Olin West Papers
Collection Number 86

Summary Information

Olin West
Repository
EBL Manuscripts Collection
Creator
West, Olin
Title
Olin West Papers
Date [inclusive]
1898 - 1922
Extent
0.5 Cubic feet
Abstract
Personal papers of Vanderbilt alumnus and epidemiologist Olin West, a primary figure in the development of the Tennessee State Department of Public Health. The collection contains manuscripts on public health and one photograph.

Preferred Citation

Olin West Papers. Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.

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Historical or Biographical Note

Dr. Olin West was a public health expert on smallpox and a primary figure in early development of the Tennessee State Department of Health. Born at Gadsden, Alabama on July 12, 1874, his preliminary education was received at Howard College in Alabama. He received his M.D. from Vanderbilt University Medical Department in 1898. In 1910, after twelve years of practice in Nashville and fifteen years as a member of the faculty of Vanderbilt University, first as instructor and later as assistant professor and associate professor in chemistry, Dr. West became director for the Rockefeller Sanitary Commission and International Health Board in Tennessee where he led the effort against hookworm infection. He served as Secretary and Chief Executive for the Tennessee Board of Health from 1918-1922. Then Dr. West served as Secretary of the A.M.A. from 1922-1946, and later was elected to the office of President-elect of the A.M.A. in 1946. Poor health prevented his nomination and election to the office of President. He died in Nashville, June 20, 1952.

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Collection Scope and Content Summary

Personal papers of Vanderbilt alumnus and epidemiologist Olin West, a primary figure in the development of the Tennessee State Department of Public Health. The collection contains manuscripts on public health and one photograph. Majority of material is from 1915-1922

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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)

  • West, Olin

Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

  • MeSH Public Health--history--Tennessee
  • MeSH Tennessee. Dept. of Health and Environment--history

Other Keywords - Digital Library Subjects

  • Epidemiology/Public Health
  • History of Medicine
  • Tennessee History
  • Vanderbilt Alumni
  • Vanderbilt History
  • VUMC History

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Collection Inventory

Series 01: Reports and Typescripts  

Box Folder

Typewritten report (signed by O.West, State Epidemiologist) to Dr. R.Q.Lillard, Secretary and Executive Officer, State Board of Health October 24, 1915 re: health conditions in Sparta, Tennessee

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handwritten list of \"Committees\" c.1916 contains membership of committees on sewers, extension of water mains, housing conditions surface sanitation, food and milk supply, fly extermination, legislation, \"City Beautiful\", social and industrial hygiene, p

Scope and Contents note

handwritten list of \"Committees\" c.1916 contains membership of committees on sewers, extension of water mains, housing conditions surface sanitation, food and milk supply, fly extermination, legislation, \"City Beautiful\", social and industrial hygiene, publicity, and sanitation of hotel, boarding houses, and restaurants

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report \"To the Central Health Committee\" on health conditions in Nashville, causes of death, and means of preventing and curing disease and recommendations on the formation of committees (see file 02) Signed by Dr. Witherspoon, Dr. Hibbett and Dr. West

Scope and Contents note

report \"To the Central Health Committee\" on health conditions in Nashville, causes of death, and means of preventing and curing disease and recommendations on the formation of committees (see file 02) Signed by Dr. Witherspoon, Dr. Hibbett and Dr. West February 24, 1916

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Typescript of "Proceedings of the National Medical Convention held in New York, May 1846 and in Philadelphia in May 1847" from Transactions of the American Medical Association, vol.1 (1848). Typed on reverse of copies of a letter from the American Medic

Scope and Contents note

Typescript of "Proceedings of the National Medical Convention held in New York, May 1846 and in Philadelphia in May 1847" from Transactions of the American Medical Association, vol.1 (1848). Typed on reverse of copies of a letter from the American Medical Association to the U.S. Congress (1920).

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Mimeograph of typscript entitled "The American Medical Association" c.1922

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