Arthur Purdy Stout papers


Papers of surgical pathologist Arthur Purdy Stout.  Included are correspondence; medical school notes; an autobiography; a journal; letters and records from his military service during World War I; documents relating to the Surgical Pathology Laboratory; reprints of his scientific articles; and, photographs. The autobiography, entitled "Education of an 'Oncological' Surgical Pathologist," complete with a running personal bibliography, was written in stages from 1950 through 1966, a year before Stout's death. It presents the evolution of his medical career, including the growth of his research interests and responsibilities as a surgical pathologist, as well as briefly discussing his personal life.

The journal is from his trip around the world, 1907-1908. It chiefly covers his time in Japan and China, and includes an extensive description of his ascent up the Yangtze River to Chungking and then overland to Burma. The remainder of his journey to India and Kashmir can be traced in the typed transcripts of his letters to his mother. The journal is illustrated by hundreds of photographs taken by Stout.

The loose reprints in these papers are incomplete with very few before 1942; a more complete set of Stout scientific articles can be found in the department's bound faculty reprint collection. The photographs are extensive and include portraits of Stout from every stage of his life, as well as many of his family and friends.


Arthur Purdy Stout, 1885-1967

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Physical Description: 

2.5 cubic feet (7 boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 folder)




Cite as: 

Arthur Purdy Stout Papers, Archives & Special Collections, Columbia University Health Sciences Library.