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The Arnold R. Rich Collection

Arnold R. Rich
  • Creator: Rich, Arnold Rice (1893 - 1968)

  • Collection Date: 1930 - 1965

  • Extent: 23.25 linear feet

  • An unpublished inventory is available for this collection at the Archives.
Arnold R. Rich
by Paul Trebilcock
oil on canvas, 44 by 33.5 inches, 1958


Arnold R. Rich was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He attended the University of Virginia, where he received his B.A. in 1914 and his M.A. in 1915. Rich received his M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1919 and was then appointed assistant in pathology. In 1944, he was promoted to professor of pathology and in 1947 he was named the Baxley Professor of Pathology and director of the department. He also served at the Johns Hopkins Hospital for nearly 40 years, retiring as pathologist-in-chief in 1958. He conducted research on bacterial allergy and immunity, hypersensitivity, serum sickness, jaundice, and tuberculosis. His book Pathogenesis of Tuberculosis became the standard text in the field.

Hopkins Affiliations

1920 - 1958 Johns Hopkins Hospital
1919 - 1968 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Scope and Content

The Arnold R. Rich Collection spans much of his career at Johns Hopkins. It contains family material, correspondence files, departmental administrative records, unpublished manuscripts, journal reprints, index cards, notes, and slides from Rich's lectures. The family material includes correspondence with Rich's parents and with his wife, as well as a few original poems by his daughter, Adrienne. Correspondents represented in departmental and general correspondence include William Welch, William MacCallum, and Florence Sabin. Articles and reference materials cover subjects such as tuberculosis, jaundice, and congenital diseases.

Policy on Access and Use

This collection may contain some restricted records. Materials pertaining to patients, students, employees, and human research subjects, as well as unprocessed collections and recent administrative records, carry restrictions on access. For more information about the policies and procedures for access, see Policy on Access and Use.

Permissions and Credits

When citing material from this collection, credit The Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. For permission to reproduce images, contact the holder of the copyright.

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