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Series 3: Tietsch Donation, 1910-1957 [series]:

In the wake of Fielding Garrison's death on 18 April 1935, his close friend, Henry E. Sigerist of the Johns Hopkins University's Institute of the History of Medicine, devoted an entire issue of his Bulletin of the History of Medicine to Garrison's memory. In 1937 Sigerist also began to aid Baltimore businessman Franz Ludwig Tietsch in his plans to edit and publish an "autobiography" of Garrison as he depicted himself in letters to his friends. Sigerist published an appeal in the Bulletin to Garrison's friends to send their correspondence from Garrison to the Institute, where it would be copied and returned "without delay." A similar letter was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association 109:22 (Nov. 27, 1937): 1834. The response was great. The Institute received "about 5000 letters of Fielding H. Garrison" including more than four hundred of the letters were sent in by Garrison's close friend H.L. Mencken.

From the thousands of letters received by the Institute, Tietsch selected those letters which were particularly reflective of Garrison's personality. He then had extracts from those letters typed. Tietsch assigned a number to each page of the typed extracts, and the same numbers to the corresponding letter from which the extracts were made. [These numbers are noted in brackets on the folders in the collections.] Photostatic copies of the selected correspondence were made for the Institute's collections before the originals were returned to their owners.

In some cases, Tietsch decided that none of the Garrison correspondence sent in by a given person was of interest to his project, and excerpted nothing from it. Sigerist's office then sent such letters back to their owners without making copies of them for the Institute's collections. Files belonging to such people, containing only their correspondence with the Institute, have been separated from the rest of the collection, arranged alphabetically, and are located at the end of the series.

Often Tietsch decided that only a portion of the correspondence loaned to the Institute by a correspondent was valuable to his project. In these instances, only the relevant portion of the correspondence was copied for the Institute's files before all the correspondence was returned to its owner. Sigerist's office identified correspondence omitted from the project with a pink slip marked "OUT," often giving the letter's date, addressee and location. These slips are located in the same folders as the rest of the correspondence. In this finding guide, such files have been designated "incomplete." In these instances researchers may wish to check the repositories currently holding the complete correspondence to see if material of interest may be found there.

In yet other instances the owner of the correspondence donated the originals to the Institute or to Tietsch. In this finding guide, such files have been marked "ALS" [autographed letter, signed] or "TLS" [typewritten letter, signed]. A few correspondents made typed copies of the correspondence, donating those to the Institute; these are also marked.

Unfortunately, Tietsch never completed his project, though a preliminary sketch "giving the idea of the kind of book that Mr. Tietsch is preparing" was published in the Bulletin of the History of Medicine 7:4 (April, 1939). The raw material collected by Sigerist and copied by the Institute remained in the Institute's files. In 1967 Mrs. Janet Teach, widow of F. L. Tietsch, donated to NLM the collection of extracts prepared by her husband as well as the original letters left in his possession. In 1991 NLM, with the Institute's permission, made copies of the photostats and original letters found in the files of the Institute of the History of Medicine. The copies, typed extracts, and original letters still in Tietsch's possession at the time of his death and donated to the library in 1967 were then combined with these copies into one continuous alphabetical series. The original letters and copies are found first, followed by the typed extracts and, when present, any correspondence relating to the acquisition of the letters (identified here as "project correspondence"). The bulk of the project correspondence is either with Henry Sigerist or his secretary.

Interfiled into this series as well are copies of Garrison's correspondence with Otto Juettner at the University of Cincinnati (acquired in 1970) and with William Halsted (from the Halsted papers at the Johns Hopkins University). Also interfiled into the series are three letters to Clara Garrison, the gift of Dr. Solomon Kagan to the library in 1941. Also included in this series is Garrison's correspondence with George Simmons, Morris Fishbein, and Margery Hutchins of the American Medical Association. In 1956 Fishbein loaned the Simmons and Hutchins correspondence to Dorothy Schullian of the History of Medicine Division in order that a microfilm copy of it could be made for the library. At a later date Fishbein gave to the library this correspondence and his own. The microfilm is separately cataloged as MS Film 29. Similarly interfiled is copies of Garrison's correspondence with Herman T. Radin and Burton Chance. The material was loaned to the library by the College of Physicians of Philadelphia in 1959, microfilmed, and the originals returned to the College. The microfilm is separately cataloged as MS Film 31.

