- 1943-2006 (inclusive).
Conditions Governing Access
The Papers are stored offsite. Researchers are advised to contact reference staff for more information concerning retrieval of material.
Conditions Governing Use
38.6 cubic feet (38 record storage cartons and 2 document boxes)
The Robert A. Good Papers are the product of Good’s activities as an medical research administrator, scientist, educator, and lecturer. Series I and II constitute the bulk of the collection and consist of Good’s professional correspondence and papers produced by Good while working at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, New York, the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, and All Children’s Hospital, Saint Petersburg, Florida. Series I contains Good’s professional correspondence, the majority a result of Good’s administrative activities. Also included is correspondence with bone marrow transplant patients and correspondence with United States Senators and Representatives regarding funding for scientific research. Series II, Professional Papers, consists of correspondence, handwritten notes, newspaper clippings, memoranda, reports, grant records, and awards. Series III, IV, and V contain records from conferences and lectures attended and/or given by Good. Papers held by the Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library, do not contain records related to the first successful bone marrow transplantation.
Materials entirely in English.
Good was born 21 May 1922 in Crosby, Minnesota. His father, a high school principal, died of cancer when Good was still young. As an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota he suffered from a polio-like illness that required the use a wheelchair. Good was eventually able to walk unassisted, though with a noticeable limp. While at Minnesota, he earned a B.A., M.D., and Ph.D. After finishing his graduate studies he completed his pediatric internship and residency at the University of Minnesota Hospitals, 1946 to 1949. Good was then a fellow at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, New York, 1949 to 1950, and the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Fellow in Rheumatic Fever Research, 1948 to 1950. Upon returning to the University of Minnesota, Good held several positions in the pediatrics department, including Instructor of Pediatrics, 1950 to 1951; Chief Resident in Pediatrics, 1950 to 1951; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, 1952 to 1953; Associate Professor of Pediatrics; and American Legion Memorial Professor of Pediatrics, 1953 to 1972. Good also served as Professor of Microbiology, 1962 to 1972, and was the Regent’s Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology, 1969 to 1972. Good’s research activities at Minnesota include: in 1962, his team identified the thymus gland as a primary source for mammalian lymphocytes and soon played a key role in differentiating between B-cells (bursa-derived, or bone marrow-derived) and their activities and T-cells (thymus-derived) and their activities; in 1965, Good outlined the important role that tonsils play in the development of the immune system of mammals, including humans; and in 1968, he led a team that performed first successful bone marrow transplantation.
In 1972 Good moved to the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research in New York, serving as President and Director until 1982. During this time Good also held attending positions at Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases and New York Hospital, as well as being an adjunct professor and visiting physician at Rockefeller University.
From 1982 to 1985 Good was Head of the Cancer Research Program at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City, also serving as Attending Physician and Head, Section of Pediatric Immunology, Oklahoma Children’s Memorial Hospital, Oklahoma City, and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City. Good moved to the University of South Florida, Tampa, in 1985, serving in several positions, including Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, 1985 to 1991, and as University Professor and Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, 1985 to 2003. During this time he also served at All Children’s Hospital, St. Petersburg, as Physician-in-Chief, 1985 to 2001, Director, Allergy and Immunology Training Program, 1986 to 2003, and Director, Children’s Research Institute, 1985 to 2003.
Good died in 2003 of esophageal cancer. He was survived by his wife and colleague of seventeen years, Dr. Noorbibi K. Day-Good and step-sons Khalil and Selim Day; brother Roy Good; and five children from his first marriage: Robert, Mark, Alan, Margaret, and Mary.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Processing staff in the Center for the History of Medicine analyzed, arranged, and described the records and created a finding aid to improve access to the collection. To enhance preservation, processing staff re-housed the collection and, where necessary, photocopied documents onto acid-free paper. Duplicate records and records that did not meet the collection policy of the Center for the History of Medicine were discarded. Folder titles were transcribed from the originals. Researchers should be aware that, due to several rearrangements of the collection that took place prior to the Center for History of Medicine's acquiring it, the original order of the papers has been lost. As received, the bulk of the collection was gouped in chronological order. Good's professional correspondence was manually separated from the body of the materials comprising Series II; the remainder of the collection is organized as received (Series III, IV, and V).
- Good, Robert A., 1922-2003. Papers, 1943-2006 (inclusive): Finding Aid.
- Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Center for the History of Medicine.
- Processing of the Robert A. Good Papers was funded in part by Dr. Noorbibi K. Day-Good.
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