Series 1
Correspondence, 1945-2011
Boxes 1-2

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence includes personal and professional letters from colleagues and former students at Emory, other medical professionals in the field of cardiology, thank you letters from former patients.

Topics discussed with colleagues, students and other medical professionals include pedagogy, teaching strategies and patient care, pharmaceutical concerns, medical cases, and research papers. A large portion of correspondence is congratulatory in relation to articles and books written by Hurst, and to various awards and honors received by Hurst, notably his selection as one of "Atlanta's Hundred Leaders of Tomorrow" by the Committee for Atlanta's future and TIME magazine in 1953.

There is also congratulatory correspondence relating to Hurst's appointment as Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Medicine. A large portion of correspondence (Box 1, Folders 6-9) relates to Hurst's retirement as chair of Emory's department of medicine in 1986.

There are a few items of correspondence between others includes anecdotes about Hurst's commitment to lecturing and reflections on his philosophy regarding communication with cardiac patients and the professional life of interns. Also included is a thank you letter to the Emory University Hospital Administration by the husband of one of Hurst's patients.

Also included is a letter by Richard M. Nixon's regarding his address to the Congress on the State of the Union in 1972 (Box 1/ Folder 5), and correspondence regarding Ronald Reagan's awarding of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Theodore E. Cummings Prize for Outstanding Contributions in Cardiovascular Disease to J. Willis Hurst.

Prominent correspondents include Paul Dudley White, M.D., under whom Dr. Hurst worked as a cardiac fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital; Eugene A. Stead, Jr, M.D., first time full-chair of the Emory Department of Medicine 1942-1946; Charles Huggins, LT, MC, USNR from the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland; Dr. Arthur Richardson, Dean of Emory School of Medicine 1956-1979; Richard M. Krause, M.D., Dean of Emory University School of Medicine.

Arrangement Note

Arranged in chronological order.

Restrictions on Access

Special restriction apply: Selected materials closed to research until 2055 in accordance with Emory University Archives access policy for doctor/patient records.

Box Folder Content
1 1 Correspondence, Undated
1 2 Correspondence, 1949-1950
1 4 Correspondence, 1953 [Selected materials RESTRICTED until 2055: CR]
1 5 Correspondence, 1961-1986
1 6 Correspondence, 1985
1 7 Correspondence, 1986 (1 of 6)
1 8 Correspondence, 1986 (2 of 6)
1 9 Correspondence, 1986 (3 of 6)
2 1 Correspondence, 1986 (4 of 6)
2 2 Correspondence, 1986 (5 of 6)
2 3 Correspondence, 1986 (6 of 6)
2 4 Correspondence, 1987-1998
2 5 Correspondence, 2000-2007
2 6 Correspondence, 2008-2011
2 7 Inaugural invitations, 1965
2 8 Correspondence between others, 1978-2011