Correspondence, 1946-1970

Persons, Elbert L. (Elbert Lapsley), 1904-1970
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Includes incoming and outgoing personal and professional correspondence with the bulk of the correspondence dating from the 1950s to 1970. Personal and professional correspondence are mixed together and contain other materials such as receipts, clippings, product advertisements, invitations, conference speeches, telegrams, and memos. Topics discussed in the personal correspondence include family events, travel, thank you notes, correspondence to different companies Persons patronized, reservations, and invitations. Topics discussed in the professional correspondence include department appointments, professional organizations, consultations, research, letters to journal editors, and recommendations. Major correspondents include Eugene Stead, Jesse Helms, C.E. Persons, and P. Walter Davis. Large amounts of correspondence is also located in the following series: United State Armed Forces and American College of Physicians. The materials are arranged both alphabetically and chronologically and date from 1946 to 1970.


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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).
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