseases, 1959
Box 3
American Society of Internal Medicine, 1958-1965
Box 3
American Society of Internal Medicine, 1966-1967
Box 3
American Society of Internal Medicine, 1969-1970
Box 3
American Society of Internal Medicine, undated
Box 3
American Therapeutic Society, 1954-1960
Box 3
American Therapeutic Society, 1961-1962
Box 3
American Therapeutic Society, 1963
Box 3
American Therapeutic Society, 1964-1965
Box 3
American Therapeutic Society, 1966-1970
Box 3
Annual North Carolina Conference on Handicapped Children, North Carolina Memorial Hospital, Chapel Hill, North Carolina (February 27-28, 1959), 1959
Box 3
Committee on Chronic Illness, 1958-1959
Box 3
Committee on Chronic Illness, 1960-1961
Box 3
Committee on Chronic Illness, 1962-1963
Box 3
Congress on Rheumatic Diseases, 1955, 1957
Box 3
Durham-Orange County Health Fair, 1962-1963
Box 3
Durham-Orange County Heart Association, 1952-1953
Box 3
Durham-Orange County Medical Society, 1957-1969
Box 3
Fifth International Congress of Internal Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (April 23-26, 1958), 1957-1958
Box 4
Governor's Conference on Aging, 1960-1961
Box 4
Harro Woltmann Postgraduate Day, Mansfield General Hospital, Mansfield, Ohio (October 8, 1958), 1957-1958
Box 4
North Carolina Heart Association, 1950
Box 4
North Carolina Medical Society, 1952-1960
Box 4
North Carolina Medical Society, 1961-1963, 1968-1970
Box 4
North Carolina Medical Society Insurance Plans, 1956-1959, 1963, 1966
Box 4
North Carolina Society of Internal Medicine, 1954-1958
Box 4
North Carolina Society of Internal Medicine, 1960-1969
Box 4
North Carolina State Federal Service Campaign Committee, 1957-1959
Box 4
Seaboard Medical Association, 1950-1954
Box 4
Trent Collection, 1961-1966
Box 4
Tri-State Medical Association of the Carolinas and Virginia Meetings, 1951-1954
Box 4

Other, 1934-1967

Subseries Scope and Contents: Includes Persons' licenses, a small amount on ACTH and Cortisone research, a postgraduate course taken by Persons at New York University Medical School Center, printed materials, correspondence, information about Persons' visiting professorship at Meharry Medical College, and Persons' teaching lantern slides. Materials date from 1934 to 1967.

ACTH and Cortisone Research, 1951
Box 4
Licenses, 1934, 1956
Box 4
Postgraduate Medical School course on Rheumatic Disease, New York University Medical School Center (March 13-17, 1961), 1961
Box 4
Printed Materials, 1957, 1961-1962, 1965, 1967, undated
Box 4
Visiting professorship at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee (December 7-11, 1959), 1959
Box 4
Teaching lantern slides, undated
Box 7

Writings and Speeches, 1951-1970

Subseries Scope and Contents: Includes a small amount of speeches, an article, and a book review written by Persons. Materials date from 1951 to 1970.

"Address - Massachusetts Society of Internal Medicine" speech (May 19, 1959), 1959
Box 4
"The Early Clinical Manifestations of Infectious Mononucleosis" article, 1951
Box 4
"The Position of the Internist and Other Non-Surgical Specialists in the Pattern of Medical Care" speech, undated
Box 4
"The Hormone Quest" book review, circa 1965
Box 4

5. United States Armed Forces, 1934-1970

Series Scope and Contents: Includes administrative records and materials about the 65th General Hospital and other military consultant work done by Persons. Contains correspondence, notes, rosters, lists, reports, printed materials, programs, and military regulations. The bulk of the materials include records documenting Persons' time with the 65th General Hospital during World War II and the later consulting work Persons did for the Army and the Veteran's Administration. Photographic materials have been moved to the Photograph Collection. Materials date from 1934 to 1970.

65th General Hospital, 1934-1967

Subseries Scope and Contents: Includes materials documenting both Persons' and Duke University Medical School's involvement in the 65th General Hospital. Contains the 65th's history, correspondence, army regulations, organizational information, files on individuals in the 65th, notes, reports, reunion materials, and other information pertinent to the 65th. Also includes a reported contributed to by Persons about a 1945 trip to investigate German medical schools. Materials date from 1934 to 1967.

Army Regulations, 1934-1936, 1940-1942
Box 4
The Birth of the 65th General Hospital, Sponsored by Duke University School of Medicine, 1942
Box 4
Certificate of Appreciation, 1945
Box 4
Christmas Dinner program, 1942
Box 4
Correspondence, 1940
Box 4
Correspondence, 1941
Box 4
Correspondence, 1942-1943
Box 4
Correspondence, 1945-1948
Box 4
Correspondence, 1951-1955
Box 4
Correspondence, 1959-1962
Box 4
Enlistment of Nurses, circa 1940-1942
Box 4
Hospital Unit Organization, 1941-1942
Box 4
Individuals, Applicants (A-I), 1940-1942
Box 4
Individuals, Applicants (J-Z), 1940-1942
Box 4
Individuals, Baylin, George Jay, 1942
Box 4
Individuals, Cason, John F., 1941
Box 4
Individuals, Finkelstein, Harold, 1940-1941
Box 4
Individuals, Hardy. Clyde T., 1941
Box 4
Individuals, Horack, Harold M., 1942
Box 4
Individuals, Jacobs, Julian, 1940-1941
Box 4
Individuals, Johnson, Walter R., 1942
Box 4
Individuals, Lovell, Duward L., 1940
Box 4
Individuals, Lee, Albert F., 1941-1942
Box 4
Individuals, Manning, Isaac H. Jr., 1940-1942
Box 4
Individuals, Parsons, Philip B., 1940-1941
Box 4
Individuals, Peace, Clifford H., 1942
Box 4
Individuals, Peele, Talmage L., 1940-1941
Box 4
Individuals, Persons, Elbert Lapsley, undated
Box 4
Individuals, Query, Richard Z., 1940-1948
Box 4
Individuals, Reque, Paul G., 1942
Box 4
Individuals, Rude, Joe C., 1941-1942
Box 4
Individuals, Sanger, Paul W., 1940-1941
Box 4
Individuals, Upchurch, Samuel, 1941-1942
Box 4
Individuals, Weeks, Kenneth D., 1941-1948
Box 4
Individuals, Wright, DeWitt, 1941
Box 4
Individuals, Ziv, Louis B., 1940-1942
Box 4
Notes, 1945, 1952, circa 1950-1955, undated
Box 4
Officers' uniforms, circa 1940-1942
Box 4
Reports, Hospital Unit (folder 1 of 2), 1942-1945
Box 4
Reports, Hospital Unit (folder 2 of 2), 1942-1945
Box 4
Reports, "Investigation of Certain German Medical Schools, CIO Trip No. 636", 1945
Box 4
Reunions, 1952, 1961-1962, 1967
Box 4

Consulting, 1946-1970

Subseries Scope and Contents: Includes materials documenting Persons' consulting work with the Army in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and the Veteran's Administration in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Types of materials include correspondence, administrative records, and notes. Also includes a materials documenting the consultants' tour to Germany and Austria in 1951 that Persons' attended with the purpose of improving the quality of care and instruction in medical facilities in those countries. Materials date from 1946 to 1970.

Consultants tour of Germany and Austria (folder 1 of 2), 1950-1951
Box 4
Consultants tour of Germany and Austria (folder 2 of 2), 1950-1951
Box 4
General correspondence, 1947-1960
Box 4
Office of the Surgeon General (Fort Bragg, North Carolina), 1946-1969
Box 4
Veteran's Administration (Fayetteville, North Carolina), 1946-1970
Box 4

Other, 1950-1970

Subseries Scope and Contents: Includes printed materials for the Army Residency Program, correspondence and bulletins for the Army Ambulance Service Association, and Persons' inquiries into the Air Force Medical Reserves. Materials date from 1950 to 1970.

Army Ambulance Service Association, Bulletins, 1967-1970
Box 4
Army Ambulance Service Association, Correspondence, 1969-1970
Box 4
Army Ambulance Service Association, Reunion program, 1967
Box 4
Air Force Medical Reserve, 1950
Box 5
Army Residency Program (folder 1 of 2), 1957-1959
Box 5
Army Residency Program (folder 2 of 2), 1957-1959
Box 5

6. American College of Physicians (ACP), 1943-1970

Series Scope and Contents: Includes correspondence, programs, printed materials, notes, travel records, and clippings pertaining to ACP's annual sessions, regional meetings, postgraduate courses, boards and committees, member files, statistics, insurance program, and the first telecast medical symposium held on September 23, 1954. Materials date from 1943 to 1970.

