Harris D. Riley, Jr. Papers

Identifier: EBL-0108

  • Staff Only

Content Description

Materials in the collection consist of books on pediatrics, history of medicine and military history. Manuscript materials relate to research for the history of the department of Pediatrics, various files of research, and correspondence.


  • 1944-2005


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Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Harris D. Riley, Jr., pediatrician and educator, served as Professor of Pedidatrics at Vanderbilt folowing his retirment in 1991 from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine. He was born in Clarksdale, MS, and grew up in Tupelo, MS. He attended Vanderbilt University, receiving his B.A. in 1944 and his M.D. in 1948. After internships at the Baltimore City and Johns Hopkins Hospitals, Dr. Riley completed residency training in pediatrics at the Babies and Children's Hospital, Case Western Reserve University, and at Vanderbilt University Hospital. Thereafter, he undertook fellowhip training in pediatric infectious diseases at Vanderbilt. Dr. Riley, better known as "Pete," served in the U.S. Air Force Medical Service during the Korean War. He served as an instructor in pediatrics at Vanderbilt from 1953-1957. In 1958, he became Professor of Pediatrics and Head of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He remained at the University of Oklahoma until 1991. In 1991, he was appointed Professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University, where he worked closely with Dr. Roscoe R. Robinson on special projects. Dr. Riley was a prolific writer on medical and historical topics, and was an expert on Civil War medicine and a collector of books about the Civil War. He presented his Civil War book collection to the Heard Library at Vanderbilt University in 2005. He died in Nashville, on March 26, 2010. He was 85.


38.70 Cubic Feet (30 Paige boxes 1 Half Hollinger)

Language of Materials



Papers correspondence and materials beloging to Dr. Harris D. Riley, Jr. documenting his research and teaching activities. Dr. Riley served as Professor and Chaiman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma from 1958 until his retirement in 1991 After retiring from Oklahoma, Dr. Riley returned to Vanderbilt as a professor of Pediatrics. He oversaw the Amos Christie Society's Summer Scholars Program and continued to teach and care for pediatric patients.

Physical Location

EBL Vault

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Harris D. Riley, Jr. through agency of son Steve Riley.

Harris D. Riley, Jr. Papers
History of Medicine Collections Staff
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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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