ELKIN, DANIEL C., 1893-1958.
Daniel C. Elkin papers, 1904-1984, undated

Emory University

Historical Collections

Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library

1462 Clifton Road, NE

Atlanta, GA 30322


Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/f7z0t

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Elkin, Daniel C., 1893-1958.
Title: Daniel C. Elkin papers, 1904-1984, undated
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 003
Extent: 11.20 linear ft. (29 boxes + 1 broadside folder)
Abstract:Contains Elkin's professional and personal papers including correspondence, drafts and proofs of Elkin's writings, and a comprehensive collection of Elkin's reprinted works.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Unrestricted access.

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All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Related Materials in This Repository

Atlanta Medical College Records, HS-S001, Emory School of Medicine Records, HS-S013, John Daniel Martin Jr. Papers, HS-MSS004.


Transfer. Material in Series 6 was donated by Daniel Elkin, Jr. in 2014.


[after identification of item(s)], Daniel C. Elkin Papers, Historical Collections, Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library, Emory University.


Processed by Clayton McGahee, 2013.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Daniel Collier Elkin, MD (1893-1958), vascular surgeon, professor of surgery, and researcher. Born in Louisville, Kentucky on March 26, 1893, Elkin’s interest in medicine began early in his life, influenced by his uncle William Simpson Elkin, an instrumental figure in the amalgamation of medical schools in Atlanta and the establishment of the school that became the Emory University School of Medicine. A graduate of Yale University in 1916, Elkin’s education continued at the Emory University School of Medicine, where he received his M.D. with honors in 1920. After receiving his education, Elkin served three years as an intern and resident in surgery at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, where he worked with Dr. Harvey W. Cushing, a pioneer of brain surgery who is often referred to as the “father of modern neurosurgery.” Cushing was an influential figure who shaped Elkin’s interest in teaching and research. The two remained close friends until Cushing’s death in 1939.

Following completion of his residency, Elkin returned to Atlanta where he practiced surgery with his uncle. Soon after he actively assumed teaching responsibilities in the Emory University School of Medicine, first as Instructor of Surgery before his appointment to Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief of Grady Memorial Hospital in 1930. Elkin remained in these two positions until 1939 when he was appointed the Joseph B. Whitehead Professor of Surgery. Elkin continued as Surgeon-in-Chief of both Grady Memorial Hospital and Emory University Hospital.

From 1942-1946, Elkin was on active military duty for the United States Army, serving three years as the chief of surgery at Ashford General Hospital in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Finally in 1949, Elkin was promoted to Brigadier General in the U.S. Army Medical Corps Reserve.

Upon his return from the Army in 1946, Elkin again assumed the chairmanship of the Department of Surgery at Emory School of Medicine, remaining in this position until his retirement from Emory in 1954. During this time, Elkin became president of the American Surgical Association, was the chairman of the surgical section of the American Medical Association, and was president of the National Society of Clinical Surgery, the National Society of Medical Consultants in World War II, the Southern Surgical Association, and the Southern Society of Clinical Surgeons. Elkin was active in his profession even after his retirement from Emory, serving as the president of the American College of Surgeons from 1956-1957.

Elkin died on November 3, 1958 at the age of 65.

Scope and Content Note

The Daniel C. Elkin papers consist primarily of his professional and personal papers from 1906-1971, including professional correspondence related to his many accomplishments in his academic, medical, and military careers. Also included are drafts and proofs of Elkin's writings as well as an extensive collection of Elkin's reprinted medical publications, photographs of Elkin taken throughout his life, clippings relating to Daniel Elkin, reports of surgical cases, book reviews, honorary awards and degrees.

Arrangement Note

Organized into five series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Writings, (3) Photographs, (4) Other Material, (5) Reprints, and (6) Other Accessions.

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