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The Robert D. Wright Collection

  • Creator: Wright, Robert D. (1909 - 1981)

  • Collection Date: 1928 - 1974

  • Extent: 28 linear feet

  • Collection is currently unprocessed but a partial inventory exists.
Robert D. Wright
by unidentified photographer
black and white photograph


Robert D. Wright was born in Manasha, Wisconsin. He received his B.A. and M.A. in 1933 from the University of Wisconsin and his M.D. in 1935 from Washington University in St. Louis. Wright completed his internship and residency in St. Louis from 1936 to 1937, and in 1938 he began his long career as a public health officer. In 1951, he began a second career in academia, being named professor and chairman of the department of social and environmental medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. In 1963, he joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health as professor of international health, a position he held until he was accorded emeritus status in 1979. During his early years at Johns Hopkins (1963-1968), Wright simultaneously held the post of professor of community health at the University of Lagos College of Medicine in Nigeria. He was widely regarded as a champion of educational programs in international health.

Hopkins Affiliations

Scope and Content

The Robert D. Wright Collection spans his entire career. It contains family and professional correspondence, manuscripts, lecture notes, clippings, reports, reprints, and radio and television scripts for health broadcasts. This collection mainly documents Wright's career as professor of international health at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and his tenure at the University of Lagos College of Medicine in Nigeria.

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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