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COLLECTION — Box: 01 Identifier: H MS c588

James Payton Leake student notes

Scope and Contents

Consists of records created by James Payton Leake during his tenure as a student at Harvard Medical School, including: 13 volumes of notes taken on blank paper representing lectures given by Harvard Medical School faculty between 1903 and 1907 with date and lecturer noted by Leake; 1 print volume for "Course of Materia Medica" in the Department of Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School with extensive annotation by Leake; 2 volumes of "Outlines of Medical Diagnosis. Prepared for the Use of Students at the Harvard Medical School, Boston" dated 1904 and 1916; and 2 booklets containing notes on patients at the Boston Lying-In Hospital, Massachusetts (now Brigham and Women's Hospital), 1905-1906.


  • Creation: 1903-1916 (inclusive)


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

The Harvard Medical Library does not hold copyright on all materials in the collection. Researchers are responsible for identifying and contacting any third-party copyright holders for permission to reproduce or publish. For more information on the Center's use, publication, and reproduction policies, view our Reproductions and Use Policy.


0.5 cubic feet (1 half legal size document box)

Biographical / Historical

James Payton Leake (1881-1973), B.S., 1903, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts; M.D., 1907, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts was an epidemiologist specializing in the study of infectious diseases. Leake spent his career working in public health, primarily on epidemiological issues. With James Force, Leake was responsible for the development of the multiple-pressure vaccination method, still currently in use.

Leake joined the United States Public Health Service in 1909 and served there until 1933, when he was transferred to the National Institutes of Health Division of Infectious Diseases, epidemiology section. Leake retired in 1945 as chief of the Epidemiology Section of the National Microbiology Institute of the National Institutes of Health. He also served as President of the American Epidemiological Society.

He died in 1973 at the age of 91.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifted to the Harvard Medical Library by Philip Craven on 06 July 2019 (Accession #2020-052).

Separated Materials

WAM 22110 - Histological collection belonging to James Payton Leake, MD, collected or created during Leake’s tenure as a medical student at Harvard Medical School, 1903-1905

Processing Information

Processed by Hanna Clutterbuck-Cook and Charlotte Lellman in June 2021. Collection was processed according to Level 1 protocol.

Leake, J. P. (James Payton). Student notes, 1903-1916 (inclusive): A Finding Aid
Hanna Clutterbuck-Cook, Charlotte Lellman
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Repository Details

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

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