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Stephen E. Malawista papers

Call Number: Ms Coll 46

Scope and Contents

The papers include correspondence with individuals and organizations; administrative reports of the Section of Rheumatology; Yale committee minutes and correspondence; grants and contracts whether funded or not; manuscripts of papers, both published and unpublished, including correspondence with editors, reviews, and subsequent resubmissions to the same or other journals; popular and scholarly materials collected by Malawista on Lyme disease; presentations and travels to conferences; articles/reprints; protocols; and laboratory notebooks. Restricted materials containing patient information include Malawista's correspondence with patients, clinical research, clinical trials, and most research notebooks.


  • 1957-2013


Language of Materials

Materials are mostly in English. Some correspondence and notes are in French.

Conditions Governing Access

Most of the papers are open for research, but portions of the collection are restricted because they contain patient data. Consult the Librarian for Medical History.


Organized into 12 series: 1. General. 2. Correspondence. 3. Yale University: Administration, Teaching, Medical Practice, Sabbaticals. 4. Submission of manuscripts for publication. 5. Grant and contract proposals. 6. Lyme disease files, Part 1 (open). 7. Lyme disease files, Part 2 (restricted). 8. Lyme Vaccine Study (restricted). 9. Talks and Travel ("T/T"). 10. Published articles (reprints). 11. Research materials. 12. Oversize.


82 boxes

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Stephen E. Malawista, M.D, was a member of the Department of Internal Medicine and Chair of the Section of Rheumatology at Yale. His research focused on the mechanisms of inflammation relevant to rheumatology. He was best known as the co-discoverer of Lyme disease. His papers include correspondence, section annual reports, correspondence and drafts on papers submitted for publication, grants and contracts, popular material on Lyme disease, presentations, published papers, and research notes.

Biographical / Historical

Stephen Evan Malawista, professor of medicine at Yale, was born in New York City and graduated from Harvard College (1954) and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University (1958). He completed his residency training at Yale. After a brief stint in the Public Health Service, he was invited back to Yale in 1966, where he became chief of Rheumatology in the Department of Internal Medicine in 1967. As chief for 21 years, he built up the section to a major center for rheumatology. Malawista was known for his creativity in the laboratory, his observational skills as a clinician, and his wit as a colleague. His research focused on inflammation, especially neutrophils, and he made many important contributions. He developed the first screen for the prenatal diagnosis of chronic granulomatous disease. But Malawista will be especially remembered as the co-discoverer in 1975 with Allen C. Steele, of Lyme disease. In addition to his previous areas of research, Malawista continued to investigate Lyme disease through the remainder of his career. He and his colleagues researched the causal mechanisms, diagnosis, etiology, and the treatment of Lyme disease, and the prevention of Lyme disease by a vaccine. All Malawista's sabbaticals were spent in Paris collaborating with various French colleagues. Malawista received several major awards, among them the Gold Medal of the American College of Rheumatology, the Ciba-Geigy/International League Against Rheumatism Prize with Allen Steere, and the degree of Docteur Honoris Causa from the Universite de Paris.

Stephen E. Malawista papers
Toby A. Appel and Megann Licskai
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