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Collection Number: 05087

Collection Title: George F. Sheldon Papers, 1968-2002

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Size 14.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 7500 items)
Abstract George F. Sheldon served as chair of the Department of Surgery of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1984-2001, and as Zack D. Owens Distinguished Professor of Surgery. Sheldon received his medical education from the University of Kansas, with study and positions following at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School, the Kansas University Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, and the University of California, San Francisco. Sheldon also served as chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges, president of the Society of Surgical Chairmen, president of the American College of Surgeons, and president of the American Surgical Association. He has published more than 300 articles, book chapters, and other writings. Materials are papers of George F. Sheldon relating to his career as a surgeon, educator, and administrator, with Sheldon's time at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine the main focus. Included are chronological files, alphabetical files, individual correspondent files, reports, clippings, biographical materials, photographs, licences, financial materials, calendars, articles, news releases, speeches, publications, and other items.
Creator Sheldon, George F.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
CLOSED until 2027.
This collection contains additional materials that are not processed and are currently not available to researchers. For information about access to these materials, contact Research and Instructional Services staff. Please be advised that preparing unprocessed materials for access can be a lengthy process.
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 George F. Sheldon Papers #5087, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from George F. Sheldon of Chapel Hill, N.C., in February and August 2002 (Acc. 99184 and 99341).
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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George F. Sheldon was born on 20 December 1934 to Richard Robert Sheldon and Helen Irene Sheldon. He is descended one one side from the first generation of Czech immigrants in Nebraska and on the other from English and Irish homesteaders in Kansas and Nebraska. He married Ruth Guy on 28 August 28 1959; the couple had three children: Anne Anderson, Julia, and Elizabeth.

Sheldon's medical education began at the University of Kansas, where he received his M.D. in 1961. After postgraduate work at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School and serving as an intern at the Kansas University Medical Center, he continued his career at the University of California, San Francisco, and the Harvard Medical School. From 1971 to 1984, he was promoted from an assistant to a full professor at the University of California. In 1984, he joined the staff of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the Zack D. Owens Distinguished Professor of Surgery and as chair of the Department of Surgery. In 2001, he stepped down as chair, but retained his professorship.

Sheldon is among the fewer than 25 individuals to hold offices in all of the major surgical associations. He has served as chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges, president of the Society of Surgical Chairmen, president of the American College of Surgeons, and president of the American Surgical Association. Other honors include an Award for Distinguished Service to Safety from the National Safety Council and appointment as an Honorable Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh.

Sheldon has also had a prolific career as a writer, publishing more than 300 articles and book chapters. His interests include not only the practice of medicine, but medical history and American history in general.

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This collection is comprised of the personal papers of George F. Sheldon. The vast majority of the materials relate to his career as a surgeon, educator, and administrator. The largest percentage of materials is located in the chronological files, alphabetical files, and individual correspondent folders, which contain letters to and from Sheldon, reports, clippings, and associated items. Calendars, articles, news releases, speeches, and publications make up the next largest groupings.

Items documenting Sheldon's time at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, the associations he belonged to both within and outside the University, and his professional achievements are also present in large quantities. There are also biographical materials, photographs, licenses, and financial documentation.

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Contents list

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About 7,500 items.
Box 1-14

Box 1

Box 2

Box 3

Box 4

Box 5

Box 6

Box 7

Box 8

Box 9

Box 10

Box 11

Box 12

Box 13

Box 14

Papers #05087, Series: "Papers, circa 1968-2002." Box 1-14

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jaime Margalotti, February 2004

Encoded by: Linda Sellars and Jaime Margalotti, May 2005

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