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Collection Number: HC0009

Collection Title: Bullitt History of Medicine Club records, 1950s-present

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Size 2 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 400 items)
Abstract Founded in 1953 as the History Club of the UNC School of Medicine, the Bullitt History of Medicine Club promotes the understanding and appreciation of the historical foundations upon which current medical knowledge and practice is constructed, by encouraging social and intellectual exchanges between faculty members, medical students, and members of the community. This collection contains administrative records and information about meetings of the Bullitt History of Medicine Club, including correspondence, procedures, and meeting announcements. Much of the correspondence is between Bullitt Club leadership and potential speakers and collaborators, including Doctors in Gray: The Confederate Medical Service author H. H. Cunningham; Leslie B. Adams, Jr.; E. K. Atkinson; Nicholas Dewey; Norman Harden; Ralph R. Landes; Roy McKnight; J. Lee Sedwitz; James Semans; and Robert T. Whitlock. Correspondents representing the University of North Carolina include: W. Reece Berryhill; Nancy G. Bruce; John Curnes; A. Price Heusner; Charles W. Hooker; Dorothy Long; Lawrence McHenry; William W. McLendon; Michael R. McVaugh; Alan Spanos; William H. Sprunt III; and Warner Wells. There is very little information about the club's activities during the 1990s.
Creator University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. School of Medicine. Bullitt History of Medicine Club.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Bullitt History of Medicine Club records #HC0009, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift of Dr. William W. McLendon, September 2007.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The Bullitt History of Medicine Club promotes the understanding and appreciation of the historical foundations upon which current medical knowledge and practice is constructed, by encouraging social and intellectual exchanges between faculty members, medical students, and members of the community. The Bullitt Club holds several lecture meetings per year. All meetings are free and open to the public.

The club was founded in 1953 as the History Club of the UNC School of Medicine. The name changed to the James B. Bullitt History Club in 1958. A professor of pathology at UNC from 1913 to 1946, Dr. Bullitt was a consistent club attendee and was also popular with the medical students.

The first meetings of the Bullitt History of Medicine Club were held in the homes of various faculty members. As attendance grew, meetings were held in different places throughout the School of Medicine. Beginning in the 1970s, lectures began being held at the Health Sciences Library on a fairly consistent basis.

As interest in the history of medicine began to grow, the Trent History of Medicine Society at Duke also began to offer a series of monthly evening lectures, independent of the Bullitt Club series, and in the 2005/2006 academic year, the two organizations decided to collaborate, alternating the meeting location each month between the UNC-Chapel Hill Health Sciences Library and the Duke Medical Library History of Medicine Collections.

Two years later the Bullitt Club noon lecture series was begun. The noon lectures were shorter, and were presented in months when the evening lecture was hosted at Duke.

Due to the success of the Bullitt Club noon lecture series, and concern that students would not want to return to campus for an evening lecture, the Bullitt Club made the decision to hold the majority of its 2012/2013 meetings during the day, rather than in the evening. In that same academic year the Trent History of Medicine Society chose to focus on sponsoring one major lecture each semester during the academic year, thus ending the jointly sponsored lecture series.

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This collection contains administrative records and information about meetings of the Bullitt History of Medicine Club, including correspondence, procedures, and meeting announcements. Much of the correspondence is between Bullitt Club leadership and potential speakers and collaborators, including Doctors in Gray: The Confederate Medical Service author H. H. Cunningham; Leslie B. Adams, Jr.; E. K. Atkinson; Nicholas Dewey; Norman Harden; Ralph R. Landes; Roy McKnight; J. Lee Sedwitz; James Semans; and Robert T. Whitlock. Correspondents representing the University of North Carolina include: W. Reece Berryhill; Nancy G. Bruce; John Curnes; A. Price Heusner; Charles W. Hooker; Dorothy Long; Lawrence McHenry; William W. McLendon; Michael R. McVaugh; Alan Spanos; William H. Sprunt III; and Warner Wells. There is very little information about the club's activities during the 1990s.

