Ernest W. Goodpasture Papers
Collection Scope and Content Summary
Personal papers of pathologist Ernest Goodpasture, best known for his method of growing uncontaminated viruses in chick embryos. Dr. Goodpasture was Chair of Pathology at Vanderbilt from 1924-1955 and Dean of the School of Medicine from 1945-1949. Materials include: Chronological Correspondence 1915-60, Subject Correspondence, Alphabetical Correspondence, , grants, committee work,reprints, research notes, typescripts and manuscripts of speeches and papers, photographs, audio recordings, and slides. Correspondents include: Canby Robinson. Abraham Flexner, Simon Flexner, George Whipple, Paul Lamson, Sir Edward Mellanby, Ludvig Hektoen, Vannevar Bush, Alan Gregg, Warfield Longcope, Waller Leathers.
Collection also contains materials related to Dr. Goodpasture's government work and his work with various research committees.
Materials contained in the Correspondence series 1-3 were donated by Katherine Anderson Goodpasture and Sarah Goodpasture Little to the Special Collections Department of the Jean and Alexander Heard Library in 1988 and were later transferred to and processed by the Special Collections Department of the Vanderbilt Medical Center Library. Items contained in series 4-13 were given to Dr. Robert D. Collins by Dr. Ernest Goodpastures daughter Sarah Goodpasture Little during Dr. Collins research and preparation of the Ernest Goodpasture biography published in 2002. It was collected in small grouping beginning in 1995 and beyond the date of publication. The collection was transferred to the Eskind Library in June, 2003.
- 1909 - 1988
- Goodpasture, Ernest William (Person)
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Historical or Biographical Note
Dr. Ernest Goodpasture (1886-1960) was a Vanderbilt pathologist, best known for his method of growing uncontaminated viruses in chick embryos. During his early years at Vanderbilt, Dr. Goodpasture and his associates carried out studies that laid the groundwork for subsequent explosive developments in virology and the development of vaccines.
Ernest Goodpasture was born October 17, 1886, about seven miles from Clarksville, Tennessee. Following graduation from Vanderbilt in 1907, Dr. Goodpasture taught for a year at Allegheny Collegiate Institute in Alderson, WV. In the fall of 1908, he entered the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Goodpasture accepted the opportunity as a Rockefeller Fellow in Pathology with Dr. William H. Welch.
From 1913 to 1915 Dr. Goodpasture was a member of the resident staff in Pathology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Instructor in Pathology at the Johns Hopkins Medical School. From 1915 to 1918, he was on the resident staff of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital with an appointment as Instructor in Pathology at the Harvard Medical School. His appointment as Assistant Professor of Pathology at Harvard in 1918 concluded in 1922 after concurrent service in the United States Navy Medical Service and a faculty position at the University of the Philippines.
Dr. Goodpasture was director of the William H. Singer Research Laboratory in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from 1922 to 1924. He resigned from the post to become Professor and Head of the Department of Pathology at the reorganized Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The year 1924-25 was spent as a Rockefeller Scholar at the Institute for General and Experimental Pathology at the University of Vienna. On returning to Vanderbilt in 1925, Dr. Goodpasture assumed the duties of Professor and Head of the Department of Pathology. He held this appointment until his retirement in 1955.
From 1942 to 1950, Dr. Goodpasture, in addition to his departmental activities, served first as Associate Dean and later as Dean of the Medical School. In 1950, he resigned the Deanship and thereafter devoted himself to his chosen field of Pathology.
In 1955 Dr. Goodpasture retired from the active faculty and became Professor of Pathology, Emeritus. In that same year, he became Scientific Director of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, DC. After four productive years, Dr. Goodpasture resigned to return to Tennessee and to Vanderbilt. He had resumed his research in the spring of 1960 when he died at his home in Nashville of a heart attack on September 20, 1960.
20.56 Cubic Feet (48 Hollinger boxes, 1 Half-Hollinger box, 2 Paige boxes)
Language of Materials
Personal papers of pathologist Ernest Goodpasture, best known for his method of growing uncontaminated viruses in chick embryos. Dr. Goodpasture was Chair of Pathology at Vanderbilt from 1924-1955 and Dean of the School of Medicine from 1945-1949. Materials include: Chronological Correspondence 1915-60, Subject Correspondence, Alphabetical Correspondence, grants, committee work, reprints, research notes, typescripts and manuscripts of speeches and papers, photographs, audio recordings, and slides. Correspondents include: Canby Robinson. Abraham Flexner, Simon Flexner, George Whipple, Paul Lamson, Sir Edward Mellanby, Ludvig Hektoen, Vannevar Bush, Alan Gregg, Warfield Longcope, Waller Leathers.
Acquired on 06/17/2003,11/16/2000
Separated Materials note
Dr. Goodpasture's personal annotated copy of the 7th edition of Sir William Osler's Principles and Practice of Medicine was removed from this collection and placed with the Osler Collection contained in the Historical Collection Room of the Eskind Library. Group photos of the Department of Pathology from the 1930s were removed from this collection and placed in Photographic Archive Series 5, Folder 8 Department of Pathology group photographs.
processed on 06/01/2003,01/01/2001
- Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (U.S.)
- Epidemiology/Public Health
- Goodpasture, Ernest William, 1886-1960
- Gregg, Alan
- Hektoen, Ludvig
- Infectious Diseases
- Lamson, Paul Dudley
- Leathers, Waller S. (Waller Smith)
- Longcope, Warfield T. (Warfield Theobald)
- Mellanby, Edward, Sir
- Pathology -- history
- Robinson, George Canby
- VUMC History
- Whipple, George Hoyt
- Ernest W. Goodpasture Papers
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- Description is in English.
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