Archival Research

What is a Finding Aid?

A finding aid is a document containing detailed information about a specific collection of papers or records within an archive.

On this page are the finding aids for the collections held in the archives of the PA History Society.

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Alderson Broaddus Physician Assistant Program Records, 1968-1972

Description: The collection contains papers, correspondence, magazines, newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs and oral history interviews conducted with key individuals who helped establish the Program and who knew Dr. Hu Myers.

Finding Aid: AC2002-02 Alderson Broaddus Physician Assistant Program Records

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Records, 1972-2001

Description: Established in 1968, the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) is the national professional society for PAs. This collection contains early administrative records, correspondence, publications, and reports.

Finding Aid: ARC0001 American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) Records

American Registry of Physicians’ Associates Records, 1971-1972

Description: The American Registry of Physician’s Associates (ARPA) started in 1970 to determine the competence of the PA profession through examinations and investigative studies of individual PAs. It was a precursor to the NCCPA, which was formed in 1974. The collection contains individual membership files for physician assistants who applied and were accepted for registration in the organization from 1971 to 1972.

Finding Aid: ARC00002 American Registry of Physicians’ Associates Records

Ballweg, Ruth Collection, 1972-2017

Description: Ballweg is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington MEDEX Northwest’s Department of Family Medicine. She is active in the international development of the PA profession in her consultant role as Director of International Relations with the NCCPA. Materials include personal papers, minutes of organizational meetings, photographs, artifacts, correspondence, and materials on international PA programs.

Finding Aid: AC2015-012 Ruth Ballweg Collection

Bartow, James M. Papers, 1969-1986

Description: Bartow was the first physician assistant to be hired full-time to work on the staff of the AAPA and helped to organize the AAPA State Chapters. The collection contains correspondence, brochures, publications, certificates and plaques ranging from his PA student days to his position at AAPA.

Finding Aid: AC2004-0007 James M. Bartow Papers

Bilack, Jack J. Collection, 2011

Description: Small collection containing correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other materials of James J. Bilack.

Finding Aid: AC2011-01 Jack J. Bilack Collection

Carter, Reginald Collection, 1972-2008

Description: Carter was the program director of Duke University’s PA program from 1972-2001, was a president of PAEA from 1981-1982, and co-founded the PA History Society in 2002. Collection contains promotional materials from AAPA, PA Foundation, NCCPA, PA History Society, and Duke, and AAPA constituent chapters and organization materials.

Finding Aid: AC2002-01 Reginald Carter Collection

Cassidy, Barry A. Papers, 1970-1971

Description: Cassidy was an officer of the Eugene Stead Jr. Student Society at Duke University in 1971. The collection includes correspondence, AAPA guidelines for establishing PA program student chapters, and materials related to the development and publication of the first Stead Society newsletter.

Finding Aid: AC2004-0003 Barry A. Cassidy Papers

Colver, Judi Papers, 1971-2008

Description: The collection consists of photocopied articles from 1971-2003, a book containing the medical prints of Frank Netter, and recordings from the first PA History Society Board of Trustees meeting as a supporting organization of the AAPA.

Finding Aid: AC2015-013 Judi Colver Papers

Ellis, Marcia Collection, 1992, 1994

Description: Small collection containing newspaper clippings and newsletters highlighting Marcia Ellis’ work as a PA at Sindecuse Health Center.

Finding Aid: AC2012-02 Marcia Ellis Collection

Ferrell, Kenneth Papers, 1968-1989

Description: Ferrell was one of the first three PAs to be trained in the United States. The materials in the collection include early editions of AAPA bylaws, brochures, certificates, AAPA and North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants (NCAPA) newsletters, correspondence, newspaper clippings, manuscripts, and reprints.

Finding Aid: AC2015-003 Kenneth Ferrell Papers

Foley, Dennis Collection, 1973-1980

Description: Foley was a MEDEX Northeast graduate from Dartmouth Medical School, 1973. Materials include certification acceptance letter, MEDEX program for certification ceremony, AAPA newsletter, and MEDEX New England preceptor Packet.

Finding Aid: AC2017-0010 Dennis Foley Collection

Godkins, Thomas R. Collection, 1968-1993

Description: Godkins served twice as president of the AAPA and was the first non-physician of the Association of Physician Assistant Programs (now PAEA). Types of materials include early editions of AAPA bylaws, brochures, AAPA newsletters, correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, manuscripts, and reprints.

