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Dr. Robert E. Low Medical Mission Papers

Identifier: Manuscripts-Collection 130

Scope and Contents

1990-1995. This collection contains materials related to Dr. Low's work on medical missions in Guatemala. Among the Low Medical Mission Papers are 1,400 color photographs, 2,700 patient treatment records, and Dr. Low's correspondence and journals.

The Low Medical Mission Papers include correspondence, itineraries, lists of mission participants, more than 2,700 medical examination records, summaries of treatment, lists of donors and public speaking notes. The collection also has a number of books, brochures, pamphlets, articles and postcards that mainly deal with Guatemala. Of particular interest are the more than 1,400 photographs and 1,000 transparencies which document the activities of the various medical missions. Also of note are Dr. Low's mission journals which provide a personal narrative about his daily activities in Honduras and Guatemala.


  • 1990-1995

Conditions Governing Access

Open to the public. No known restrictions.

Biographical or Historical Information

Dr. Robert E. Low was born in Addis, Louisiana. He studied medicine at Tulane University's Medical School and moved to Brewton, Alabama where he set up a family medical practice in 1949. Dr. Low is an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Brewton. Between February 1990 and February 1995, Dr. Low participated in a series of nine medical missions, one to Honduras and the remaining eight to the Guatemalan highlands. The missions were organized by the United Methodist Church and the last seven missions were led by the Rev. R.L. "Ted" Hoagland, a retired pastor from Mobile, Alabama. Each mission lasted approximately ten days, providing basic medical and dental treatment to more than 1000 patients who lived in the remote villages of Honduras and Guatemala. Medical team particiapants included physicians, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, radiologists, nutritionists, translators and team assistants all of whom paid their own way.


5.00 Boxes

Arrangement Note

I. Correspondence 1990-1997

81 items

II. Medical Missions

900 items, 1407 photographs and 1093 slides

III. Miscellaneous Items

The photographs and slides are organized chronologically and follow the file of materials from each of Dr. Low's medical missions.
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Repository Details

Part of the The Latin American Library at Tulane Repository

7001 Freret Street
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, 4th floor
Tulane University
New Orleans Louisiana 70118 US
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