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Lawrence Francis Flick

An inventory of the Lawrence Francis Flick Papers at The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives


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Descriptive Summary

Repository: The Catholic University of America, The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives
Creator: Lawrence Francis Flick, 1856-1938
Title: The Lawrence Francis Flick Papers
Dates: 1875-1938
Extent: 45 linear feet; 31 boxes, 3 oversize boxes
Abstract: The Flick Papers consists of two series, one of bound volumes of chronological correspondence, with index cards, divided into five subseries and the other a smaller group of alphabetical subject files. Some 100 volumes of Flick's strictly medical material was donated by his family to the Library of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Philadelphia and the numbers assigned to these may account for those missing below. Flick's primary concerns of combating Tuberculosis and promoting American Catholicism permeate throughout.
Collection Number: ACUA 040
Language: English

Biographical Note

Lawrence Francis Flick was born 10 August 1856 in Cambria County, near present day Carrolltown, Pennsylvania, to German immigrants John Flick and Elizabeth Sharbaugh. He was educated at St. Vincent's College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and at Jefferson Medical College, in Philadelphia, graduating in 1879. He became a physician, pathologist, and specialist in tuberculosis and its prevention and treatment. Suffering himself from pulmonary tuberculosis, his studies prompted him to argue that the disease was contagious and not hereditary. His efforts to isolate consumptives in special hospitals and to register tuberculosis cases was controversial and opposed by many within the medical profession.

Between 1892 and 1910, Flick's efforts to educate the public prompted him to found the Pennsylvania Society for Prevention of Tuberculosis; the Free Hospital for Poor Consumptives; the Henry Phipps Institute for the Study, Prevention, and Treatment of Tuberculosis, where he was President and Medical Director, 1903-1910; and a sanitarium at White Haven, Pennsylvania, that he directed until 1935. Catholics from all levels of society were generous in their contributions and assistance. Flick was a promoter of the National Association for Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis (1904) and of its International Congress on Tuberculosis (1908).

He was the author of many articles and book reviews that were published in journals such as The Ecclesiastical Review and the Catholic Historical Review as well as several books including Consumption, A Curable and Preventable Disease (1903) and Tuberculosis, A Book of Practical Knowledge to Guide the General Practitioner of Medicine (1937). He was also a founder of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia, where he was President from 1893 to 1896 and again from 1913 to 1914, and he a founder and first president of the American Catholic Historical Association in 1919. He died in Philadelphia on 7 July 1938.

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Scope and Contents

The Flick Papers consists of two series, one of bound volumes of chronological correspondence, with index cards, divided into five sub-series and the other a smaller group of alphabetical subject files. Some 100 volumes of Flick's strictly medical material was donated by his family to the Library of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Philadelphia and the numbers assigned to these may account for those missing below. Flick's primary concerns of combating Tuberculosis and promoting American Catholicism permeate throughout.

Subseries 1.1 of the correspondence comprises twenty-three bound volumes, numbered 1-23, of letters Flick received, 1875-1908, described as the "Second Series." There is no explanation in regard to this title nor to the existence of any "First Series."

Subseries 1.2 is a group of bound letters received, 1909-1936, numbered from volume 56 to volume 112. There is no information regarding the numbering and where any volumes 24-55 might be, though there is no apparent time gap between the first set of volumes and this set.

Subseries 1.3 is the oddly titled "Miscellanies" with volumes 2, 3 and 4, also bound, and covering the years 1862 to 1932. This materials consists of a mix of routine correspondence about personal financial and domestic issues as well as postcards (blank and used), Christmas and sympathy cards, professional calling cards, and invitations. There is no information in regard to a volume 1.

Subseries 1.4 consists of Letterpress copy books, thirty-one in all, and numbered 87 to 117, which contact Flick's outgoing correspondence for the period 1903 to 1938.

Subseries 1.5 has 3" x 5" index cards housed in three oversize archival boxes. This rather comprehensive index has entries for the numbered volumes not present in this collection.

Series 2 contains two boxes of general subject files, many undated but generally covering the period of 1875 to 1929. This material was not bound and is miscellaneous in nature and includes files on the American Catholic Historical Association (ACHA), copies of hand written and typed manuscripts by Flick and others, Flick's legal papers, family correspondence, Third Liberty Loan (1918) flyers, and his poetry and speeches.

Collection is open to researchers but due to the fragile nature of many of the documents, it is not always possible to make photocopies.

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Arrangement

The Lawrence Francis Flick Papers consists of two series:



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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open to researchers, but due to the fragile nature of many of the documents, it is not always possible to make photocopies.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donated by Ella M.E. Flick and Mercedes Seton Flick in 1955.

Processing Information

When the Flick papers were intially processed in 1996, the volumes were wrapped in acid-free paper and identified by labels on the outside. In 2006 archives staff relocated the collection, placed the materials into acid-free boxes, and compiled a finding aid.

