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Hugh Payne Greeley papers

Call Number: MS 1472

Scope and Contents

In 1911 Hugh Payne Greeley, a recent graduate of the Harvard Medical Schoool, began a term as a physician in the isolated fishing community of Pilley's Island, Newfoundland. The Greeley papers, consisting of correspondence, financial records, writings and memorabilia, document Hugh P. Greeley's years at Pilley's Island (1911-1912). Greeley's published account of his work, Work and Play in the Grenfell Mission, ca. 1920, provides a fuller account of his service.

Will M. Greeley donated the papers to the Yale University Library in 1987.

Correspondence comprises the bulk of the papers and concerns negotiations over the establishment of a hospital, the aid provided by Wilfred T. Grenfell and the government of Canada, and the lack of financial support which led to patients describing their ailments and the success of the prescribed treatments. Included among the writings in the papers are Greeley's reports on his work and an extract of the journal he kept. In addition the papers contain printed material and clippings concerning Greeley's work and financial records of payments for services.


  • 1910-1920


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for 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

Gift of Will M. Greeley, 1987


Arranged by record type.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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The papers consist of correspondence, printed matter, newspaper clippings, financial records, and writings, which document Hugh Payne Greeley's attempt to establish a medical practice and hospital in the remote fishing community of Pilley's Island, Newfoundland.

Guide to the Hugh Payne Greeley Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Diane E. Kaplan
January 1988
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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