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Jackson Thornwell Witherspoon papers

Identifier: LaRC-824

Scope and Contents

Jackson Thornwell Witherspoon (1900-1940) was a native of New Orleans, a prolific writer, and gynecologist. The collection contains numerous drafts of articles by Witherspoon, both popular and technical, written primarily while he was Associate Professor of Gynecology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. There is also correspondence regarding the negotiations and progress of his published textbook, "Clinical Pathological Gynecology" (1939) as well as a scrapbook of advertisements and book reviews. In addition, there are class notes taken by Witherspoon as well as certificates and a draft of a book, "Two Years at Oxford," which he adapted from a journal he kept while studying in England.


  • Creation: 1926-1940


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

Jackson Thornwell Witherspoon (1900-1940) was born in New Orleans and graduated from Princeton University, Oxford University, and Johns Hopkins University Medical School. He interned in New York City at St. Lukes Hospital and then returned to New Orleans to practice medicine. He taught at Tulane University School of Medicine (1930-1935), then moved to Indianapolis and taught at Indiana University Medical School as an associate professor of gynecology. Witherspoon edited Modern Medicine in 1939 and authored the textbook, "Clinical Pathological Gynecology," which was also completed in 1939. In addition, he wrote an unpublished work, "Two Years at Oxford," adapted from a journal kept while studying in England on a Rhodes Scholarship.


2.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged by topic as follows: articles (arranged alphabetically), "Two Years at Oxford" manuscript and drafts, correspondence, scrapbook, class notes, other papers, and certificates. The collection consists of two boxes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Evelyn Witherspoon. Date acquired: 08/01/1992.

Processing Information

Collection processed in 1991 by AES.

LAC Group
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US