Thomas Callahan Davison collection
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Thomas Callahan Davison collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Davison, Thomas Callahan, 1883-1953
Title: Thomas Callahan Davison collection
Dates: Bulk, 1906-1953
Dates: 1899-1983, undated
Quantity: 2.83 linear ft. (one document case and one oversize box)
Identification: ahc.MSS926

Biographical/Historical Note

Originally from Woodville in Greene County, Georgia, Thomas Callahan Davison (1883-1953) was an Atlanta, Georgia, physician who specialized in gynecology and surgery. He graduated from the Atlanta College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1906 after he had served as a pharmacist's assistant in Richmond, Virginia. He served in the first World War as a surgeon for Army Evacuation Hospital Number Four in France and later for one in occupied Germany. His long career included serving as chief of surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. He interned and later worked at Georgia Baptist Hospital where he helped form the Atlanta Cancer Clinic. At Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, he served as an assistant professor of clinical surgery. He and Dr. A.H. Letton were among the first vocal advocates of self-examination of the breast by women in an effort to detect cancer. He received numerous professional honors including honorary membership in the International College of Surgeons. His brother, Hal Davison, was also a prominent Atlanta doctor. Additional biographical information about Thomas Callahan Davison has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains copies of articles from scientific journals, newspaper clippings, awards, newsletters, and correspondence. There is also a pamphlet written by Davison titled Self-Examination of the Breast by Women. Included in the collection are a scrapbook of articles on the Tenth Southern Surgical Congress (1939) as well as Margaret Block's programs.


This collection is arranged alphabetical according to titles supplied by staff.

Index Terms

Atlanta (Ga.)--History
Block, Margaret
Davison, Hal, Dr.
Davison, Thomas Callahan, 1883-1953
Grady Memorial Hospital (Atlanta, Ga.)
Letton, A. H., Dr.
Thoracic Surgeons--Georgia--Atlanta
United States. Army--Surgeons.
World War, 1914-1918--Collectibles

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Thomas Callahan Davison collection, MSS 926, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List




11Articles-breast cancer, 1952
2Articles-T.C. Davison's death, 1953
3Articles-Tenth Southern Surgical Congress, 1939
4Breast exam pamphlet by T.C. Davison and A.H. Letton, 1952
5Christmas card to Mrs. C.C. Davison, 1899
6Conference programs, 1951-1952
7Correspondence on T.C. Davison's death, 1953
8Fathers' Day menu, 1931
9Georiga Baptist Hospital's "Our Chart," volume four, number two, 1934
10Graduation from the Atlanta College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1906
11Honors, 1949-1952, undated
12Honors after T.C. Davison's death, 1953-1970, undated
13Letters on the American Goiter Association, 1950-1952
14Maps and propaganda print from First World War, 1917-1919, undated
15Margaret Block's programs, 1982-1983, undated
16Military and veteran affairs, 1924-1942
17Miscellaneous letters to T.C. Davison, 1949-1953



MSS OS box 5.241Newspaper spreads of Debutante Balls, 1951-1972
18Postcards, 1906-1908, undated
19Scientific journals, 1938-1951
20Scientific papers, 1928-1951
21Scrapbook of Tenth Southern Surgical Congress, 1939
22T.C. Davison in Congressional Record, 1939