Otway Watkins Rash papers

Descriptive Summary

Title
Otway Watkins Rash papers
Date
1896-1965
Creator
Rash, Otway Watkins, 1876-1966
Extent
11.25 Cubic feet
Subjects
Correspondence.
Hospital administrators.
Hospitals--Kentucky--Louisville
Medical records--Kentucky.
Medicine--Kentucky--Louisville
Memorabilia.
Physicians
Physicians (General practice)--Kentucky.
Radium--Therapeutic use
Surgery--Military aspects--Philippines--1899-1900.
Surgery--Practice--Kentucky--Louisville.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Julie Williams
Preferred Citation
74M1: [identification of item], Otway Watkins Rash papers, 1896-1965, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Dr. Otway W. Rash, a native of Henderson, Kentucky, attended Louisville Medical College from 1894 to 1896. He received his medical degree in March of 1897 from New York City's Bellevue Hospital Medical College. After three years of private medical practice in partnership with Dr. Robert L. Bone of Madisonville, Kentucky, Dr. Rash in 1898 joined the United States Army as a surgeon. Following service in the Phillippines (1899-1900), he returned to civilian life and established a general practice of medicine and surgery in Owensboro, Kentucky, where he spent the remainder of his career.
In 1921, Dr. Rash was one of the first Kentucky doctors to utilize radium in the treatment of disease. During this period, he served as instructor of anatomy at the Owensboro-Daviess County Hospital. In addition, he held the position of Chief of Staff of that hospital for eleven years, and on June 3, 1947, was named Emeritus Chief of Staff. Dr. Rash also occupied the position of Chief of Staff of Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in Owensboro from 1949 to June of 1952.
When Dr. Rash reached the age of 73 in 1950, he gave up surgery and established an office as a general practitioner. The doctor continued to practice until the year before his death in 1966. In April 1964, the Kentucky Medical Association honored Dr. Rash by citing him as the doctor who had practiced medicine for the longest period of time in the State of Kentucky.
Heltsley, Ernest C. Dr. Rash Completing 68 years in Medicine. Sunday Courier and Press (Evansville, Indiana). April 4, 1965, p. 35 A.
Tapp, Hamilton, ed. Kentucky Lives: The Blue Grass State Who's Who. Hopkinsville, Kentucky: Historical Record Association, Inc., 1966, pp. 436-437.
Scope and Content
The professional correspondence and records of Dr. Otway Rash provide an intimate look at the business details in the life of a doctor. The records in this collection are of three types: correspondence and memorabilia, receipts, bills and tax records and account books. The correspondence consists mainly of letters concerning referral patients, although some personal correspondence is scattered throughout. The financial records include receipts from the bills of sale of stocks, bonds, and automobiles, tax assessment records and gas and electric bills. Included in the account books are ledgers which contain patients' yearly accounts, day books with patients' daily records, and receipt book stubs. Additionally, the papers include a large photograph (the Bellevue Hospital Class Reunion, 1932) and a restaurant menu.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access note Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Biographical information, undated

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Broadcasts by radio station WOMI in honor of Dr. Rash (recording of 1964 broadcast and script of 1965 broadcast), 1964-1965

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Photograph: medical school, 1896

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Bankbooks, undated

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Grand-daddys' Travels (xeroxed copies of 20 unsigned typescript letters), 1954 January 23-April 26

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Miscellany: advertisements, etc., undated

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General correspondence; wills and leases, etc., 1923, 1926-1930

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General correspondence; wills and leases, etc., 1930 January-June

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General correspondence; wills and leases, etc., 1930 July-December

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General correspondence; wills and leases, etc., 1931 January-June

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General correspondence; wills and leases, etc., 1931 July-December

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General correspondence; wills and leases, etc., 1932 January-June

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General correspondence; wills and leases, etc., 1932 July-December

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General correspondence; wills and leases, etc., 1933

