Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library, John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center

John Roberts Phillips, MD and Rebecca Hall Phillips, RN papers; 1924-1982; MS 036

Collection Overview

Creator: Phillips, John Roberts; , Phillips, Rebecca Hall
Title: John Roberts Phillips, MD and Rebecca Hall Phillips, RN papers
Dates: 1924-1982
Dates (Bulk): (1927-1974)
Abstract: The John Roberts Phillips, MD and Rebecca Hall Phillips, RN papers contains volumes of catalogued medical works, medical paraphernalia, certificates and diplomas, correspondence, photographs, academic journal reprints, and other materials related to the lives and careers of John and Rebecca Phillips. The collection is 8.5 cubic feet and contains 8 boxes and digitized scrapbooks. As a whole, the material is in good condition and contains material from 1924 to 1982, however, the bulk of the material is from 1927-1974.
Identification: MS 036
Quantity: 8.5 cubic feet (8 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library

Biographical Note

John Roberts Phillips was born on February 28, 1904 in Quantico, Maryland. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1923 and completed his Master of Surgery at the University of Minnesota in 1931. He received a fellowship at the Mayo Clinic from 1929 to 1933. In 1929, he married Rebecca Jane Hall. In 1933, Phillips started his own surgical practice in Houston and served as the Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas and as the Assistant Professor of Surgery at Baylor University in Houston, Texas. He authored and co-authored over 124 articles published in various medical journals. Phillips retired in 1967 and died April 19, 1983.

Rebecca Jane Hall Phillips was born on December 14, 1903 in Maryland. She became a registered nurse at the University of Maryland. She served as a surgical nurse from 1927-1929 in Maryland, as a nurse at the Mayo Clinic from 1927-1932, and then starting in 1933, served as the surgical nurse, office manager, and public relations manager for her husband, John Roberts Phillips’ practice in Houston, TX.

Scope and Contents Note

The John Roberts Phillips,MD and Rebecca Hall Phillips, RN papers (MS036) is 8.5 cubic feet and consists of 5 documents boxes, 3 oversize boxes, and 11 digitized scrapbooks. It contains biographical information, personal and professional correspondence, photographs, professional activities, reprints of publications, medical instruments, memorabilia, awards, and certficates. The digital scrapbooks provide information on John Roberts Phillips, MD's surgical procedures and the Phillips' work with the TB Hospital in Houston. The materials are in good condition.


Access Restrictions

Unrestricted. Material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from this material must be facilitated through the repository, McGovern Historical Center.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Phillips, John Roberts
Phillips, Rebecca Hall
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Maryland at Baltimore. School of Medicine.
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Baylor College of Medicine. Department of Surgery
American College of Surgeons. Clinical Congress
Mayo Clinic.
Houston (Texas)
Texas Medical Center
Document Types
Publications (documents)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Roberts Phillips, MD and Rebecca Hall Phillips, RN papers; MS 036; John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.

Please cite the box and folder numbers where appropriate.

Acquisition Information

Rebecca Hall Phillips, RN donated the papers in 1983.

Processing Information

The Collection was reviewed to establish or re-establish the order. Original Order of the collection has been maintained. The folders are arranged as they were received from Rebecca Hall Phillips, RN. Duplicates of bibliography, membership roster, and journal articles were removed. The physical scrapbooks were removed due to deterioration from the lamination process, but all scrapbooks were digitized. DCD Internet Archive images of all pages, PDF access copies and metadata are stored on the Digital Collections Drive (DCD). PDF copies uploaded and described in the Internet Archive. A copy of the "The Cullens-The Epic Story of Two Great Texans" was also removed, as this is a common copy that can be found throughout Houston. A glass tube with a sample inside it was discarded due to degradation, however, an identical glass tube with sample still remains a part of the collection.

Nine photographs were added to the colletion from IC 098 TMC Library Historical Photograph Collection. They were originally donated with the rest of the colleciton by Rebecca Phillips in 1983.