The series ends with Tietsch's own correspondence relating to the project, and includes galley proofs and offprints of his publications about Garrison.

 
Abbott, Maude E., 1929-30; 1940 [subseries]:
3 1
Correspondence, 1929-1930
3 2
Project correspondence, 1940
 
Baker, Dr., 1914 [subseries]:
3 3
Correspondence (ALS), 1914
 
Brickner, Walter M., 1924 [subseries]:
3 4
Correspondence, 1924
3 5
Typed extracts
 
Chance, Burton, 1927-1936 [subseries]:
3 6
Correspondence, 1927-1935
3 7
Project correspondence, 1935-1936
 
Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons Medical Library, 1932-1934; 1944 [subseries]:

(Robert, Alfred L. and Schramm, Elizabeth E.)

3 8
Correspondence, 1932-1934
3 9
Project correspondence, 1944
 
Cunningham, Eileen R., 1935 [subseries]:
3 10
Correspondence, 1935
 
Farlow, John W., 1916-1926; 1937-1940 [subseries]:
3 11
Correspondence, 1916-1296
3 12
Project correspondence (Ballard, James F.), 1937-1940
3 13
Typed extracts
 
Fishbein, Morris, 1925-1941 [subseries]:
 
Correspondence from Garrison (ALS and TLS), 1925-1932 [subseries]:
3 14
1925-1926
3 15
January-June 1927
3 16
July-December 1927
3 17
January-June 1928
3 18
July-December 1928
3 19
1929
3 19
1930-1932
 
Correspondence from Garrison (TLS and carbon copies) [subseries]:
3 21
1921-1926
3 22
(carbon copies), January-June 1927
3 23
(carbon copies), July-December 1927
3 24
(carbon copies), 1928
3 25
(carbon copies), 1929-1932
3 26
Quarterly Cumulative Index Medicus, January-March 1927
3 27
Subject headings, [1920's-1930s]
3 28
Project correspondence, 1937-1941
3 29
Typed extracts
 
Fisher, Charles Perry, 1914-1916 [subseries]:
3 30
Correspondence, 1914-1916
3 31
Typed extracts
 
Flexner, Simon, 1934 [subseries]:
3 32
Correspondence (incomplete), 1934
3 33
Typed extracts
 
Francis, W.W., 1928-1934; 1937-1941 [subseries]:
3 34
Correspondence (incomplete), 1928-1934
3 35
Project correspondence, 1937-1941
3 36
Typed extracts
 
Friedenwald, Harry, 1926-1935; 1937-1940 [subseries]:
3 37
Correspondence, 1926-1935
3 38
Project correspondence, 1937-1940
 
Fulton, John F., 1930-1940 [subseries]:
3 39
Correspondence, 1930-1940
3 40
Project correspondence, 1935-1940
3 41
Typed extracts
 
Garrison, Clara (F.H. Garrison's wife), 1914-1916 [subseries]:
3 42
Correspondence, 1914-1916
 
Halsted, William, 1912-1928 [subseries]:
4 1-3
Correspondence, 1912-1928
 
Hektoen, Ludvig, 1924; 1937-1939 [subseries]:
4 4
Correspondence, 1924
4 5
Project correspondence, 1937-1939
4 6
Typed extract
 
Hemmeter, John Conrad, 1928-1929 [subseries]:
4 7
Correspondence, 1928-1929
 
Hunt, Reid, 1934 [subseries]:
4 8
Correspondence, 1934
 
Jacobi, Abraham, 1915 [subseries]:
4 9
Correspondence, 1915
 
Jacobs, Henry Burton, 1912-1931 [subseries]:
4 10
Correspondence, 1912-1931
4 11
Typed extracts
 
