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Thomas Callahan Davison collection

Collection number: ahc.MSS926

Scope and Content

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.


  • 1899-1983, undated
  • Majority of material found within 1906 - 1953


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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

Administrative/Biographical History

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.


2.83 linear ft. (one document case and one oversize box)



System of Arrangement

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

Thomas Callahan Davison collection
Laura Starratt
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305