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Collection Number: 01641

Collection Title: Joseph Goldberger Papers, 1891-1949

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Size 1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 975 items)
Abstract Joseph Goldberger was a physician, medical researcher, and epidemiologist with the United States Public Health Service, 1899-1929. The collection chiefly consists of personal and professional correspondence of and about Goldberger. Materials document his field work and research in connection with pellagra, typhus, dengue, yellow fever, and other epidemic diseases throughout the southern United States, Mexico, and the West Indies. Included are letters from Goldberger to his wife, Mary Farrar Goldberger of New Orleans, her papers after his death concerning his biography, and two scrapbooks of clippings and photographs.
Creator Goldberger, Joseph, 1874-1929.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Joseph Goldberger Papers, #1641, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Gift 1949
Additional Descriptive Resources
Original finding aid is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Joseph Goldberger was born in Hungary but immigrated to New York as a child. He was educated there and later practiced medicine in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., before joining the United States Public Health Service in 1899. During his time with the Public Health Service, Goldberger studied various diseases and discovered the cause of and cure for pellagra.

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The collection chiefly consists of personal and professional correspondence of and about Joseph Goldberger, physician, medical researcher, and epidemiologist with the United States Public Health Service, 1899-1929, concerning his field work and research in connection with pellagra, typhus, dengue, yellow fever, and other epidemic diseases throughout the southern United States, Mexico, and the West Indies. Included are letters from Goldberger to his wife, Mary Farrar Goldberger of New Orleans, her papers after his death concerning his biography, and two scrapbooks of clippings and photographs.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 1a

Oversize Paper OP-1641/1

Joseph Goldberger grammar school diploma, 3 July 1890 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." OP-1641/1

Folder 1

1891-1900 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1901-1902 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1903-1904 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1905 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1906 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

Fragments, 1906 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

1907 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

1908 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 8

Oversize Volume SV-1641/2

Scrapbook, 1908-1940 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." SV-1641/2

Contains newspaper clippings, from various sources, about Joseph Goldberger and his work.

Folder 9

1909 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

January-August 1910 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

September-December 1910 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

January-October 1911 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

November-December, 1911 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

1912 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

1913 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

1914 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17

January-July 1915 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 17

Folder 18

August-December 1915 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 18

Folder 19

1916 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20

1917 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

1918-1919 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

1920-1922 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

1923-1925 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

1926-1928 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

January 1929 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

1 February-7 February 1929 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 26

Folder 27

8 February-10 February 1929 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

11 February-13 February 1929 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29

14 February-28 February 1929 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 29

Folder 30

March-December 1929 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 30

Folder 31

1930-1931 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

1932-1939 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

1940 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

1941-1942 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35

1943-1949 #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 35

Folder 36

Undated letters and fragments #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 36

Folder 37

Undated letters and fragments #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 37

Folder 38

Radio scripts, article, Farrar genealogy #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 38

Folder 39

Pictures and clippings #01641, Series: "1. Papers, 1891-1949 and undated." Folder 39

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Extra Oversize Image X-OP-P-1641/2

Photograph of Bellevue Hospital staff, 1896 #01641, Series: "2. Pictures, 1896-1929 and undated." X-OP-P-1641/2

Extra Oversize Image X-OP-P-1641/1

Photograph of Public Health Service staff members, in uniform, in New Orleans, 1903 #01641, Series: "2. Pictures, 1896-1929 and undated." X-OP-P-1641/1

Image Folder PF-1641/1

Six photographs: #01641, Series: "2. Pictures, 1896-1929 and undated." PF-1641/1

P-1641/1: Joseph Goldberger, 1910 #01641, Series 2. Pictures, 1896-1929 and undated., Imagefolder PF-1641/1
P-1641/2: Joseph Goldberger, 1906 #01641, Series 2. Pictures, 1896-1929 and undated., Imagefolder PF-1641/1

An accompanying slip of paper reads, "Picture of Joseph at the time of our marriage Apr. 19, 1906...M.F.G."

P-1641/3: Death mask of Joseph Goldberger, 1929 #01641, Series 2. Pictures, 1896-1929 and undated., Imagefolder PF-1641/1

The photograph is tucked into a folded piece of paper that reads: "Photograph of death mask of Dr. Joseph Goldberger, by H.K. Bush-Brown. The artist thought there was a resemblance between Goldberger's features and those of Dante."

P-1641/4: Mary Goldberger, circa 1906 #01641, Series 2. Pictures, 1896-1929 and undated., Imagefolder PF-1641/1
P-1641/5: New York City apartment building, circa 1920 #01641, Series 2. Pictures, 1896-1929 and undated., Imagefolder PF-1641/1

The verso reads: "One of these apts Joseph lived in on the East Side when they first arrived in New York from Giralt, Hungary."

P-1641/6: New York apartment building, circa 1920 #01641, Series 2. Pictures, 1896-1929 and undated., Imagefolder PF-1641/1

Possibly the same building as in P-1641/5 viewed from a different angle.

Photograph Album PA-1641/1

Photograph album, undated #01641, Series: "2. Pictures, 1896-1929 and undated." PA-1641/1

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, March 2010

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