Collection Number: HC0066

Collection Title: Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research, 1950s-1960s

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 400 items)
Abstract Contains correspondence, reports, promotional materials, and other items pertaining to Irvington House, a medical research and patient treatment center located in New York. These materials were created and collected by Robert L. Heckel, a white anthropologist who conducted an administrative study of Irvington House in the 1950s.
Creator Heckel, Robert L. (Robert Louis), 1914-2007.
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 Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research, #HC0066, Rare Book Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Robert L. Heckel in April 2007 (Acc. 2007001).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Robert Louis Heckel was born 1914 and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He conducted an administrative study of Irvington House, briefly chaired the Anthropology Division of the New York Academy of Sciences, and taught anthropology at the University of Mississippi. He moved to Chapel Hill, N.C. in 1993.

Irvington Institute for Immunological Research was a non-profit organization committed to funding the studies and training of young immunological investigators. Research and patient facilities, with an emphasis on pediatrics, were located at Irvington House in Irvington-on-Hudson, N.Y., and later relocated to New York University. In 2007, the Irvington Institute for Immunological Research merged with the Cancer Research Institute, combining the institutions' postdoctoral fellowship programs.

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This collection contains correspondence, reports, promotional materials, and other items pertaining to Irvington House, a medical research and patient treatment center located in New York.

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Contents list

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About 400 items.
Box 1

Correspondence between Joseph B. Gavrin (Executive Director of Irvington House) and Robert L. Heckel, 1959-1961 #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

Report to Irvington House (incomplete) #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

Report to Irvington House (complete) #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

Conclusions Reached in Report to Irvington House, June 1960 #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

Retrospective Summary of Conclusions Made in Report to Irvington House #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

Irvington House Board of Directors Meeting Minutes and presentation delivered by Robert L. Heckel, May 1959 #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

Summary of Meeting on Proposed "Irvington House as a Community," 30 June 1958 #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

Correspondence between Joseph B. Gavrin and Richard Herpers #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

Correspondence between Joseph B. Gavrin and Conrad M. Arensberg #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

Correspondence between Robert L. Heckel and Conrad M. Arensberg #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

Correspondence between Jeanne E. Jonas and Conrad M. Arensberg #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

Historical Background for Community Study of Irvington House #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

Irvington House Conference on The Rheumatic Child and His World, 1956 #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

Irvington House Conference on Readiness and Responsibility, 1957 #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

Irvington House "Heartline" Vol. 5, No. 2, March 1960 #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

"Comprehensive Bibliography of Publications by Medical Social Workers" and associated correspondence between Harriett Bartlett and Robert L. Heckel #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

"Questions and Answers for Parents" Brochure #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

1 copy in Spanish and 1 copy in English

Information brochures #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

Manual for Volunteers #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

Instructions to Parents and Visitors of Children in the Acute Ward #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

Agreement between Irvington House and New York University #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

Speech by Lewis Thomas at the launching of Campaign for the Irvington House Institute for Rheumatic Fever and Allied Diseases, 26 February 1959 #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

Irvington House Institute Campaign booklet #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

Proposed budget, 1959-1960 #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

Fundraising materials #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

"You are Advancing the Health of America" by Dr. Gene H. Stollerman, Irvington House's Medical Director #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

Handwritten notes #HC0066, Series: "Robert L. Heckel Papers on the Irvington Institute of Immunological Research" Box 1

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Processing Information

Processed by: Dawne Howard Lucas, September 2019

Encoded by: Dawne Howard Lucas, September 2019

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