Jeliffe, Smith Ely, 1925-1929 [subseries]:
4 12
Correspondence, 1925-1929
4 13
Project correspondence, 1937-1940
4 14
Typed extracts
 
Juettner, Otto, 1914-1916 [subseries]:
4 15
Correspondence, 1914-1916
 
Kean, Jefferson R., 1932 [subseries]:
4 16
Correspondence, 1932
 
Kelly, Howard A., 1914-1918 [subseries]:
4 17
Correspondence, 1914-1918
 
Kittredge, Herman E., 1914 [subseries]:
4 18
Correspondence, 1914
 
Klebs, Arnold C., 1915-1935 [subseries]:
4 19
Correspondence, 1915-1935
4 20-26
Typed extracts
 
Krumbhaar, Edward B., 1927-1930; 1940 [subseries]:
4 27
Correspondence, 1927-1930
4 28
Project correspondence, 1940
4 29
Typed extracts
 
Libman, Emanuel, 1933; 1940 [subseries]:
4 30
Correspondence, 1933
4 31
Project correspondence, 1940
4 32
Typed extracts
 
Mallcoh, Archibald, 1921-1935 [subseries]:
4 33
Correspondence, 1921-1928
4 34
Correspondence, 1929-1935
 
Matas, Rudolph, 1931; 1938 [subseries]:
4 35
Correspondence, 1931
4 36
Project correspondence, 1938
4 37
Typed extracts
 
McDaniel, H.B., 1933-1934 [subseries]:
4 38
Correspondence, 1933-1934
 
Mencken, Henry L., 1918-1941 [subseries]:
 
Correspondence (incomplete), 1918-1935 [subseries]:
5 1
1918-1919
5 2
1919-1920
5 3
1921-1924
5 4
1924-1926
5 5
1926-1930
5 6
1930-1935
5 7
Project correspondence, n.d.; 1941
5 8-28
Typed extracts
 
Mitchell, S. Weir, 1912 [subseries]:
6 1
Correspondence, 1912
6 2
Typed extract
 
Neuberger, Max, 1926 [subseries]:
6 3
Correspondence (ALS), 1926
 
Osler, Sir William, 1910-1917 [subseries]:
6 4
Correspondence, 1910-1917
6 5
Typed extracts
 
Packard, Francis R., 1919; 1937-1940 [subseries]:
6 6
Correspondence, 1919
6 7
Project correspondence, 1937-1940
6 8
Typed extract
 
Pijoan, Michel, 1938-1939; n.d. [subseries]:
6 9
Correspondence [poems], n.d.
6 10
Project correspondence, 1938-1939
 
Pleadwell, F.L., 1925 [subseries]:
6 11
Correspondence, 1925
 
Power, Sir D'Arcy, 1930-1931; 1942 [subseries]:
6 12
Correspondence, 1930-1931
6 13
Project correspondence, 1942
 
Radin, Herman T., 1915-1934; 1937 [subseries]:
6 14
Correspondence, 1915-1934
6 15
Project correspondence, 1937
6 16
Typed extract
 
Reynolds, Frederick P., 1921-1935 [subseries]:

(photostatic copies from the N.Y. Academy of Medicine)

 
Correspondence, 1921-1935 [subseries]:
6 17
1921-March 1928
6 18
March-December 1928
6 19
January 1929-April 1931
6 20
May 1931 - May 1932
6 21
June 1932 - March 1934
6 22
March 1934 - January 1935
 
Robert, Alfred L. [subseries]:

(see Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons Medical Library)

 
Sachs, Dr., 1927 [subseries]:
6 23
Correspondence, 1927
 
Sarton, George, 1916-1934 [subseries]:
6 24
Correspondence, 1916-1934
6 25
Typed extracts
 
Schramm, Elizabeth [subseries]:

(see Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons Medical Library)

 
Shryock, Richard H., 1932-1933; 1937-1940 [subseries]:
6 26
Correspondence, 1932-1933
6 27
Project correspondence, 1937-1940
6 28
Typed extracts
 
Simmons, George H., 1910- [1930s?] [subseries]:
 
