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COLLECTION — Box: Small Manuscript Collections 01 Identifier: H MS c490

Walter Babcock Swift student notes on autopsy protocols

Scope and Contents

Two volumes titled "Autopsy Protocols," one unaltered and the other inscribed by Harvard Medical School student W. B. Swift and containing Swift's notes on autopsies performed between October and December 1903 at several Boston hospitals.


  • October to December 1903


Condition Description

Front cover is detached from binding on both volumes.

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0.01 cubic feet (1 file folder)

Biographical Note

Walter Babcock Swift (1869-1942),1898, Emerson College of Oratory (now Emerson College), Boston, Massachusetts; A.B. 1903, Harvard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts; S.B., 1906, Harvard College; M.D. 1907, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts; was a laryngologist and neurologist specializing in speech therapy and speech disorders such as stuttering. He was born in Geneva, Switzerland. He served as Director of a voice clinic in Boston State Hospital's Psychopathic Department was and known as a an advisor for speech therapy programs in public schools across the United States. Swift was a founder and president of the National Society for the Study and Correction of Speech Disorders, which existed from 1918 until 1939

Swift was identified as white in a 1920 census. In 1907 he married physician Edith Hale.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred to the Harvard Medical Library by the Widener Libary in 2017 (Accession #2017-043).

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Processing Information

Processed by Marco Lanier in December, 2022. Collection was processed according to Level 1 protocol.

Swift, Walter Babcock, 1868-. Student notes on autopsy protocols, 1903 (inclusive): Finding Aid.
Marco Lanier
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Repository Details

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