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Edwin J. De Costa (1906-1995) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 18/3/9/1
The Edwin J. De Costa Papers fill three boxes and span the period, 1925-1987. Most of the material dates from 1925 through the 1960s; only a small amount of material dates afterward. The De Costa Papers are arranged into five categories: biographical materials, undergraduate and medical college files, teaching files, speeches and paper presentations, and publications. Two folders of correspondence and two folders of materials related to the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Central Travel Club of Obstetricians and Gynecologists are also included.

The biographical materials include curricula vitae, bibliographies, an appointment book, newspaper clippings, and professional organizations' programs at which De Costa was scheduled to give a speech. Many of the clippings document De Costa's views on such matters as the oral contraceptive pill, the sexual revolution, abortion, and venereal diseases.

The undergraduate and medical college files include one folder of undergraduate notes, three folders of medical college notes, and one folder of miscellaneous notes, primarily related to numismatics.

The teaching files, comprised mostly of lecture notes, relate to the courses De Costa taught at Cook County Hospital, Passavant Memorial Hospital, and Northwestern University Medical School.

Copies of several papers De Costa presented before professional organizations from 1949 to 1966 are included.

The publications consist mainly of article reprints from medical journals authored by De Costa.

Dates

  • 1925-1987
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1925-1960s

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact us at archives@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3136 to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

3.00 Boxes

Abstract

De Costa came to Northwestern as a clinical assistant in 1946, eventually becoming a full professor in 1964. H retired in 1974 and died in 1995. The Edwin J. De Costa Papers fill three boxes and span the period, 1925-1987. Most of the material dates from 1925 through the 1960s; only a small amount of material dates afterward. The De Costa Papers are arranged into five categories: biographical materials, undergraduate and medical college files, teaching files, speeches and paper presentations, and publications. Two folders of correspondence and two folders of materials related to the Central Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Central Travel Club of Obstetricians and Gynecologists are also included.

Arrangement Note

The De Costa Papers are arranged into five categories: biographical materials, undergraduate and medical college files, teaching files, speeches and paper presentations, and publications.

Method of Acquisition

The Edwin J. De Costa Papers were donated to the University Archives by Dr. Edwin J. De Costa on 10 January 1988 (Accession #88-10).

Separated Materials

Three black and white photographs were transferred to the University Archives photograph collection. Approximately eight inches of duplicate material and a small amount of extraneous material were discarded.

Processing Information

William K. Beatty; February-March, 1989.
Title
Guide to the Edwin J. De Costa (1906-1995) Papers
Author
William K. Beatty
Date
01/02/1989
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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