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COLLECTION Identifier: H MS c73

Hans Zinsser papers


The Hans Zinsser papers, 1887-1954 (inclusive), 1898-1942 (bulk), contain personal papers, research writing and travel material, and some teaching notes resulting from Zinsser's research and teaching activities at Harvard Medical School. The collection also includes research notes and manuscripts of writings and reprints on medical topics. Zinsser's personal papers in this collection include photographs, awards, datebooks, manuscripts of poems and other literary work, correspondence with publishers and friends, family correspondence and financial material, diary and reports relating to Zinsser’s World War I service.


  • Creation: 1887-1954 (inclusive),
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1898-1942


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Access requires advance notice. Consult 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.


16 boxes
2 cubic feet (Unprocessed accruals)

Series and Subseries in the Collection.

  1. I. Personal and Biographical Records, 1887-1949, undated
  2. ___A. Correspondence, Personal Records, and Photographs, 1899-1949, undated
  3. ______1. Appointments, Certificates, Honors, 1901-1940
  4. ______2. Personal Correspondence, 1899-1949, undated
  5. _________a. General Correspondence, 1899-1940, undated
  6. _________b. Family Correspondence, 1916, undated
  7. _________c. Finances and Family Correspondence, 1930-1949, undated
  8. ______3. Obituaries and eulogies, undated
  9. ______4. Photographs, undated
  10. ___B. World War I and Overseas Trips Records, 1915, undated
  11. ___C. Personal Papers, undated
  12. II. Professional Correspondence, 1905-1942, undated
  13. ___A. Correspondence from Individual Correspondents, 1922-1939
  14. ___B. Chronological Correspondence, 1905-1941, undated
  15. ___C. Typhus Vaccine Correspondence, 1922-1942, undated
  16. ______1. Professional Correspondence, 1929-1941
  17. ______2. Chronological Correspondence, 1922-1942, undated
  18. III. Research and Teaching Records, 1927-1931, undated
  19. IV. Outreach Activities Records, 1887-1954, undated
  20. ___A. Publication Records and Lecture Notes, 1892, 1906-1940, undated
  21. ______1. Chronological Publication Records, 1906-1940, undated
  22. ______2. Undated Manuscripts and Writings, 1892, undated
  23. ___B. Book Publication Records, 1914, 1935, 1940, 1942
  24. ___C. Personal Ephemera, 1903, 1906, 1937, undated
  25. ___D. Textbooks, undated
  26. ___E. Popular Writings, undated
  27. ___F. Galley Proofs, undated
  28. ___G. Zinsser Library, 1887-1954, undated
  29. ___H. Autobiography of R.S. Publication Records, undated

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Hans Zinsser papers were donated to the Harvard Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine by the estate of Mrs. Ruby H. Zinsser in 1976.

Accession 2007-065 was donated to the Harvard Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine by Ellen Zinsser Green on June 13, 2007.

Accession 2009-001 was donated to the Harvard Medical Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine by Herbert Morgan on July 23, 2008.

Zinsser, Hans, 1878-1940. Papers, 1887-1954 (inclusive), 1898-1942 (bulk): A Finding Aid
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Center for the History of Medicine.
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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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