Papers, 1907-1980.


Boas, Ernst Phillip, 1891-1955. Papers, 1907-1980.

Papers, 1907-1980.

Series I (3.75 linear ft.) contains correspondence with physicians, students, and publishers. The bulk of this series covers the 1930s to the 1940s. Among the topics covered in this series are: national health insurance; euthanasia; chronic illness; cardiology; geriatrics; Boas's cardiotachometer; politics, including communist redbaiting; immigration of foreign scientists; and the publishing of journal articles and books. There is correspondence about Boas's affiliations with the Committee of Physicians for the Improvement of Medical Care, Inc., the Council of Social Agencies, the Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Medical Scientists, the Sidney Hillman Health Center, the Medical Society of the County of New York, the Montefiore Hospital for Chronic Diseases, The Mount Sinai Hospital, the National Committee for Resettlement of Foreign Physicians, the New York Guild for the Jewish BLind, the New York Heart Association, Inc., The Physicians Forum, Inc., and The Workmen's Circle. There is also correspondence with Muriel Rukeyser from 1947 to 1953 about her proposed biography of Franz Boas, as well as correspondence with Melville J. Herskovits in 1953 about his published biography of Franz Boas. Correspondents include Jacob Auslander, Edward J. Barsky, Carl Binger, Algernon D. Black, Franziska Boas, Norman F. Boas, Lyman R. Bradley, Albert Brand, Allan M. Butler, Alfred E. Cohn, Edward U. Condon, C. Ward Crampton, Ernst F. Goldschmidt, Michael M. Davis, Richard W. Lippman, Otto Loewi, Adolf Magn. Us-Levy, Hermann J. Muller, John P. Peters, Milton I. Roemer, Muriel Rukeyser, Henry E. Sigerist, Kurt G. Stern, and Helene Yampolsky. Series II (2.75 linear ft.) contains meeting minutes and reports for various organizations with which Boas was affiliated, including the American Heart Association, the Committee of Physicians for the Improvement of Medical Care, Inc., the Commission on Chronic Illness, the Sidney Hillman Health Center, the Medical Society of the County of New York, the Montefiore Hospital for Chronic Diseases, The Mount Sinai Hospital, the National Committee for Resettlement of Foreign Physicians, the New York Heart Association, Inc., The Physicians Forum, Inc., and the Welfare Council of New York City. The material about The Physicians Forum, Inc. includes congratulatory letters (about the organization and about Boas's leadership of it) written on its tenth anniversary in 1953. There are copies of Boas's book plate (with an identification of the Egyptian hieroglyphs on it); copies of Boas's business card; a copy of Boas's partnership agreement with Hyman Levy; copies of Boas's income tax returns (federal and New York state) from 1919 to 1947; a description of Boas's medical history from 1928 to 1955; and a copy of Boas's death certificate. Also in this series are reviews of some of Boas's books, including "Coronary Artery Disease," "Treatment of the Patient Past Fifty," and "The Unseen Plague--Chronic Disease"; notebooks containing Boas's expenses from 1918 to 1945; clippings regarding chronic illness and national health insurance; programs for lectures; information about Boas's cardiotachometer; court testimonies that. Boas gave regarding the cardiac conditions of people who had died while doing strenuous labor; a prospectus for the "Journal of Social Medicine"; and Boas's bibliography, as well as the bibliography of his son, Norman F. Boas. Series III (2.75 linear ft.) contains typescripts of lectures, addresses, articles, and reviews. Included are lectures at the Central Bureau for Jewish Aged, Inc., and at the Ethical Culture High School; and addresses for the 1910 Ethical Culture High School commencement, the opening of the Amalgamated Laundry Workers Health Center in 1953, and the tenth anniversary of The Physicians Forum, Inc. in 1953. There is also a report on studies that Boas did in 1918 during World War I, "Cases of Effort Syndrome Studied at Camp McClellan, Alabama"; a diary that Boas kept in 1907; and an article entitled "The Responsibility of a Scientist as a Citizen." Works on national health insurance include "Compulsory Health Insurance in the Framework of a National Health Program" and "National Health Insurance." There are nine scrapbooks containing programs and announcements, reprints, and typescripts of works from 1911 to 1949. Series IV (11 folders) contains eleven works, mostly about geriatrics. There are two addresses: Dean A. Clark's 1945 commencement address at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and Alan Gregg's address at the National Health Conference. Series V (1.25 linear ft.) contains bibliographical notes about arteriosclerosis, cholesterol, diabetes, and geriatrics; and research notes about aortic stenosis and pylephlebitis, among other subjects. There are three notebooks: a ward notebook that Boas kept from 1916 to 1917 at The Mount Sinai Hospital; an undated notebook of medical school notes; and a notebook from 1918 labeled "Record of Heart Cases. Ward II." Also in this series are military patient records kept from 1917 to 1918 while Boas was in the United States Army at Camp McClellan, Alabama, as well as general patient records that Boas kept between the 1910s and the 1950s. Series VI (1.5 linear ft.) contains materials that were collected and compiled by Norman F. Boas after his father's death in 1955. These materials include obituaries; condolence letters sent to Boas's family after his death; information about Boas's cardiotachometer; correspondence and a card file documenting the donation by Norman F. Boas of his father's library to various repositories; and letters written about Ernst P. Boas for the memorial meeting held in his honor on 19 April 1955. This series also includes a volume (edited by Romana Javitz in 1960) of excerpts from Ernst P. Boas's letters; many of the originals are held by the American Philosophical Society Library. There is a separate folder of transcriptions of Ernst P. Boas's letters from 1907-1935 and translations from the German. Many of these letters are to his father, Franz Boas. This material hasbeen photocopied and annotated with the appropriate American Philosophical Society Library call numbers. Series VII (.5 linear ft.) contains scientific photographs, as well as portrait photographs. Those of a scientific nature include the subjects of aneurysm, blood pressure, Boas's cardiotachometer, coronary damage, endocarditis, and myocardial degeneration. There are also photographs used in Boas's article, "Calcification in the Pineal Gland" and electrocardiograms, done from 1917 to 1952, presumably by Boas. The portrait photographs are of Boas from the 1920s to the 1950s, and also show him in group shots with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, at the Sidney Hillman Health Center, at the Montefiore Hospital for Chronic Diseases, and at the Kecoughton Conference.

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