Processing completed in November 2006 by William John Shepherd. Contributer: A. William Richardson. EAD markup completed in November 2006 by Jordan Patty. EAD revisions completed in 2013 by Michael J. Dobbs

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Related Material

The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives:

The Peter Guilday Papers

The Records of the American Catholic Historical Association

Other Repositories:

The Library of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia holds 100 volumes of Flick materials.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.


Persons:
Flick, Lawrence F. (Lawrence Francis), 1856-1938.
Gallitzin, Demetrius A. (Demetrius Augustine), 1770-1840.
Phipps, Henry, 1839-1930.

Organizations:
American Catholic Historical Association
American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia

Places:
Pennsylvania

Subjects:
Pathology
Tuberculosis


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Bibliography

Articles:

"Gallitzin," Catholic Historical Review October 1927 n.s. VII (3): 394-469.

"The Pastor and Health Certificates for Marriage," The Ecclesiastical Review October 1929 9^th Series - 1 (81) (4): 347-360.

"What the American Has Got Out of the Melting Pot from the Catholic," Catholic Historical Review October 1925 n.s. V (3): 407-430.

Books:

Development of our Knowledge of Tuberculosis. Philadelphia, 1925.

Tuberculosis; A Book of Practical Knowledge to Guide the General Practitioner of Medicine. Philadelphia, 1937.

Consumption a Curable and Preventable Disease; What a Layman Should Know About It. Philadelphia: D. McKay, 1903.

The Crusade Against Tuberculosis in Pennsylvania. Philadelphia, 1908.

The Prevention of Tuberculosis: A Century's Experience in Italy under the Influence of Preventive Laws of the Kingdom of Naples, enacted in 1782. New York, 1891.

About Flick:

Bates, Barbara. Bargaining for Life: A Social History of Tuberculosis, 1876-1938. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1992.

Flick, Cecilia R. Dr. Lawrence F. Flick As I Knew Him. Philadelphia: Dorrance, 1956.

Flick, Ella. Beloved Crusader: Lawrence F. Flick, Physician. Philadelphia: Dorrance, 1944.

Gerrity, F. "Lawrence Francis Flick," New Catholic Encyclopedia, VII, 1967, 963-964.

Schmandt, Raymond H. *"*Some Notes on Bishop J. F. Regis Canevin of Pittsburgh (1904-1921)," Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia 1984 95(1-4): 91-107.

Schmandt, Raymond H. *"*Some Reaction to Dr. Lawrence F. Flick's Proposal for a Daily Catholic Newspaper," Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia 1980 91(1-4): 85-103.

Schmandt, Raymond H. "The Friendship Between Bishop Regis Canevin of Pittsburgh and Dr. Lawrence Flick of Philadelphia," The Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine October 1978 61(4): 283-300.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

