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Guide to Bayard Taylor Holmes, Dementia Praecox 1912-1923

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Descriptive Summary

Title:

Holmes, Bayard Taylor. Dementia Praecox

Dates:

1912-1923

Manuscript Number:

Crerar Ms 93

Size:

2 volumes

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

Contains Holmes's correspondence with Dr. Adolph Meyer; correspondence and contract of the Cooperative Research Laboratory at Chicago State Hospital; typescript essay with holograph annotations, "A suggestion for a research for a cure of Dementia precox;" correspondence relative to "The Friends of the Insane;" and miscellaneous correspondence. Also contains typescript and copies of essays with handwritten annotations.

Information on Use

Access

The collection is open for research.

Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Holmes, Bayard Taylor, Dementia Praecox, Crerar Ms 93, Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

Bayard Taylor Holmes was born in North Hero, Vermont in 1852. He received a BS from the Paw Paw Institute, near Aurora Illinois, in 1874. After teaching for several years in Illinois schools, in 1883, he received an MD from Chicago’s Homeopathic Medical College. Holmes also studied and interned at Cook County Hospital and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and remained associated with both institutions as a physician and educator in later years.

Holmes was publicly active as an advocate of improved medical education and as a lecturer on public health at Hull House. In 1895, he was the Populist Party candidate for Mayor of Chicago. He retired teaching and medical practice in 1908, to care for his son Ralph, who suffered from “dementia praecox,” the contemporary term for schizophrenia. Holmes also devoted his retirement to research and writing about schizophrenia. He died in 1924 in Fairhope, Alabama.

Scope Note

Contains Holmes's correspondence with Dr. Adolph Meyer; correspondence and contract of the Cooperative Research Laboratory at Chicago State Hospital; typescript essay with holograph annotations, "A suggestion for a research for a cure of Dementia precox;" correspondence relative to "The Friends of the Insane;" and miscellaneous correspondence. Also contains typescript and copies of essays with handwritten annotations.

Related Resources

The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:

http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/spcl/select.html

Crerar Mss 83, 91-99

Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Crerar Ms 93