David B. Larson Papers, 1975-2002

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Larson, David B.
Contains the papers of David B. Larson (1947-2002), psychiatrist and principal founder of National Institute for Healthcare Research. Types of materials include clippings, date books, manuscripts, research notes, course notes, articles, conference notes, presentations, correspondence, CVs, subject files, photographs, research files, and reports. Materials range in date from 1975 to 2002, with the bulk of the material being undated.
129 Linear Feet (86 cartons)
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David Bruce Larson was born in 1947 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. He attended Drexel University and graduated from Temple University's School of Medicine in 1973. He also received a master's degree in public health, with a concentration in epidemiology, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Larson completed postgraduate work in psychology at Duke University in 1977, a postdoctoral research fellowship in 1979, and a clinical geropsychiatry fellowship in 1981.
During the 1980s and early 1990s, he was a senior researcher at the National Institutes of Health. He also served an adjunct professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Duke University's School of Medicine and Northwestern University's School of Medicine. Additionally, he was an adjunct professor of preventative medicine and biometrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Science in Bethesda.
During the 1970s, Larson became interested in the effect of religious faith on healing while working as a marriage and family therapist in North Carolina. He became a leading advocate of research into a link between health and spiritually. In 1991, Larson became the president and principal founder of the not-for-profit research organization the National Institute for Healthcare Research, later renamed the International Center for the Integration of Health and Spirituality (ICIHS). During his career, Larson researched the link between spirituality and health.
Larson was married to Susan Slingerland Larson, and they had two children: Chad and Kristen. Larson died in 2002. Following his death, the ICIHS established the David B. Larson Fellowship in Health and Spirituality at the Library of Congress's John W. Kluge Center.

Acquisition information:
Accession A2003.069 (gift, August 2003), Accession A2003.070 (gift, August 2003), Accession A2006.059 (gift, October 2006)
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Processed by Archives staff: circa 2003-2006

Organized into the following series and accessions: Accession A2003.070, 1975-2002; Accession A2006.059, 1978-2002; Accession A2006.059, 1984-2002; Briefcase Contents, 2002; Accession A2003.069, 1975-2000. Material within this collection has been organized by accession reflecting the fact that the collection has been acquired in increments over time. Researchers should note that material within each accession overlaps with/or relates to material found in other accessions. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers will need to consult each accession described in the Series Scope and Contents section. Researchers should also note that similar material can be arranged differently in each accession, depending on how the material was organized when it was received by the DUMCA.


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Donor retains control of papers less than 22 years old. For further information consult with the Medical Center Archivist.

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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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[Identification of item], David B. Larson Papers, Duke University Medical Center Archives.