                       
Series 1: Correspondence, 1875-1908 (18 boxes; 1 oversize box)
Series 1 consists of bound volumes of chronological correspondence, with index cards, divided into five subseries.
The first subseries of the correspondence comprises twenty-three bound volumes, numbered 1-23, of letters Flick received, 1875-1908, described as the "Second Series."
The second subseries is a group of bound letters received, 1909-1936, numbered from volume 56 to volume 112.
The third subseries is the oddly titled "Miscellanies" with volumes 2, 3 and 4, also bound, and covering the years 1862 to 1932.
The fourth subseries consists of Letterpress copy books, thirty-one in all, and numbered 87 to 117, which contact Flick's outgoing correspondence for the period 1903 to 1938.
The fifth subseries has 3" x 5" index cards housed in three oversize archival boxes. This rather comprehensive index has entries for the numbered volumes not present in this collection.
Subseries 1.1: Second Series, 1875-1908 (7 boxes)
Volumes 1-23
Box Volume
1 1 Correspondence Second Series, 1875-1890
  2 Correspondence Second Series, 1891-1892
Box Volume
2. 3 Correspondence Second Series, January - December 1893
  4 Correspondence Second Series, January - December 1894
  5 Correspondence Second Series, January - December 1895
Box Volume
3 6 Correspondence Second Series, January - December 1896
  7 Correspondence Second Series, January - December 1897
  8 Correspondence Second Series, January - December 1898
  9 Correspondence Second Series, January - December 1899
Box Volume
4 10 Correspondence Second Series, January 1900-December 1901
  11 Correspondence Second Series, January 1902-December 1902
Box Volume
5 12 Correspondence Second Series, January-December 1903
  13 Correspondence Second Series, January-May 1904
Box Volume
6 14 Correspondence Second Series, June-September 1904
  15 Correspondence Second Series, October-December 1904
  16 Correspondence Second Series, January-March 1905
  17 Correspondence Second Series, April-June 1905
  18 Correspondence Second Series, July-October 1905
Box Volume
7 19 Correspondence Second Series, January-June 1906
  20 Correspondence Second Series, July-December 1906
  21 Correspondence Second Series, January-June 1907
  22 Correspondence Second Series, July-October 1907
  23 Correspondence Second Series, November-December 1907
  24 Correspondence Second Series, January-December 1908
Subseries 1.2: Letters, 1909-1936 (16 boxes)
Volumes 56-112
Box Volume
8 56 Letters, January-February 1909
  57 Letters, March-April 1909
  58 Letters, May-July 1909
Box Volume
9 59 Letters, August-October 1909
  60 Letters, November-December 1909
  61 Letters, January-March 1910
  62 Letters, April-July 1910
Box Volume
10 63 Letters, August-December 1910
  64 Letters, January-April 1911
  65 Letters, May-August 1911
Box Volume
11 66 Letters, September-December 1911
  67 Letters, January-April 1912
  67 Letters, April-June 1912
  68 Letters, July-August 1912
  69 Letters, September-December 1912
Box Volume
12 70 Letters, January-April 1913
  71 Letters, May-August 1913
  72 Letters, September-December 1913
Box Volume
13 73 Letters, January-June 1914
  73 Letters, July-December 1914
  74 Letters, January-June 1915
Box Volume
14 75 Letters, July-December 1915
  76 Letters, January-June 1916
  77 Letters, July-December 1916
Box Volume
15 78 Letters, January-June 1917
  79 Letters, July-December 1917
  80 Letters, January-December 1918
Box Volume
16 81 Letters, January-December 1919
  82 Letters, January-December 1920
  83 Letters, January-December 1921
Box Volume
17 84 Letters, January-December 1922
  85 Letters, January-March 1923
  86 Letters, April-June 1923
  87 Letters, July-October 1923
Box Volume
18 88 Letters, November-December 1923
  89 Letters, January-June 1924
  90 Letters, July-December 1924
  91 Letters, January-June 1925
Box Volume
19 92 Letters, July-December 1925
  93 Letters, January-June 1926
  94 Letters, July-December 1926
Box Volume
20 95 Letters, January-June 1927
  96 Letters, July-December 1927
  97 Letters, January-July 1928
  98 Letters, July-December 1928
Box Volume
21 99 Letters, January-September 1929
  100 Letters, September-December 1929
  101 Letters, January-June 1930
  102 Letters, July-December 1930
  102 Letters, January-June 1931
Box Volume
22 103 Letters, July-December 1931
  104 Letters, January-June 1932
  105 Letters, July-December 1932
  106 Letters, January-June 1933
Box Volume
23 107 Letters, July-December 1933
  108 Letters, January-June 1934
  109 Letters, July-December 1934
  110 Letters, January-June 1935
Box Volume
24 111 Letters, July-December 1935
  112 Letters, January-December 1936
Subseries 1.3: Miscellanies, n.d. (2 boxes)
Volumes 2-4
Box Volume
24 2 Miscellanies, 1885-1927
Box Volume
25 3 Miscellanies, 1862-1906
  4 Miscellanies, 1905-1932
Subseries 1.4: Letterpress Copy Books, 1903-1938 (4 boxes)
Volumes 87-117
Box Volume
25 87 Letterpress Copy Books, September 29,1903-April 7, 1904
  88 Letterpress Copy Books, April 7, 1904-December 30, 1904
  89 Letterpress Copy Books, December 30, 1904-October 31, 1905
Box Volume
26 90 Letterpress Copy Books, November 1, 1905-July 27, 1906
  91 Letterpress Copy Books, July 27, 1906-February 1, 1907
  92 Letterpress Copy Books, February 1, 1907-November 2, 1907
  93 Letterpress Copy Books, November 4, 1907-April 4, 1908
  94 Letterpress Copy Books, April 4, 1908-September 7, 1908
  95 Letterpress Copy Books, September 7, 1908-March 2, 1909
Box Volume
27 96 Letterpress Copy Books, March 1, 1909-December 29, 1909
  97 Letterpress Copy Books, December 30, 1909-December 10, 1910
  98 Letterpress Copy Books, December 10, 1910-October 17, 1911
  99 Letterpress Copy Books, October 17, 1911-October 10, 1912
  100 Letterpress Copy Books, October 10, 1912-July 31, 1913
  101 Letterpress Copy Books, July 31, 1913-August 26, 1914
Box Volume
28 102 Letterpress Copy Books, August 27, 1914-December 3, 1915
  103 Letterpress Copy Books, December 6, 1915-February 20, 1917
  104 Letterpress Copy Books, February 20, 1917-September 17, 1918
  105 Letterpress Copy Books, September 18, 1918-May 16, 1921
  106 Letterpress Copy Books, October 2, 1922-March 12, 1924
  107 Letterpress Copy Books, March 13, 1924-January 30, 1925
  108 Letterpress Copy Books, January 31, 1925-January 28, 1926
Box Volume
29 109 Letterpress Copy Books, January 28, 1926-November 19, 1926
  110 Letterpress Copy Books, November 20, 1926-November 4, 1927
  111 Letterpress Copy Books, November 4, 1927-August 15, 1929
  112 Letterpress Copy Books, August 16, 1929-April 16, 1931
  113 Letterpress Copy Books, April 17, 1931-February 22, 1933
  114 Letterpress Copy Books, February 23, 1933-November 23, 1933
  115 Letterpress Copy Books, November 24, 1933-June 1, 1935
  116 Letterpress Copy Books, June 1, 1935-April 11, 1937
  117 Letterpress Copy Books, April 12, 1937-June 18-1938
Subseries 1.5: Alphetical Index Cards to Correspondence, n.d. (3 oversize boxes)
 
