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SERIES Identifier: H MS c113

Series II. Correspondence, 1940-2011, undated., 1940-2011,

Primarily consists of Joseph E. Murray's professional correspondence, with a limited amount of personal correspondence inlcuded. Series includes Murray's correspondence with colleagues on topics in organ transplantation and plastic surgery, correspondence regarding the plastic surgery departments at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Children's Hospital Boston, and professional organizations correspondence, including the American Association of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. Also inlcuded in the series is family correspondence, correspondence with viewers of a NOVA program on plastic surgery that featured Murray, correspondence about Murray's Valley Forge General Hospital Patient Charles Woods, and organizational correspondence of the Voice of the Faithful, a Lay Catholic group to which Murray belonged. Major correspondents include Roy Calne (1930-), Greg Ganske (1949-), George Gifford (1930-2012), Willard Goodwin (1915-1998), Mutaz Habal (1938-), Leonard Kaban, John Mulliken, Thomas Starzl (1926-), and Paul Tessier (1917-2008).


  • 1940-2011,

Language of Materials

Papers are in English.

Physical Description

17.4 cubic feet in 17 records center cartons and 1 letter size document box.

Conditions Governing Access

Series II contains personal and patient information that is restricted for 80 years. The end of the restriction period is noted with each folder.


112.55 cubic feet (106 records center cartons, 12 flat oversized boxes, 5 letter size document boxes, 1 half letter size document box, 1 half legal size document box, and 1 tube)


Series II is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Repository Details

Part of the Countway Library of Medicine Repository

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