John B. Youmans Papers
Collection Number 89

Summary Information

John B. Youmans
Repository
EBL Manuscripts Collection
Creator
Youmans, John B., (John Barlow), 1893
Title
John B. Youmans Papers
Date [inclusive]
1914 - 1979
Extent
8.0 Cubic feet
Abstract
Personal papers of Vanderbilt professor of medicine and nutritionist John B. Youmans (1893-1979). Materials include: correspondence, biographical material; financial records; student notebooks; manuscripts; reports; reprints; and files concerning Surgeon General's Office, Rockefeller Foundation Nutrition Surveys, Far East Nutrition Surveys, and ICNND Surveys.

Preferred Citation

John B. Youmans Papers. Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.

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Historical or Biographical Note

John B. Youmans (1893-1979) was a physician, teacher, researcher, and author. He received his M.S. from the University of Wisconsin in 1916 and his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1919. He then had an Internship at the Milwaukee Children's Hospital in 1920. In 1921 Dr. Youmans was the Medical House Officer at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He then was Assistant in Medicine at Johns Hopkins in 1922. At the University of Michigan Dr. Youmans went from Instructor to Assistant Professor of Medicine during the time period from 1922-1927. He then came to Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; he was first an Assistant Professor and later a Professor of Medicine, from 1927-1944. During World War II he was a Colonel and Head of the Armed Forces Nutrition Services of the Office of the Surgeon General from 1942-1948. He then served as Dean and Professor of Medicine at the University of the Illinois College of Medicine from 1946-1950. He returned to Vanderbilt as Dean, Professor of Medicine, and Director of Medical Affairs from 1950-1958. Then he served as the Technical Director of Research for the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command from 1958-1960.

For more information and pictures please see the VUMC Online Images and Biography of Dr. Youmans.

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Collection Scope and Content Summary

Personal papers of Vanderbilt professor of medicine and nutritionist John B. Youmans (1893-1979). Materials include: correspondence, biographical material; financial records; student notebooks; manuscripts; reports; reprints; and files concerning Surgeon General's Office, Rockefeller Foundation Nutrition Surveys, Far East Nutrition Surveys, and ICNND Surveys. Nutrition surveys from France, Germany, and the Far East were mostly conducted during or soon after World War II. ICNND nutrition surveys were conducted mostly from 1955-1958.

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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)

  • Youmans, John B., (John Barlow), 1893

Other Keywords - Digital Library Subjects

  • Medical Education
  • Military Medicine
  • Nutrition

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Collection Inventory

Series 01: Personal  

Box Folder

John B. Youmans Biographical File.

1 1

File folder: "Youmans, John, M.D., Donations 1979." Catalogue of reprint collection; duplicates of ther lists and correspondece.

1 2

Biographical sketch of Dr. John Youmans by Dr. R.H. Kampmeier (with appendix by Dr. W.J. Darby); reprint from AIN (1986), with typed drafts and bibliography. Also reprints and articles by Dr. Youmans, newspaper obituaries, etc. Filed in brown wallet.

1 3

Mounted photographs of Dr. Youmans, Helen Frank, and others, c1935. 2 identical copies; backing of one torn.

1 4

Photograph: Sam Riven, Clarence Thomas, David Strayhorn, Frank Luton, Rudolph Kampmeier, John Youmans, and Albert Weinstein, 1958 (i.d. from Dr. Kampmeier's book).

1 5

Resolution honoring Dr. Youmans upon his retirement as Dean of the Medical College, University of Illinois, 1950. Bound in leather.

1 6

Souvenier album of the New York Academy of Sciences Conference on Bioflavonoids and the Capillary (February 11, 1955); photographs of Dr. Youmans and other participants.

1 7

Copy of Popular Science Monthly, vol. XXXVII, no. 1 (May, 1890). "Established by Edward L. Youmans;" contains article on Dr. E.L. Youmans (pp.1-18), with a testimonial to him by Herbert Spencer.

1 8

"Collins Gentleman's Day Book No. 173." Personal diary kept by Dr. Youmans during his work for Rockefeller Commission in Paris, November, 1940-July, 1941 (see Box 2). Filed in manila envelope.

1 9

"Loose items in Dr. Youmans' diary of survey in Unoccupied France" (see Box 2). Address book and rough notes. Filed in gray campus mail envelope.

1 10

Personal diary kept during Dr. Youmans' wartime service in China, c1944 (see Box 3). Some pages in pencil; partly illegible. Cover and outer pages detached. Contains calling cards, messages, etc. Filed in manila envelope.

1 11

3 memorandum books containing notes on a trip to the "Near, Middle, and Far East" January-March, 1959. Filed in manila envelope.

1 12

Booklet (including photograph) for program "honoring Dean Charles R. Bardeen on... the twenty-fifth anniversary of the establishment of the medical school of the University of Wisconsin" (n.d.)

