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Guide to the Bayard Taylor Holmes Papers 1888-1921

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Descriptive Summary


Holmes, Bayard Taylor. Papers



Manuscript Number:

Crerar Ms 91


1 volume


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


Reprints and printed copies of papers by Dr. Bayard Holmes, primarily on surgical procedures and psychiatry.

Information on Use


The collection is open for research.


When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Holmes, Bayard Taylor. Papers, Crerar Ms 91, Hanna Holborn Gray 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

Reprints and printed copies of twenty-seven published papers by Dr. Bayard Holmes, primarily on surgical procedures and psychiatry. Includes typescript list of contents. One reprint, "Antisepsis in Abdominal Operations," inscribed with holograph note from Holmes to [J. Christian] Bay. Gift of Holmes. Bound in maroon buckram. See Crerar Ms. 92, Crerar Ms. 93, Crerar Ms. 94, Crerar Ms. 95, Crerar Ms. 96, Crerar Ms. 97, Crerar Ms. 98, and Crerar Ms. 99.

Related Resources

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


Crerar Mss 83, 91-99

Subject Headings


Crerar Ms 91