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Finding Aid to the Victor Robinson Papers1898-1947

Archives and Modern Manuscripts Program, History of Medicine Division
Processed by HMD Staff; Jim Labosier
Re-Processing Completed 2002
Encoded by Jim Labosier


Summary Information
Title: Victor Robinson Papers
Creator: Robinson, Victor, 1886-1947
Dates: 1898-1947
Extent: 2.94 linear feet
Abstract:
Victor Robinson founded the journal Medical life, the first in the English language on the history of medicine, and helped organize the History of Science Society in 1924. The collection contains correspondence, original typescripts, unpublished monographs, articles, notes, and biographical data.

Call number: MS C 28
Language: Collection materials primarily in English
Location: Materials stored onsite. History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine

Access Restrictions:

Collection is not restricted. Contact the Reference Staff for information regarding access.

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Preferred Citation:

Robinson, Victor. Victor Robinson Papers. 1898-1947. Located in: Modern Manuscripts Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD; MS C 28.

Provenance:

Gift from S.R. Shapiro, 1955.


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National Library of Medicine

Finding Aid to the Victor Robinson Papers1898-1947

Archives and Modern Manuscripts Program, History of Medicine Division
Processed by HMD Staff; Jim Labosier
Re-Processing Completed 2002
Encoded by Jim Labosier

Descriptive Summary

Robinson, Victor, 1886-1947Victor Robinson Papers Dates: 1898-19472.94 linear feetMS C 28 Materials stored onsite. History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine Collection materials primarily in EnglishAbstract:Victor Robinson founded the journal Medical life, the first in the English language on the history of medicine, and helped organize the History of Science Society in 1924. The collection contains correspondence, original typescripts, unpublished monographs, articles, notes, and biographical data.Provenance:

Gift from S.R. Shapiro, 1955.

Access Restrictions:

Collection is not restricted. Contact the Reference Staff for information regarding access.

Copyright and Re-use Information

Donor's copyrights were transferred to the public domain. Archival collections often contain mixed copyrights; while NLM is the owner of the physical items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. It is the user's responsibility to research and understand any applicable copyright and re-publication rights not allowed by fair use. NLM does not grant permissions to publish.

Privacy Information

Archives and manuscript collections may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in any collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which the National Library of Medicine assumes no responsibility.

Preferred Citation:

Robinson, Victor. Victor Robinson Papers. 1898-1947. Located in: Modern Manuscripts Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD; MS C 28.

Biographical Note

Victor Robinson (1886-1947), son of a Russian physician, was born in the Ukraine. He studied pharmacy at New York University and the New York College of Pharmacy and law at Columbia University. Robinson received his doctor of medicine degree from the Chicago College of Medicine and Surgery (now Loyola University) in 1917.

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 subject of Victor Robinson, a romantic medical historian (1959) by George Rosen.

Among his own writings are Essay on hasheesh: 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 story of nursing (1946) and Victory over pain; a history of anesthesia (1946). He served as editor for Encyclopedia sexualis; a comprehensive dictionary-encyclopaedia of the sexual sciences (1936), Modern home physician; an encyclopedia of medical knowledge (1938) and New peoples physician; the concise encyclopedia of health (1941).


The collection contains correspondence, original typescripts, unpublished monographs, articles, notes, and biographical data. Correspondence consists of general correspondence and that pertaining to Encyclopedia sexualis (1933-36). Biographical data relates to contributors to the encyclopedia, and to Chicago otologists. Monographs, articles and drafts include "The price of prudery"; "Riddle of the underworld" (1921) by Ralph Werther; "History of aviation medicine" by Claude Bernard; "Prostitution in France" by Gabriel Giroud; "Sisters in calamity" by Thomas De Quincey; and "Recollections of a prison physician" by Leon Clement Bizard. Contains original typescripts of "Victory over pain: a history of anesthesia"; and "White caps: the story of nursing" (1945). Correspondents are extensive. The Fielding Garrison correspondence (1915-33, ca. 135 items) and drafts of articles by Garrison are arranged separately.

