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Collection Title: Blumenthal (Daniel S.) Papers

Collection Number: M388

Dates: 1967-1988

Volume: 1 cubic foot

Provenance: Materials in this collection were generated and/or collected by Dr. Daniel S. Blumenthal.

Donor: Dr. Daniel S. Blumenthal, between July 2001 and February 2002.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code)

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

Dr. Daniel Blumenthal (b. St. Louis, Missouri, 1942) earned his M.D. at the University of Chicago in 1968. In 1969 he joined Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA). VISTA, a domestic counterpart of the internationally oriented Peace Corps, sent Blumenthal to Lee County, Arkansas, where he helped found the Lee County Cooperative Clinic. Still in operation today, the clinic offers high-quality, low-cost medical care to residents of one of the poorest counties in Arkansas’s Mississippi Delta.

In 1970 Blumenthal became a resident at Charity Hospital of New Orleans; for two years he chaired the local chapter of the Medical Committee for Human Rights (MCHR). An activist organization for physicians, the MCHR had originally been founded in June 1964 to bring qualified doctors into Mississippi for Freedom Summer.

Blumenthal has been a resident of Atlanta, Georgia since 1972, and has served since 1985 as chairman of the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine.

Sources Consulted:

“Blumenthal, Daniel Sender.” Who’s Who in the South and Southwest. 20th ed. Wilmette, IL: Marquis, 1986.

Contents of the collection, case file.

Council of Federated Organizations. Communications Section. “Special Report: Medical
Committee for Human Rights.” Box 2, Folder 8, Ellin (Joseph and Nancy) Freedom Summer Collection. McCain Library and Archives, University of Southern Mississippi.

Reeves, T. Zane. Politics of the Peace Corps and VISTA. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1988.

Related Collections:

M375 Martin (Josephine D.) Papers. McCain Library and Archives, University of Southern Mississippi.

Scope and Content:

The Blumenthal papers are a relatively small, but diverse collection of materials; the papers are divided into two series.

Series I: VISTA/Lee County Cooperative Clinic
Series one contains resources related to the Lee County Cooperative Clinic, including original brochures and promotional materials, administrative documents, and a substantial collection of news clippings. Folder 4 contains correspondence and legal documents related to Blumenthal’s efforts to gain staff privileges at the local hospital. Series one also includes twenty-one issues of a regional newspaper, Many Voices, aimed at the black community.

Series II: Medical Committee for Human Rights (MCHR)
Series two contains resources related to the MCHR, and itself is divided into two subseries. Subseries one includes materials related to the national organization, including
position papers, contact lists, original publications, materials from national conferences and executive committee meetings, and twelve issues of Health Rights News, the national MCHR newspaper. Subseries two includes materials related to the New Orleans chapter, including a member list, press releases, and program proposals.

Box and Folder List

Series I: VISTA/Lee County Cooperative Clinic
Box 1  
Folder 1 Correspondence (Sept.1969 – Feb.1971)
Folder 2 Publications (June 1971 – Mar. 1977)
Folder 3 Newspaper Clippings (July 1969 – 1987)
Folder 4 Lee County Memorial Hospital Lawsuit (Dec. 1969 – Aug. 1971)
Folder 5 Proposals and Progress Reports (Sept. 1969 – Mar. 1970)
Folder 6 Miscellaneous (May 1970 – February 1974)
Folder 7 Newspapers (Many Voices, W. Memphis; Mar. 1971 – May 1972)
Folder 8 Oversize Newspaper Clippings (July 1970 – Aug. 1978)
Folder 9 Schwartz, Marvin. In Service to America: A History of VISTA in Arkansas, 1965-1985. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press,1988.

Series II: Medical Committee for Human Rights (MCHR)

Subseries 1: MCHR National

Box 2  
Folder 1 Correspondence (July 1967 – June 1971)
Folder 2 Minutes (May 1971 – Feb. 1972)
Folder 3 Miscellaneous (Feb. 1971 – May 1972)
Folder 4 Newspaper Clippings (Oct. 1968 -Aug. 1971)
Folder 5 Newsletters (Sept. 1971 – Spring 1980)
Folder 6 Pamphlets (ca. 1970)
Folder 7 Proposal and Report (Jan. 1972 – 1973)
Folder 8 Resolutions (April 1972)
Folder 9 Newspapers (Health Rights News, originals; Oct. 1968 – Apr. 1974)
Folder 10 Newspapers (Health Rights News, photocopies; same dates)
Subseries 2: MCHR New Orleans
Folder 11 Correspondence (Feb. 1970 – June 1972)
Folder 12 Miscellaneous (Dec. 1970 – Aug. 1973)
Folder 13 Newspaper Clippings (Sept. 1970 – Jan. 1972)
Folder 14 Press Releases (ca. 1970)
Folder 15 Summer 1979 Health Care Project, North Mississippi (May – Oct. 1979)
Folder 16 Reports (Mar. 1971 – Mar. 1974)
Folder 17 VISTA Materials (May 1972)
Folder 18 Newsletters (Nov. 1970 – June 1973)


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