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Guide to the Ellis H. Hudson Photographs and Papers, 1920s-1950s and undated

Abstract

Physician and syphilis researcher. The Ellis H. Hudson Photographs and Papers date from the 1920s to late 1950s, and consist of black-and-white photographs and negatives relating to Hudson's research on non-venereal syphilis in Syria in the early twentieth century, as well as galley proofs of maps, charts, graphs, and tables from his book Non-Venereal Syphilis: A Sociological and Medical Study of Bejel (1958). Many of the photographs also appear in this book. Acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

Descriptive Summary

Collection Number
RL.00585
Title
Ellis H. Hudson photographs and papers
Date
1920s-1950s and undated
Creator
Hudson, Ellis Herndon, b. 1890
Extent
1.4 Linear Feet, Approx. 390 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

The Ellis H. Hudson Photographs and Papers date from the 1920s to the late 1950s, and consist of black-and-white photographs and negatives relating to Hudson's research on non-venereal syphilis in Syria in the early twentieth century, as well as galley proofs of maps, charts, graphs, and tables from his book Non-Venereal Syphilis: A Sociological and Medical Study of Bejel (1958). Many of the photographs also appear in this book. Acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

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Contents of the Collection

1. Prints and Negatives Series, circa 1920s-1930s

1 box

The black-and-white prints and negatives depicting cases of syphilis in various stages in Syrian men, children, and a few women, are housed in 132 envelopes measuring 7.5 x 5.5. The majority of the envelopes contain both prints and negatives, but a fraction of the envelopes contain only either a print or a negative. The galley proofs include maps of Syria, and charts and tables documenting cases according to religion, sex, age, and place of residence. They were most likely taken during the 1920s and 1930s when Hudson was conducting his principal research in Syria.

Galley proofs
(2 folders)
Box 1
Prints and negatives
(5 folders)
Box 1
Journal, 1926-1935
(500 pp.)

Bound ledger written in holograph script containing Hudson's notes regarding a quantified study of persons afflicted with syphilis, including numerical figures based on age, marital status, and symptoms and stages of the disease. Includes several one-page loose manuscripts laid in.

Box 2
Non-venereal syphilis: A Sociological and Medical Study of Bejel, notes, circa late 1950s
(3 vols.)

Bound typescript notes with holograph notes.

Box 2-3
Non-Venereal Syphilis: A Sociological and Medical Study of Bejel, draft, circa late 1950s
(2 vols.)

Bound typescript draft with holograph notes.

Box 3

Historical Note

Ellis Hudson was born in 1890 in Osaka, Japan, to American missionary parents, and was educated at Milliken University and the University of Pennsylvania. He founded a Presbyterian mission hospital in Deir-es-Zor, Syria, where he studied cases of non-venereal syphilis (also known by its Arabic name “bejel” ) among the local Christian, Muslim, and Bedouin population.

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Related Material

  • Letter from Ellis Hudson, 1969, Apr. 25, California, to Dr. Goldwater. Trent Manuscripts Collection. (Duke University, Rubenstein Library, History of Medicine Collections)
  • Various published titles and reprints by Ellis Hudson, chiefly on syphilis and associated infectious diseases, are also held by the Rubenstein library. Please consult with a reference archivist or search in the online Duke Libraries catalog. (Duke University, Rubenstein Library, History of Medicine Collections)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ellis H. Hudson Photographs and Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Ellis H. Hudson Photographs and Papers were transferred to the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library from the Medical Center Library in 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Duke University Medical Center Library staff

Encoded by Willeke Sandler, April 2012