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COLLECTION Identifier: H MS c435

Norman Geschwind papers


The Norman Geschwind papers, 1872-2009 (inclusive), 1968-1984 (bulk), are the product of Geschwind's activities as a neurologist, researcher, writer, and professor.


  • 1872-2009 (inclusive)
  • Majority of material found within 1968-1984


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. These restrictions appear in Series III and IV. Researchers may apply for access to restricted records. Consult Public Services for further 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 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.


15.65 cubic feet ((15 records center cartons, 1 letter size document box, and 1 half legal size document box).)
The Norman Geschwind papers, 1872-2009 (inclusive), 1968-1984 (bulk), are the product of Geschwind's activities as a neurologist, researcher, writer, and professor. The papers include Geschwind's professional correspondence, writing drafts and related correspondence, research subject files, event records from his involvement in professional and teaching activities, and personal records of his schooling, military service, and death.

The Norman Geschwind papers consist of five series: I. Correspondence, II. Writings, III. Subject Files, IV. Events and V. Personal Records.

Papers or Collection are entirely in English.

Biographical chronology

Born, New York, NY
Harvard College, Cambridge, MA
United States Army (Infantry)
A.B., Harvard College, Cambridge, MA
M.D. Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Medical Intern, Beth Israel Hospital
Moseley Traveling Fellowship, National Hospital, London
Chief Resident, Neurological Unit, Boston City Hospital
Research Associate, MIT, Cambridge, MA
Staff Neurologist (1958-1961), Assistant Chief, Neurology (1961-1963), Chief, Neurology (1963-1966), Boston Veterans Administration Hospital
Director, Boston University Aphasia Research Center; Professor and Chairman, Department of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine
Director, Neurology, Boston City Hospital
James Jackson Putnam Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Director, Neurology, Beth Israel Hospital
Visiting Professorship, National Hospital for Nervous Disease, London.
Professor, MIT, School of Health Science and Technology, and Psychology

Series and Subseries in the Collection

  1. I. Correspondence, 1962-1984
  2. II. Writings, 1933-1985
  3. III. Subject Files, 1872-1984
  4. IV. Events, 1951-1984
  5. V. Personal Records, 1935-2009

Immediate Source of Acquisition

An accrual to the collection was gifted to the Center for the History of Medicine by Claudia Geschwind in 2015.
  1. Accession number 2016-049. Claudia Geschwind. 2015 September 10.

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

  1. Papers and memorial tributes of D. (Derek) Denny-Brown. H MS c75.

Processing Information

Processed by Bryan Sutherland, 2014 April.

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.

Accrual of 2015 processed and incorporated into collection by Bryan Sutherland in 2018.
Link to catalog
Geschwind, Norman. Papers, 1872-2009 (inclusive), 1968-1984 (bulk): Finding Aid. H MS c435
Bryan Sutherland

Repository Details

Part of the Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine) Repository

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