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George A. Silver papers

Call Number: MS 1002
Scope and Contents

Though the George Silver Papers span the years 1946 to 1999, the materials best document Silver's professional career from the time of his arrival at Yale in 1969. Through correspondence and writings, which Silver addressed to both the professional and the layman, the papers reflect Silver's opinions on and attempts to shape American health policy. They highlight his interests in issues such as health manpower, medical education, the problems of foreign medical graduates, and promotion of a socially responsible attitude among physicians and public health officials. The papers do not include administrative files from Silver's day to day activities at Montefiore Hospital, the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, or the National Urban Coalition. There is also only a limited amount of material documenting Silver's teaching at Yale.

Bruce Stark completed the original arrangement and first finding aid to the Silver Papers in 1982. After Silver gave more materials for the collection, Bella Berson rearranged the materials slightly in order to integrate these additions. This finding aid reflects the changes she has made.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by George A. Silver has been transferred to Yale University. These materials may be used for non-commercial purposes without seeking permission from Yale University as the copyright holder. For other uses of these materials, please contact

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

Gift of George A. Silver in 1979, 1984, 1986, and 2001.


Collection is arranged in three series: I. General Files, 1955-1999; II. Writing and Teaching, 1951-1999; III. Personal Papers, 1946-1998.

7.5 Linear Feet
Related Names
Silver, George A., 1913-2005
Language of Materials