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Finding aid for the Hugh A. Edmondson papers

Finding aid prepared by Meghan Stephens, 2013 June

Summary Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
Edmondson, Hugh A., 1906-
Hugh A. Edmondson papers
Collection no.
circa 1930s-1980s
2.0 Linear feet, 7 boxes
The Hugh A. Edmondson papers contains documents regarding Dr. Edmondson's impact on the USC School of Medicine and the advancements he made in the medical field, particularly in pathology. This collection consists of correspondence, photographs, notes, budgets, programs, medical documents, publications, historical documents, academic documents, legal papers and other texts related to Dr. Edmondson's professional career and personal life.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Hugh A. Edmondson papers, Collection no. 0353, University Archives, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Biographical note

Hugh A. Edmonson, M.D., was the chairman of the Department of Pathology at USC, the Director of Laboratories and Pathology at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Estelle Doheny Eye Foundation. Dr. Edmondson arrived at USC in 1932 for the continuation of a medical internship. In 1934, he was appointed an assistant in the Department of Pathology. From there, he rose to Chairman of the department, a position held from 1951 to 1972. He made considerable achievements as an administrator and as a specialist in the pathology of liver and pancreatic diseases. He was also an important financial supporter of the Elaine Stevely Hoffman Medical Research Center. He was the author of more than 70 publications in his specialties and received many awards for his accomplishments. Dr. Edmondson died of cancer at the age of 80 in 1986.

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Scope and Content

The Hugh A. Edmondson papers contains correspondence, photographs, artifacts, business documentation, publications, reports, biographies, autobiographies, and many other miscellaneous documents. Edmondson is recognized as an expert in pancreatic and liver diseases and was often consulted for his knowledge. The collection’s correspondence includes both personal and business letters. People reached out to Dr. Edmondson for various requests, ranging from his opinion on the diagnoses of patients to his input on the delegation of funding for research. Beyond personal correspondence, this collection includes other private documents like hand-written journal-like papers, and personal photographs. However, the documents included mostly consist of paperwork, budgets, print publications and notes about the USC Department of Medicine, particularly the Department of Pathology. The format of the information varies based on the content. Two important court case documents that Dr. Edmonson was involved in are also included. These legal documents are lengthy and include testimonies by him. There are Academic Papers in the collection that consist of recommendations for the curriculum and lecture outlines. The Hugh A. Edmondson papers also provides a detailed history of medical education at USC. These historical documents note numerous key figures and the overall advances of the program. There are autobiographical texts on Dr. Edmonson and biographical texts on others involved in the Doheny Eye Foundation, and on other doctors at USC. One group of documents in this section includes Dr. Edmondson’s death wishes and print publications about his death and accomplishments. Furthermore, the collection includes print publications about the USC School of Medicine including newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and reports. By providing a detailed account of Dr. Edmondson’s successes and contributions to the medical field, this collection presents many advancements made by the USC School of Medicine.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2013 June
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Association of Pathologists and Bacteriologists. -- Archives
  • American Medical Association. -- Archives
  • California Medical Association. -- Archives
  • Los Angeles County Medical Association. -- Archives
  • University of Southern California. Department of Pathology. -- Archives
  • University of Southern California. School of Medicine. -- Archives
  • University of Southern California. School of Medicine. -- Faculty
  • University of Southern California. School of Medicine. -- History


  • Correspondence
  • Legal documents
  • Notes
  • Photographs
  • Typescripts

Personal Name(s)

  • Edmondson, Hugh A., 1906- -- Archives
  • Norris, Kenneth T., (Kenneth True), 1899-1972 -- Correspondence


  • Medical education--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Correspondence 

Box Folder

 [Administrative Correspondence] 1947-1986 

4 15-16

 [American Association of Pathologists and Bacteriologists] 1931-1954 

4 6

 [American Medical Association] 1931-1936 

4 7

 Cancer Commission 1948 

4 8

 Correspondence from July 1984-1985 

4 1

 [General Correspondence] 1927-1985 

    Box Folder
Textual materials   3 2
    Box Folder
Textual materials   5 13-16

Box Folder

 [Personal Correspondence] 1943-1983 

5 4

 Norris, Kenneth T. (Sr.): Norri Thermador Corporation 1964-1984 

4 3

 [Notes and Correspondence Regarding Medical Treatment] 

