Henrik Holt Bendixen papers


The papers largely document Bendixen's career as a biomedical scientist. There is no family correspondence and there are relatively few official Columbia University records. Bendixen had a wide acquaintance with the leading academic anesthesiologists in North America and Western Europe and was friends with many. The content of the letters, while generally scientific and professional, often contains personal and biographical information about Bendixen that can be found nowhere else in his papers.

Correspondents include John J. Bonica, John P. Bunker, Werner and Joan Flacke, Joachim S. Gravenstein, William K. Hamilton, John Hedley-Whyte, Thomas F. Hornbein, Sophus Johansen, Richard J. Kitz, John F. Nunn, Henning Pontoppidan, Ole Secher, Fritz Stern, Kunio Suwa, Marek Sych, and Peter Winter. Of particular interest is Bendixen's correspondence with Henry K. Beecher, his dept. chair at Harvard, which includes several letters from Bendixen related to Beecher's work on the ethics of human experimentation. 

Other records include Bendixen's scientific presentations and medical school lectures; a set of offprints of his publications; correspondence with publishers and professional organizations; photographs; and artifacts, largely awards and medals.


Henrik H. (Henrik Holt) Bendixen, 1923-2004

Date [inclusive]: 

1943-1998 (bulk 1957-1994)


English, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian.

Physical Description: 

6.25 cubic feet (18 boxes, 1 oversize box, 1 folder, 2 rolled items)



The collection is stored off-site. Researchers will need to request this material from Archives & Special Collections at least two business days in advance to use the collection in our reading room. Generally, Archives & Special Collections will not recall more than 12 boxes at a time.

Records in Series II (Columbia University) are closed to outside researchers for 25 years from the date of creation.

Cite as: 

Henrik H. Bendixen Papers, Archives & Special Collections, Columbia University Health Sciences Library.