Finding aid for the Hugh A. Edmondson papers 0353

Finding aid prepared by Meghan Stephens
USC Libraries Special Collections
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
2013 June

Title: Hugh A. Edmondson papers
Collection number: 0353
Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2.0 Linear feet 7 boxes
Date: circa 1930s-1980s
Abstract: The Hugh A. Edmondson papers contains documents regarding Dr. Edmondson's impact on the USC School of Medicine and the advancements he made in the medical field, particularly in pathology. This collection consists of correspondence, photographs, notes, budgets, programs, medical documents, publications, historical documents, academic documents, legal papers and other texts related to Dr. Edmondson's professional career and personal life.
creator: Edmondson, Hugh A., 1906-

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Hugh A. Edmondson papers, Collection no. 0353, University Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Scope and Content

The Hugh A. Edmondson papers contains correspondence, photographs, artifacts, business documentation, publications, reports, biographies, autobiographies, and many other miscellaneous documents. Edmondson is recognized as an expert in pancreatic and liver diseases and was often consulted for his knowledge. The collection’s correspondence includes both personal and business letters. People reached out to Dr. Edmondson for various requests, ranging from his opinion on the diagnoses of patients to his input on the delegation of funding for research. Beyond personal correspondence, this collection includes other private documents like hand-written journal-like papers, and personal photographs. However, the documents included mostly consist of paperwork, budgets, print publications and notes about the USC Department of Medicine, particularly the Department of Pathology. The format of the information varies based on the content. Two important court case documents that Dr. Edmonson was involved in are also included. These legal documents are lengthy and include testimonies by him. There are Academic Papers in the collection that consist of recommendations for the curriculum and lecture outlines. The Hugh A. Edmondson papers also provides a detailed history of medical education at USC. These historical documents note numerous key figures and the overall advances of the program. There are autobiographical texts on Dr. Edmonson and biographical texts on others involved in the Doheny Eye Foundation, and on other doctors at USC. One group of documents in this section includes Dr. Edmondson’s death wishes and print publications about his death and accomplishments. Furthermore, the collection includes print publications about the USC School of Medicine including newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and reports. By providing a detailed account of Dr. Edmondson’s successes and contributions to the medical field, this collection presents many advancements made by the USC School of Medicine.

Biographical note

Hugh A. Edmonson, M.D., was the chairman of the Department of Pathology at USC, the Director of Laboratories and Pathology at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Estelle Doheny Eye Foundation. Dr. Edmondson arrived at USC in 1932 for the continuation of a medical internship. In 1934, he was appointed an assistant in the Department of Pathology. From there, he rose to Chairman of the department, a position held from 1951 to 1972. He made considerable achievements as an administrator and as a specialist in the pathology of liver and pancreatic diseases. He was also an important financial supporter of the Elaine Stevely Hoffman Medical Research Center. He was the author of more than 70 publications in his specialties and received many awards for his accomplishments. Dr. Edmondson died of cancer at the age of 80 in 1986.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

American Association of Pathologists and Bacteriologists. -- Archives
American Medical Association. -- Archives
California Medical Association. -- Archives
Edmondson, Hugh A., 1906- -- Archives
Los Angeles County Medical Association. -- Archives
Norris, Kenneth T., (Kenneth True), 1899-1972 -- Correspondence
University of Southern California. Department of Pathology. -- Archives
University of Southern California. School of Medicine. -- Archives
University of Southern California. School of Medicine. -- Faculty
University of Southern California. School of Medicine. -- History
Legal documents
Medical education--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources



Box 4, Folder 15-16

[Administrative Correspondence] 1947-1986

Box 4, Folder 6

[American Association of Pathologists and Bacteriologists] 1931-1954

Box 4, Folder 7

[American Medical Association] 1931-1936

Box 4, Folder 8

Cancer Commission 1948

Box 4, Folder 1

Correspondence from July 1984-1985

Box 3, Folder 2, Box 5, Folder 13-16

[General Correspondence] 1927-1985

Box 5, Folder 4

[Personal Correspondence] 1943-1983

Box 4, Folder 3

Norris, Kenneth T. (Sr.): Norri Thermador Corporation 1964-1984

Box 5, Folder 11

[Notes and Correspondence Regarding Medical Treatment]

