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Register of the Edwin Barkley Boldrey Papers, 1946-
MSS 88-56  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Edwin Barkley Boldrey Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1946-
    Collection number: MSS 88-56
    Creator: Boldrey, Edwin Barkley, 1906-1988
    Extent: 23 cartons
    Repository: University of California, San Francisco. Library. Archives and Special Collections.
    San Francisco, California 94143-0840
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research, although some material is restricted. Please consult the container list for selected restrictions.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Edwin Barkley Boldrey Papers, MSS 88-56, Archives & Special Collections, UCSF Library & CKM

    Processing Information

    Initial transfer, one carton from Dr. Boldrey in 1982; 80 cartons from Mrs. Boldrey, November 1988; patient records sampled (every 10th record removed, 33 cartons patient records returned to department, 1/8/90); remaining files consolidated into 23 cartons.


    Edwin B. Boldrey, son of Edwin H. and Florence Bell (Barkley) Boldrey, was born in Morgantown, IN, July 17, 1906. He received his A.B. from DePauw University in 1927. This was followed by an M.A. from Indiana University in 1930, and an M.D. from that institution in 1932. Dr. Boldrey interned at Montreal General Hospital, 1932-35, and worked at the Montreal Neurological Institute, where he was a research fellow, 1935-36, and a fellow in neuropathology, 1938-39. He received an M.Sc. from McGill University in neurology and neurosciences in 1936.
    Dr. Boldrey came to the west coast as instructor in surgery at UCSF School of Medicine, 1940-44, becoming assist. clinical professor of surgery in 1944-48, and assoc. professor of neurological surgery, 1948, and professor of surgery in 1951. He was chair of the Department of Neurosurgery 1951-56, and became professor emeritus in 1973.
    He was visiting neurosurgeon at a number of hospitals and institutions in the Bay Area, and consultant to many others, among them the National Institute for Neurological Diseases and Stroke (1966-73), where he was Chairman of the Training Grant Study Section, and consultant to the Surgeon General of the US Public Health Service, 1960-64. In 1971 Dr. Boldrey received the J. Elliot Royer award from UCSF. The award is given to the individual making the most significant contribution to the advancement of psychiatry and neurology in the San Francisco Bay Area.
    As an eminent neurosurgeon Dr. Boldrey was a member of the American Academy of Neurological Surgery, the Association for Research in Nervous and Mental Diseases, the AMA, the American Association of Neurological Surgery, and the American Board of Neurosurgery, of which he was Director, 1958-64. He was a member of the San Francisco Neurological Society, and president of that organization, 1948-49.

    Scope and Content

    Collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, minutes, reports, consultation (patient) records.