Amos Christie Papers

 Collection
Identifier: EBL-0015

  • Staff Only

Collection Scope and Content Summary

Personal papers of Amos Christie, pediatrician, child health advocate, beloved Vanderbilt professor, and humanitarian. Dr. Christie is best known for his research in histoplasmosis, known as the "Vanderbilt disease," but he was also instrumental in integrating Vanderbilt's pediatrics ward in the late 1940s. Materials include: correspondence; biographical material; manuscripts and speeches; reprints; and personal and professional subject files.

Most of the collection relates to Dr. Christie's work at Vanderbilt and also his work with various civic organizations, government agencies, and other area health care providers. Personal information can be found in diaries from 1963, 1966, 1968, and 1975. Collection also contains information about the Dr. Christie's family history and genealogies.

Correspondence in this collection is primarily from 1938-1968 with some older letters also included. Correspondence is arranged in several ways: alphabetically, by subject, and chronologically.

Dates

  • 1930 - 1984

Creator

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Historical or Biographical Note

Amos Christie (1902-1986) was a pediatrician, child health advocate, professor, and administrator at Vanderbilt University Medical School. Dr. Christie is best known for his research in histoplasmosis, known as the "Vanderbilt disease," but he also conducted research in reticuloendotheliosis, immunization, and physical defects of children. He was also instrumental in integrating Vanderbilt's pediatrics ward in the late 1940s.

Dr. Christie was born in Eureka, CA in 1902. He earned a B.S. degree from the University of Washington and an M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco in 1929. He was an Instructor in Pediatrics at the University of California from 1930-1935. Then he became a Pediatrician, Obstetrician, and Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins from 1936-1937. Dr. Christie then started as an Assistant Professor and eventually became an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California School of Medicine from 1937-1942. He then worked for the American Red Cross as an Assistant Director of Medical and Health Services from 1942-1943. In 1943, he came to Vanderbilt as chair of the Department of Pediatrics, a position he held until his retirement in 1968.

For more information and pictures please see the VUMC Online Biography of Dr. Christie

Extent

30.31 Cubic Feet (76 Hollinger boxes, 7 half Hollinger box, 1 flat storage box (17"x21"x4"). )

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Personal papers of Amos Christie, pediatrician, child health advocate, beloved Vanderbilt professor, and humanitarian. Dr. Christie is best known for his research in histoplasmosis, known as the "Vanderbilt disease," but he was also instrumental in integrating Vanderbilt's pediatrics ward in the late 1940s. Materials include: correspondence; biographical material; manuscripts and speeches; reprints; and personal and professional subject files.

Physical Location

EBL Vault

Acquisition Information

Accession records indicate that the colletion was received as a gift from Dr. Christie beginning in 1978, with an addition in 1981, and latter materials added on 11/27/2000, and 01/22/1997.

Processing History

processed on 01/01/1997
Title
Amos Christie Papers
Status
Completed
Author
History of Medicine Collections Staff
Date
2004-10-28
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Eskind Biomedical Library Manuscripts Collection Repository

Contact:
Eskind Biomedical Library
2209 Garland Ave.
Nashville TN 37232


 

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