Correspondence from Garrison (ALS and TLS), 1910-1925 [subseries]:
6 29
1910 - August 1911
6 30
October -December 1911
6 31
April 1912 - August 1914
6 32
1915-1925
 
Correspondence to Garrison (carbon copies), 1911-1922 [subseries]:
6 33
1911
6 34
1912-1915
6 35
1917-1922
6 36
Project correspondence, [193?]
6 37
Typed extracts
 
Stern, Bernhard J., 1926; 1938-1941 [subseries]:
6 40
Correspondence, 1926
6 41
Project correspondence, 1938-1941
6 42
Typed extract
 
Titsch, Franz L., 1933-1934 [subseries]:
6 43
Correspondence, 1933-1934
 
Tobey, James A., 1926-1937 [subseries]:
6 44
Correspondence, 1926-1937
6 45
Project correspondence, 1937
 
Weisberger, Siegfried, 1934 [subseries]:
6 46
Correspondence, 1934
6 47
Project correspondence, 1940
6 48
Typed extracts
 
Welch, William H., 1919-1932; 1937-1938 [subseries]:
6 49
Correspondence, 1919-1932
6 50
Project correspondence (Flexner, Simon), 1937-1938
6 51-53
Typed extracts
 
West, Olin, 1931 [subseries]:
6 54
Correspondence, 1931
6 55
Typed extract
 
Williams, Linsly R., 1917-1931 [subseries]:
6 56
Correspondence, 1924 - December 1926
6 57
Correspondence, December 1926 - 1933
7 1
Miscellaneous correspondence to Garrison, 1917-1931
 
Sigerist Project Correspondence, 1934-1941 [subseries]:

Garrison correspondents whose correspondence Tietsch and the Institute returned without copying or preparing typed abstracts. Most of the correspondence in these folders is with Sigerist. All are photocopies of originals in the Institute of the History of Medicine.

7 2
Albert, Jose, 1940-1941
7 3
Crummer, Leroy, 1937-1940
7 4
Cutter, Irving S., 1937-1940
7 5
Finger, Charles, n.d.
7 6
Fleming, Thomas P., 1943-1945
7 7
Leake, Chauncey D., 1940
7 8
Leiking, Morris C., 1937-1940
7 9
Major, Ralph H., 1935; 1937; 1940
7 10
Moschcowitz, Eli, 1937
7 11
Riesman, David, 1935-1940
7 12
Robinson, Victor, 1939-1941
7 13
Roeder, C.A., 1937-1940
7 14
Spivacke, Harold, 1937-1940
7 15
Viets, Henry R., 1937-1940
7 16
Requests for autographed photographs of Garrison [acknowledgements], 1934-1935
 
Tietsch project correspondence, 1935-1957 [subseries]:

Tietsch's correspondence with individuals about the proposed Garrison biography.

7 17
Fulton, John F., 1940 - 1941
7 18
Marti-Ibanez, Felix, 1957
7 19
Mencken, Henry L., 1937-1943
7 20
Radin, Herman T., 1937-1941
 
Sigerist, Henry E., 1935-1941 [subseries]:
7 21
Correspondence to Tietsch, 1935-1941
7 22
Correspondence from Tietsch, 1935-1947
7 23
Correspondence with Tietsch, 1935-1941
7 24
Miscellaneous, 1939-1941
7 25
Solicitation for Garrison correspondence, 1937
7 26
Garrison's death: obituaries, correspondence and letters of condolence to Sigerist, 1935
7 27
Sigerist's miscellaneous correspondence, 1935
 
Tietsch miscellaneous files [subseries]:
7 28
Biographical data on Fielding Hudson Garrison
7 29
Tietsch, F.L. "The Colonel played the piano" - offprint and page proofs
7 30
Tietsch, F.L., editor. "Self-portrait of Fielding H. Garrison" - offprint and page proofs
7 31
Garrison, F.H. "Medical men who have loved music" Bulletin of the Society of Medical History of Chicago 2:3 (October 20, 1920): 158-176