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Director's Office Records: Ernst Bertner and R. Lee Clark

Identifier: HRC-RG1-SG1

Scope and Contents

The Director’s Office Records consist of 4,384 cards of microfiche, which include correspondence, memoranda, copies of founding documents, financial records, forms, reports, organization charts, building plans, copies of printed materials, and notes. The materials in this subgroup span the years 1941-1975, with the bulk of records falling between 1946-1972. They reflect the growth and development of the various departments at M. D. Anderson, from the earliest years, as well as fundraising efforts, the educational programs at the institution, nursing, and work in cancer research. The records also contain information also about the growth of the Texas Medical Center and Dr. Clark’s involvement in building professional medical organizations and meetings around the world devoted to eradicating cancer.

The Early Administration, 1946-1968, Administration, 1943-1974, Hospital Committees, National Committees, 1958-1972, and University of Texas Committees, 1950-1974 series reflect the early organization, function and history of the hospital and research institute, the development of various departments at the hospital, as well as records on funding, nursing, education, and research and are arranged alphabetically and chronologically.

The Budgets, 1942-1972, Grants, 1947-1974, and Funds, Gift, and Donations, 1967-1974, series contains annual budgets, financial reports, grant applications, correspondence about the budget, emergency appropriation requests, records of special faculty recognition, as well as correspondence with university and elected officials about the budget, legislative appropriations, gifts and donations, and special funds. The Budgets series is arranged chronologically first and alphabetically second, while the remaining series are arranged alphabetically first and chronologically second. The Grants series offer a perspective on research development and federal funding.

The Organizations, 1947, National Committee on Consultants on the Conquest of Cancer (Yarborough Panel of Consultants), 1970-1972, and International Union Against Cancer (UICC), 1949-1974 series contains Dr. Clark’s records of the various organizations, state and federal agencies, professional associations, and cancer hospitals and research centers with which M. D. Anderson was involved. These fiche include correspondence, applications, programs, and other printed materials that are especially useful in documenting the activities of organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute. The records document the high level of involvement of Dr. Clark and other faculty with professional medical associations and other cancer hospitals and research institutes, organizations and other institutions. American Cancer Society records are especially valuable for documenting local, state and national activities and research funding. Of particular note are records documenting the planning and execution of the 1970 meeting in Houston of the International Union Again Cancer and Clark’s records on the Yarborough Panel of Consultants that worked to develop the National Cancer Act of 1971.

The microfiche records on the Texas Medical Center, 1942-1974 span the years, 1947-1973. They include correspondence and records reflecting the work of various committees formulating policy to establish components of the Texas Medical Center. In addition to documents of a general nature, also included are records of the Texas Medical Center Council, resolutions from the Advisory Committee, minutes of the Executive Committee, and records about the computer facility, the Houston Academy of Medicine Library, the Jesse Jones Library, a proposed mental retardation development center, and early problems with parking in the Texas Medical Center complex.

The records for The University of Texas System, 1942-1975 consists of fiche that span the years 1942-1975 and are arranged alphabetically then chronologically. They include correspondence and memos, drafts of various policies, meeting minutes, reports, and organization charts, which together reflect the involvement of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center president with various components of The University of Texas System and Board of Regents. There is material that focuses on budgeting matters, including rules and procedures, and compensation formulas. Many of the records document a dialog about establishing a post-graduate medical education program in the 1950s-1960s, and chronicle the growth and development of the program in later years. Material about The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, beginning in 1946, provides information about the early years of the program through 1972 and records about the School of Public Health span the years 1948-1974. Documents about the South Texas Medical School in San Antonio begin in 1961 and end in 1974. The two series Regional Medical Program, 1965-1972 and the Environmental Science Park, 1963-1971 include important information on the two programs from the 1960s through the 1970s.

Special Projects, 1943-1974 series consist of 534 cards of fiche and span the years 1941-1974. They are arranged alphabetically, first, and chronologically, second. These materials include correspondence and memos, reports, architectural drawings, and meeting minutes, which together represent an eclectic grouping of records on miscellaneous topics. Included in the series are: records about a proposed school of aviation medicine in the 1950s; the Bertner Lecture Award, also from the 1950s; a colorectal study group that was active in the 1970s; a nuclear reactor project in 1960; a 1966 rehabilitation symposium at the New York Academy of Sciences; a The University of Texas planning group called the Committee of 75, which produced a report and recommendations in 1958; the 1970s dial access program; and various research studies and programs including the Southwest Cancer Chemotherapy Study Group.

The Patient Care and Treatment, 1955-1974 series consists primarily of letters received from an assortment of people, housewives to physicians, who are convinced they have discovered a cure for cancer and want to share the information with the hospital. Cures range from an application of mouthwash to suggestions made in scholarly articles about treating cancer in the clinical laboratory. The Construction, 1941-1974series includes records on various buildings comprising The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center campus. The Florida Land Inquiries, 1968-1972series files all refer to property in Florida which was left to the hospital in a will. The hospital made plans to sell the Florida property and use the proceeds to fund a building project at the hospital. Department Reviews and Self Analysis, 1968, consists of job evaluations of the medical staff, which were conducted in 1970-71 by the individuals and their supervisors and are arranged by department.

The Publications, 1946-1975 records span the years 1947-1975 and are arranged alphabetically by publication. Materials in the records include correspondence and memos, as well as copies of printed articles from journals and newspapers. An interesting “behind the scenes” look at the peer review process, the records chronicle the work of review committees for professional medical journals. The files also include records about internal The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center publications.

The Annual Clinical Conference Monographs, 1955-1973 series, spanning the years 1955-1973 contains records about monographs published as a result of clinical conferences and cover a variety of subjects, all having to do with cancer. The Annual Symposium on Fundamental Cancer Research – Monograph Publications series, 1957-1971, includes information on the annual publication of articles on cancer topics that were presented at the yearly Symposium on Fundamental Cancer Research, hosted at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. These include topics such as “Radiation, Biology, and Cancer,” “Genetics and Cancer,” “Molecular Basis of Neoplasia,” and “Conceptual Advances in Immunology and Oncology,” which together chronicle the efforts of medical professionals to discover a cure for cancer in the 1960s-1970s.


  • Majority of material found within 1941 - 1998



8768 Microfiche

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The President's Office Records include materials generated and received by the President of the institution, and his staff, during his time in office. The early records also include the materials generated and received by the Director of the institution, and his staff, prior to the time the position of President existed. Additionally, there are records from the President Emeritus office included in the record group
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Part of the Historical Resources Center, Research Medical Library Repository