Contents and Arrangement

Series 3: General Correspondence, 1973-1992

48 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This "general" correspondence, kept separate by Dr. Thomas, covers the whole gamut of his interests and responsibilities. Though the other series contain correspondence, too, this correspondence is not so closely identified with a specific function (Series I, II, V), such as publishing a book or managing an institution, or with a specific event (Series IV), such as delivering a commencement address. Present is correspondence with doctors at MSKCC and elsewhere in the United States and Europe, such as Dr. Ion Gresser in France and Dr. Otto Westphal in Germany. Other correspondents include laboratory assistants, foundations such as the Institute for the Advancement of Health, corporations such as General Motors, and research centers. A small amount of the correspondence at the end of the series, arranged by year (1970-1992), consists of Dr. Thomas's recommendation letters for assorted individuals seeking positions, entrance to medical schools, and acceptance into professional societies. Xeroxed articles and newspaper clippings have not been removed from their accompanying letters.


The correspondence is arranged alphabetically, except that noted above.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jennifer Lindabury in 1993 . Finding aid written by Jennifer Lindabury at the end of 1993 .

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Series 3: General Correspondence; Lewis Thomas Papers, C0738, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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