The Rustin McIntosh Papers primarily document Dr. McIntosh's activities after his retirement from Babies Hospital, although certain items (notably a diary, his articles, and speeches) date from earlier in his career. The collection has been arranged into seven series: the Article Collection, Correspondence, Patient Records, the Pediatric Research Council / National Institute for Neurological Diseases and Blindness (PRC/NINDB), Personal Papers, Writings, and Photographs.
The Article Collection spans the years 1932-64 and contains materials assembled for Dr. McIntosh's research and professional use. The collection consists mostly of reprints (some inscribed by their authors), but also includes mimeographs; published charts and aids; unpublished articles, reports, and studies; and some materials issued by Presbyterian Hospital. The collection is arranged according to a subject-based numerical filing system. Based on this system's key, these papers contain only a small portion of the total article collection.
The correspondence spans the years 1962-74, and is arranged alphabetically by correspondent (except for letters of recommendation, which are arranged alphabetically by the individual being recommended). Notable correspondents include Virginia Apgar, Jean Cortner, Sidney Chipman, Katrina de Hirsch, Richard Darling, John Gerrard, Hubert Humphrey, Grayson Kirk, Weston Kelsey, Samuel Lambert Jr., Donovan McCune, Harry Medovy, Edwards Park, Wilder Penfield, William Silverman, Helen Taussig, Ashley Weech, Elizabeth Ufford, and Otto Woolf.
The patient records include two series of records used for research articles from Babies Hospital on duodenal obstruction from the 1930s and cystic fibrosis from the 1950s. Other patient records are consultations. All patient records are subject to the restrictions set forth in the Archives and Special Collections Patient Records Access Policy.
The PRC/NINDB materials document Dr. McIntosh's 1962-66 involvement with this large government-funded research program, which focused on data collection of pediatric practices and outcomes. Dr. McIntosh was a member of the board that oversaw grants and made site visits to participating institutions. Publications, reports, minutes of the PRC, meeting summaries, and tables provide an overview of the entire program.
Dr. McIntosh's personal papers span the years 1945 to 1971. Of particular interest is a diary of travels to Belgium in 1945, where Dr. McIntosh observed the Belgian care of polio. Dr. McIntosh's love of nature is documented in materials related to camping and fishing trips, as well as extensive records related to the ownership and maintenance of the Tyringham Cobble, an undeveloped property, during the years 1937-65. Dr. McIntosh and the other co-owners eventually donated "the Cobble" to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Writings have been divided into two categories: articles and speeches, and books. Articles and speeches (including speeches that became articles) are arranged alphabetically by title, and span from the late 1940s to 1963. In addition to typescripts, articles and speeches include some reprints, research notes, publicity materials, and correspondence. Dr. McIntosh also co-wrote and co-edited two books published in the 1960s, History of the American Pediatric Society 1887-1965, and Pediatrics, 13th edition. His papers relating to the History of the American Pediatric Society include extensive correspondence with his co-author, Harold Faber; the publisher, McGraw-Hill; the president of the APS, Charles Cook; and such notable doctors as Hattie Alexander, Conrad Riley, Joseph Stokes, and Lewis Thomas. The materials relating to the 13th edition of Pediatrics include correspondence and reviews.
Photographs from History of the American Pediatric Society 1887-1965 and from patient records have been moved to a separate document box.