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Hugh A. Edmondson papers

Identifier: 0353

Scope and Content

The Hugh A. Edmondson papers contains correspondence, photographs, artifacts, business documentation, publications, reports, biographies, autobiographies, and many other miscellaneous documents. Edmondson is recognized as an expert in pancreatic and liver diseases and was often consulted for his knowledge. The collection’s correspondence includes both personal and business letters. People reached out to Dr. Edmondson for various requests, ranging from his opinion on the diagnoses of patients to his input on the delegation of funding for research. Beyond personal correspondence, this collection includes other private documents like hand-written journal-like papers, and personal photographs. However, the documents included mostly consist of paperwork, budgets, print publications and notes about the USC Department of Medicine, particularly the Department of Pathology. The format of the information varies based on the content. Two important court case documents that Dr. Edmonson was involved in are also included. These legal documents are lengthy and include testimonies by him. There are Academic Papers in the collection that consist of recommendations for the curriculum and lecture outlines. The Hugh A. Edmondson papers also provides a detailed history of medical education at USC. These historical documents note numerous key figures and the overall advances of the program. There are autobiographical texts on Dr. Edmonson and biographical texts on others involved in the Doheny Eye Foundation, and on other doctors at USC. One group of documents in this section includes Dr. Edmondson’s death wishes and print publications about his death and accomplishments. Furthermore, the collection includes print publications about the USC School of Medicine including newspaper clippings, magazine articles, and reports. By providing a detailed account of Dr. Edmondson’s successes and contributions to the medical field, this collection presents many advancements made by the USC School of Medicine.


  • circa 1930s-1980s


Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Biographical note

Hugh A. Edmonson, M.D., was the chairman of the Department of Pathology at USC, the Director of Laboratories and Pathology at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Estelle Doheny Eye Foundation. Dr. Edmondson arrived at USC in 1932 for the continuation of a medical internship. In 1934, he was appointed an assistant in the Department of Pathology. From there, he rose to Chairman of the department, a position held from 1951 to 1972. He made considerable achievements as an administrator and as a specialist in the pathology of liver and pancreatic diseases. He was also an important financial supporter of the Elaine Stevely Hoffman Medical Research Center. He was the author of more than 70 publications in his specialties and received many awards for his accomplishments. Dr. Edmondson died of cancer at the age of 80 in 1986.


2 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

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The Hugh A. Edmondson papers contains documents regarding Dr. Edmondson's impact on the USC School of Medicine and the advancements he made in the medical field, particularly in pathology. This collection consists of correspondence, photographs, notes, budgets, programs, medical documents, publications, historical documents, academic documents, legal papers and other texts related to Dr. Edmondson's professional career and personal life.

Finding aid for the Hugh A. Edmondson papers
Meghan Stephens
2013 June
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Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Special Collections Repository

Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-0189 United States