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Paul B. Cornely Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS C 584

Abstract

Contains primarily speeches and articles by Dr. Cornely concentrating on public health activities in 1960s and 1970s, portraits, some material on APHA, Howard University, and University of Michigan, and some correspondence.

Dates

  • 1918-1999 (bulk 1953-1999)

Extent

5 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Creator

Abstract

Contains primarily speeches and articles by Dr. Cornely concentrating on public health activities in 1960s and 1970s, portraits, some material on APHA, Howard University, and University of Michigan, and some correspondence.

Physical Location

Materials stored onsite. History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

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Biographical Note

A native of Guadaloupe, French West Indies, Paul Bertau Cornely (1906-2002) received the bulk of his education at the University of Michigan. He followed his Bachelor's degree in 1928 with an M.D. in 1931. Nineteen thirty four marked the year he earned his Ph.D. in Public Health at Michigan and began a long career at Howard University. He taught at the Howard School of Medicine from 1934 until his retirement in 1973. During that period, Cornely distinguished himself both through achievement at the university and his tireless work for the development of more comprehensive public health coverage to the chronically underserved. In addition to teaching, he headed Howard's Department of Bacteriology, Preventive Medicine & Public Health, chaired the Department of Community Health Practice, directed the Student Health Services and served as director of the University Hospital. Beyond the university, Dr. Cornely was a founder of the National Student Health Association in 1939, president of the Physician's Forum in 1954, and founder and first president of the District of Columbia Public Health Association in 1962. In 1970 he served as the American Public Health Association's first black president. For the almost 30 years after his retirement until his death, Cornely continued to work actively with organizations devoted to the implementation of public health measures.

Collection Summary

Collection contains an extensive volume of articles and drafts (1934-1991) written by Dr. Cornely as well as transcriptions and written outlines of numerous speeches (1941-1991). Smaller portions lightly document aspects of his work with the American Public Health Association, Howard University, and the University of Michigan. Portraits document Dr. Cornely through much of his professional career. Correspondence is superficial and inconsistent.

Provenance

Gift, Paul Cornely, 8/10/2001. Accession 2001-133.

General

Processed by
Jim Labosier
Encoded by
Jim Labosier

Language of Materials

Collection materials primarily in English

Title
Finding Aid to the Paul B. Cornely Papers, 1918-1999 (bulk 1953-1999)
Status
Unverified Partial Draft
Author
Jim Labosier
Date
July 2010
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English
Edition statement
1.0

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Archives and Modern Manuscripts Collection Collecting Area

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