1 13

"Hopkins Recollections, Fort Meade, & Hospital Train[ing?], Dr. Youmans, Fall of 1918."

1 14

Certificate transferring Col. John B. Youmans, M.D. to the U.S. Army Retired Reserve, 1954. In file folder.

1 15

Correspondence with Dr. G.T. Vander Lugt, President of Carrol College, concerning Dr. Youmans' representation of the college (as an alumnus) at the dedication of the Joint University Libraries (1941). Also a copy of the dedication program. In file

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Correspondence with Dr. G.T. Vander Lugt, President of Carrol College, concerning Dr. Youmans' representation of the college (as an alumnus) at the dedication of the Joint University Libraries (1941). Also a copy of the dedication program. In file folder.

1 16

Vanderbilt material (2 files)

1 17

Photographs, portraits, and memorabilia

1 18

"The Physician's Perfect Call List and Record." Medical notebooks of Dr. L.E. Youmans (John Youmans' father), c1910-20.

1 19

2 medical formularies dated 1887 and 1888, probably belonging to Dr. Youmans' father or grandfather.

1 20

2 student notebooks belonging to John B. Youmans: physiology (1915) and therapeutics (1917).

1 21

Reprint and draft manuscripts of a paper by Dr. Youmans: "Benjamin Barrneku--Negro--Early American Mathematician and Astronomer."

1 22

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Series 02: Nutrition Research, Vanderbilt  

Box Folder

Correspondence relating to Rockefeller Foundation nutrition study at Vanderbilt (1939-45) and other nutrition work.

2 1

Reprints and drafts of articles and papers based on Dr. Youmans' nutrition work at Vanderbilt, 1932-45.

2 2

Reports and other data from Vanderbilt nutrition study, 1932-45.

2 3

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Series 03: Nutrition Surveys, France and Germany  

Box Folder

Rockefeller Foundation Health Commission, Unoccupied France, 1940-1941.

3 1

Further correspondence regarding Rockefeller Foundation work in Europe, 1941-44.

3 2

Other Rockefeller Foundation material, 1939-46.

3 3

Nutrition Survey, Germany, 1945-1947. (Most material removed for Youmans Collection at the National Library of Medicine.)

3 4

Surgeon General's Office correspondence, 1944-49.

3 5

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Series 04: Nutrition Surveys, Far East  

Box Folder

Nutrition Survey, Chinese Army, 1944-45.

4 1

Nutrition Survey, Pacific Theatre, 1945.

4 2

"Report to the Surgeon General on Medical Installations in the Far East Command." Includes: (i) correspondence with Lt. Col. Charles Gingles of Surgeon General's Office concerning Dr. Youmans' possible participation in a Far East tour (1948-49), (i

Scope and Contents note

"Report to the Surgeon General on Medical Installations in the Far East Command." Includes: (i) correspondence with Lt. Col. Charles Gingles of Surgeon General's Office concerning Dr. Youmans' possible participation in a Far East tour (1948-49), (ii) four reports by officers who inspected medical installations in Far East, c1950.

4 3

Copy of Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental, vol. V, no. 3 (May, 1956), containing "Sudies on Nutrition in the Far East" by officers of the Surgeon General's Office.

4 4

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Series 05: ICNND Surveys  

Box Folder

Interdepartmental Committee on Nutrition for National Defense (ICNND): General.

5 1

ICNND Surveys: Pakistan, Iran, Korea, 1955-56.

5 2

ICNND Surveys: Spain and Greece, 1957-58.

5 3

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Series 06: Personal Finances, Trips, Etc. I  

Box Folder

Personal Finances, mostly 1950's.

6 1

Dr. Youmans' Telephone Bills

6 2

Dr. Youmans' Trips, 1946-50.

6 3

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Series 07: Personal Finances, Trips, Etc. II  

Box Folder

Dr. Youmans' Trips

7 1

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Series 08: Personal Letters and Memoirs, 1923-1975  

Box Folder

Personal correspondence, 1923-26.

8 1

Photographic negative of a child, c1920.

8 2

"Notes on Happenings at the University of Michigan Medical School and in the department of Internal Medicine Particularly." Handwritten and typed drafts of a text by Dr. Youmans, with related correspondence, c1975.

8 3

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Series 09: Reprints from the Collection of John B. Youmans, M  

Box Folder

Contains catalogue. Most reprints date from 1880\'s-1920\'s. These reprints were collected by Dr. Youmans\' father. Also contains the reprint \"Vanderbilt- Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow\", from the Journal of the Tennessee Medical Association, Vol. 59, No.

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Contains catalogue. Most reprints date from 1880\'s-1920\'s. These reprints were collected by Dr. Youmans\' father. Also contains the reprint \"Vanderbilt- Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow\", from the Journal of the Tennessee Medical Association, Vol. 59, No. 1, January, 1966.

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