Josiah C. Trent Papers, 1930-1961

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Summary

Creator:
Trent, Josiah Charles
Abstract:
Contains professional papers of Josiah C. Trent (1914-1948), associate professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Duke. Materials include correspondence, patient files, and subject files pertaining to Dr. Trent's professional life. Most of the correspondence chronicles Trent's involvement with various professional organizations and his acquaintance with prominent figures in various fields: medical history--John Fulton, Henry Sigerist, and W. W. Francis; the history of Duke University--Wilburt C. Davison, Lenox D. Baker; the history of the development of library administration--Thomas Keys and Bertha Hallam. The bulk of the materials were removed from Trent's medical office upon his death and has relatively few items that pertain to his personal life. Items of a more personal nature are located with the James H. and Mary D. B. T. Semans Family Papers in Duke University's Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library. Materials date from 1930 to 1961.
Extent:
3.5 Linear Feet (2 cartons, 1 manuscript box)
Language:
English
Collection ID:
MC.0141

Background

Scope and content:

Contains correspondence, patient files, and subject files pertaining to Trent's professional life. Most of the correspondence chronicles Trent's involvement with various professional organizations and his acquaintance with prominent figures in various fields: medical history--John Fulton, Henry Sigerist, and W. W. Francis; the history of Duke University--Wilburt C. Davison, Lenox D. Baker; the history of the development of library administration--Thomas Keys and Bertha Hallam. The bulk of the materials were removed from Trent's medical office upon his death and has relatively few items that pertain to his personal life. Items of a more personal nature are located with the James H. and Mary D. B. T. Semans Family Papers in Duke University's Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library. Materials date from 1930 to 1961.

Biographical / historical:

Josiah Charles Trent was born August 7, 1914 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. He received a BA degree from Duke University in 1934, and his MD degree from the Medical School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1938. From 1938 to 1939, he served on a rotating internship at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. He was an intern in surgery at Duke Hospital from 1939 to 1940, assistant resident in general surgery at Duke from 1940 until 1944, and resident in general surgery at Duke from 1944 to 1945. From 1945 until 1947, he was assistant to Dr. John Alexander at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. He returned to Duke in 1947 as an associate professor of surgery, and chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery, where he remained until his death in 1948.
Trent was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an associate of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. He was also a member of the Association of University Surgeons, the North Carolina Medical Society, the Durham-Orange County Medical Society, and the Board of Trustees of Lincoln Hospital. He was a member of the editorial board of the "North Carolina Medical Journal" and of the "Journal of the History of Medicine", an honorary consultant of the Army Medical Library and a member of the American Association of the History of Medicine. He was affiliated with the Grolier Club and the Charaka Club and served on the executive committee of the Friends of Duke University Library.
On June 24, 1938, Trent married Mary Duke Biddle, granddaughter of Benjamin N. Duke and daughter of Mary Duke Biddle and former ambassador Anthony J. Biddle. Josiah and Mary Trent had four daughters: Mary Duke (1940), Sarah Elizabeth (1942), Rebecca Grey (1942), and Barbara Biddle (1944). Josiah C. Trent died in Durham, North Carolina, on December 10, 1948.

Acquisition information:
No documented accession number (date unknown)
Processing information:

Processed by Archives staff: date unknown

Arrangement:
Arrangement Note Organized into the following series: Correspondence, 1930-1961; Patient Records, 1940-1946 [RESTRICTED]; Subject Files, 1937-1948; Reprints, 1941-1949.
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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.
Patient Records series is closed. Series must be screened for sensitive or confidential materials before being accessed. For further information consult with the Medical Center Archivist.
Files in Subject Files series must be screened for sensitive or confidential materials before being accessed. 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.

Preferred citation:

[Identification of item], Josiah C. Trent Papers, Duke University Medical Center Archives.