Series consists of E. V. and Ernestine McCollum’s personal and professional records including notebooks, scrapbooks, publications, family correspondence, family financial documents, and materials pertaining to E. V. McCollum’s death.
This series is arranged into five sub-series: correspondence files, financial records, notebooks, various personal and family documents, and publications.
Includes correspondence for Elmer V. and Ernestine McCollum. The bulk of the correspondence is between Elmer V. McCollum and his sisters, children, and grandchildren as well as an extensive set of letters to his second wife, Ernestine, from E. V. McCollum, mostly during the years leading up to their marriage in 1946. There are also letters of tribute to E. V. McCollum and letters of condolence to Ernestine McCollum upon the death of Elmer V. McCollum in November 1967.
Correspondence is arranged in alphabetical order by folder title, starting with correspondence arranged by individual correspondent’s last name. These are followed by “letters” from E. V. McCollum to Ernestine McCollum, his children, and grandchildren. This is followed by condolence correspondence for Ernestine McCollum and letters of tribute. Correspondence are in date order within folders.
The bulk of this sub-series comprises small notebooks kept by E. V. McCollum concerning his correspondence, research, travels, meetings, and various other topics. In addition, there are address books, McCollum’s notes for his book, "History of Nutrition", and two scrapbooks with tributes to McCollum and his work.
There are three sets of materials in this sub-series: 1) two folders of notes on McCollum’s book, History of Nutrition; 2) several notebooks, including address books; and 3) two scrapbooks.
This sub-series contains 43 of Elmer V. McCollum’s notebooks with hand written notes on a variety of topics.
Eighteen small notebooks contain brief entries by E. V. McCollum about work, writing, life, and travel. The subjects of entries include McCollum’s correspondence, work plans, travel, research, meetings and committee work, writings, observations, literary quotations, aphorisms, expenses, and addresses. Travel notes pertain to McCullom’s Trips to London for the International Commission on Nutrition, League of Nations, 1935-1937 (he went on more than one trip for the Commission); his attendance at the conference on Vitamin Standards at the London School of Tropical Medicine, 1931; and his attendance at the Eighth International Dairy Congress at Copenhagen, Denmark. Locations McCollum visited include Bogota, Paris, France, London, Denmark, Geneva, and Russia. 1926-1928; 1931; 1933; 1935-1938; 1943; 1946; c.1952-1956; undated.
One folder contains a notebook on pieces of paper. This notebook is undated and includes aphorisms and a list of vocabulary words.
Twenty four other notebooks, with a couple exceptions, are daybooks, each covering a one-year period. Most of E. V. McCollum’s entries are dated with the month, day, and year. Many contain names and addresses of individuals and organizations, often followed by a brief note, usually about correspondence to the person or organization. These notebooks record a wide range of personal and professional activities including, among other things, McCollum’s nutrition research; the work of colleagues and others in the field; nutrition terminology; patents; books of interest; committee work and meetings at JHU and various professional organizations; McCollum’s former students (lists); publications; McCollum’s health conditions and treatment; family birthdays & Christmas letters (lists); writing projects; grants; speaking engagements; awards; travel; and personal finances. There are also many pasted small clippings from magazines and newspapers. 1941-1967.
The following notebooks within the set of 24 Daybooks focus on specific topics:
1955 “Things to Remember:” Contains entries by Ernestine McCollum, mostly financial, including life insurance, investments (stocks and bonds), and taxes. This notebook also includes family genealogy information, addresses, social security numbers, and account numbers.
1957 Daybook: includes among other things, feedback about McCollum’s book, "History of Nutrition", as well as lists of acknowledgements and recipients of complementary copies. It contains lists of books of interest to McCollum for his library.
1959, “Things to Remember” contains “Instructions to those who Survive E. V. McCollum,” Principally, notes concerning his beneficiaries, cremation, insurance policies, will, and estate.
1961 “Daybook”: There are two Daybooks for this year. One is devoted to personal finances and health insurance, the other contains notes on various topics.
1964 Daybook: “The Autobiography” pertains to EVM’s autobiography, "From Kansas Farm Boy to Scientist". It includes notes, clippings of book reviews, and a few inserted letters.
1966 Daybook: “Addresses.” This is mostly an address book. It includes some very brief notes.
Address Book (folder).
Notebooks are roughly in chronological order. Daybooks are in chronological order by year.
1) “The Robert Gould Research Foundation Symposium in Honor of Elmer Verner McCollum,” 1932-1934; 1947-1949; 1952; 1955; 1958-1959; 1965-1967; undated. This scrapbook was compiled by E. V. McCollum starting in 1946, following his retirement, and continuing up until 1967. It contains clippings that recognize and honor McCollum and his work. Some of the loose materials have been transferred to a folder.
2) “Sketches of E. V. McCollum Written by his Friends,” 1952-1953. This bound volume contains letters with recollections of E. V. McCollum written by sixty nine friends, former students, and colleagues. Letters were solicited in 1952 by Dr. Elsa Orent Keiles, the Executive Secretary of the Metabolism and Nutrition Study Section at the National Institutes of Health, in order to gather biographical materials about McCollum who was then seventy-three years old.
[Sub-series 3.4] Personal and Family Documents. — 1926; 1929; 1931-1933; 1935-1939; 1943-1944; 1948-1949; 1951-1955; 1957; 1960-1961; 1967-1968. — 16 folders;1 book
Materials in this sub-series include Elmer V. and Ernestine McCollum’s records pertaining principally to family, tributes paid to McCollum, and responses to Elmer V. McCollum’s death in 1967. There is overlap with the correspondence sub-series, which contains family letters and condolence correspondence sent to Ernestine McCollum in 1967. Other tributes to McCollum are located in scrapbooks within the notebook sub-series.
Folders are arranged in alphabetical order by title.
[Folder 3.4.01] Affidavit of Marriage between Elmer Verner McCollum and Constance Carruth McCollum. — 1938. — 1 folder
[Folder 3.4.03] Biographies and Reminiscences about Elmer V. McCollum (Papers and Reprints). — 1967-1968. — 1 folder
[Folder 3.4.04] Book: Father’s Legacy to His Daughters, inscribed on first page: “Miss Elizabeth Hanson’s book June, 1785. — circa 1780s. — 1 folder
This old book is also inscribed on the second page, "Miss Martha Hanson's Book, April 4th, 1808." The Contents include: Introduction, Religion, Conduct and Behavior, Amusements, and Frienship, Love, and Marriage.
Creator: McCollum, Ernestine Becker ; McCollum, Elmer Verner, 1879-1967 ; Day, Harry G. (Harry Gilbert), 1906-2007
Materials include books, book chapters, and reprints of works authored and co-authored by E. V. McCollum and by Ernestine under her maiden name, J. Ernestine Becker. Materials include publications co-authored with Harry Day and with Marguerite Davis.
Publications are arranged into two groupings: Books and Reprints. Within each, publications are arranged in chronological order by date of publication. Reprints that are published the same year are arranged in alphabetical order within year.
[Folder 3.5.2.05] Studies on Magnesium Deficiency in Animals VI. Chemical Changes in the Bone, with Associated Blood Changes, Resulting from Magnesium Deprivation. — 1934. — 1 folder
[Folder 3.5.2.06] Studies on Magnesium Deficiency in Animals VII. The Effects of Magnesium Deprivation, with a Superimposed Calcium Deficiency, on the Animal Body, as Revealed by Symptomalogy and Blood Changes. — 1935. — 1 folder
[Folder 3.5.2.07] The Effects of Sodium deprivation on the Animal Organism. — 1937. — 1 folder