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Contents list

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10 folders.

Contains correspondence, steering committee meeting notes, and procedures for the Bullitt History of Medicine Club. Much of the correspondence is between Bullitt Club leadership and potential speakers and collaborators, including Doctors in Gray: The Confederate Medical Service author H. H. Cunningham; Leslie B. Adams, Jr.; E. K. Atkinson; Nicholas Dewey; Norman Harden; Ralph R. Landes; Roy McKnight; J. Lee Sedwitz; James Semans; and Robert T. Whitlock. Correspondents representing the University of North Carolina include: W. Reece Berryhill; Nancy G. Bruce; John Curnes; A. Price Heusner; Charles W. Hooker; Dorothy Long; Lawrence McHenry; William W. McLendon; Michael R. McVaugh; Alan Spanos; William H. Sprunt III; and Warner Wells.

Box 1

Correspondence, 1955-1958 #HC0009, Series: "1. Administrative Records, 1955-present" Box 1

Correspondence, 1960-1964 #HC0009, Series: "1. Administrative Records, 1955-present" Box 1

Correspondence, 1970-1986 #HC0009, Series: "1. Administrative Records, 1955-present" Box 1

Steering committee meetings, 1960-1961 #HC0009, Series: "1. Administrative Records, 1955-present" Box 1

Checklist for Bullitt Club meetings, 1981 #HC0009, Series: "1. Administrative Records, 1955-present" Box 1

Speaker permission forms and checklists, 2008-2016 #HC0009, Series: "1. Administrative Records, 1955-present" Box 1

Bullitt Club member names and addresses, 1950s-[1990s] #HC0009, Series: "1. Administrative Records, 1955-present" Box 1

Bullitt Club stationery, undated #HC0009, Series: "1. Administrative Records, 1955-present" Box 1

Standard letter from Bullitt Club, 1960 #HC0009, Series: "1. Administrative Records, 1955-present" Box 1

Bullitt Club history, undated #HC0009, Series: "1. Administrative Records, 1955-present" Box 1

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9 folders, 1 scrapbook.

Contains meeting schedules and announcments. The maps to meeting locations are hand-drawn, and were used to when meetings were held at the homes of various faculty members. Notes taken during the meetings by William W. McLendon, an early student leader of the club who later became chair of the Department of Hospital Laboratories at UNC Hospitals, are also included. The guestbook was used at meetings from 2010 to 2015. There is very little information about the club's activities during the 1990s.

List of Bullitt Club meetings, 1954-2000 #HC0009, Series: "2. Meetings and announcements, 1954-2015" Box 1

Maps to meeting locations, 1954-1969 #HC0009, Series: "2. Meetings and announcements, 1954-2015" Box 1

Bullitt Club announcements, 1955-1959 #HC0009, Series: "2. Meetings and announcements, 1954-2015" Box 1

Bullitt Club announcements, 1960-1969 #HC0009, Series: "2. Meetings and announcements, 1954-2015" Box 1

Bullitt Club announcements, 1970-1979 #HC0009, Series: "2. Meetings and announcements, 1954-2015" Box 1

Bullitt Club announcements, 1980-1989 #HC0009, Series: "2. Meetings and announcements, 1954-2015" Box 1

McLendon notes from Bullitt Club meetings, 1954-1972 #HC0009, Series: "2. Meetings and announcements, 1954-2015" Box 1

"Writing I Have Liked," by Charles W. Hooker, 1982 #HC0009, Series: "2. Meetings and announcements, 1954-2015" Box 1

"How the Brain Got its Name and Numbers," by James Scatliff, 1991 (audio recording) #HC0009, Series: "2. Meetings and announcements, 1954-2015" Box 1

Box 2

Guest book, 2010-2015 #HC0009, Series: "2. Meetings and announcements, 1954-2015" Box 2

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Processing Information

Processed by: Dawne Lucas, May 2016

Encoded by: Dawne Lucas, May 2016

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