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Researchers, genealogists, students, teachers, and the general public are invited to take part in the NNYLN's North Country Showcase on Friday, 12/17 at 11AM!
This month, HSL Archivist / Curator Chessie Monks-Kelly will share collections that document the history of research at the Saranac Laboratory. The Saranac Laboratory was built in 1894 for Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau; it was the first laboratory in the United States for the study of tuberculosis. Although the laboratory’s initial and main purpose was to study TB, the scientists working there examined many related subjects throughout its 70-year history, including the effects of asbestos on the human body.
Historic Saranac Lake has recently received two important collections that shed light on the history of the Saranac Laboratory and the work carried out there.
First, the papers of Dr. Edward R. Baldwin, who was a close friend and colleague of Dr. Trudeau, and started the Trudeau School of Tuberculosis in 1916. These collections reflect Dr. Baldwin’s personal and professional life in Saranac Lake and shed light on the work at the Saranac Laboratory around the time of Dr. Trudeau’s death.
The second collection is the Bristol Family papers. This collection is primarily made up of Dr. Leonard Bristol’s reports, research notes, and more created during his work as a radiologist at the Saranac Laboratory. Dr. Bristol’s radiologic work included a 1940s study commissioned by the Johns Manville Corporation on asbestos; he was often called to testify in asbestos litigation cases.
Both of these collections have fascinating research possibilities across many subjects and highlight the legacy of the work conducted at the Saranac Laboratory. In this session, Monks-Kelly will share more about the contents of these two collections and how to use them, and provide a general overview of HSL’s fascinating records of the tuberculosis industry in Saranac Lake.
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