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H MS c208

Badger, Theodore L. Papers, 1934-1981: A Finding Aid.

Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)


Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: H MS c208
Repository: Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Creator: Badger, Theodore L., 1899-1980
Title: Theodore L. Badger Papers, 1934-1981.
Date(s): 1934-1981.
Quantity: 0.5 cubic feet (1 document box, 1 half document box)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The Theodore L. Badger Papers, 1934-1981, document the later years of Badger's career as a pulmonologist at New England Deaconess Hospital, 1973-1979. Correspondence, writings, and photographs document Badger's research activities on tuberculosis, administrative duties at New England Deaconess Hospital, and his advocacy for smoke-free public areas.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The Theodore L. Badger Papers were acquired by the Harvard Medical School Library in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Jennifer Pelose, April 2000
Processing Note: Duplicate materials and article and journal reprints were discarded. Items within folders were not reorganized; many were found in reverse chronological order.

Conditions Governing Access:

Access requires advance notice. There are restrictions on access to portions of the collection. There is personal and patient information interfiled in Series II; these records are restricted for 80 years from the date of creation. These restrictions are noted where they appear in Series II. Researchers may apply for access to restricted records. Consult the Public Services Librarian for further information.

Conditions Governing Use:

The Harvard Medical Library does not hold copyright on materials in the collections. Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Public Services Librarian. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Public Services Librarian are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

Preferred Citation:

Theodore L. Badger papers, 1834-1981, H MS c208. Harvard Medical Library, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Boston, Mass.


Theodore Learnard Badger (TLB), was Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Chairman of the Cardiopulmonary Unit at New England Deaconess Hospital, and specialized in the study and treatment of bronchopulmonary diseases, especially tuberculosis. TLB was born in Boston, Mass. on 17 November 1899 to Arthur Campbell Badger and Grace Richardson (Learnard) Badger. He married Alice Wetherbee in 1935. After serving in the US Navy 1918-1919, Badger received the AB from Yale College in 1922 and the MD from HMS in 1926. TLB completed an internship at Massachusetts General Hospital where he developed an interest in bronchopulmonary disease. After spending several years in New York he joined the faculty at HMS in 1931, and rose to become Clinical Professor of Medicine, 1964-1968. At the invitation of George Minot in 1931, TLB accepted a post as a research fellow at the Thorndike Memorial Laboratory at Boston City Hospital (BCH); he became Assistant Physician in 1948, and was Associate Physician 1952-1968. He was also appointed Chief of the Thoracic Clinic at BCH in 1939. TLB was the Chief of Staff at the Channing Home for Tuberculosis in Brookline, Mass. 1936-1955, and Director 1955-1958. Simultaneously he served on the staff of the New England Deaconess Hospital (NEDH) 1931-1980, acting as chairman of general medicine 1960-1964, and as chairman of the cardiopulmonary unit 1967-1980. He also consulted with many other hospitals in the Boston area. TLB served in the US Army as Chief of the Medical Service, 5th General Hospital (Harvard) 1942-1945.
TLB's publications include Tuberculosis in Nurses: Clinical Observations on Its Pathogenesis as Seen in a Fifteen Year Follow-up of 745 Student Nurses (1952), and many articles about tuberculosis and pulmonary diseases. He served as president of the American Trudeau Society and vice-president of the National Tuberculosis Association and participated in many other professional organizations. Badger retired in January 1980 and died later that year. Friends and colleagues established the Theodore L. Badger Lectureship in his honor at HMS in 1972.

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Scope and Content

H MS c208, the Theodore L. Badger Papers, 1934-1981, documents the administrative, research and professional activities of the later years of TLB's career as a pulmonologist at NEDH in Boston, Mass. The bulk of the collection falls between 1970 and 1980. Newspaper clippings, correspondence with professional organizations, and lectures illustrate his attempts to limit smoking in public areas in Massachusetts. Lectures, writings, and photographs describe TLB's activities.

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Additional Index Terms

Nonsmoking areas.
Tobacco--Physiological effect.
Tobacco smoke pollution.
Smoking Cessation
Badger, Theodore L., 1899-1980
American Lung Association.
Massachusetts Thoracic Society.
New England Deaconess Hospital.