Annual Sessions, 1947-1967

Subseries Scope and Contents: Includes materials documenting the ACP's annual meetings. The bulk of the materials include correspondence and programs. Materials date from 1947 to 1967.

28th Annual Session in Chicago, Illinois (April 28-May 2, 1947), 1947
Box 5
29th Annual Session in San Francisco, California (April 19-23, 1948), 1948
Box 5
30th Annual Session in New York City, New York (March 28-April 1, 1949), 1949
Box 5
31st Annual Session in Boston, Massachusetts (April 17-20, 1950), 1950
Box 5
32nd Annual Session in St. Louis, Missouri (April 9-13, 1951), 1951
Box 5
33rd Annual Session in Cleveland, Ohio (April 21-25, 1952), 1952
Box 5
34th Annual Session in Atlantic City, New Jersey (April 13-17, 1953), 1953
Box 5
35th Annual Session in Chicago, Illinois (April 5-9, 1954), 1953-1954
Box 5
36th Annual Session in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (April 25-29, 1955), 1955
Box 5
37th Annual Session in Los Angeles, California (April 16-20, 1956), 1956
Box 5
39th Annual Session in Atlantic City, New Jersey (April 28-May 2, 1958), 1957-1958
Box 5
40th Annual Session in Chicago, Illinois (April 20-24, 1959), 1959
Box 5
45th Annual Session in Atlantic City, New Jersey (April 6-10, 1964), 1963-1964
Box 5
48th Annual Session in San Francisco, California (April 10-12, 1967), 1967
Box 5

Boards and Committees, 1950-1969

Subseries Scope and Contents: Includes materials documenting Persons' participation in the ACP's committees and boards. Contains correspondence, administrative records, and printed materials. Materials date from 1950 to 1969.

Alfred Stengel Memorial Award Committee, 1954-1960
Box 5
The American College of Physicians Committees, 1957-1958
Box 5
Board of Governors, 1953-1964
Box 5
Board of Military Medicine, 1952
Box 5
Credentials Committee, 1952-1969
Box 5
Liaison Committee, 1958-1960
Box 5
Military Affairs Committee, 1950-1954
Box 5

Correspondence, 1951-1970

Subseries Scope and Contents: Includes Persons' correspondence while he was active in the ACP. Materials date from 1951 to 1970.

Correspondence, 1951-1955
Box 5
Correspondence, 1956
Box 5
Correspondence, 1957-1959
Box 5
Correspondence, 1960-1965
Box 5
Correspondence, 1966-1970
Box 5

Member Files, 1946-1970

Subseries Scope and Contents: Includes member files in Persons' possession from when he was active in the ACP. Contains correspondence, proposal for membership forms, administrative records, and a small amount of member biographies. Materials date from 1946 to 1970.

Anderson, Norman LaRue, 1951-1958
Box 5
Armentrout, Charles Henry, 1955
Box 5
Barron, Archibald A., 1950
Box 5
Bell, George Erick, 1956
Box 5
Burnett, Charles Hoyt, 1951-1952
Box 5
Cooley, Samuel S., 1951-1957
Box 5
Flythe, William Henry, 1950-1951
Box 5
Gilmour, Monroe T., 1965-1967
Box 5
Hickman, John B., 1948-1955
Box 5
Kimmelstiel, Paul, 1954
Box 5
Kitchin, Thurman Delna, 1955
Box 5
Kunkle, Charles, 1950-1954
Box 5
Loveland, E. R., 1947-1959
Box 5
MacNider, William deBerniere, 1951
Box 5
Martin, Benjamin F., 1951
Box 5
Myers, Jack Duane, 1952
Box 5
Ranson, John L., 1950
Box 5
Reid, Charles H., Jr., 1954
Box 5
Ringer, Paul H., 1952
Box 5
Rosen, Edward C., Jr., 1960-1970
Box 5
Rundles, Ralph W., 1949-1953
Box 5
Sawyer, L. Everett, 1946-1966
Box 5
Schaffle, Karl, 1950
Box 5
Schwartz, Theodore B., 1951-1954
Box 5
Smith, William Henry, 1961
Box 5
Taylor, Frederick, 1955
Box 5
Vernon, James William, 1955
Box 5
Warren, James V., 1952-1956
Box 5
Whitaker, Paul, 1947-1961
Box 5
Wyatt, Arthur Thomas, 1953
Box 5
Yoder, Paul Allison, 1951
Box 5

Other, 1952-1970

Subseries Scope and Contents: Includes materials documenting the ACP during Persons' involvement with the professional group. Contains printed materials, ACP promotional materials, the ACP's insurance program information, membership roosters, ACP statistics, information about the Mead Johnson Postgraduate Scholarship, and materials documenting the first telecast medical symposium. Materials date from 1952 to 1970.