Finding Aid: AC2015-006 Thomas R. Godkins Collection

Gray, Dana Papers, 1971-2007

Description: Gray was an early cardiovascular surgery PA and worked with endoscopic vein harvesting. Main topics of the collection are: AAPA constituent chapters, AAPA House of Delegates, PAEA/APAP, PA Legislation, and other PA legal matters. Collection includes correspondence, policy manuals, guidelines, committee materials and minutes, reports, reprints, and newsletters.

Finding Aid: AC2015-011 Dana Gray Papers

Green, Jonathan R. C. Collection, 1994-1998

Description: Materials include manuscript describing Green’s experiences as a student in the US Army Academy of Health Sciences PA Program in 1981, a memorandum concerning medical treatment facility commanders, and an article Green had written.

Finding Aid: AC2012-01 Jonathan R. C. Green Collection

Harbert, Kenneth R. Papers, 1969-2016

Description: Harbert is a stanch supporter and leader of the AAPA Veterans Caucus throughout his over 35 years as a PA. The types of materials include early editions of AAPA bylaws, AAPA Veterans Caucus materials, brochures, certificates, AAPA and North Carolina Academy of PAs newsletters, digital photographs, newsletter clippings, manuscripts, and reprints.

Finding Aid: AC2015-007 Kenneth R. Harbert Papers

Heard, Henry: Georgia Association of Physician Assistants Collection, 1981-2005

Description: Heard is a former president of the Georgia Association of Physician Assistants (GAPA). The collection contains materials from the GAPA. Examples of materials are: GAPA newsletters, timeline, members directory, performance audit results, meeting minutes and other board materials, a transcription concerning the history of GAPA, and photographs.

Finding Aid: AC2017-0012 Henry Heard GAPA Collection

Heinrich, J. Jeffrey Papers, 1970-1998

Description: Heinrich was the first president of the Student Academy of AAPA (SAAAPA) and a co-founder and the first president of the PA History Society. The collection contains materials from when he was president of SAAAPA and includes legal documents, correspondence, newsletters, minutes of early AAPA board meetings, transcripts of oral history interviews reports and brochures.

Finding Aid: AC2015-009 J. Jeffrey Heinrich Papers

Hooker, Roderick Papers, 1981-2010, 2017

Description: Collection contains subject files from Hooker’s research, such as statistical data and information on PAs, reprints, correspondence, reports, conference proceedings, publications, photographs, research proposals, congressional testimony, and materials concerning international PA programs.

Finding Aid: AC2015-004 Roderick Hooker Papers

Joyner, Stephen L. Papers, 1964-1991

Description: Joyner was a founding member of the AAPA. Types of materials include correspondence, newspaper clippings, a scrapbook, and memorabilia concerning Medicare reimbursement for PAs and the Carolina Organ Procurement Agency.

Finding Aid: AC2015-005 Stephen L. Joyner Papers

Kalachman, Marvin, 2004

Description: Kalachman served as president of the Alabama Society of Physician Assistants and on various medical boards in Alabama. This small collection containing articles about an Alabama Supreme Court ruling favorable to PAs in Alabama and a biography of Kalachman taken from a website of a clinic he worked in.

Finding Aid: AC2013-01 Marvin Kalachman Collection

McCollough, Barney E. Collection

Description: McCollough was the 40th PA in the US to graduate (Class of ’72 from UAB) and the first PA to practice in Florida. Collection contains newspaper articles focused on McCollough’s career as a PA, graduation photographs and materials from University of Alabama – Birmingham’s PA Program , a copy of his diploma from the program, and a copy of his State License to Practice from Iowa.

Finding Aid: AC2011-02 Barney E. McCollough Collection

McCullough, George Papers, 1977-1988, 1998, 2007

Description: McCullough was the first PA to work in the White House. The collection contains correspondence, articles, a resume, a business card, and photographs.

Finding Aid: AC2007-02 George McCullough Papers

Mittman, David Papers, 1971-2013

Description: Mittman was a founding member and past president of the New York State Society of Physician Assistants. Materials include, correspondence, newsletters, and reprints concerning AAPA and drug prescription authority for PAs. Photographs mainly from the March on Trenton, New Jersey, and artifacts.

Finding Aid: AC2004-0011 David Mittman Papers

Myers, Nelson E. Papers, 1962-2003

Description: This collection contains correspondence, newsletters, clippings, manuscripts, bulletins, pamphlets and educational materials related to working in a cardiovascular laboratory, being a physician assistant student and working as a physician assistant for over 35 years. The collection also contains a book of letters of appreciation written to Dr. Eugene A. Stead by PAs and former colleagues and correspondence related to the death of Richard (Dick) Scheele.

