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Sohn (Won Tai) papers
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Description
Won Tai Sohn was a Korean American physician specializing in pathology and close friend of North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Il Sung. This small collection comprises primarily printed materials created and collected by Sohn, including articles, clippings, and drafts of his memoirs regarding his relationship with Sung. It also contains photograph and certificates, and personal papers and ephemera in the form of correspondence, notebooks, resumes, cards, travel documents, parchment, and a nameplate.
Background
Won Tai Sohn was born on August 11, 1914 in Seoul, Korea. He moved to the United States and graduated from Yonsei Severance Medical School in 1945. He attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illnois in 1949 and finished residency in pathology at Cook County Hospital in 1952. In 1965, Sohn completed a Clinical Cyptopathology course at Johns Hopkins. In 1972 he moved to Omaha, Nebraska where he served as 16 years as a staff pathologist at Bishop Clarkson Hospital. He retired from both teaching and practicing medicine in 1986. In 1992, Sohn visited North Korea, rekindling his old friendship with President at the time Kim Il Sung. In 2003, his book entitled "Kim Il Sung and Korea's Struggle: an Unconventional Firsthand History" was published by McFarland and Company.
Extent
2.5 Linear Feet 2 boxes
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of the Korean Heritage Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Korean Heritage Library 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.
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Advance notice required for access.