Flexner Family Collection
Collection Number 24

Summary Information

Repository
EBL Manuscripts Collection
Creator
Flexner, Abraham, 1866-1959
Title
Flexner Family Collection
Date [inclusive]
1920 - 1989
Extent
1.0 Cubic feet
Abstract
Photos, letters, and publications about Abraham Flexner and other members of the Flexner Family. Dr. Flexner is best known for the highly influential Flexner Report on the state of medical education in the United States. The collection includes photographs, biographical material, correspondence, reprints, manuscripts, and a copy of the privately printed book:  A Family Memoir 1899-1989 by Jean Atherton Flexner Lewinson.

Preferred Citation

Flexner Family Collection. Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.

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Historical or Biographical Note

Collection contains biographical material on the Flexner family including: Abraham Flexner (1866-1959), Simon Flexner (1863-1946), Morris Flexner (1890-1969), and John Flexner (1926 - ).

Although Abraham Flexner never received a degree from Vanderbilt, or held a professorship at this institution, he exercised a powerful influence over the funding and design of Vanderbilt's new medical school, which opened in September 1925. Abraham Flexner is best known for the highly influential Flexner Report on the state of medical education in the United States. This study, published in 1910 earned Flexner everlasting fame and a powerful position at the General Education Board. This Board funded by the Rockefeller family, dispensed vast sums for the improvement of medical schools in the United States and abroad. Vanderbilt Medical School received 14 million dollars from the General Education Board. This large gift was encouraged by Abraham Flexner, based on his close friendship and great admiration for Vanderbilt's Chancellor James H. Kirkland.

For more information and pictures please see the VUMC Online Biography of Abraham Flexner.

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Collection Scope and Content Summary

Photos, letters, and publications about Abraham Flexner and other members of the Flexner Family. Dr. Flexner is best known for the highly influential Flexner Report on the state of medical education in the United States. The collection includes photographs, biographical material, correspondence, reprints, manuscripts, and a copy of the privately printed book:  A Family Memoir 1899-1989 by Jean Atherton Flexner Lewinson.

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Administrative Information

Notes about Access to this Collection

All collections are subject to applicable VUMC privacy and confidentiality policies. Collection specific restrictions: No Restrictions.

Reproduction Rights

Copyright is retained by Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections.

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Subject Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Flexner, Abraham, 1866-1959
  • Flexner, Jean Atherton
  • Flexner, John M.
  • Flexner, Morris, 1890-1969
  • Flexner, Simon, 1863-1946

Other Keywords - Digital Library Subjects

  • Medical Education

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Collection Inventory

Series 01: Biographical Material  

Box Folder

Photographs of Abraham Flexner and others.

1 1

Handwritten notes and typed drafts of lectures given by Dr. John Flexner on Abraham Flexner.

1 10

Bronze paper weight commissioned at the retirement of Dr. Simon Flexner from the Rockefeller Institute. Obj. # 881in the Historical Collection inventory.

1 11

Correspondence: an acknowledgement from Abraham Flexner dated November 23, 1956, and a letter from A.M. Gordon to John Flexner dated November 6, 1972.

1 2

Newspaper clippings about Abraham Flexner including obituaries.

1 3

Three copies of a program commemorating a tribute to Abraham Flexner by the National Fund for Medical Education, April 23, 1956. All copies are inscribed with a note by Abraham Flexner.

1 4

Articles and reprints on Abraham Flexner.

1 5

Articles concerning medical education and mentioning Abraham Flexner in a secondary manner.

1 6

Material on the Flexner Lectureship including articles and programs. Also, two programs from the Congress on Medical Education and Licensure, 1960.

1 7

Articles about the Flexner family: Simon Flexner in particular.

1 8

Original and Photocopy of A Family Memoir 1899-1989 by Jean Atherton Flexner Lewinson 1989.

1 9

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