The papers document Basset’s academic career at P&S and his later private practice. There is very little information on his personal life. Included are correspondence; conference papers; research notes; raw data, photographs and x-rays from experiments; publicity files; treatment protocols for specific injuries/illnesses; video and audio recordings; grant applications and reports and other fundraising correspondence; materials from cases where he served as an expert witness, as well as various malpractice suits against him; and a limited quantity of patient records.
Note: The two correspondence series overlap in terms of topics and time periods covered, and researchers should be sure to consult both of them when searching for materials.
Series I. Correspondence and subject files, 1976-1994
Records include correspondence on various topics with fellow orthopedic surgeons (colleagues and friends), professional societies, and government agencies, as well as records relating to grants and other funding sources for experimental projects and research and development records for business Bassett founded or co-founded. There is significant volume of records regarding the following institutions or topics: Bioelectric Magnetics Society (BEMS) (1978-1994); Electrobiology, Inc. (EBI), 1991-1994; and scholarly manuscripts reviewed for publication, (1989-1994). Arranged alphabetically.
Series II. Correspondence and subject files, 1959 – 1992.
Records include correspondence on various topics with fellow orthopedic surgeons (colleagues and friends), professional societies, and government agencies, as well as records relating to grants and other funding sources for experimental projects and research and development records for business Bassett founded or co-founded. There is significant volume of records regarding the following institutions or topics: Electrical therapy (1959-1974); Food and Drug Administration (1963-1988); Johnson & Johnson (1971-1980); and the National Research Council (1964-1970); arranged alphabetically.
Series III. Grants, 1961-1988.
Grant applications and reports produced for various scientific agencies in pursuit of multiple research topics; arranged chronologically.
Series IV. Lectures and Meetings, 1966-1994
Lectures given and meetings attended by Bassett, multiple topics and organizations; arranged chronologically.
Sub-series 4.1 (Five folders) General records, 1966-1981.
Correspondence regarding lectures he refused as well as general lecture ideas.
Sub-series 4.2 (9.5 boxes, 3.33 cu. feet) Lectures and Meetings, 1967-1994.
Correspondence and other records from meetings attended and lectures given.
Series V. Legal, 1963-1993.
Records of legal cases where Bassett served as an expert witness or was otherwise involved; arranged alphabetically.
Series VI: Reprints, 1951-1994.
Articles on various topics authored or co-authored by Bassett. About one-third of the materials were collected, arranged and indexed by Basset; the remainder were found loose in the files, and arranged chronologically.
Sub-series 6.1 (1 box, .33 cu. feet) Binders, 1951-1979.
Transferred from binders to folders, some indexes available; arranged chronologically.
Sub-series 6.2 (2 boxes, .66 cu. feet) Loose, 1951-1994.
Found loose in the box, arranged chronologically.
Series VII: Research materials, 1971-1984.
Records documenting Basset’s years as director of the Columbia University Orthopedic Research Lab, and his personal and collaborative research, including data sheets, animal record books, and others related materials; arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.
Sub-series 7.1: (5 boxes, 1.66 cu. feet) Columbia University Orthopedic Research Lab, 1971-1991.
Annual reports, correspondence, memos, data, protocol documents and other materials from the Columbia University Orthopedic Research Lab; arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.
Sub-series 7.2: (6 boxes, 2 cu. feet) Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (PEMF), 1971-1984.
Notes and correspondence relating to research by Bassett and others on impact of PEMFs on avian chondrocytes, avian fibroblasts, avian rudiments, avascular necrosis, bacteria, disuse oseteoporosis, spinal cord regeneration, fracture grafts, and other topics. There is significant material related to the following topics: cancerous tumors in mice (1971-1981); radial osteotomies (1974-1981); rat osteoporosis (1976-1979); sciatic nerve regeneration (1978-81); and a skin lesion study (1981). Arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.
Sub-series 7.3: (1.5 boxes, .55 cu. feet) Uncategorized research data, 1960-1976.
Assorted research notebooks and data sheets from an unnamed experiment; arranged chronologically.
Series VIII. Patient Records, 1969-1988.
Cases that were either related to ongoing research, followed by Bassett over many years, or may otherwise be of academic interest.
Series IX. Audio-visual materials, 1979-1986.
Audio and video tapes of lectures and television and radio interviews, loose in box.
Sub-series 9.1: (8 folders) Photographs, 1979-1985.
A portrait of Dr. Basset, several photographs of PEMF equipment, and examples of explanatory figures, arranged chronologically.
Sub-series 9.2: (six tapes) Audio tapes, 1979-1986.
Interviews on the therapeutic uses of pulsed electromagnetic fields, the Bi-Osteogen system and ununited fractures.
Sub-series 9.3: (three tapes) VHS tapes, 1985-1991.
Appearances on the Today Show, in By the Year 2000 series, and at a Bioelectromagnetic Society (BEMS) Annual Meeting.