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History of Cancer Care at the University of Virginia project records

Identifier: MS-46

Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents and notes used to write The History of Cancer Care at the University of Virginia, 1901-2011, by Morton C. Wilhelm and Henry K. Sharp. Included are copies of articles concerning cancer from non UVa related publications as well as those associated with UVa, such as UVa Alumni Bulletin, UVa Medical Alumni News Letter, Helix, Link, Oncologue and The Drawsheet; books notes; timelines; original reports by members of the committee on various topics such as gynecologic oncology and head and neck cancer treatment; selections and notes taken from manuscript collections in both Historical Collections and UVa's Special Collections; and 25 DVDs of individual video-recorded interviews along with 2 DVDs containing the final versions of the 25 interviews conducted during the project.


  • Creation: 1942 - 2011

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Biographical / Historical

In 2006 Morton C. (M.C.) Wilhelm, a retired UVa surgeon, was working in the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library Historical Collections, writing a biography of a prominent cancer physician. He, together with Joan Echtenkamp Klein, Curator for Historical Collections, began to reflect on the cancer program at the University of Virginia and how many individuals had played significant roles in its development over the years. M.C. and Joan then realized that many of their friends and colleagues in this group had died and, except for scattered references, their contributions to the cancer program at UVa were not recorded. Discussions with others about this lack of a historical record led to the formation of a committee to explore the possibility of writing a book which would describe the evolution of the treatment of cancer at UVa over the years. The members of the committee were a brain trust of UVa's stellar surgeons, physicians, researchers, and nurses in the field of cancer care.

In the process of acquiring material and information for the 200 page book,The History of Cancer Care at the University of Virginia, 1901-2011,video-recorded interviews were conducted with 25 individuals who contributed to cancer care at UVa. These interviews are on a DVD included with each book. The book is unique in that it tells the UVa story, but it also sets the UVa history within the broader context of what was happening with cancer care in the nation and the state. A Historical Collections website incorporates the interviews and portions of the book.


2.25 Linear Feet


The folders are arranged alphabetically. Some of the folders are grouped so that all of the reports by committee members are together in a reports section. Articles photocopied from Historical Collection's UVa related journals at the beginning of the project are grouped by subject and also chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The files were collected by Historical Collections staff members and M.C. Wilhelm.

Physical Description

3 boxes, 5" x 10.5" x 15.5," 41 folders; 1 box 5" x 6.5" x 12" with 27 DVDs; total 1.75 feet


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Historical Collections Staff
A Guide to the History of Cancer Care at the University of Virginia Project Records, 1942-2011
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library Repository

Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
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P.O. Box 800722
Charlottesville Virginia 22908-0722 United States