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2.   Scope and content

3.   Provenance

4.   Inventory

5.   Subjects

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 James Murray Beardsley Papers

 Providence, R.I. physician

 Papers, 1942-1964

 Size: 0.25 lin. ft.

 Catalog number: MSS 900

 Processed by: Rick Stattler, June 1995

©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            Dr. James Murray Beardsley (1900-1964) was trained at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, became a noted surgeon, and spent most of his career at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, where he was Chief of Surgery. He also served as a surgeon in the Army during World War II, in India and China, and attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

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Scope and content:

            This collection contains primarily official papers pertaining to Dr. Beardsley's military service, published articles by Beardsley from medical journals, and a folder of memorials and condolence letters from the year following his death. There is also a small amount of his personal correspondence.

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            The papers were given in 1977 as part of the estate of Dr. Beardsley's widow, Sarah M. Beardsley, via her executor, Elizabeth F. Selle of Rhode Island Hospital Trust.

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1. Military - Orders, commissions, discharges, 1942-1946

2.                      - Pay allotment, medical records, etc., 1942-1947

3.                      - Memos, etc. 1942-1946

4. Letters received, 1943, 1946 (4 items)

5. "Reconstruction of Thumb", unpublished report and photos, 1945

6. Publications, 1951-1964

7. Letters received, 1963-1964 (personal, 3 items)

8. Memorials, obituary, letters of condolence to wife and responses, 1964

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Physicians - Rhode Island - Providence

World War, 1939-1945 - Hospitals

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