Guide to the Victor Bassett papers, 1877-1938 and undated
Physician, health officer, and librarian of the Georgia Medical Society; from Savannah. Collection contains public health information, including correspondence, health and mortality records, biographical information, genealogies, reports, and printed matter relating to the medical history and practice of medicine in Savannah. Also includes manuscript drafts from naturalist Walter J. Hoxie.
- Collection Number
- Victor Bassett papers
- 1888-1938 and undated
- 2.0 Linear Feet, 3 boxes
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English
Public health information, including correspondence, health and mortality records, biographical information, genealogies, reports, and printed matter. Most of the material relates to Bassett's work in public health and medical professional education efforts for Savannah and Chatham County, Georgia. Some topics addressed are school health examinations, nurses and midwives training, vaccination efforts, and milk pasteurization and licensing. There is also a significant amount of material acquired and assembled by Bassett as part of his role as librarian and medical historian for the Georgia Medical Society, including his research about the history of the medical profession in Savannah and Georgia from the colonial period through the late nineteenth century. Collection includes photoduplicates of original manuscripts and artifacts held in other repositories as well as Bassett's notes and drafts of biographical sketches about prominent Georgia physicians and families. Collection also contains Bassett's extensive lecture notes and laboratory notebooks from his medical training at the University of Wisconsin and University of Pennsylvania. Subjects covered include bacteriology, chemistry, infectious diseases, obstetrics, and gynecology.
Also held in this collection is a series of drafts by author Walter J. Hoxie, a naturalist and Girl Scout pioneer who also wrote columns for the Savannah Morning News and was an apparent family friend of the Bassetts. Most of the drafts appear to be unpublished folk stories or family stories; there are also bird-watching lists.
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[Identification of item], Victor Bassett Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
This series contains Bassett's correspondence as well as miscellaneous ephemera and personal materials from his medical training and career. Some of the correspondence predates Bassett, but the majority of it relates to his work as a bacteriologist and health officer in the Savannah Health Department; his efforts to research medical history and biographical data for the Georgia Medical Society; and his participation in various medical and public health professional organizations in the early twentieth century. Additional materials relating specifically to the Savannah Health Department and the Georgia Medical Society are held in those series.
This series includes project files, reports, statistics, and publications related to Bassett's work as a bacteriologist, physician, and health officer for Savannah and its surrounding county, Chatham County. Some of the initiatives represented are vaccination; clean water; milk safety and inspections; infant/child health; prenatal healthcare; maternal healthcare; and Bassett's role in training for medical students, nurses, and midwives. This series also includes a selection of Bassett's reports on mortality and disease for the city of Savannah, divided by race.
Contains correspondence and draft plans regarding Better Baby Contests, to be held at state fairs.
Contains statistics re: Savannah mortality and disease rates, subdivided by race.
Materials in this series relate to Bassett's work as a member and librarian for the Georgia Medical Society, including his work in building the library and its collections. There are also some overlapping materials from Bassett's Research Notes series, because he was involved in the GMS's efforts to prepare biographical sketches of early Georgia physicians and medical history.
Bassett appears to have been a prolific author, and a small portion of his drafts and essays are in this series. Topics range from public health or medical issues and treatment to personal essays and genealogical research on various figures in Georgia medical history.
Contains drafts as well as correspondence about the retirement plans of these midwives.
Includes Bassett's draft as well as research and correspondence about Kollack; contains one original letter from Kollock dating from 1860 as well as reproductions of other original documents.
A range of materials from across Bassett's professional life are held in this series. Subjects are arranged alphabetically and include professional organizations; medical topics; public health issues; medical history, including genealogy for Georgia physicians; and other miscellaneous topics. Bassett's files include both his collected and composed notes as well as printed materials and typescript excerpts from other publications.
Includes publicity photographs of a model dairy farm in Wisconsin, undated.
Includes a flyer for an auto-closing latrine designed to prevent flies and disease.
Includes copy of a diary from J.J. and Frederick Waring's travels in Europe, 1853-1855.
This series includes unsorted, undated, untitled manuscript drafts that appear around the theme of "Granpa's Stories," written by Hoxie. There is also a small number of titled drafts on Seminoles, porcupines, and salamanders, as well as a published obituary for Hoxie.
Bassett's lecture notes, lab books, and other materials from his medical training at the University of Wisconsin, University of Pennsylvania, and Johns Hopkins University are held in this series. Some notes are bound by Bassett. Topics include infectious diseases, gynecology, obstetrics, bacteriology, and other medical subjects.
Excerpt from the Georgia Historical Society: "Dr. Victor Hugo Bassett was born on May 7, 1871, in Aledo, Illinois, son of Isaac Bassett. He received his medical training at the University of Wisconsin and Johns Hopkins University. Bassett came to Savannah, GA in 1908, as the city bacteriologist. In 1923, he became the City Health Officer, and County Health Officer in 1928. His research topics included diphtheria, typhoid fever, tetanus, and dysentery. He was also active in the Georgia Public Health Association, the American Public Health Association, and the Georgia Medical Society. Bassett died on November 3, 1938."
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The Victor Bassett Papers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1952.
Processed by Meghan Lyon, 2016.