Finding Aid: AC2015-008 Nelson Myers Papers

Pedersen, Don Collection, 1968-2001

Description: Collection consists of materials from early PA meetings held at Duke, PA legislation (both in Utah and in US in general), and NCCPA conference and committee materials and correspondence.

Finding Aid: AC2017-0014 Don Pedersen Collection

Physician Assistant History Society Records, 1999-2011

Description: Collection contains the administrative records for the PA History Society and its affiliate, the PA History Center, from their inception in 1999 to 2011 when the Society became a supporting organization of the NCCPA.

Finding Aid: AC2011-004 Physician Assistant History Society Records

Physician Assistants for Latino Health Caucus Collection, 1994-2009

Description: Collection contains documentation and publications of the Physician Assistants for Latino Health (PALH). Collection also contains meeting minutes, promotional flyers, newsletters, member directories, and among other materials.

Finding Aid: AC2010-002 Physician Assistants for Latino Health Caucus Collection

Rohrs, Richard Collection, 1975-2015

Description: The collection contains materials that highlight aspects of Rohrs’s career as a PA, such as AAPA House of Delegates and Board of Directors materials, general correspondence, materials relevant to the spread of the PA profession overseas to Canada and China, and early curriculum materials for the PA programs of John Hopkins/Essex Community College.

Finding Aid: AC2013-02 Richard Rohrs Collection

Sadler, Alfred M., Jr. Collection 1972, 1974, 2014

Description: Sadler was helped set up the NCCPA and APAP (now PAEA) organizations. He became the first president of the APAP board and is a former president of the PA History Society. This small collection contains an article about the first class of the Yale PA program, a 1974 newsletter from APAP (now PAEA) featuring Sadler, and a 2014 PAEA Awards program in which Sadler received the Distinguished Service Award.

Finding Aid: AC2014-01 Alfred M. Sadler Jr. Collection

Scancarelli, James “Jim” Papers, 2016-2017

Description: Collection contains originals, printed copies and checking proofs of the daily “Gasoline Alley” cartoon strips featuring the character Chipper Wallet, PA-C. Additional materials are correspondence between artist Scancarelli and Reginald Carter and Chipper Wallet’s honorary AAPA membership card.

Finding Aid: AC2016-0003 James “Jim” Scancarelli Papers

Stead, Eugene A. Jr. Papers, 1906-2006

Description: Stead is recognized as the founder of the PA profession. His collection consists mainly of museum items that are on display at the Stead Center in Durham, NC and publications which our housed with the PA History Society’s library materials. His archival collection includes photographs and a notebook of he kept on his rounds at Boston Hospital.

Finding Aid: AC2006-0010 Eugene A. Stead Jr. Papers

Student Academy of the AAPA Administrative Records, 1972-1982

Description: The collection contains the administrative records for the SAAAPA between 1972-1982, such as board meeting materials, reports, governance materials, and correspondence.

Finding Aid: ARC00003 SAAAPA Administrative Records

Vanderbilt, Clara E. Papers, 1970-1987

Description: Types of materials include correspondence, meeting agenda books, committee materials, minutes, subject files, reports, reprints, pamphlets, photographs, and newsletters on topics like the New York State Society of Physician Assistants, AAPA, NCCPA, PAEA, certification and recertification, continuing medical education, Medicare reimbursement, legislation and legal affairs, specialty physician assistant programs, and surgical assistants.

Finding Aid: AC2004-009 Clara E. Vanderbilt Papers

VonSeggen, Wayne W. Papers, 1990-2000

Description: VonSeggen was the first PA to be appointed to the North Carolina Medical Board. The collection includes committee materials, legal materials, reprints, newsletters, correspondence, board hearings, reports, and brochures. Topics include PA legislation and regulation, North Carolina Medical Board, PA Issues, and PA drug prescription authority.

Finding Aid: AC2004-004 Wayne W. VonSeggen Papers

Weaver-Bailey, Ellen Collection, 1976-1991

Description: The collection consists of pamphlets and handouts from the late 1970s to early 1980s, newspaper clippings and copies of clippings relating to Ellen Weaver-Bailey and PAs in Ohio, and board meeting minutes of the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants.

Finding Aid: AC2017-0009 Ellen Weaver-Bailey Collection

Whittaker, Roger Collection, 1966-1990

Description: Whittaker is known for his participation in the Shasta County vs Whittaker court case that set the groundwork for non-physician healthcare providers in California. The collection contains materials related to the court case, AAPA newsletters, newspaper clippings, and his obituary.

Finding Aid: AC2007-01 Roger Whittaker Collection

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