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Detroit Surgical Association Records

Identifier: WSR000312

Scope and Content

The papers of the Detroit Surgical Association reflect both the administrative and pedagogical activities in which it participated.

Series Description: Series 1: Administrative, 1947-1973 Series 2: Membership, 1947-1975 Series 3: Activities, 1947-1974


  • 1947 - 1975


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.


The Detroit Surgical Association was organized in 1947 by a group of local surgeons. The object of the society was to further resident surgical training in the city's hospitals. This was accomplished through a combination of a social and scientific meeting which took place monthly throughout the academic year.

Resident as well as practicing surgeons were encouraged to present papers on a variety of medical topics relating to surgery. Following the presentation, discussion would follow in which all would participate. Numerous new surgical techniques were thus disseminated among the general membership.

Beginning in 1949, the association began presenting an honorary medal to guest speakers who were invited to present talks at the annual banquet. The guest received the title, Theodore McGraw Lecturer, and a bronze medal commemorating the occasion. Theodore McGraw was a founder of the Detroit College of Medicine, later Wayne State University School of Medicine, and his memory was a significant moving force behind the Detroit Surgical Association.


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Organized in 1947 by a group of local surgeons, the purpose of this association was to further resident surgical training in area hospitals. Lectures were given on surgical topics followed by a discussion. In 1949, the association began presenting an honorary medal to lecturers. The title, Theodore McGraw Lecturer as well as a bronze medal to commemorate the occasion were presented to the lecturer. Abstracts of papers presented are contained in the collection.


Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-2), Series 2 (Boxes 2-4), and Series 3 (Boxes 4-5). Folders in Series I are arranged chronologically by subject. In Series II, The membership application files are arranged chronologically by year and alphabetically by name within each yearly file. The senior files are arranged alphabetically and the vitae are arranged chronological. In Series III, folders are arranged chronically where dated and original order is preserved for undated records.


The papers of The Detroit Surgical Association were placed in the Wayne State University Archives in March of 1974 and June of 1975 by Gaylord S. Bates, M.D.

Related Materials

Wayne State University School of Medicine Department of Surgery Office of the Chairman Records, Journal of the Detroit College of Medicine and Surgery, Alexander J. Walt Papers, Detroit College of Medicine and Surgery 1929 Yearbook, The Leucocyte, J. Henry Carstens, M.D. Papers, Theodore McGraw, Jr. Diary, Wayne University College of Medicine Office of the Dean Records.


Approximately 50 photographs relating to the Theodore McGraw Medal and the founders of the association have been placed in the Archives' Audio- Visual Collections.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library on August 1, 1975.
Guide to the Detroit Surgical Association Records
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA