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SUB-SERIES Identifier: H MS c165

B. Research on Development of Oxygen Masks Records, 1939-1958, 1939-1958

Scope and Contents

Subseries B contains correspondence, research data, photographs, graphs, and reports resulting from Drinker’s research and development of high-altitude oxygen masks and goggles during World War II. Includes photographic prints, research notes, graphs, site visit reports, and colleague correspondence from the Banting Institute at the University of Toronto, and record international collaboration in the development of high altitude oxygen masks; site visit memoranda, test data, photographs, and correspondence between Drinker and military specialists at Wright Field, Dayton, Ohio, from the testing process for Drinker’s oxygen mask and goggle models; correspondence, reports, and photographs from the studies of contact dermatitis resulting from the rubber used in the construction of oxygen masks; and research records pertaining to the development of goggles for deep-sea diving and cures for submarine illnesses. Writings about this research are found in Series VIA.


  • 1939-1958

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Access requires advance notice. Consult Public Services for further information.

The Cecil Kent Drinker Papers are stored offsite. Researchers are advised to contact Public Services for more information concerning retrieval of material.


3.25 cubic feet (2 record cartons, 2 document boxes, 1 half legal document box, 1 flat oversized document box, and 2 oversized folders)


Arranged alphabetically correspondent. Photographs listed in Subseries B are housed in box 4. Oversized items listed in Subseries B are housed in boxes 5 and 6. Two oversized folders of blueprints are housed separately in the Center for the History of Medicine drawer XL006.


Repository Details

Part of the Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine) Repository

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