Governor Exchange Bulletin, 1957-1958
Box 5
Insurance Program, 1952-1970
Box 5
"The Management of Hypertension," First Telecast Medical Symposium (September 23, 1954), 1954
Box 5
Mead Johnson Postgraduate Scholarship, 1954-1958
Box 5
Membership Rosters, 1965-1966
Box 5
Statistics, 1957-1958
Box 5
Teaching and Research Scholars of the American College of Physicians brochure, undated
Box 5

Postgraduate Courses, 1949-1967

Subseries Scope and Contents: Includes materials documenting the ACP's postgraduate courses. Contains correspondence, course materials, planning, and printed materials. Materials date from 1949 to 1967.

Postgraduate Courses, 1949-1950
Box 5
Postgraduate Courses, 1953-1955
Box 5
Postgraduate Courses, 1956-1958
Box 5
Postgraduate Courses, 1958
Box 5
Postgraduate Courses, 1960-1963
Box 6
Postgraduate Courses, 1961
Box 6
Postgraduate Courses, 1963-1967
Box 6
Postgraduate Courses, 1964
Box 6

Regional Meetings, 1943-1967

Subseries Scope and Contents: Includes materials documenting the ACP's regional meetings help around North Carolina, in Durham, Winston-Salem, and Chapel Hill. Contains correspondence, programs, and schedules. Also contains a small amount of materials from regional meetings in Virginia and Nebraska. Materials date from 1943 to 1967.

10th North Carolina Regional Meeting in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (October 29, 1943), 1943
Box 6
13th North Carolina Regional Meeting in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (October 18, 1946), 1945-1946
Box 6
14th North Carolina Regional Meeting in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (November 14, 1947), 1947
Box 6
15th North Carolina Regional Meeting in Durham, North Carolina (December 3, 1948), 1948
Box 6
16th North Carolina Regional Meeting in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (December 9, 1949), 1949
Box 6
17th North Carolina Regional Meeting in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (December 8, 1950), 1950
Box 6
18th North Carolina Regional Meeting in Durham, North Carolina (December 6, 1951), 1951
Box 6
19th North Carolina Regional Meeting in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (December 4, 1952), 1952
Box 6
20th North Carolina Regional Meeting in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (December 3, 1953), 1952-1954
Box 6
21st North Carolina Regional Meeting in Durham, North Carolina (December 9, 1954), 1953-1954
Box 6
22nd North Carolina Regional Meeting in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (December 8, 1955), 1955-1956
Box 6
23rd North Carolina Regional Meeting in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (December 6, 1956), 1955-1957
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24th North Carolina Regional Meeting in Durham, North Carolina (December 5, 1957), 1956-1957
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25th North Carolina Regional Meeting in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (December 4, 1958), 1957-1959
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26th North Carolina Regional Meeting in Chapel Hill, North Carolina (December 3, 1959), 1958
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27th North Carolina Regional Meeting in Durham, North Carolina (December 1, 1960), 1960
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34th North Carolina Regional Meeting in Durham, North Carolina (December 8-9, 1967), 1967
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Programs from other states and regions, 1955-1959
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Schedules, 1951-1953
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Virginia Regional Meeting in Charlottesville, Virginia (February 25, 1952) and Nebraska Regional Meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska (February 22, 1952), 1952
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7. Diets, circa 1940-1949

Series Scope and Contents: Includes food lists and recipes for a variety of different types of diets such as diets for weight loss, G.I. Tract issues, diabetes, high protein, high calcium, high vitamins, arthritis, low purine residue, low sodium, the smooth diet, as well as a small amount of correspondence pertaining to the Rice Diet. Materials date from circa 1940 to 1949.

