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Guide to the Rufus Cornelius Partlow, Sr., Scrapbook MSS.1108

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

March 2014

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-20T11:34-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Rufus Cornelius Partlow, Sr., scrapbook

Unit ID:

MSS.1108

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

1.75 Linear feet

Dates:

Bulk, 1944-1971

Dates:

1930-1989

Abstract:

This collection consists of a scrapbook compiled after Dr. Partlow's retirement in 1965. It includes official correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and newsletters, his diplomas, certificates of recognition, and an undated, handwritten collection of stories on the lighter side of his fifty-three years of work. It provides a historical look at the progression of the mental health profession in Alabama and traces growing public awareness of and activism in patient care. The collection also addresses segregation of health institutions in the state and treatment ideas such as sterilization of patients with congenital mental retardation. The scrapbook is arranged chronologically. Various photographs and articles are inserted. News clippings inserted following Dr. Partlow's death were probably added by members of his family.

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of a scrapbook compiled after Dr. Partlow's retirement in 1965. It includes official correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and newsletters, his diplomas, certificates of recognition, and an undated, handwritten collection of stories on the lighter side of his fifty-three years of work. It provides a historical look at the progression of the mental health profession in Alabama and traces growing public awareness of and activism in patient care. The collection also addresses segregation of health institutions in the state and treatment ideas such as sterilization of patients with congenital mental retardation. The scrapbook is arranged chronologically. Various photographs and articles are inserted. News clippings inserted following Dr. Partlow's death were probably added by members of his family.

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Preferred Citation:

Rufus Cornelius Partlow, Sr., scrapbook, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, The University of Alabama.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Rufus C. Partlow, Jr. and Mrs. William Inge, Sr., 1999

Biographical/Historical note

Born in rural St. Clair county, Alabama in 1886, Dr. Rufus Cornelius Partlow earned his doctorate in medicine from the University of Alabama's School of Medicine in 1912. He performed his internship at nearby Bryce Hospital and worked as a physician in various mental facilities in Alabama for over thirty years. In January 1944, he began his tenure as the Assistant Superintendent at the Partlow State School and Hospital for Mental Deficients (named after Dr. Partlow's brother, the superintendent of the Alabama mental institutions). Dr. Partlow held this position for twenty-one years until his retirement in 1965. A respected member of the professional psychiatric community, he received many professional accolades from major psychiatric associations. He was one of the first Alabamians to be certified as a psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Scrapbook Box 3606