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Guide to the Ellis Hudson papers, 1922-1966 and undated

Abstract

American physician and syphilis researcher.

Collection consists chiefly of correspondence, planning documents, patient case files, reports, maps, and related articles and other writings, chiefly dating from 1948-1952, deriving from Hudson's ground-breaking work during the 1950s on endemic syphilis in the Middle East, in the regions of modern-day Syria and Iraq. The collection also includes drafts of writings concerning the history and epidiemology of venereal and non-venereal syphilis in colonial-period Americas and in Europe. Additional papers and many photographs relating to Hudson and his work can be found in another Ellis Hudson collection in the Rubenstein Library, which is represented in the online catalog and finding aid. Forms part of the Trent Manuscripts Collection and was acquired by the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Hudson, Ellis Herndon, b. 1890.
Title
Ellis Hudson papers 1922-1966 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
1.2 Linear Feet, 700 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection consists chiefly of research and planning materials deriving from Hudson's ground-breaking work during the 1950s on endemic syphilis in the Middle East, in the regions of modern-day Syria and Iraq. The "Bejel Project," as it was known, from a term for endemic syphilis, is documented through correspondence, planning documents, case files, reports, hand-drawn maps, and related articles and other writings. Most of the patients mentioned are only referred to by first names. The bulk of the material dates from 1948 to 1952, the lifespan of Hudson's project. The collection also includes drafts of writings concerning the history and epidemiology of venereal and non-venereal syphilis in colonial-period Americas and in Europe.

Forms part of the Trent Manuscripts Collection ans was acquired by the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University. Additional papers and many photographs relating to Hudson and his work can be found in another Ellis Hudson collection in the Rubenstein Library, which is represented in the online catalog and finding aid.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.

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The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Contents of the Collection

Original folder titles have been retained. Dates range chiefly from 1948-1952.

Annals of Internal Medicine, references, notes, comments
Box 1
Bejel cases, pathological reports
Box 1
Christopher Columbus...
(3 folders)
Box 1
Correspondence
(4 folders)
Box 1
Cresseid, notes and critical comments
Box 1
"Dube" along Guinea coast, Garner; eastern highlands Guinea, Montgomery (Jamaica); Willcox (unknowns); Wilson (atypical)
Box 1
Iraq project, correspondence and reports
Box 1
Iraq Bejel Project, correspondence and related matters
Box 2
Iraq, personal correspondence
Box 2
Iraq, agreement and memo

Contains very detailed reports from the beginning of the project, including notes about setting up the laboratory and project headquarters, shipping equipment, lab animals, and medical supplies, difficulties in the field, tensions among players (both political and cultural), and assessments of personnel and situations.

Box 2
Iraq project
Box 2
Non-venereal syphilis: A study of Bejel, reviews and comments
Box 2
Pilgrimage, notes and maps of Africa and Cut
Box 2
Syphilis [research files]

Folders contain articles by various authors, reprints, drafts of writings, notes, and correspondence, including a long series of exchanges about the etymology in Arabic and Hebrew of various words for leprosy, yaws, and syphilitic symptoms.

(5 folders)
Box 2
Treponemal infections, clippings and reports
Box 2
Treponematosis and man's social evolution, correspondence and comments
Box 2
Villalobos and Columbus, notes and map
Box 2
USPHS Bejel/Syphilis Project, expenses and accounts, 1952-1957
Box 2

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

The Ellis Hudson papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a transfer in 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, August 2013

Encoded by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, August 2013

Accession(s) described in this finding aid:

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.