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Victor Robinson papers

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Correspondence

Manuscripts

Manuscripts by Other Authors

Research Material

Published and Printed Material

Photographs

Alexander Berry Bates Correspondence


Victor Robinson papers, 1863-1968 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: Victor Robinson papers, 1863-1968Add to your cart.

ID: 1/1/MSS 337

Primary Creator: Robinson, Victor, (1886-1947)

Extent: 5.0 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: Arranged into 7 series: 1) Correspondence, 1856-1968; 2) Manuscripts, 1911-1941, undated; 3) Manuscripts by Other Authors, 1901-1960, undated; 4) Research Material, 1892-1945; 5) Published and Printed Material, 1930-1968; 6) Photographs, circa 1840-circa 1935; and 7) Alexander Berry Bates Correspondence, 1863-1904.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1968

Subjects: Gonorrhea - History, Medicine - History, Medicine - Research, Physicians - Portraits, Sexually transmitted diseases - History, Sexually transmitted diseases - Study and teaching

Forms of Material: Bates, Alexander Berry - Correspondence, Berkman, Alexander, 1870-1936 - Correspondence, Flynn, Elizabeth Gurley - Correspondence, Photographs

Languages: English, Russian, German, French

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

Victor Robinson (1866-1947), son of a Russian physician, was born in Ukraine and brought to the United States as a child.  He studied pharmacy at New York University and the New York College of Pharmacy and law at Columbia University.  In 1917, Robinson received his doctor of medicine degree from Chicago College of Medicine (now Loyola University).

He founded Medical Life, the first English language journal on the history of medicine, and helped organize the History of Science Society in 1924.  In 1932 he photographed and studied archaeological sites of medico-historical interest in Crete, Greece and Italy.  In addition to editing Medical Life, Robinson also wrote and edited many works on the history of medicine.  He was the subect of Victor Robinson, a romantic medical historian (1959) by George Rosen.  Among his writings are Essay on hasheeh:  including observations and experiments (1912, 1925), Pathfinders in medicine (1912, 1929), Don Quixote of psychiatry (1919), Pioneers of birth control in England and America (1919), Life of Jacob Henle (1921), Story of medicine (1931), Dr. Jad; the way of life of a physician (1941), Morals in wartime (1943), White Caps; the sotry of nursing (1946) and Victory over pain; a history of anesthesia (1946).  He served as editor for Encylopedia sexualis; a comprehensive dictionary-encyclopedia of the sexual sciences (1936), Modern home physician; an encyclopedia of medical knowledge (1938) and New peoples physician; the concise encyclopedia of heath (1941). 

Subject/Index Terms

Gonorrhea - History
Medicine - History
Medicine - Research
Physicians - Portraits
Sexually transmitted diseases - History
Sexually transmitted diseases - Study and teaching

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Related Materials:

Victor Robinson Papers 1898-1947, MS C 28, U. S. National Library of Medicine.

MSS 6181; Victor Robinson and S. R. Shapiro papers; 19th Century Western and Mormon Americana; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University.

Preferred Citation: [Item(s)/Box/Folder], Victor Robinson papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Processing Information: Original inventory created by Special Collections staff in 1968.

Finding Aid Revision History: Processed by Jordan Bennet and Matt Gorzalski in November-December 2014.


Box and Folder Listing


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[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],
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Series 1: Correspondence, 1856-1968Add to your cart.
The correspondence documents discussion surrounding medical topics, areas of Robinson's research and intellectual interest, billing and publication information.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Abbey, Leonard D., 1909Add to your cart.
Folder 2: American Express,Berlin, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: [Annie], 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Berkman, Alexander, 1908Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Cisin, M., 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence and Billing with Printers, 1935-1936Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Bond, Alice Dixon, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Brackett, Elizabeth F., undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Brillard, F., 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Bart, Hendry L., 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Crosby, E.H., 1906Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Crosby, John Sherwin, 1907-1909Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Deutsch, E and L, August 29Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Drake, Anthony M., 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Durland, Kellogg, 1909Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Flynn, Elizabeth Gurley, 1904Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Firman, Albert, 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Francis, W.W., 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Gable, William F., 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 20: [Gesell, Arnold L.], 1916Add to your cart.
Folder 21: [Haliday], G.V., 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Henle, A., 1923-1932, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Henle, Annemarie, 1934-1936Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Henle, [Emily], undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Henle, Emma, 1923-1936, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: To Kollege Henle, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Henle, Werner, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Herts, B. Russell, 1911Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Himowich, Adloph Abram, 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Howard, Kelley, 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Hubbard, Alice, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Hubbard, Elbert, 1905-1906Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Hunter, David, 1940-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Jelliffe, Smith Eli, 1919-1938Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Kagan, Solomon, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Kennan, George, 1909Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Kotoku, D., 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Kropotkin, Peter, 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Leake, Chauncey D., 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Lewis, Eugene R., 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Libman, E., 1933-1934, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: Malmberg, Carl, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Mark, Albert, 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Marti-Ibáñez, Felix, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Mathieu, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: McCombs, Robert S., 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Meissners, Georg, undatedAdd to your cart.
[to Jakob Henle]
Folder 48: New York Society for Medical History, 1944, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Pabst, Louis F., 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Pentecost, Hugh O., 1905Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Peters, T.K., undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 52: Pfeufer, Karl von, 1856Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Pierce, H.F., 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Platt, Allen H., 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 55: Postcards from Clevinger, S.V., undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 56: Ramus, Pierre, 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 57: [Recht, Charles], undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 58: Anita Robinson to Janet Doe, 1944 November 30Add to your cart.
Folder 59: Robinson, Herbert Spencer, 1928Add to your cart.
Folder 60: Dr. Rosen, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Rosenbloom, Jacob, 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 62: Rühl, Alfred, 1923-1924, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 63: Salt, Henry S., 1909Add to your cart.
Folder 64: To Shapiro, Anita R., 1968-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 65: To Shapiro, S.R., 1941, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 66: St. Louis Post Dispatch--"Peace at Christmas"Add to your cart.
Folder 67: Turner, John, 1904Add to your cart.
Folder 68: Wagner, A., 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 69: Weeks, Henry J., 1907Add to your cart.
Folder 70: Wilder, Marshall P., 1904Add to your cart.
Folder 71: Wright, Willard Huntington, 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 72: Willms, Jost, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 73: Unknown, 1912Add to your cart.
Folder 74: Concerning The Inside of the White Slave Traffic, 1913Add to your cart.
Folder 75: Unidentified Correspondence, 1908-1926Add to your cart.
Volume 1: The Committee for the Continuation of Medical Life, 1938Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[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],
[All]

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