The bulk of the collection pertains to Dr. Bonica's professional activities in the 1960s,
1970s, and 1980s. Early materials in the collection include notes from medical school,
circa 1938-1940, and correspondence continues until immediately prior to Bonica's death.
Additional post-mortem correspondence by his secretary follows. The collection contains
manuscript notes, data, and correspondence; slides from presentations; original
publication illustrations; audio and video tape reels; scrapbook items;and some personal
and conference photographs. Major subjects covered in the collection include pain and its
management, pain clinics, clinical and academic anesthesiology, and obstetric analgesia
and anesthesia. Bonica's experience with the foundation of the International Association
for the Study of Pain and the American Pain Society, close involvement with the World
Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists, directorship of the University of
Washington's Department of Anesthesiology and Multidisciplinary Pain Clinic, and work as
Chief of Anesthesia at Tacoma General Hospital are also reflected in the collection.
Frequent correspondents include Thomas Hornbein, John S. McDonald, Patrick D. Wall, and
John D. Loeser.
John J. Bonica (1917-1994), called "pain relief's founding father" by
Time magazine (11 June 1984), was an academic and clinical
anesthesiologist, educator, and founder of the International Association for the Study of
John J. Bonica Virtual Archive
Information on permission to reproduce, quote, or publish is available from the History &
Special Collections Division.
Collection is open for research, with the following exceptions: Folders in Box 135 and
ledgers in Box 154 are restricted. Contact the manuscript curator at the Louise M.
Darling Biomedical Library, History and Special Collections Division, for information on
access to these files.