Medicine

Preserving the medical heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana is a special mission of the Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC). LaRC preserves more than thirty collections relating to medicine, including the papers of physicians and the records of hospitals and professional medical societies. Researchers should also be aware of our extensive holdings documenting social welfare efforts in New Orleans.

  • General Stanhope Bayne-Jones, M.D., Manuscripts Collection 855, Bayne-Jones, General Stanhope, 1888-1970, Papers, 1911-1991, two linear feet (five manuscripts boxes). Bayne-Jones was a bacteriologist, a pioneer in the field of public health, and a medical administrator for the U.S. military. The Bayne-Jones papers have three broad sections:
  1. Yale College and family correspondence
  2. professional papers concerning his medical career and research
  3. military papers.
  • Stanford Emerson Chaille, M.D., Louisiana physician and Dean of the Tulane Medical School, 62 items, including 1 volume (1847-1911). Manuscripts by or about Chaille are preserved throughout the collections, including in the Medical Papers Series, 589(13), the Kuntz Collection (600), the LHA Collection (55-C), and others. Most notable perhaps are the Chaille-Jamison Family Papers (302), the Joseph Jones Papers (172), and the Rudloph Matas Papers (868). The Tulane University Archives also preserves some information about Chaille.
  • Patrick H. Hanley, M.D., Papers, Manuscripts Collection 887, Hanley, Patrick H., 1909-1994, Papers 1923 [1943-1979]-1994, 8 linear feet. Professional papers, correspondence, military records, drawings, slides and other documents primarily concerning the medical and teaching career of Patrick H. Hanley, New Orleans colon-rectal surgeon, Professor of Surgery at the Tulane Medical School, and Chair of the Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Ochsner Clinic. Also school papers pertaining to Dr. Jeanne C. Roeling Hanley (wife). Complete finding aid available online.
  • Harrison - Hoffman papers, 1833-1880, 93 pieces. Correspondence between John H. and Elizabeth Harrison, husband and wife, while he was a professof physiology and pathology at the New Medical College of Louisiana.
  • John Harrison Notebook, B116, 1830s, 1 piece. Notebook describing medical lectures delivered by Benjamin Rush, M.D., "Dr. Potter," and others at the University of Pennsylvania in the early 1830s. Also contains medical notes and observations.
  • Joseph Jones, M.D., Papers, GA and LA physician, 3,609 items (1849-1899). Chiefly correspondence and manuscripts of Joseph Jones, M.D., a distinguished physician and professor of medicine. The papers include extensive correspondence with family members and business and professional associates, particularly during the Civil War period. Also included are reports of his medical investigations, including casualty reports, medical officer rosters, quartermaster's reports, and more. In addition, the collection contains lecture notes, information about slaves on Jones family plantations, and more. See:
    James O. Breeden, "Joseph Jones, a Major Source for Nineteenth Century Southern Medical History," The Bulletin of the Tulane University Medical Faculty, XXVI, 1 (Feb 1968), 41-48.

    Jones was born in 1833, the second son of Charles Colcock Jones, Sr. (154), a Presbyterian minister from Liberty County, Georgia. In 1856 he received an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. In that year he was appointed Chair of Chemistry at Savannah Medical College and subsequently taught Natural Philosophy and natural Theology at the University of Georgia, Athens (1857-58), and was Professor of Chemistry at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta (1858-61). He accepted a comission as Surgeon Major during the Civil War and conducted studies of diseases and injuries in Confederate hospitals and prisons, particularly Andersonville. Because of this, Jones was summoned as a witness at the trial of Henry Wirz.

    After the war Jones accepted a position at the University of Nashville Medical School and two year later moved to the University of Louisiana (later Tulane). He chaired the Chemistry and Clinical Medicine department from 1872 until his retirement in 1893 and was president of the Louisiana Board of Health from 1880 to 1884. He died in 1896.

