Allan D. Bass Papers
Collection Number 3

Summary Information

Allan D. Bass
Repository
EBL Manuscripts Collection
Creator
Bass, Allan D.
Title
Allan D. Bass Papers
Date [inclusive]
1930 - 1996
Extent
1.0 Cubic feet
Abstract
Personal papers of Vanderbilt alumnus and Professor Allan D. Bass, who was chair of the Department of Pharmacology for two decades. This collection includes correspondence, Department of Pharmacology related materials, personal memorabilia, and photographs.

Preferred Citation

Allan D. Bass Papers. Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.

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Historical or Biographical Note

Professor Allan D. Bass (1910-2005) was a scientist, an educator, and an administrator; he pioneered pharmacological research on skin sterilizing agents, sulfonamides, hormones, adrenal coricosteroids, anthelmintics and chemical transmitters. At Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) he served as the chair of the Department of Pharmacology for two decades and served as Associate Dean of the medical school from 1973-74.

Dr. Bass was born in Marcus, IA on February 12, 1910. He received his B.S. from Simpson College in 1931, and later earned his M.S. and M.D. from VUSM in 1932 and 1939. He then served two years of his residency at Vanderbilt, followed by a one-year fellowship from Yale University School of Medicine in 1942. During World War II he was stationed on the Philippine Islands with the U.S. Army Medical Corps.

After the war Dr. Bass took a position as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pharmacology at Syracuse University School of Medicine, from 1945-1953. He subsequently began his twenty year tenure as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pharmacology at VUSM from 1953-1973. Later he became the Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences and Acting Dean, VUSM, from 1973-1974. From 1975-1981 Dr. Bass was the Associate Chief of Staff for Education at the Nashville Veteran's Administration Hospital. He was Professor Emeritus in Pharmacology at VUSM from 1975-2005. Dr. Bass also served as a Member of the American Medical Association - Council on Drugs, 1962-72, and as President of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 1967-69. Allan Bass died January 14, 2005 in Nashville.

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Collection Scope and Content Summary

Personal papers of Vanderbilt alumnus and Professor Allan D. Bass, who was chair of the Department of Pharmacology for two decades. This collection includes correspondence, Department of Pharmacology related materials, personal memorabilia, and photographs. Correspondence primarily consists of time period 1955-1990. The collection also contains an assortment of undated newspaper clippings pertaining to Dr. Bass, a history of pharmacology at Vanderbilt from 1875-1975, VUMC Medcom and  Reporter articles from 1990-1996 related to pharmacology, and also class notes taken by Dr. Bass while at Vanderbilt Medical School. Photographs in this collection cover a wide time period. Pictures include personal photographs, school and conference photographs, and slides pertaining to VUMC history.

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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)

  • Bass, Allan D.

Other Keywords - Digital Library Subjects

  • Military Medicine
  • Pharmacology/Toxicology
  • Vanderbilt Alumni
  • VUMC History

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Collection Inventory

Series 01: Awards and Honors  

Box Folder

80th Birthday Symposium - correspondence, photos, brochures

1 1

Bass Chair and Bass Lecture: programs and brochures

2 2

Certificate from U.S. Office of Scientific Research and Development for service in World War II 1945; License to practice from the Tennessee Licensing Board for the Healing Arts 1948; Certificate of membership from the New York Academy of Sciences 1949; C

Scope and Contents note

Certificate from U.S. Office of Scientific Research and Development for service in World War II 1945; License to practice from the Tennessee Licensing Board for the Healing Arts 1948; Certificate of membership from the New York Academy of Sciences 1949; Certificate from Vanderbilt University Hospital for service on housestaff 1939-44; Certificate of membership from Yale Chapter of the Society of Sigma Xi 1942

2 6

Certificates: Tennessee Board of Basic Science Examiners certificate (1977) and certificate of appreciation from the National Board of Medical Examiners (1960) (stored in tube)

3 2

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Series 02: Correspondence  

Box Folder

Correspondence 1975 - 1976

1 2

Correspondence 2/9/77 - 3/21/79

1 3

Correspondence 3/26/79 - 12/18/80

1 4

Correspondence 1955 - 1994

1 5

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Series 03: Personal Memorabilia  

Box Folder

Newspaper clippings pertaining to Dr. Bass (no dates available)

1 6

Class Notes taken by Allan Bass while in Medical School

2 1

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Series 04: Miscellaneous  

Box Folder

Dedication of the Tennessee Neuropsychiatric Institute: program 3/19/71

2 3

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Series 05: Department of Pharmacology  

Box Folder

Pharmacology at Vanderbilt 1875 - 1975 B.V. Rama Sastry

2 4

VUMC Medcom and Reporter Articles related to Pharmacology 2/5/90 & 11/15/96

2 5

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Series 06: Photographs  

Box Folder

Prints c.1940 (identified)

2 7

Photograph - 4th International Cancer Research Congress Sept. 2-7, 1947 (rolled)

3 1

Dr. Allan Bass, professor and chairman of Pharmacology, Syracuse University School of Medicine 1950

3 3

Prints from the Vanderbilt School of Medicine's Centennial Celebration 1975 (some are identified)

3 4

Unidentified prints of a personal nature

3 5

Slides pertaining to VUMC history (3.25" x 4")

3 6

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