1000 calorie diet, circa 1940-1949
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1000 calorie limited diet, circa 1940-1949
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1200 calorie diet, circa 1940-1949
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1500 calorie diet, circa 1940-1949
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1500 calorie diet: High calcium, high vitamin, circa 1940-1949
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1800 calorie diet: High vitamin, high protein, circa 1940-1949
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1800 calorie diet: Purine restricted, circa 1940-1949
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Bland diet 1200 calories, circa 1940-1949
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Bland diet 2100 calories, circa 1940-1949
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Bland diet food allowed, circa 1940-1949
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Bland diet foods to avoid, circa 1940-1949
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Bland diet recipes, circa 1940-1949
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Diabetic diet, circa 1940-1949
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Fruit List C, circa 1940-1949
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G.I. Number 1, circa 1940-1949
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G.I. Number 2, circa 1940-1949
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G.I. Number 3, circa 1940-1949
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High calcium, high vitamin diet, circa 1940-1949
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High vitamin diet, 2500-2700 calories, circa 1940-1949
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Hypertrophic arthritis diet list, circa 1940-1949
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Low purine diet, circa 1940-1949
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Low residue diet, circa 1940-1949
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Low sodium diet, 1947, circa 1940-1949
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Residue free diet (solid), circa 1940-1949
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Restricted diet for to determine food allergy, circa 1940-1949
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Correspondence, 1947
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Smooth diet, circa 1940-1949
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Vegetable List N, circa 1940-1949
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Vegetable List Z, circa 1940-1949
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8. Audiovisual Materials, 1964, undated

Series Scope and Contents: Includes 4 and 3 inch reel to reel tapes with Handler and Wynngarden lectures, as well as examination footage. Materials are from 1964 and undated.

Access Restrictions: AV3-AV5 must be screened for sensitive or confidential materials before being accessed.

Handler lecture #1 (4 inch reel to reel tape) [AV1], October 13, 1964
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Handler lecture #2 (4 inch reel to reel tape) [AV1], October 14, 1964
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Handler lecture #3 (4 inch reel to reel tape) [AV2], October 15, 1964
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Wynngarden lecture (4 inch reel to reel tape) [AV2], October 15, 1964
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Patient examination: feet (3 inch reel to reel tape) (1 of 2) [AV3], undated
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Patient examination: feet (3 inch reel to reel tape) (2 of 2) [AV4], undated
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Patient examinaton: gait/legs (3 inch reel to reel tape) [AV5], undated
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Biographical Informatio

Elbert Lapsley Persons (1904-1970), born in Ft. Flagler, Washington, obtained degrees from Ohio State University (AB, 1923) and Harvard University (MD, 1927). He interned at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts (1925-1926). He was a resident in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (1927-1930) and a teaching fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School (1929-1930).

Persons joined Duke University in 1930 as its first Resident in Medicine when the hospital opened. In 1932, he joined the staff and attained the rank of Professor of Medicine in 1958. In 1942, Persons left Durham to serve in World War II with the 65th General Hospital, where he was Colonel and Chief of Medical Services serving in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, and later in England (1942-1945).

Persons returned to Duke University following the end of WWII in 1945. From 1945 until 1970, Persons served as Assistant Physician, Professor of Medicine, Professor of Community Health Sciences, Director of Student Health Services (1946-1966), and the Chief of the Rheumatism Clinic (1955-1965).

At Duke University, Persons served on committees pertaining to the library, hospital records, physical and occupational therapy, social service, the curriculum, planning and development, and policy review. He was a member of several professional societies including American Therapeutic Society, North Carolina Medical Society, and the ACP. From 1958 to 1959, Persons served as the second president of the American Society of Internal Medicine (now known as the ACP). Persons' research interests included arthritis, chronic illness, armed forces medicine, and respiratory disease.

Persons also worked as a consultant to the U.S. Army Hospital at Ft. Bragg (1947-1963) and as a consultant to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Fayetteville (1959-1959).

Persons married Helen Hopkinson Coles in 1932, and they had two daughters, Susan and Mary. Persons died on November 24, 1970 at the age of 66.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Elbert L. Persons Papers, Duke University Medical Center Archives.

Acquisitions Information

Acquired by Archives staff in 1971. No other accession information is available.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives staff and by: Emily Glenn, August 2003; encoded by: Emily Glenn, March 2004; reprocessed by Lucy Waldrop and Kahlee Leingang, December 2016

Separated Material

The bulk of the photographs are located in the Photograph Collection.

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