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Nathan Smith Davis III papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: ghsl-35

Content Description

Professional papers of Nathan Smith Davis III, Professor of Medicine at Northwestern University Medical School (1922-1954). Highlights include correspondence and papers related to a survey sent out to medical school departments ca. 1922 and 1924 about the achievements of current and past faculty and the needs of each department as the school moved to its current campus and building (Ward Memorial Building); a history of Northwestern University Medical School written by Davis in 1926; and correspondence and papers related to the professional organizations Davis was a member of, including the American Medical Association (particularly debates over compulsory medical insurance and social security reform), the Clinical Section of the Chicago Heart Association, and the Chicago Medical Society.


  • 1922 - 1956


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.


2 Boxes

Language of Materials



Professional papers of professor Nathan Smith Davis III, including material related to a departmental survey at the time of the medical school's move to the current campus, and to Davis's membership in the American Medical Association and the Clinical Section of the Chicago Heart Association.

Custodial History

"History of Northwestern University Medical School" was accessioned on April 21, 1932. Materials about the departmental survey have accession date of October 1957.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source and date of acquisition unknown.

Related Materials

Related materials include the Nathan Smith Davis, Sr., Papers, collection identifier ghsl-33; the Nathan Smith Davis, Jr., Papers, collection identifier ghsl-34; and the Fairbank-Graham Family Papers at The Newberry Library, collection identifier Midwest-MS-Fairbank-Graham.

Condition Description

Brittle and crumbling paper throughout.

Processing Information

Minimally processed by Emma Florio during a collections survey, June 2023.

AMA materials originally had call # WB 1 AA1 A51D; NUMS history originally had call # W 19 N879D 1926 Ms.; Medical society correspondence had call # 610.6 D81 1939-1956.

Guide to the Nathan Smith Davis III papers
Emma Florio
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Library Details

Part of the Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center Repository

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