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Francis Gilman Blake papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 1281

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of laboratory notebooks, lecture notes, patient charts, correspondence and photographs, primarily documenting the medical career of Francis Gilman Blake, including his tenure as Dean of the Yale School of Medicine and medical research. Also included is correspondence to his wife documenting his personal life.

Dates

  • 1908-1953

Creator

Language

English

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been transferred to Yale University for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Yale University Historical Medical Library, 1980. Gift of John B. Blake, 2006.

Extent

9 Linear Feet (16 boxes)

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.1281

Overview

The papers consist of laboratory notebooks, lecture notes, patient charts, correspondence and photographs, primarily documenting the medical career of Francis Gilman Blake, including his tenure as Dean of the Yale School of Medicine and medical research. Also included is correspondence to his wife documenting his personal life.

Biographical / Historical

Francis Gilman Blake was born on February 22, 1887, in Mansfield Valley, Pennsylvania. After his father died when he was three, his family moved to Massachusetts. He received his A.B. from Dartmouth in 1908 and spent the next year tutoring a schoolboy in Maine in order to pay for Harvard Medical School, from which he received his M.D. in 1913. For the next three years, Blake worked as an intern at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. He met Dorothy P. Dewey, a nurse in training at Peter Bent Brigham, whom he married on June 1, 1916, and with whom he had three sons. Over the next few years, Blake worked as a researcher at the Rockefeller Institute and as a professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota. In 1921, he joined the faculty at the Yale School of Medicine as one of the youngest full professors of medicine in the school's history. He served as dean of the school from 1940 to 1947. His important contributions to the medical field include research in epidemic diseases and some of the first laboratory and clinical tests of penicillin. Throughout his life, Blake was associated with the government and army, serving as civil director of army medical research. He died of a heart condition at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, on February 1, 1952.
Title
Guide to the Francis Gilman Blake Papers
Author
compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
Date
February 2004
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • May 2013: Finding aid revision description not supplied.

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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