Elbert L. Persons Papers, 1923-1970

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Summary

Creator:
Persons, Elbert L. (Elbert Lapsley), 1904-1970
Abstract:
Contains the professional and a small amount of personal papers of Elbert Lapsley Persons (1904-1970), Professor of Medicine and Professor of Community Health Sciences at Duke University. Types of materials include professional and personal correspondence, grant materials, records pertaining to Persons' time with the 65th General Hospital, Duke Medicine, and the ACP, as well as administrative records, guides, brochures, programs, schedules, information on Duke Medicine's Annual Medical Symposium, meeting materials, schedules, notes, photographic materials, a small amount of personal papers, speeches, writings, and contracts. Materials range in date from 1923 to 1970.
Extent:
11 Linear Feet (7 cartons, 1 manuscript box)
Language:
English
Collection ID:
MC.0026

Background

Scope and content:

Contains professional and personal correspondence, grant materials, records pertaining to Persons' time with the 65th General Hospital, Duke Medicine and American College of Physicians administrative records, guides, brochures, programs, schedules, information on Duke Medicine's Annual Medical Symposium, meeting materials, schedules, notes, photographic materials, a small amount of personal papers, and contracts. Materials range in date from 1923 to 1970.

Biographical / historical:

Elbert Lapsley Persons (1904-1970), born in Ft. Flagler, Washington, obtained degrees from Ohio State University (AB, 1923) and Harvard University (MD, 1927). He interned at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts (1925-1926). He was a resident in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (1927-1930) and a teaching fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School (1929-1930).
Persons joined Duke University in 1930 as its first Resident in Medicine when the hospital opened. In 1932, he joined the staff and attained the rank of Professor of Medicine in 1958. In 1942, Persons left Durham to serve in World War II with the 65th General Hospital, where he was Colonel and Chief of Medical Services serving in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, and later in England (1942-1945).
Persons returned to Duke University following the end of WWII in 1945. From 1945 until 1970, Persons served as Assistant Physician, Professor of Medicine, Professor of Community Health Sciences, Director of Student Health Services (1946-1966), and the Chief of the Rheumatism Clinic (1955-1965).
At Duke University, Persons served on committees pertaining to the library, hospital records, physical and occupational therapy, social service, the curriculum, planning and development, and policy review. He was a member of several professional societies including American Therapeutic Society, North Carolina Medical Society, and the ACP. From 1958 to 1959, Persons served as the second president of the American Society of Internal Medicine (now known as the ACP). Persons' research interests included arthritis, chronic illness, armed forces medicine, and respiratory disease.
Persons also worked as a consultant to the U.S. Army Hospital at Ft. Bragg (1947-1963) and as a consultant to the Veterans Administration Hospital in Fayetteville (1959-1959).
Persons married Helen Hopkinson Coles in 1932, and they had two daughters, Susan and Mary. Persons died on November 24, 1970 at the age of 66.

Acquisition information:
Acquired by Archives staff in 1971. No other accession information is available.
Processing information:

Processed by Archives staff and by: Emily Glenn, August 2003; encoded by: Emily Glenn, March 2004; reprocessed by Lucy Waldrop and Kahlee Leingang, December 2016

Arrangement:
Organized into the following series: Personal Papers, 1951-1969; Correspondence, 1946-1970; Duke Medicine, 1931-1970; Professional Papers, 1923-1970; United States Armed Forces, 1934-1970; American College of Physicians (ACP), 1943-1970; Diets, circa 1940-1949; Audiovisual, 1964, undated.
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This collection may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals or IRB approval may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which Duke University assumes no responsibility.
Contains Medical Center Administrative records. These include records of the officers of the University, as defined in the Bylaws, the deans of schools and colleges, and departments, institutes, and other offices as designated by the President. For a period of twenty-five years from the origin of the material, permission in writing from the director of the office of record and the Medical Center Archivist is required for use. After twenty-five years, records that have been processed may be consulted with the permission of the Medical Center Archivist. (Issued by the Office of the Chancellor, December 1, 1975).
Materials in box 8 are restricted per HIPAA. AV3-AV5 must be screened for sensitive or confidential materials before being accessed.

Terms of access:

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.

Preferred citation:

[Identification of item], Elbert L. Persons Papers, Duke University Medical Center Archives.