Victor Robinson papers, 1863-1968 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
The Victor Robinson papers document his interests and aspects of his career as a doctor and medical historian. The collection consists of manuscripts by Robinson concerning Florence Nightingale, Ernst Haeckel, Giuseppe Girabaldi, nursing, Otology, and gonorrhea, as well as poetry and a short story. Additionally, it includes published articles by Victor Robinson, including, "The Nurse of Greece," "Coal-Tar Contemplations," "The Life of A. Jacobi," "Victory over Pain": A History of Anesthesia, "The Birth of Syphilis," and "Chronology of Otology."
Other papers include essays and manuscripts written by other authors, collected by Robinson for research purposes, or submitted to him for his Medical Life journal. The collection contains other materials Robinson collected for research, including printed histories on medical topics, reproduced photographs of medical devices, and numerous engraved portraits of historic medical professionals. Topics among these series focus on sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea and the history of nursing.
Photographs document Robinson’s European travel in Greece and Italy, as well as Robinson as a child and young man.
General correspondence (1856-1968) includes letters from Alexander Berkman, Elbert Hubbard, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, George Kennan, Elbert Hubbard, Peter Kropotkin, and Willard Huntington Wright among others. The correspondence documents discussion surrounding medical topics, areas of Robinson's research and intellectual interest, billing and publication information.
Series 1: Correspondence, 1856-1968
Series 2: Manuscripts, 1911-1941, undated
Series 3: Manuscripts by Other Authors, 1901-1960, undated
Series 4: Research Material, 1892-1945
Series 5: Published and Printed Material, 1930-1968
Series 6: Photographs, circa 1840-circa 1935
Series 7: Alexander Berry Bates Correspondence, 1863-1904