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General correspondence; wills and leases, etc., 1934-1935

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Correspondence - Referral Patients: A-Z, 1921-1934

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Correspondence - Referral Patients: A-Z, 1934-1939

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Correspondence - Referral Patients: A-(Y)Z, 1939-1944

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Correspondence - Referral Patients: A-(Y)Z, 1944-1947

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Correspondence - Referral Patients: A-(Y)Z, 1947-1950

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Correspondence - Referral Patients: A-(W)Z, 1950-1953

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Correspondence - Referral Patients: A-(Y)Z, 1953-1956

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Correspondence - Referral Patients: A-(Y)Z, 1956-1960

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Correspondence - Referral Patients: A-(W)Z, 1961-1965

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Receipts: Taxes, Licenses, automobiles, bonds and debentures, gas and electric bills: A-(W)Z, undated

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Accounts: Loose Materials formerly located between the pages of items 1, 2, 20, and 29, undated

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Account Ledger - Inter-Southern Life Insurance Company (1), 1907 April 4-December 9

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Account Ledger (yearly patients' accounts) (Also contains Business Collected Records) (2), 1900-1965

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Account Ledger (yearly patients' accounts) (3), 1906-1912

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Account Ledger (yearly patients' accounts) (4), 1912-1919

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Account Ledger (yearly patients' accounts) (5), 1921-1923

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Account Ledger (yearly patients' accounts) (6), 1923-1926

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Account Ledger (yearly patients' accounts) (7), 1926-1928

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Account Ledger (8), 1929-1930

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Account Ledger (9), 1931-1932

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Account Ledger (10), 1932-1935

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Account Ledger (11), 1935-1938

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Account Ledger (12), 1938-1942

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Account Ledger (13), 1942-1943

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Account Ledger (14), 1944-1945

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Account Ledger (15), 1945-1948

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Account Ledger (16), 1948-1950

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Account Ledger (17), 1951-1954

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Account Ledger (18), 1954-1958

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Account Ledger (19), 1958-1960

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Receipt Book Stubs - Oil Royalty (20), 1938 November 16-1957 October 17

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Receipt Book Stubs (21), 1901 July 9-1902 June 21

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Receipt Book Stubs (22), 1902 June 26-1903 May 9

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Receipt Book Stubs (23), 1903 May 9-1904 December 31

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Receipt Book Stubs (24), 1904 October 18-1906 October 4

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Receipt Book Stubs (25), 1906 October 9-1908 August 10

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Receipt Book Stubs (26), 1908 August 11-1910 May 17

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Receipt Book Stubs (27), 1915 February 24-1916 May 20

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Receipt Book Stubs (28), 1916 June 5-1918 January 10

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Receipt Book Stubs (29), 1918 February 14-1919 August 8

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Receipt Book Stubs (30), 1919 August 8-1921 February 10

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Receipt Book Stubs (31), 1921 February 12-1923 January 12

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Receipt Book Stubs (32), 1923 January 12-1924 October 4

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Receipt Book Stubs (33), 1924 October 8-1926 September 3

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Receipt Book Stubs (34), 1926 September 9-1928 May 10

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Receipt Book Stubs (35), 1928 May 12-1929 December 19

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Receipt Book Stubs (36), 1929 December 19-1931 June 6

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Receipt Book Stubs (37), 1931 June 8-1931 December 30

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Receipt Book Stubs (38), 1932 January 5-1933 October 9

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Receipt Book Stubs (39), 1933 October 9-1935 August 15

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Receipt Book Stubs (40), 1935 August 15-1937 August 19

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Receipt Book Stubs (41), 1937 August 24-1939 March 20

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Receipt Book Stubs (42), 1939 March 21-1940 October 2

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Receipt Book Stubs (43), 1940 October 3-1942 May 5

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Receipt Book Stubs (44), 1942 May 6-1944 January 1

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Receipt Book Stubs (45), 1944 January 1-1945 October 8

