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Bernard and Katherine Read Papers

Call Number: RG 157
Scope and Contents
The bulk of this collection relates to Bernard Read's scientific research and writing regarding pharmacology. A full listing of titles of his writings is in the first folder of Series 3. Added to the collection in 2014 was an unpublished typescript manuscript by Read titled "Vegetable and Plant Drugs."

Extensive correspondence of Read records his interactions with colleagues in China and elsewhere. The collection also provides valuable documentation from the period when Read was interned by the Japanese during World War II. Also of interest is the correspondence from Katherine L. Read to her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Henderson, who were missionaries in Burma, and correspondence between Katherine and Bernard during their separation caused by World War II.

The collection includes a biography of Bernard Read written by his wife and son, and an annotated copy of a memoir written by Katherine L. Read with Robert O. Ballou, which documents the work of her parents, Albert and Cora Henderson.

Added in 2014 were more than 500 3" x 3" glass slides accompanied by a listing of identification by number. The slides include plant, insect, and animal specimens, microscope slides of chemical compounds, archaeological sites in China, scientific equipment, individuals, class groups, scenes in China.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Robert E. Read.
  1. I. Family Correspondence, 1918-1949, n.d.
  2. II. General Correspondence, 1902-1964, n.d.
  3. III. Writings of Bernard E. Read, 1917-1949, n.d.
  4. IV. Personal Items and Memorabilia, 1919-1951, n.d.
  5. V. Glass Slides, 1920s, n.d.
11 Linear Feet (24 boxes)
Related Names
Read, B. E. (Bernard Emms), 1887-1949
Read, Katherine L.
Language of Materials