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Dr. Herbert Acuff Scrapbook

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2430

The Dr. Herbert Acuff Scrapbook, 1948-1955 (bulk 1948), consists primarily of congratulatory letters sent to Acuff upon his election as president of the International College of Surgeons in 1948. These letters were written by fellow physicians and Knoxville-area civic leaders. This scrapbook has been unbound, and the letters were removed from plastic sleeves. Also included are loose items that were found inserted in the front of the book. These items primarily date from after Acuff's death in 1951. Included are letters of condolence to Acuff's widow, copies of articles written by Acuff, and newspaper clippings about Acuff and his wife.

Dates

  • 1948-1955 (bulk 1948)

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.4 Linear Feet

Abstract

The Dr. Herbert Acuff Scrapbook, 1948-1955 (bulk 1948), consists primarily of congratulatory letters sent to Acuff upon his election as president of the International College of Surgeons in 1948. Also included are loose items, including letters, academic articles, and clippings, that were found inserted in the front of the book.

Biographical/Historical Note

Born in Washburn, Tenn. (Grainger County), Dr. Herbert Acuff was a graduate of Carson-Newman College. In 1911 he received his M. D. from the University of Louisville. Following his service as an officer in the Medical Corps in World War I, Acuff settled in Knoxville where, in the early 1920s, he served as president of the Civitan Club and the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce. Acuff was a member of the staffs of Knoxville General Hospital and Ft. Sanders Hospital, and served as head of the medical staff of St. Mary's Hospital. He was also district surgeon for Southern Railway. In 1947, Acuff established his own clinic in Knoxville.

Acuff was a former head of the Knoxville Academy of Medicine. He was also active in the American Cancer Society, the East Tennessee Automobile Association, the World Medical Association, and the Kerbela Temple Shrine. He also was a leader in the movement to establish a hospital and medical research center on the University of Tennessee campus.

In 1945 Acuff was elected president of the United States Chapter of the International College of Surgeons. In 1948, he became head of the world organization, a position he held until his death. As leader of the International College of Surgeons, Acuff was instrumental in the founding of the International College library in Chicago.

Acuff died of a heart attack on November 2, 1951. The 1953 annual meeting of the Southeastern Section of the International College of Surgeons, which was held in Knoxville, was dedicated to Acuff's memory.

Arrangement

Collection consists of four folders.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections in October 1994.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480