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    MeSH Subjects

    • Otolaryngology
    • Sex
    • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
    Personal Names

    • Garrison, Fielding H. (Fielding Hudson), 1870-1935
    • Henle, Jacob, 1809-1885

    Series Descriptions

    Series 1: Correspondence, 1898-194711 A-B, 1910-194612 C-D, 1916-194613 E-F, 1905-194614 G, 1927-194615 H-J, 1913-194416 K, 1904-194717 L, 1912-194618 M, 1909-194519 N-Q, 1913-1945110 R, 1911-1948111 S, 1912-1946112 T-V, 1913-1946113 W-Z, 1912-1946114 Castiglioni, 1898-1926115 Castiglioni festschrift, 1922-1934116 Ebstein, 1922-1923117 Haberling, 1928-1930118 McDonough, 1940-1945119 Neuberger, 1921-1934120 Sigerist, 1923-1944121 Singer, 1921-1934122 Sudhoff, 1921-1929 Series 2: Fielding Garrison Correspondence, 1915-1933715 1915-19, 1915-1919716 1920, 1920717 January-August, 1921718 October-December, 1921719 1922, 1922720 1923-24, 1923-1924721 January-June, 1925722 July-September, 1925723 January-June, 1926724 September-November, 1926725 1927, 1927726 1928, 1928727 1929, 1929728 1930, 1930729 1931-33, 1931-1933730-32 Drafts of papers sent to Dr. Robinson by Fielding Garrison, 1919-1921 Series 3: Encyclopedia Sexualis, 1930-1936123 Biographical data on Encyclopedia Sexualis contributors, 1930-1935320 Encyclopedia Sexualis, I-V321 Encyclopedia Sexualis, VI-X2 Correspondence, 1933-193621 A, 1933-193522-3 B, 1933-193524 C, 1934-193525-7 D, 1934-193628 E, 1934-193529-10 F, 1934-1935211-12 G, 1934-1936213-16 H, 1933-1936217 I-J, 1934-1936218-19 K, 1934-193631-2 L, 1934-193633-5 M, 1934-193636 N-O, 1934-193537-9 P-Q, 1934-1935310-11 R, 1934-1936312-14 S, 1933-1936315 T, 1934-1935316 U-V, 1933-1935317-18 W, 1934-1935319 X-Y-Z, 1934-1935 Series 4: A History of Nursing, 194541 Introduction, 194542 Chapter I43 Chapter III44 Chapter IV45 Chapter V46 Chapter VI47 Chapter VII48 Chapter VIII49 Chapter IX410 Chapter X411 Chapter XI412 Chapter XII413 Chapter XIII414 Chapter XIV415 Chapter XV416 Chapter XVI417 Chapter XVII418 Chapter XVIII Series 5: History of Otology51 Chapter 152 Chapter 253 Chapter 354 Chapter 455 Chapter 556 Chapter 657 Chapter 758 Chapter 859 Chicago otologists510 Baltimore otologists511 Notes-miscellaneous data512 Notes513 Notes, 1910-1913514 Notes, 1933 Series 6: History of Aviation Medicine61 Chapter I62 Chapter II63-4 Chapter III (& preservation copy)65 Chapter V66-7 Chapter VI (& preservation copy)68-9 Chapter VIII (& preservation copy)610-11 Chapter IX (& preservation copy)612-13 Chapter X (& preservation copy) Dictionary614-15 A-J (& preservation copy)616-17 K-Z (& preservation copy)618-19 Notes (& preservation copy) Series 7: Recollections of a Prison Physician, by Leon Bizard626-27 pp. 1-31 (& preservation copy)628-29 pp. 32-85 (& preservation copy)630 pp. 86-12271 pp. 86-122 (preservation copy)72-3 pp. 123-170 (& preservation copy) Series 8: Victory over Pain76 Chapter 177 Chapter 278 Chapter 379 Chapter 4710 Chapter 5711 Chapter 6712 Chapter 7713 Chapter 8714 Chapter 9 Series 9: Miscellaneous Articles515 Notes on syphilis and gonorrhea620 "Prostitution in France," by Gabriel Giroud621 "The life of Jacob Henle," pp. 1-18622 "The life of Jacob Henle," pp. 19-52623 "The price of prudery," Victor Robinson624 "The riddle of the underworld," Ralph Werther [preservation photocopy], 1921625 "The riddle of the underworld," Ralph Werther [includes publisher's contract; ORIGINAL FRAGILE, DO NOT USE], 192174 "Claude Bernard"75 "Sisters in calamity," by Thomas DeQuincey

