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John A. Owen, Jr. papers

Identifier: MS-6

Scope and Contents

The John A. Owen, Jr. Papers consist of 15 boxes of archival material including letters, research notes, and documentation, and other items which reflect his professional activities from 1951-1995. The materials especially focus on diabetes, obesity, and endocrinology research; the relationship between pharmaceutical companies and physicians; federal regulations on prescription writing; and pharmacist-physician interaction. This collection is of special interest to scholars interested in the University of Virginia's clinical investigation during the 1960s-70s on diabetes and endocrinology; the relationship between pharmaceutical companies (and other organizations sponsoring basic research) and physicians; the effect of and response to federal legislation of the early 1970s which regulated prescription writing; the role of the pharmacist and their relationship to the physician; the interaction of the University of Virginia's department of medicine with the hospital's lab/pathology department; and the use of free samples from drug companies.


  • Creation: 1951 - 1995

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions.

Biographical / Historical Information

John Atkinson Owen, Jr. was born on September 24, 1924 in South Boston, Virginia. He completed his B.S. degree from Hampden-Sydney College, Hamden-Sydney, Virginia and went on to obtain a M.D. from the University of Virginia in 1948. Owen's postdoctoral training was done in Cincinnati, Ohio, Charlottesville, Virginia, and Durham, North Carolina. From 1956-1958 he was an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia. He then was Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine from 1958-1960. In 1960 he was named an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. In 1970 Owen became a full professor of Medicine at the same institution. Owen was married on November 29, 1952 to Wanda Earle Reamy. They had two children.


6.25 Linear Feet


In accordance with the donor's provenance, the collection is organized into three series. Chronological organization of what Dr. Owen considers his most important papers are located in Boxes 1-6. Miscellaneous papers are in Boxes 7-10. Alphabetic organization of extensive documentation of Dr. Owen's larger research projects and memorabilia from professional associations are in Boxes 11-15.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donation of Dr. John A. Owen, Jr., in 1996.

Physical Description

7.5 linear feet containing 15 boxes: 13 cm x 39.5 cm x 26.5 cm. Processed materials total 4,500 items.


Processed by: Historical Collections Staff
Historical Collections Staff
A Guide to the John A. Owen, Jr. Papers, 1951-1995
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