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Receipt Book Stubs (46), 1945 October 8-1947 April 1

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Receipt Book Stubs (47), 1947 April 1-1948 October 8

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Receipt Book Stubs (48), 1948 October 9-1950 April 12

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Receipt Book Stubs (49), 1950 April 13-1951 November 16

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Receipt Book Stubs (50), 1951 November 16-1953 June 13

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Receipt Book Stubs (51), 1953 June 13-1955 March 20

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Receipt Book Stubs (52), 1955 March 28-1956 August 24

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Receipt Book Stubs (53), 1956 August 29-1958 June 10

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Receipt Book Stubs (54), 1958 June 12-1960 February 1

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Receipt Book Stubs (55), 1960 February 10-1961 September 6

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Receipt Book Stubs (56), 1961 September 6-1963 May 8

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Receipt Book Stubs (57), 1963 May 8-1964 April 22

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Journal (daily accounts) (58), 1900 November 12-1908 October

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Journal (daily accounts) (59), 1908 November-1914 April

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Ledger (daily accounts) (60), 1914 June-1918 October

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Day book (61), 1918 October-1920 December

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Day book (62), 1921 January-1923 December

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Day book (63), 1924 January-1925 December

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Reynold's Consecutive Book (contains daily accounts) (64), 1924 May 19-1925 May 19

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Day book (65), 1938 June-1941 September

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Day book (66), 1941 September-1944 April

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Day book (67), 1944 April-1946 July

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Day book (68), 1946 July 8-1949 March

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Day book (69), 1949 March-1951 September

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Day book (70), 1951 September-1953 September

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Day book (71), 1953 October-1956 March

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Day book (72), 1956 March-1957 August

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Day book (73), 1957 August-1959 February

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Day book (74), 1959 Feruary-1960 August

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Day book (75), 1960 August-1962 March

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Day book (76), 1962 April-1964 June

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (77), 1938 November 1-1939 July 23

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (78), 1939 July 24-1940 May 7

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (79), 1940 May 7-1941 February 24

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (80), 1941 March 1-1941 November 8

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (81), 1941 November 24-1942 August 1

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (82), 1942 August 1-1943 March 8

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (83), 1943 March 8-1943 September 17

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (84), 1943 September 17-1944 April 4

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (85), 1944 April 4-1944 September 25

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (86), 1944 September 29-1945 April 7

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (87), 1945 April 7-1945 October 8

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (88), 1945 October 8-1946 May 5

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (89), 1946 May 5-1946 November 18

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (90), 1946 November 18-1947 September 5

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (91), 1947 September 8-1948 February 24

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (92), 1948 February 24-1948 August 10

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (93), 1948 August 10-1949 February 4

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (94), 1949 February 3-1949 July 17

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (95), 1949 June 17-1950 April 13

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (96), 1950 April 14-1950 September 12

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (97), 1950 September 12-1951 February 11

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (98), 1951 February 11-1951 October 31

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (99), 1951 November 1-1952 May 4

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (100), 1952 May 4-1952 December 5

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (101), 1952 December 5-1953 July 7

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (102), 1953 July 7-1954 March 24

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (103), 1954 March 24-1954 November 18

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (103), 1954 November 18-1955 June 15

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (105), 1955 June 15-1956 February 15

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (106), 1956 February 15-1956 September 28

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (107), 1956 September 28-1957 September 16

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (108), 1957 September 16-1958 July 7

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (109), 1958 July 7-1959 May 1

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (110), 1959 May 1-1960 January 30

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (111), 1960 January 30-1961 April 11

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (112), 1961 April 11-1961 October 7

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (113), 1961 October 7-1962 September 17

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (114), 1962 September 17-1963 December 16

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Order Book (daily patients' accounts) (115), 1963 December 18-1965 August 28

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Photograph (Bellevue Hospital Class Reunion) and Menu, 1932

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