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COLLECTION Identifier: H MS c184

Katherine Rodgers Denckla collection of records about George C. Cotzias


The Katherine Rodgers Denckla collection of records about George C. Cotzias, 1960-1979 (inclusive), consists of writings and publications collected by Denckla related to Cotzias' research on Parkinson’s disease and its treatment using L-dopa, a drug Cotzias developed. Denckla was a princial funder of Cotzia's research.


  • 1960-1979 (inclusive).


Language of Materials

Papers are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Access requires advance notice. Access to personal and patient information is restricted for 80 years from the date of creation. Researchers may apply for access to restricted records. Consult Public Services for further information.

The papers are stored offsite. Researchers are advised to consult Public Services for further information concerning retrieval of material.

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.


0.4 cubic feet (1 letter size document box)

The Katherine Rodgers Denckla collection of records about George C. Cotzias, 1960-1979 (inclusive), consists of Cotzias’ manuscripts, articles, and reprints about chronic manganese poisoning and the treatment of Parkinson’s disease with the drug L-Dopa. Collection contains Cotzias’ reprints as published in The New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Nature. Records include a small amount of Cotzias’ correspondence with colleagues about research funding, letters of congratulations to Cotzias about awards he received, and Cotzias’ correspondence with Katherine Rodgers Denckla ,who funded Cotzias’ research, as well as some of Denckla’s own personal and professional correspondence. Collection also contains newspaper clippings and articles about Cotzias’ research. Many records are photocopies of originals.

Papers are entirely in English.

Biographical Notes

George C. Cotzias (1918-1977), M.D., 1943, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, was Professor of Neurology at Cornell University Medical School (now Weill Medical College), Attending Physician at New York Hospital (now New York-Presbyterian Hospital), and Attending Physician and Special Assistant to the Director at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, all located in New York, New York, until his death in 1977. Cotzias developed the drug L-dopa as a treatment for Parkinson’s disease and chronic manganese poisoning. Cotzias’ research began at Brookhaven National Laboratory (1953-1974) where he was Senior Scientist and Head of the Physiology Division. Cotzias’ research was funded by Katherine Rodgers Denckla.

Katherine Norwood Rodgers Denckla (dates unknown), was born to Dora White (Browning) Donner of Villanova, Pennsylvania, and J. Norwood Rodgers. Denckla was married to C. Paul Denckla, obtaining a divorce in 1936. She provided financial support for George C. Cotzias's research, and is credited in numerous research publications of George C. Cotzias.


The papers have been maintained in their original order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Katherine Rodgers Denckla collection of records about George C. Cotzias were donated by Katherine Rodgers Denckla in 1982.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Bannon, 2014 October.

Processing staff in the Center for the History of Medicine analyzed, arranged, and described the papers, and created a finding aid to improve access. When necessary, items were photocopied to acid-free paper.

Processing Information

Marco Lanier revised the Biographical Note in this finding aid in December 2022 to bring it into compliance with the Center for the History of Medicine’s Guidelines for Inclusive and Conscientious Description (2020). He replaced "Mrs. William H. Donner" with "Dora White (Browning) Donner."

Denckla, Katherine Rodgers. Katherine Rodgers Denckla collection of records about George C. Cotzias, 1960-1979 (inclusive): Finding Aid.
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Center for the History of Medicine.
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Repository Details

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