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Guide to the Percy E. Ryberg Papers, 1908-1991

Collection Overview

The Percy Ryberg Papers consists primarily of psychiatrist Percy Ryberg's personal correspondence (in particular with his wife, Barbara), diaries, and other personal papers (1908-1991). Ryberg’s career as a physician and psychiatrist is represented through professional correspondence, writings, and medical research material. The material includes articles on the treatment of alcoholism in the mid-twentieth century, the publication of his book Health, Sex and Birth Control, and research on histamine reactions on the skin. The collection also includes photographs, mostly family snapshots and professional portraits of Ryberg, and several photograph albums documenting Ryberg's travels.

Acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

Descriptive Summary

Collection Number
RL.01127
Title
Percy E. Ryberg papers
Date
1908-1991
Creator
Ryberg, Percy Edward, 1908-
Extent
6 linear feet, 3750 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
English. Some materials in Spanish.

Restrictions on Access & Use

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Portions of the collection are restricted. Portions of the Medical Research Materials are restricted for 100 years. Contact the History of Medicine curator for permission to use these materials at least four weeks in advance of your visit.

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

All or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48 hours to retrieve these materials for research use.

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

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Contents of the Collection

Biographical sketch
(1 folder)
Box 1
Family tree and notes
Box 1
Folder Oversize Folder 1
Descendants of Joseph and Ann Taylor
Box 1
Taylor memoirs
Box 1
Correspondence, 1942-1987, 1942-1987
Box 1
Printed material, clippings
Box 1
Photographs
Box 1
Citizenship, national residency, birth records
Box 1
Curriculum vitae and professional profile
Box 1
Announcements and events
Box 1
Forms and applications
Box 1
Certifications, memberships, diplomas
Box 1
Folder Oversize Folder 1
Awards, honors
Box 1
1918-1929
Box 2
1930-1939
Box 2
1940-1949
Box 2
1950-1954
Box 2
1955-1959
Box 2
1960-1969
Box 2
1970-1979
Box 2
1980-1991 and undated
Box 2
1937-1940
Box 2
1950-1959
Box 2
1960-1969
Box 2
1970-1979
Box 2
1980-1991
Box 2
Printed material from professional correspondence
Box 2
Correspondence, 1938-1943
Box 2
Clippings, 1943
Box 2
"Alcoholismo y medicina pscicomatica" by Dr. Jamie Braver, 1985 and "A Social Perception of Freedom" by Dr. Hector Fontarosa, undated, 1985, undated
Box 3
Seminar on Alcoholism for Social Workers at Bronx Lebanon Hospital, undated
Box 3
Correspondence regarding establishment of weekly column, 1954
Box 3
Correspondence regarding publication of Health, Sex, and Birth Control, 1948-1955
Box 3
Drafts, "A Combined Hospital Setting and AA in the Treatment of Alcoholism," 1968-1971
Box 3
Correspondence regarding "A Combined Hospital Setting and AA in the Treatment of Alcoholism," 1968-1971
Box 3
Drafts, "A Medically Oriented Program for Handling Alcoholism in the City of New York" and "Report on Some Aspects of Alcoholism in England," October 1963, undated
Box 3
Drafts, "Lecture on Venereal Disease," undated
Box 3
Miscellaneous drafts
Box 3
Miscellaneous correspondence
Box 3
"Observations on Histamine Skin Reactions Before and Following Administration of Histamine and Antihistamine "
Box 4
Observations on histamine skin flares
Conditions Governing Access

This material is restricted for 100 years. Contact the History of Medicine curator for permission to use these materials at least four weeks in advance of your visit.

Box 4
Skin tests of histamines, 1939, 1939
Conditions Governing Access

This material is restricted for 100 years. Contact the History of Medicine curator for permission to use these materials at least four weeks in advance of your visit.

Box 4
Patient charts
Conditions Governing Access

This material is restricted for 100 years. Contact the History of Medicine curator for permission to use these materials at least four weeks in advance of your visit.

Box 4
Treatment notes
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This material is restricted for 100 years. Contact the History of Medicine curator for permission to use these materials at least four weeks in advance of your visit.

Box 4
Notes
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This material is restricted for 100 years. Contact the History of Medicine curator for permission to use these materials at least four weeks in advance of your visit.

Box 4
Dr. Carl H Hannssen Affadavit
Conditions Governing Access

This material is restricted for 100 years. Contact the History of Medicine curator for permission to use these materials at least four weeks in advance of your visit.

Box 4
Printed material
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This material is restricted for 100 years. Contact the History of Medicine curator for permission to use these materials at least four weeks in advance of your visit.

Box 4

7. Diaries

1925
Box 5
February 1926-April 1926, photocopy
Box 5
July 1926-October 1926
Box 5
October 1926-December 1926
Box 5
December 1926-March 1927
Box 5
March 1927-June 1927
Box 5
1937
Box 5
1938
Box 5
1963
Box 6
1965
Box 6
1979
Box 6
1990, 1991
Box 6
Address book
Box 6
Travel ephemera
Box 6
Clippings and photocopies
Box 6
Al Servico del País, 1902-1952
Box 6
Life-Giving Light by Charles Sheard, 1933
Box 7
Events
Box 7
Clippings
Box 7
Portraits of Percy Ryberg, undated
Box 7
From professional activities, 1934, 1971, 1983, undated
Box 7
Oversize-folder 2
Family portraits, 1906-1913 and undated
Box 7
Wedding snapshots, Portrait of Barbara "Bobbie" Ryberg, undated
Box 7
Snapshots of Percy Ryberg, 1969, 1986, 1987, and undated
Box 7
Family snapshots, 1967-1991 and undated
Box 7
Snapshots , people
Box 7
Snapshots, landscapes
Box 7
Negatives, copies of certificates, 1941
Box 7
Photograph album, undated
Box 7
Photograph album, undated
Box 7
Photograph album
Box 8
Photograph album
Box 8
Photograph album, Travel in Germany and United Kingdom, 1937
Box 8
Family Portraits, oversize, 1946, undated
Box 8
Photograph album
Box 9
Lantern slide negatives
Box 10
Box 11

Historical Note

Percy Ryberg (February 26, 1908- December 16, 2001) was a New York-based psychiatrist whose work focused on the treatment of alcoholism and sexual health. He served as the president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine from 1965-1967. He was married to Barbara “Bobbie” Ryberg (January 18, 1912- October 1, 2003) of Baltimore, Maryland.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Percy E. Ryberg Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Percy E. Ryberg Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2003.

Processing Information

Processed by Ann Langford

Completed April 15, 2003

Encoded by Elizabeth Arnold

Collection re-processed and finding aid updated by Katrina Martin, June 2015.