  • Charles Edmund Kells (1856-1928), papers (1856-1928), Manuscripts Collection 281, 105 items. Kells was a Louisiana dentist and researcher, perhaps best know for his pioneering work with x-rays. Papers contain patents from the U.S. and Canada, correspondence, publications, invitations, printed materials, drawing of his inventions and his office, and a scrapbook.
  • LaFargue Family papers, Manuscripts Collection 923, 1813-1917 (bulk, 1813-1870s) .3 linear feet (1 manuscripts box and 1 oversize folder). Correspondence, military records, marriage licenses, and other papers of a distinguished French Louisiana family noted for its contributions in a wide variety of fields, among them government, journalism, justice, law, medicine, and politics. Complete finding aid available online.
  • Marine Hospital Record Books, 1879-1891, Manuscripts Collection 757, 3 volumes. Records of patients at the U.S. Marine Hospital in New Orleans. Includes name, race, dates of admission and discharge or death, and history and progress of disease.
  • Rudolph Matas, M.D. (1860-1957), papers (ca. 1860-1960), Manuscripts Collection 868, 55 linear feet. Matas is a legend in the New Orleans medical community. His papers preserve his correspondence, lectures, speeches, diaries, and other materials documenting his world-famous career as physician, surgeon, teacher, and scientist.
  • Mississippi State Board of Health, correspondence, 1905-1907, 80 pieces, Manuscripts Collection 782. Correspondence with various members of the Mississippi State Board of Health regarding the yellow fever threat.
  • Joseph Montegut papers, Manuscripts Collection 88, 83 items, 1728-1880. Montegut was Chief Surgeon of the Royal Hospital, later Charity Hospital, in New Orleans. The papers include letters of recommendation, appointments, summaries of his career and his will.
  • Harry D. Morris, M.D., Papers, Manuscripts Collections 923. Morris, Harry D. 1906-1978, papers, ca. 1930 - 1970 [1960s - 70s], 7 linear feet (8 manuscripts boxes and 3 records boxes). Correspondence, personal and professional papers, military records, photographs, and other papers documenting primarily the professional activities of Harry D. Morris, a New Orleans orthopedic surgeon. Morris participated actively in professional medical associations and regularly contributed to the professional literature. Complete finding aid available online.
  • Orleans Infirmary, 1869, 18 pieces, Manuscripts Collection 589(4). Correspondence between the infirmary and the Medical Association of New Orleans regarding an alledged unethical advertisement.
  • Orleans Parish Medical Society. Manuscripts Collection 925, Records, 1878-1988, 19 linear ft (ca. 80 volumes).Proceedings and minutes of Louisiana's oldest medical society from its founding to 1988.
  • Reddoch, Joseph W., "As it Was. A Family Portrait," 1978. M1092. 1 typescript volume, 71 pp. Personal memoirs and family history of Joseph W. Reddoch, born 1904, Tulane University graduate and physician, recalling his life on his family farm in Alabama. He writes about his early childhood, schooling, rural social life, medicine, and Tulane University.
  • John Leonard Riddell (1807-1865), papers (1829-1879), Manuscripts Collection 599, 38 items and 29 volumes. The papers consist of the papers and diaries of a Louisiana physican, botanist, chemistry professor, inventor, melter and refiner of the New Orleans Mint.
  • Edmond Souchon papers (1861-1933), Manuscripts Collection 6, 317 pieces and 1 volume. Souchon was an anatomist, surgeon and sanitarian of the City of New Orleans. He first studied medicine in Paris, then graduated from the University of Louisiana (later Tulane) in 1867. In 1908 he retired from the chair of clinical surgery at the Tulane School of Medicine and devoted himself to the Souchon Museum of Anatomy.
  • B. Bernard Weinstein, M.D., Papers, Manuscripts Collection 885, Weinstein, Benjamin Bernard , 1913-1974, Papers, 1931-1983, 12 linear ft. Professional papers, personal and professional correspondence, professional publications, photographs, and other documents concerning the personal and professional life of B. Bernard Weinstein, obstetrician, gynecologist, professor at the Tulane Medical School, expert in sterility and fertility issues, and leader in the founding of international professional organizations for fertility studies. His papers also reflect his interests in books, bookplates, medical history, medical organizations, and Jewish organizations. Complete finding aid available online.