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James Arly Nelson collection of Howard Earle Skipper manuscripts and other materials

Identifier: HRC Skipper Howard

Scope and Content Note

The collections consists mainly of over 200 of Howard Earle Skipper’s “Skipper’s Booklets” published by the Southern Research Institute from 1974 to 1989. Other materials in the collection include other manuscripts, research articles, publications, and correspondence collected by James Arly Nelson Nelson from 1962-1993.


  • 1962-1993


Language of Materials

Materials are written in English

Restrictions on Access

This collection contains no restrictions

Restrictions on Use

All requests for copying of materials must be submitted to the Historical Resources Center in writing for approval. All reproductions will be handled by HRC staff

Authorization to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained in writing by the Historical Resources Center

Biographical Note

Howard Earle Skipper was born in 1915 in Avon Park, Florida to Chesley Allen and Estelle Wiggins Skipper. He attended the University of Florida and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1938 and a Master’s of Science Degree in 1939. He received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biochemistry and Nutrition in 1941. From 1941-1945, he served in the U.S. Army’s Chemical Warfare Service and retired with the rank of Lt. Colonial. In 1946, he established the Cancer Chemotherapy Research Program at the Southern Research Institute (SRI). He became head of the SRI’s Organic and Biochemical Division in 1949, Vice President and Director of the Kettering-Meyer Laboratory in 1964, and President in 1974. While at the SRI, he wrote and published over 200 scientific articles and booklets, dubbed “Skipper Booklets” on cancer research. He also served as Professor of Experimental Pathology at the School of Medicine and Professor of Investigative Medicine, Department of Medicine at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. His awards include an Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research in 1975 and an Ernst Bertner Memorial Award from the M. D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute of the University of Texas System Cancer Center in 1976.

In 1940, he married Margaret T. Edwards and remained married until her death in 1984; the couple had two children. Dr. Howard Earle Skipper died in Mountain Brook, Alabama on January 2, 2006 at the age of 90.


6.3 Linear Feet ; (264 manuscripts, 2 letters)


Collection consists mainly of Howard Earle Skipper's cancer booklets published by the Scientific Research Institute of Birmingham, Alabama. The collection also contains other materials from James Arly Nelson's personal collection.


This collection was donated to the Historical Resources Center at MD Anderson's Research Medical Library by James Arly Nelson.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jose Javier Franco Garza, Archivist, in August 2010
James Arly Nelson Collection of Howard Skipper Manuscripts and other material
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Resources Center, Research Medical Library Repository