5 11

 Personal Correspondence: Edmondson Conservancy 1985 

4 12

 [Personal Correspondence 1985: Letters of Appreciation] 1984-1985 

3 7

 P.C. 1985 1985 

4 4

 P.C. 1984 1984 

4 14

 Who's Who 1975 

5 7

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Series 2:  Pictures and Artifacts 

Box Folder

 Badges undated 

5 5

 [Photographs] undated 

1 7-9

 [Photograph of Dr. Edmondson] 

Box Folder

 Photographs To Mail Mrs. Sivalles 

Scope and Content

Photographs of people including children, middle-aged and elderly.

1 6

 [Pocketbooks and Planners] 1948-1953 

6 1

 [Xerox Medical Photos] undated 

Scope and Content

Xerox copies from the Department of Pathology at the USC School of Medicine.

1 4

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Series 3:  Business Documents 

Scope and Content

The business documents include plans, notes, board meeting minutes, various paperwork, budgets, programs, multiple diagnoses, etc.

Box Folder

 Board of Councilors 1979 

Scope and Content

Photograph and detailed text about meetings, minutes, needs, authority positions, history, goals, and various other information.

1 5

 C.P.C. 1953-1955 

5 2

 Dr. Butt 1950-1981 

4 11

 [Edmondson Research Budget] 1964-1965 

2 7

 Ewing's Tumor - CPC Case 1946 

4 13

 [Endowment Paperwork] 1955-1986 

    Box Folder
Textual materials   2 6
    Box Folder
Textual materials   2 2

Box Folder

 Faculty Scholarship Profile Questionnaire 1974-1978 

5 9

 [Los Angeles County Medical Association] 1978 

5 8

 [Medical Reports and Gifts] 1979-1986 

5 1

 [Programs] 1932-1977 

Scope and Content

Programs for events ranging from dinners to conferences. A speaker from the USC School of Medicine is usually noted as a speaker.

1 2

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Series 4:  Print Publications 

Box Folder

 [Print Publications on the Success of the USC School of Medicine] 1941-1985 

2 1

 [Publicity] 1971-1972 

4 2

 Thomas Noguchi 1969 

5 6

 [USC School of Medicine in the Print Media] 1951-1986 

Scope and Content

This folder includes newspaper clippings, magazine pages, general major publications, editorials and bulletin concerning the USC School of Medicine.

1 1

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Series 5:  Bibliographical and autobiographical documents 

Box Folder

 Bibliographical Data: Dr. Edmondson 1950-1974 

5 10

 [The Death and Honors Given to Dr. Edmondson] 1971-1985 

3 1

 Dr. Beigelman's Father 1979 

Scope and Content

A photograph and text on Dr. Beigelman with a hand written note and edits.

1 3

 [Historical/Bibliographical Papers] undated 

2 5

 Robert J. Huebner, M.D. 1976-1977 

6 2

 Zeiler, A.H., M.D. (Obituary) 1943-1969 

5 3

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Series 6:  Historical Documents 

Box Folder

 California Medical Association 1930-1966 

4 9

 The First Hundred Years 

2 5

 History of Alcohol and Alcoholism 1974-1979 

4 5

 [History of Department] 1940-1986 

3 4

 History of Medicine and Pathology in California 1930-1964 

3 6

 [Medical School History] 1935-1985 

    Box Folder
Textual materials   3 5
    Box Folder
Textual materials   6 3

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Series 7:  Academic Papers and Reports 

Box Folder

 [Academics: Curriculum and Recommendations] 

2 3

 Immunobiology 1982 

3 3

 [Pharmacy Lecture] 1944-1952 

4 10

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Series 8:  Court Cases 

Box Folder

 Coroner's Case #1: Los Angeles County 1888 1945 

5 12

 [Court Case Report of Oral Examination of Edmondson] 30 January 1985 

3 8

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