Oversize  
32   Alphetical Index Cards to Correspondence, n.d.
Oversize  
33   Alphetical Index Cards to Correspondence, n.d.
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34   Alphetical Index Cards to Correspondence, n.d.
                       
Series 2: General Subject Files, A-Z, 1875-1929, n.d. (2 boxes)
The second series contains two boxes of general subject files, many undated but generally covering the period of 1875 to 1929. This material was not bound and is miscellaneous in nature.
Box Folder
30 1 American Catholic Historical Association Correspondence, Minutes, Publications, 1919-1920
  2 American Catholic Historical Association Manuscripts - Miscellaneous (1), n.d.
  3 American Catholic Historical Association Manuscripts - Miscellaneous (2), n.d.
  4 American Catholic Historical Association Manuscripts - Miscellaneous (3), n.d.
  5 "A Catholic Daily Newspaper", n.d.
  6 "Diary Transcription (Typescript) 1879-1880, n.d.
  7 "Dom Bosco's Messenger" , 1915
  8 Family Letters (1), 1888-1924
  9 Family Letters (2), 1888-1924
  10 Family Letters (3), 1888-1924
  11 Family Letters, Cards, Photos (1), n.d.
  12 Family Letters, Cards, Photos (1), n.d.
  13 "Flick and Stone Familes Ancestral Notes and Miscellaneous (1), n.d.
  14 "Flick and Stone Familes Ancestral Notes and Miscellaneous (2), n.d.
  15 ""Fugitive Recollections......1868-1878" Rev. Henry (illegible), St. Vincent College, n.d.
  16 "Gallitzen Data and Miscellaneous (1), n.d.
  17 "Gallitzen Data and Miscellaneous (2), n.d.
  18 "Gallitzen Data and Miscellaneous (3), n.d.
  19 "Gallitzen Data and Miscellaneous (4), n.d.
  20 ""Graded Spelling Books for City Schools" Moran and Brelsford, 1901-1906
  21 "Henry Phipps Biographical Notes on (1), 1902
  22 "Henry Phipps Biographical Notes on (2), 1902
  23 "Laetare Medal, 1920
  24 "Legal Papers, Blueprints House on Pine Street, Philadelphia, 1907-1921
  25 ""Marriage Certificate of Health" Ecclesiastical Review Article, 1929
  26 "Medical Notes (1), n.d.
  27 "Medical Notes (2), n.d.
Box Folder
31 1 "Miscellaneous, n.d.
  2 "Notebook, 1875-1887
  3 "Photos, Sketch, n.d.
  4 "Poetry, n.d.
  5 "Publications: Catholic Miscellaneous, 1914-1915, n.d.
  6 "Publications: Catholic: New York Miscellaneous, 1914-1916
  7 "Religious Society of Roman Catholics Incorporation Papers, n.d.
  8 "St. Joseph College Speech, n.d.
  9 ""Samuel Castner, Jr." Notes and Miscellaneous, n.d.
  10 "Silver Shirts of Pennsylvania Anti-Semitic and Anti-Communist Statement (Typescript), 1933
  11 ""Snatches of Early Novel of Dr. Flick" (Handwriting of Mrs. Flick), n.d.
  12 "Souvenir of the Cardinal Mercier Dinner, 1919
  13 "Sullivan-Clinton Expedition Sesquicentennial, ca. 1928
  14 ""The Good Work" Magazine, September 1913-May 1915
  15 "Third Liberty Loan Flyers, 1918
  16 "Tuberculosis Reference, n.d.
  17 "What the American has Got Out of the Melting Pot from the Catholic" Manuscript, n.d.

TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Related Material

Index Terms

Bibliography

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Correspondence, 1875-1908

Series 2: General Subject Files, A-Z, 1875-1929, n.d.

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