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Saul Benison Papers

Identifier: WC-36

Scope and Contents

The Saul Benison Collection occupies 21 linear feet and consists of 18 boxes. The bulk of this collection spans almost twenty years from 1950-1970. The collection was divided into seven series, though many of the same types of materials can be found throughout each series. Series I: Correspondence contains letters, memoranda, and specific communications from national associations and organizations, and universities. Series II: Photographs consists of various photos of individuals and events. Series III: Records and Reports contains various reports from different organizations, many from the National Foundation on Infantile Disease. Again, some material here echo the material found in previous series. Series IV: Books consists of textbooks, novels and medical journals. The remaining series are as follows: Series V: Journals and Newspaper Articles; Series VI: Drafts, notes, and manuscripts; Series VII: Interviews.


  • 1804-1970

Biographical / Historical

Saul Benison functioned as an advisor on numerous oral histories for various groups and institutions and was a distinguished oral history expert. He was born in New York City on November 2, 1920. He went to school at Queens College in 1941 and was a recipient of the K.S. Pinson Award in History. Soon after he served as a historian for the War Production Board and then entered Columbia University’s graduate history program where he received his PhD. He specialized in the history of medicine and science but also prepared memoirs in American social history. This collection contains a lot of his work from when he was employed as historian for the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. This foundation was founded by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938 to combat polio. His work in this area and other areas earned him awards such as the American Association for Medical History’s William H. Welch Medal for distinguished achievement in medical historiography. Later in his career in 1961 he joined the University of Cincinnati’s Department of History as a professor. He earned an impressive reputation and has an extensive history and medicine library. In 1990 he retired from the University of Cincinnati. On October 5, 2006 he died of pneumonia in a nursing home in Baltimore, Maryland.


21 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



This collection is organized into seven series with some series containing subseries.

Series I: Correspondence Subseries IA: Letters Suberseris IB: Memoranda Subseries IC: National Associations and University Subseries ID: CE/CPEP and SPAS

Series II: Photographs

Series III: Records/Reports Subseries IIIA: Foundation Studies Subseries IIIB: Rehabilitation Reports Subseries IIIC: Conference Reports Subseries IIID: Congressional Reports Subseries IIIE: Conference Records Subseries IIIF: Miscellaneous Reports Subseries IIIG: Professional Education Reports Subseries IIIH: Progress Reports Series IV: Books Subseries IVA: Textbooks Subseries IVB: Novels Subseries IVC: Journals

Series V: Journals and Newspaper Articles

Series VI: Drafts, notes, and manuscripts

Series VII: Interviews

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Saul Benison Family

Processing Information

Collection Processed by Chanel Crawford and Kevin Rigsbee 2018-2019

Finding Aid for WC-36, Saul Benison Papers
Yan Zhang
October 2019
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Cincinnati, Health Sciences Library, Henry R. Winkler Center for the History of the Health Professions Repository

Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library
231 Albert Sabin Way
Cincinnati Ohio 45267-0574