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Dr. Donald C. Balfour Sr. papers are now archived in the The W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine


Dr. Donald Balfour Sr., circa 1924 at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota

The W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine is pleased to announce that the papers of Dr. Donald C. Balfour Sr. are now available to interested persons for research. Dr. Balfour began working at Mayo in 1907 as an assistant in pathology and was appointed head of a section of surgery in 1912.  Although a general surgeon, he was particularly interested in diseases of the stomach and duodenum and became internationally known for his surgical contributions. Dr. Balfour also maintained an interest in medical education and served as associate director and director of Mayo Graduate School of Medicine (now Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education).

Dr. Balfour’s collection contains fifty-one boxes of material, which includes personal and professional correspondence; reprints, published and unpublished manuscripts, historical material about the development of Mayo Clinic, and other materials gathered by Dr. Balfour in preparation for writing his memoirs; photographs of Dr. Balfour and his family; writings by others regarding medicine, medical education, and music; and materials of general interest to Dr. Balfour.

A finding aid, or inventory, of Dr. Balfour’s collection is available for viewing via the Mayo Clinic Archival Collections (MAX) online catalog.  Visit the homepage of  the W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine  for more information about accessing the finding aid and other collections in the archives.


February 12, 2018 at 11:28 am

M-ayo A-rchives X-plorer… Introducing MAX !

In 1953 at the direction of Mayo Clinic’s Board of Governors the Mayo Historical Unit (MHU) began to systematically acquire and organize information related to the history of Mayo Clinic.  Researchers studying the evolution of the institution and archives staff assisting them have been required to use an array of paper finding tools, mostly single-spaced, typed Collection Inventories.  They faced a daunting challenge when they wanted to review documents in a large collection such as the papers of  Dr. Charles Horace Mayo, one of the founders.  The Collection Inventory listed hundreds of folder titles contained in 108 archival boxes: the equivalent of 54 cubic feet or approximately 135,000 pieces of paper. (more…)

October 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm