Eugene L Bishop Collection

Identifier: EBL-0099

  • Staff Only

Content Description

Memorabilia, correspondence, publications, and artifacts relating to Dr. Eugene L. Bishop (1886-1951.) who Director of Health for the TVA and as Commissioner of Health for the State of Tennessee. Additional materials pertain to his son Dr. Eugene L. Bishop, Jr.


  • 1925-1975

Conditions Governing Access

All collections are subject to applicable Vanderbilt privacy and confidentiality policies. Collection specific restrictions: No Restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by History of Medicine Collections, Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University.

Biographical / Historical

Eugene Lindsay Bishop served as the Commissioner for the Tennessee State Health Department from 1924 to 1935, and later as the Director of the Health and Safety Department of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) from 1935 to 1951. It was here where he worked to develop the strategy for controlling the population of mosquitos that transmitted malaria in the Tennessee Valley. The technique he developed of raising and lowering the levels of the lakes maintained by the TVA proved quite effective and was soon adopted around the world. He was awarded the Mary Woodard Lasker Award for Public Service in 1950, largely in recognition of this effort. Dr. Bishop was born in Nashville on April 3, 1886, and received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University in 1914. He later received a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins in 1923. Bishop died in Nashville February 27, 1951, less than a year after receiving the Lasker Award. He was 64.


1.11 Cubic Feet (3 Hollinger boxes)

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Memorabilia, newspaper clippings and correspondence of Dr. Bishop, related to and documenting his public health work with the Tennessee State Health Department and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Physical Location

EBL Vault

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection was donated by Mrs. Eugene L. Bishop, Jr. Ann Harris (Mason) Bishop in August 2009.

Condition Description

Materials are in good condition

Eugene L Bishop Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Eskind Biomedical Library Manuscripts Collection Repository

Eskind Biomedical Library
2209 Garland Ave.
Nashville TN 37232


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