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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.


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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 4: Research Material, 1892-1945Add to your cart.
This series consists of various materials collected by Victor Robinson for his research on the history of medicine.  The majority of the records are engraved portraits of historic medical professionals.  Also included are reproduced photographs of medical devices, biographical information on medical professionals, papers and a journal of his research trip to Russia, and reprints of articles on various medical topics.  The files are arranged by topic or format.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Proposal and Itinerary for "A Survery of the Origins of Medicine" (Egypt and Greece), 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Russian Trip (1 of 3), 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Russian Trip (2 of 3), 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Russian Trip (3 of 3), 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Biographical Notes and Writings on People in the Medical Profession, 1908 -1937Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Biographical Notes on Historic People in Medicine, A-W, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Obituaries and Biographical Data on Prominent People Associated with the Development of Medical History, 1780 - 1928Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Obituaries and Biographical Information on Prominent People Associated with the Development of Medical History, 1874-1947Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Obituaries and Biographical Information on Prominent People Associated with the Development of Medical History, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Articles and Publications on Jacob Henle, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Notes of Biographical Material on the History of NursingAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Portraits of Medical Professionals, AAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Portraits of Medical Professionals, BAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Portraits of Medical Professionals, CAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Portaits of Medical Professionals, DAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Portraits of Medical Professionals, EAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Portraits of Medical Professionals, FAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Portraits of Medical Professionals, GAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Portraits of Medical Professionals, HAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Portraits of Medical Professionals, IAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Portraits of Medical Professionals, JAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Portraits of Medical Professionals, KAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Portraits of Medical Professionals, LAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Portraits of Medical Professionals, MAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Portraits of Medical Professionals, NAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Portraits of Medical Professionals, OAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Portraits of Medical Professionals, PAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Portraits of Medical Professionals, RAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Portraits of Medical Professionals, SAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Portraits of Medical Professionals, TAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Portraits of Medical Professionals, UAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Portraits of Medical Professionals, VAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Portraits of Medical Professionals, WAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Portraits of Medical Professionals, YAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Portraits of Medical Professionals, ZAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Medical Professional Group PortraitsAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Published Material on Various Medical TopicsAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Portraits of Medical Professionals, unidentifiedAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Printed Material from Several Sources on Venereal DiseasesAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Printed Research Material: Surgery, 1892-1941Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Dedication Ceremony of the Hahnemann Monument, American Institute of Homeopathy, circa 1900Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Calendar of Catholic Saints Relating to Nursing, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Articles by Moore, Austin T., 1931-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Reprints, 1939-1947Add to your cart.
Folder 35: " The Critic and Guide", 1910 October, 1950 JulyAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: Johns Hopkins Hospital Bulletin, 1911, 1919-1920Add to your cart.
Folder 37: The Doctor and Od Quarterly, 1941Add to your cart.
Volumes L1, No. 1 and 2
Folder 38: Published Material: Articles on Max Neuburger, 1924, 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Printed Material: History of Medical Schools, Columbia and Yale, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: Index Cards and Notebook: Biographical InformationAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: Prints of Medical ImagesAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: Printed Images of Medical ToolsAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Printed Articles and Booklets used for Medical Research, 1930-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Bookplates and Prints Used for Research or PublicationAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Copies of Text and Images used for ResearchAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Copies of Articles Used for Research, including German Language Materials, 1897-1914, undatedAdd to your cart.

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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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