    Collection Scope and Content Note

    The collection contains correspondence, original typescripts, unpublished monographs, articles, notes, and biographical data. Correspondence consists of general correspondence and that pertaining to Encyclopedia sexualis (1933-36). Biographical data relates to contributors to the encyclopedia, and to Chicago otologists. Monographs, articles and drafts include "The price of prudery"; "Riddle of the underworld" (1921) by Ralph Werther; "History of aviation medicine" by Claude Bernard; "Prostitution in France" by Gabriel Giroud; "Sisters in calamity" by Thomas De Quincey; and "Recollections of a prison physician" by Leon Clement Bizard. Contains original typescripts of "Victory over pain: a history of anesthesia"; and "White caps: the story of nursing" (1945). Correspondents are extensive. The Fielding Garrison correspondence (1915-33, ca. 135 items) and drafts of articles by Garrison are arranged separately.

    Contents List
    Box | Folder Title
     
    Series 1: Correspondence, 1898-1947 [series]:
    1 1
    A-B, 1910-1946
    1 2
    C-D, 1916-1946
    1 3
    E-F, 1905-1946
    1 4
    G, 1927-1946
    1 5
    H-J, 1913-1944
    1 6
    K, 1904-1947
    1 7
    L, 1912-1946
    1 8
    M, 1909-1945
    1 9
    N-Q, 1913-1945
    1 10
    R, 1911-1948
    1 11
    S, 1912-1946
    1 12
    T-V, 1913-1946
    1 13
    W-Z, 1912-1946
    1 14
    Castiglioni, 1898-1926
    1 15
    Castiglioni festschrift, 1922-1934
    1 16
    Ebstein, 1922-1923
    1 17
    Haberling, 1928-1930
    1 18
    McDonough, 1940-1945
    1 19
    Neuberger, 1921-1934
    1 20
    Sigerist, 1923-1944
    1 21
    Singer, 1921-1934
    1 22
    Sudhoff, 1921-1929
     
    Series 2: Fielding Garrison Correspondence, 1915-1933 [series]:
    7 15
    1915-19, 1915-1919
    7 16
    1920, 1920
    7 17
    January-August, 1921
    7 18
    October-December, 1921
    7 19
    1922, 1922
    7 20
    1923-24, 1923-1924
    7 21
    January-June, 1925
    7 22
    July-September, 1925
    7 23
    January-June, 1926
    7 24
    September-November, 1926
    7 25
    1927, 1927
    7 26
    1928, 1928
    7 27
    1929, 1929
    7 28
    1930, 1930
    7 29
    1931-33, 1931-1933
    7 30-32
    Drafts of papers sent to Dr. Robinson by Fielding Garrison, 1919-1921
     
    Series 3: Encyclopedia Sexualis, 1930-1936 [series]:
    1 23
    Biographical data on Encyclopedia Sexualis contributors, 1930-1935
    3 20
    Encyclopedia Sexualis, I-V
    3 21
    Encyclopedia Sexualis, VI-X
    2
    Correspondence, 1933-1936 [subseries]:
    2 1
    A, 1933-1935
    2 2-3
    B, 1933-1935
    2 4
    C, 1934-1935
    2 5-7
    D, 1934-1936
    2 8
    E, 1934-1935
    2 9-10
    F, 1934-1935
    2 11-12
    G, 1934-1936
    2 13-16
    H, 1933-1936
    2 17
    I-J, 1934-1936
    2 18-19
    K, 1934-1936
    3 1-2
    L, 1934-1936
    3 3-5
    M, 1934-1936
    3 6
    N-O, 1934-1935
    3 7-9
    P-Q, 1934-1935
    3 10-11
    R, 1934-1936
    3 12-14
    S, 1933-1936
    3 15
    T, 1934-1935
    3 16
    U-V, 1933-1935
    3 17-18
    W, 1934-1935
    3 19
    X-Y-Z, 1934-1935
     
    Series 4: A History of Nursing, 1945 [series]:
    4 1
    Introduction, 1945
    4 2
    Chapter I
    4 3
    Chapter III
    4 4
    Chapter IV
    4 5
    Chapter V
    4 6
    Chapter VI
    4 7
    Chapter VII
    4 8
    Chapter VIII
    4 9
    Chapter IX
    4 10
    Chapter X
    4 11
    Chapter XI
    4 12
    Chapter XII
    4 13
    Chapter XIII
    4 14
    Chapter XIV
    4 15
    Chapter XV
    4 16
    Chapter XVI
    4 17
    Chapter XVII
    4 18
    Chapter XVIII
     
    Series 5: History of Otology [series]:
    5 1
    Chapter 1
    5 2
    Chapter 2
    5 3
    Chapter 3
    5 4
    Chapter 4
    5 5
    Chapter 5
    5 6
    Chapter 6
    5 7
    Chapter 7
    5 8
    Chapter 8
    5 9
    Chicago otologists
    5 10
    Baltimore otologists
    5 11
    Notes-miscellaneous data
    5 12
    Notes
    5 13
    Notes, 1910-1913
    5 14
    Notes, 1933
     
    Series 6: History of Aviation Medicine [series]:
    6 1
    Chapter I
    6 2
    Chapter II
    6 3-4
    Chapter III (& preservation copy)
    6 5
    Chapter V
    6 6-7
    Chapter VI (& preservation copy)
    6 8-9
    Chapter VIII (& preservation copy)
    6 10-11
    Chapter IX (& preservation copy)
    6 12-13
    Chapter X (& preservation copy)
     
    Dictionary [subseries]:
    6 14-15
    A-J (& preservation copy)
    6 16-17
    K-Z (& preservation copy)
    6 18-19
    Notes (& preservation copy)
     
    Series 7: Recollections of a Prison Physician, by Leon Bizard [series]:
    6 26-27
    pp. 1-31 (& preservation copy)
    6 28-29
    pp. 32-85 (& preservation copy)
    6 30
    pp. 86-122
    7 1
    pp. 86-122 (preservation copy)
    7 2-3
    pp. 123-170 (& preservation copy)
     
    Series 8: Victory over Pain [series]:
    7 6
    Chapter 1
    7 7
    Chapter 2
    7 8
    Chapter 3
    7 9
    Chapter 4
    7 10
    Chapter 5
    7 11
    Chapter 6
    7 12
    Chapter 7
    7 13
    Chapter 8
    7 14
    Chapter 9
     
    Series 9: Miscellaneous Articles [series]:
    5 15
    Notes on syphilis and gonorrhea
    6 20
    "Prostitution in France," by Gabriel Giroud
    6 21
    "The life of Jacob Henle," pp. 1-18
    6 22
    "The life of Jacob Henle," pp. 19-52
    6 23
    "The price of prudery," Victor Robinson
    6 24
    "The riddle of the underworld," Ralph Werther [preservation photocopy], 1921
    6 25
    "The riddle of the underworld," Ralph Werther [includes publisher's contract; ORIGINAL FRAGILE, DO NOT USE], 1921
    7 4
    "Claude Bernard"
    7 5
    "Sisters in calamity," by Thomas DeQuincey