Box 4, Folder 12

Personal Correspondence: Edmondson Conservancy 1985

Box 3, Folder 7

[Personal Correspondence 1985: Letters of Appreciation] 1984-1985

Box 4, Folder 4

P.C. 1985 1985

Box 4, Folder 14

P.C. 1984 1984

Box 5, Folder 7

Who's Who 1975


Pictures and Artifacts

Box 5, Folder 5

Badges undated

Box 1, Folder 7-9

[Photographs] undated

Box 7

[Photograph of Dr. Edmondson]

Box 1, Folder 6

Photographs To Mail Mrs. Sivalles

Scope and Content

Photographs of people including children, middle-aged and elderly.
Box 6, Folder 1

[Pocketbooks and Planners] 1948-1953

Box 1, Folder 4

[Xerox Medical Photos] undated

Scope and Content

Xerox copies from the Department of Pathology at the USC School of Medicine.

Business Documents

Scope and Content

The business documents include plans, notes, board meeting minutes, various paperwork, budgets, programs, multiple diagnoses, etc.
Box 1, Folder 5

Board of Councilors 1979

Scope and Content

Photograph and detailed text about meetings, minutes, needs, authority positions, history, goals, and various other information.
Box 5, Folder 2

C.P.C. 1953-1955

Box 4, Folder 11

Dr. Butt 1950-1981

Box 2, Folder 7

[Edmondson Research Budget] 1964-1965

Box 4, Folder 13

Ewing's Tumor - CPC Case 1946

Box 2, Folder 6, Box 2, Folder 2

[Endowment Paperwork] 1955-1986

Box 5, Folder 9

Faculty Scholarship Profile Questionnaire 1974-1978

Box 5, Folder 8

[Los Angeles County Medical Association] 1978

Box 5, Folder 1

[Medical Reports and Gifts] 1979-1986

Box 1, Folder 2

[Programs] 1932-1977

Scope and Content

Programs for events ranging from dinners to conferences. A speaker from the USC School of Medicine is usually noted as a speaker.

Print Publications

Box 2, Folder 1

[Print Publications on the Success of the USC School of Medicine] 1941-1985

Box 4, Folder 2

[Publicity] 1971-1972

Box 5, Folder 6

Thomas Noguchi 1969

Box 1, Folder 1

[USC School of Medicine in the Print Media] 1951-1986

Scope and Content

This folder includes newspaper clippings, magazine pages, general major publications, editorials and bulletin concerning the USC School of Medicine.

Bibliographical and autobiographical documents

Box 5, Folder 10

Bibliographical Data: Dr. Edmondson 1950-1974

Box 3, Folder 1

[The Death and Honors Given to Dr. Edmondson] 1971-1985

Box 1, Folder 3

Dr. Beigelman's Father 1979

Scope and Content

A photograph and text on Dr. Beigelman with a hand written note and edits.
Box 2, Folder 5

[Historical/Bibliographical Papers] undated

Box 6, Folder 2

Robert J. Huebner, M.D. 1976-1977

Box 5, Folder 3

Zeiler, A.H., M.D. (Obituary) 1943-1969


Historical Documents

Box 4, Folder 9

California Medical Association 1930-1966

Box 2, Folder 5

The First Hundred Years

Box 4, Folder 5

History of Alcohol and Alcoholism 1974-1979

Box 3, Folder 4

[History of Department] 1940-1986

Box 3, Folder 6

History of Medicine and Pathology in California 1930-1964

Box 3, Folder 5, Box 6, Folder 3

[Medical School History] 1935-1985


Academic Papers and Reports

Box 2, Folder 3

[Academics: Curriculum and Recommendations]

Box 3, Folder 3

Immunobiology 1982

Box 4, Folder 10

[Pharmacy Lecture] 1944-1952


Court Cases

Box 5, Folder 12

Coroner's Case #1: Los Angeles County 1888 1945

Box 3, Folder 8

[Court Case Report of Oral Examination of Edmondson] 30 January 1985