Eugene Rollin Corson family papers
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Eugene Rollin Corson family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Georgia Historical Society.
Title: Eugene Rollin Corson family papers
Dates: 1858-1948
Extent: 1.05 cubic feet (1 box, 4 volumes, 1 folder)
Identification: MS 2142

Biographical/Historical Note

Eugene Rollin Corson was born in Washington, D.C. in 1855. He was the son of Hiram Corson and Caroline Rollin Corson. He received his medical degree from the Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia (1877) and performed his postgraduate work in Vienna, Austria. Due to poor health, he relocated to Savannah, Georgia in October 1879, and opened a medical practice. Corson's first major published paper, "The Future of the Colored Race in the United States From an Ethnic and Medical Standpoint," was presented at the Georgia Historical Society and published in the New York Medical Times in 1887. Corson was also a pioneer in his work with x-rays with his first publication on the subject being in the New York Medical Record, May 8, 1897. This paper, "Some Observations on Colles' Fracture by the Aid of the X-Ray," was the first of its kind to be published.

In 1885 Corson married Belle O'Driscoll. She died in 1886. In September 1894, he married Cora Wirt Baker of New Orleans. They had three children (Pauline Rollin Corson Coad, Eugene Rollin Corson, Jr., and Mildred Wirt Corson Cavanaugh). Eugene R. Corson died on June 10, 1946 and is buried in Savannah, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of publications of Eugene R. Corson, Eugene R. Corson, Jr.'s diary from a family trip to France in 1913, letters from Harry Hervey to Pauline Corson Coad, photographs, and four volumes of gynecological and obstetrical notes from Corson's medical practice (1882-1920). Also included is a biography of Corson written by E.H. Skinner and photocopies of Corson's obituaries. Also included are three photographs, one depicting Dr. Eugene R. Corson and two depicting unidentified subjects.

The folder containing photographs is noted as "VM" (visual materials) in the collection inventory.

Index Terms

Biographies (documents)
Coad, Pauline Corson.
Corson, Eugene Rollin, 1855-
Corson, Eugene Rollin, Jr.
Hervey, Harry, 1900-
Letters (correspondence)
Obstetrics--Case studies.
Research notes.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Diary, correspondence, and pamphlets acquired from Coad; the correspondence was written between Corson and Coad.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Eugene Rollin Corson family papers, MS 2142, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Pauline Coad, 1984; Chatham County Health Department, 1995.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List




11"A Pioneer Roentgenologist: Eugene R. Corson, M.D." Written by E.H. Skinner, M.D., 1931
2Photocopies of obituaries of Eugene R. Corson
3Testimony of Eugene R. Corson in the case of "Probate of the Will of Peter R. Foye, 1909
4"Some Clinical Jottings of Five Hundred Cases of Labor", 1897
2 copies
5"An X-Ray of the Normal Movements of the Carpal Bones and Wrist, 1898
6"A Large Pelvic Extraperitoneal Hematocele Following Dilatation of the Cervix and Curettage", 1900
7"Bone Cysts", 1902
8"The Centennial Anniversary of the Georgia Medical Society", 1905
9"Sir Charles Bell: The Man and His Work", 1910
10"Some Unpublished Water-Color Sketches of Sir Charles Bell, With Observations on His Artistic Qualities", 1914
11"Agassiz's Essay on Classification Fifty Years After", 1919
12Eugene R. Corson, Jr.'s journal of trip to Paris, 1913
13Letters from Harry Hervey to Pauline Corson Coad, 1950-1951
14Two postcards to Professor Hiram Corson, Cornell University
Volumes containing Corson's gynecological and obstetrical notes


1Volume I, 1882-1889


2Volume II, 1889-1897


3Volume III, 1897-1907


4Volume IV, 1907-1920