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COLLECTION Identifier: H MS c402

Franz von Lichtenberg Papers,

Consists of records created and collected by Franz von Lichtenberg during his work as a pathologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and as a parasitic disease specialist focusing on schistosomiasis. Papers include correspondence, writings, publications, and research records.

Dates

  • 1943-2009 (inclusive),
  • Majority of material found within 1955-1993 .

Language of Materials

Papers are predominantly in English with materials in Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, and Chinese.

Conditions Governing Access

Access requires advance notice. Access to personal and patient information is restricted for 80 years from the date of creation. These restrictions appear in Series I. Researchers may apply for access to restricted records. Consult Public Services for further information.

The records contain 5.25 inch floppy disks (as found in Series II) that have not been surveyed for content, and are restricted to access until such a time as they can be surveyed. Once surveyed, access to electronic records in the collection is subject to the above restrictions. Additionally, access is premised on the availability of a computer station, requisite software, and/or the ability of Public Services staff to review and/or print out records of interest in advance of an on-site visit. Please consult Public Services for more information.

The Papers are stored offsite. Researchers are advised to contact Public Services for more information concerning retrieval of material.

Conditions Governing Use

The Harvard Medical Library does not hold copyright on all the materials in the collection. Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to Public Services. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from Public Services are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

Extent

04.5 cubic feet (4 records center cartons, 1 letter-size manuscript box, and 1 legal-size manuscript box)

0.00432 gigabytes* (3 5.25 inch floppy disks)

Consists of records created and collected by Franz Cornelius von Lichtenberg during his work as a pathologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and as a parasitic disease specialist focusing on schistosomiasis. Papers include correspondence, writings, publications, and research records. Correspondence is the bulk of the collection and includes: Harvard Medical School student evaluations and recommendations; patient case discussions; and departmental correspondence of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Pathology. Writings, publications, and research records primarily include manuscript drafts, reprints, specimen photographs, and related publication correspondence for von Lichtenberg’s various publications related to pathology, parasitology, and infectious diseases, including his Pathology of Infectious Diseases (1991).

Papers are predominantly in English, with occasional papers in Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, and Chinese.

Biographical Notes

Franz Cornelius von Lichtenberg (1920-2012), B.A., 1937, Gymnasium Am Lietzensee, Berlin, Germany, M.D., 1945, National University of Mexico, Mexico City, was Professor of Pathology, Emeritus, at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. He specialized in pathology and parasitic disease.

Franz Cornelius von Lichtenberg was born in 1920 in Miskolc, Hungary, to physician Alexander von Lichtenberg and Elizabeth Schneider. He received his B.A. in 1937 from the Gymnasium Am Lietzensee, Berlin, Germany, and his M.D. in 1945 from the National University of Mexico, Mexico City. He undertook pathology training in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Brazil, and was recruited to join Harvard Medical School by Gustave J. Dammin (1911-1991) in 1958 as Instructor of Pathology. He received full professorship in 1973, and retired in January 2012 as Professor of Pathology, Emeritus.

Lichtenberg was recognized as an expert in schistosomiasis, a skin-penetrating parasitic worm that thrives in polluted waters. He authored more than 120 combined articles, book chapters, and books during his career, including the Pathology of Infectious Diseases (1991).

Franz Cornelius von Lichtenberg married Sandra Miriam Nathanson (1928-2007) in 1948 in Mexico. They had six children, Adriane von Lichtenberg (born 1951), Stephen von Lichtenberg (born 1953), Alexander von Lichtenberg (born 1954), Paula Reeves O’Brien (born 1956), Charles von Lichtenberg (born 1961), and Karen Fernandez (born 1965). He died in Boston, Massachusetts of a massive aneurysm in 2012, at age 92.

Custodial History

The records were donated to the Center for the History of Medicine by Adriane von Lichtenberg, Trustee of the Franz von Lichtenberg Trust, in March 2013.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

  1. 2013-082. Donation by Adriane von Lichtenberg. 2013 March 03.

Related Records in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Center for the History of Medicine

  1. Records of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.H MS c192.
Associated Papers at Other Institutions
  1. Papers of Harriet L. Hardy.Schlesinger MC 387.

Processing Information

Processed by Hanna Clutterbuck, 2013 August.

Processing staff in the Center for the History of Medicine refoldered, arranged, reboxed, and described the material and created a finding aid to enhance researcher access. Rusty paper fasteners were removed. Papers in envelopes were removed from the envelopes; most envelopes had no distinguishing information and were discarded.
Link to catalog
Title
Von Lichtenberg, Franz. Papers, 1943-2009 (inclusive), 1955-1993 (bulk) : Finding Aid
Author
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Center for the History of Medicine.
Sponsor
Processing of the Franz von Lichtenberg papers was funded by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
EAD ID
med00202

Repository Details

Part of the Countway Library of Medicine Repository

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