William Anderson Spickard, Jr. Papers

Identifier: EBL-1020

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William Anderson Spickard, Jr.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

The collection includes both personal papers of Dr. Spickard as well as material connected to his professional work, including the Center for Professional Health at VUMC.


  • 2004 - 2009


Notes about Access to this Collection

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Reproduction Rights

Copyright is retained by History of Medicine Collections, Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University or is retained by the authors of specific published items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Historical or Biographical Note

Dr. Anderson Spickard, Jr. was active in the treatment of patients with substance abuse problems for over 40 years and was nationally recognized as an expert in this field. Later in his career, Dr. Spickard focused on physician health and behavior. Dr. Spickard retired on April 30, 2008 and was promoted to the rank of Professor of Medicine, Emeritus after 45 years of service to Vanderbilt. Prior to retiring, he was Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry and Chancellor's Chair in Medicine at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Medical Director of the Center for Professional Health (CPH). Dr. Spickard also served as the Chairman of the Vanderbilt Faculty & Physician Wellness Committee, a committee organized to address the issues of physician/faculty wellbeing. In June 2003, Dr. Spickard was awarded the Chancellor's Chair in Medicine for his contributions to research and addiction related to physician wellness. He is the co-author of the book, Dying for a Drink: What You and Your Family Should Know about Alcoholism Dr. Spickard received many awards for his contributions to the field of substance abuse, including the Special Recognition award for Outstanding Leadership and Contributions in the Field of Alcohol and Drug Abuse from the Mid-Cumberland Council on Alcohol and Drugs in Nashville, TN, and the Alexander Heard Distinguished Service Professor Award in May 1989. The latter award is given to a full-time Vanderbilt University faculty member for distinctive contributions to the problems of contemporary society. Dr. Spickard was also awarded the 1996 AMERSA John P. McGovern Award for Excellence in Research and Medical Education in Substance Abuse and served as president of AMERSA (Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse). He was the founder and medical director for 12 years of the Vanderbilt Institute for Treatment of Addiction (VITA), an inpatient and intensive outpatient treatment program for persons with substance dependence, which provides an education and training site for residents and medical students. (Bio sketch provided courtesy of Anderson Spickard, Jr. and was adapted) Dr. Spickard died in Nashville on December 8, 2021. He was 90.


6.99 Megabytes (Digital Collection with files stored on archive server.)

1.28 Linear Feet (One Paige box)

Language of Materials



Professional papers in electronic format of W. Anderson Spickard Jr., MD, physician and medical educator of Nashville, TN. Also print copyies of his journal publications, and books are contained in the colletion.

Location note

These papers are maintained in electronic format only, and are maintained in the digital archival repository.

Acquisition Information

Acquired through email from Dr. Anderson Spickard on 5/29/2008 and 9/10/2008.

General Physical Descriptopn note

These records are electronic only.

Processing History

processed on Unknown Date

Finding Aid for the William Anderson Spickard, Jr. Papers
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Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Eskind Biomedical Library Manuscripts Collection Repository

Eskind Biomedical Library
2209 Garland Ave.
Nashville TN 37232


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