Edgar M. Housepian (b.1928 d.2014), Columbia College (BA; 1949), College of Physicians and Surgeons (MD; 1953), was a neurosurgeon at Presbyterian Hospital and Professor at Columbia University, specifically within the Department of Neurological Surgery and the Neurological Institute. He was instrumental in coordinating disaster relief in Armenia after a major earthquake struck in 1988. His papers include correspondence in the form of letters and printed-out email, academic papers, book chapters, lectures, notes, newspaper and magazine clippings, articles, curricula vitae, inventories, grant applications, architectural plans, research proposals, conference proposals, agendas, fundraising records, medical instrument drawings and catalogs, reports, programs, agreements, photographs--including prints, slides, negatives and x-rays--and one video and 16mm.
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