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William L. Estes, Jr. Papers, 1895-1971

Identifier: SC MS 0014

Scope and Contents

It includes some school papers and letters to his parents away on vacation; a detailed diary of his experiences in France during and after World War I; diaries of many fishing trips; personal correspondence (and carbons of replies) mostly from the 1950s and 1960s; much American College of Surgery correspondence (and carbons of replies) from 1955 to 1970; material concerning St. Luke's Hospital (including a first fifty year history of the establishment); correspondence and reports of other organizations and activities in which Dr. Estes took a leading part; notes and typescripts of speeches he presented to the American College of Surgeons, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and other organizations; pamphlets and material on other semi technical interests; many typescripts and rewrites of his technical papers; reprints of his technical papers from the professional journals; (also reprints of Dr. Estes Sr. papers); many plates of illustrations for his papers on hernia and duodenal ulcer; all of his diplomas and certificates; and other material including a phonograph recording and a reel to reel tape of a presentation. A complete bibliography and Curriculum Vitae are found in Box 3, Folder 1.


  • 1895-1971


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Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

William Estes, Jr. was born and raised in Bethlehem. He graduated from Moravian Parochial School, Lehigh University (1905), Johns Hopkins Medical School (1909), was a resident in surgery at the Mayo Clinic (1909 1912), served as an Army surgeon in France 1918-1919; was a respected surgeon in Bethlehem, chief surgeon at St. Luke's from 1929-1950, President of the State Medical Society, the American College of Surgeons and the American Association of the Surgery of Trauma in the 1950s; was a leader in community activities, President of the Bach Choir 1942 1961, an active Episcopal churchman, and an avid fisherman.


9.5 Linear Feet (18 boxes)

Language of Materials



Personal papers of William L. Estes, Jr., M.D. Includes diary of his experiences as Army surgeon in World War I, and papers relating to his subsequent medical career in Bethlehem, Pa., and his civic activities in that city.


Arranged topically, then chronologically.

Separated Materials

Contributions to the History of Medicine in Northampton County, Pa. Easton, Pa.: Chemical Publishing Co., 1900. (SC Pam 1458)

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1893 1943, a Brief History. Baltimore: 1943. (SC Pam 1455)

William L. Estes, Jr. Papers, 1895-1971
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