No accruals are expected for this collection.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Biographical and Personal, 1927-1982

This series contains biographies, news articles, and photographs related to the personal life of John Roberts Phillips, MD and Rebecca Hall Phillips, RN.
Box Folder
1 1 Biographies and Personal Life Activities, 1927-1982
Box Folder
1 2 Biographical Fact Cards
3 Obituaries and Funeral Arrangements, 1982
4 Photographs-Events and Head Shots
5 Photographs. P-3401, P-3403 - P-3409
P-3401 [Photograph of Rebecca "Dan" Phillips], 1980
P-3403 [Photographs of the Kiwanitas Luncheon at the Doctors Club], 1958
P-3404 [Photograph of Dr. and Mrs Phillips in Luxembourg, circa 1960
P-3405 [Photograph of Dr. John Roberts Phillips]
P-3406 [Photograph of Dr. John Phillips]
P-3407 [Photograph of Rebecca Hall Phillips]
P-3408 [Photograph of Rebecca "Dan" Phillips in her nursing uniform]
P-3409 [Photographs of John and Rebecca Phillips] (See GAF items below)
6 Correspondence
7 Gauzette, 1965
Box Folder
GAF GAF-0121 Photograph and Drawing of Rebecca Hall Phillips, RN (Laminated)
GAF-0122 Photographs of John Roberts Phillips, MD (Laminated)

Series II: Professional Career and Activities, 1958-1982

This series contains information on the professional groups, events, and programs that the Phillips were involved with.
Box Folder
1 8 Meetings and Events Attended Lists and Programs, 1958-1982
Box Folder
1 9 Professional Groups, 1958-1974
Box Folder
2 1 Professional Groups, 1976-1982
2 Surgery Procedures

Series III: Publications, 1959-1970

This series contains the bibliography of John Roberts Phillips, MD, poems by Rebecca Hall Phillips, RN, and copies of journal articles.
Box Folder
2 3 Bibliography of John Roberts Phillips, MD
Box Folder
2 4 Cigarette Bronchitis and Emphysema Brochures
5 Collected Poems by Rebecca Hall Phillips, RN
6 Coronet Magazine, August 1956
7 News clippings, 1959-1962
8 Papers on Texas Medical History by Rebecca Hall Phillips, RN
9 Reprinted Journal Articles by John Roberts Phillips, MD
10 Collected Articles by Other Surgeons, 1961-1970

Series IV: Artifacts and Memorabilia, 1927-1967

This series contains medical instruments, surgical tools, and memorabilia from professional activities.
Box Folder
3 1 Name tags, pins, and coins memorabilia
Box Folder
3 2 Medical Instruments from Komei Nakayan, MD
3 Medical Instruments from John Roberts Phillips, MD 1927-1967
Box Folder
4 1 Surgical instruments
2 Syringes, clamps, and surgical instruments 1927-1967
3 Hemactyometer and glasses 1927-1967
4 Needles, grafts, and handkerchiefs 1927-1967
5 Medical instrument 1927-1967

Series V: Awards, Certificates, and Oversize, 1927-1982

This series contains medical licenses, diplomas, certificates, and awards.
Box Folder
5 1 License by the Board of Medical Examiners of the State of Maryland, 1927
2 Student Nurse Certificate, 1924
3 Physician's and Surgeon's Certificate of Registration, 1927
4 Maryland State Board of Examines of Nurses, Registered Nurse 1927
5 Certificate of Registration in the Basic Sciences, 1927
6 University of Minnesota Master of Science in Surgery diploma, 1932
7 Membership Certificates for the American Academy of Tuberculosis Physicians and World Medical Association, 1937-1939
8 Certificates, 1938-1982
9 Board of Nurse Examiners of the State of Texas, Registered Nurse, 1943
10 World Medical Association Founder-Member Certificate, 1947
11 Certificate of Specialist in the Art and Science of General Surgery, 1947
12 Certificate for Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, 1948
13 Medical Advisor Certificate, 1948
14 County Certificates, 1949
15 Life Membership Certificate of the Southern Medical Association, 1964
16 Charter Member of the Women's Auxiliary of the United States
17 American Medical Association Membership Certificate
18 Methodist Hospital Appreciation Certificate
19 Framed Program from the Distinguished Service Award received by Komei Nakayan, MD
OV 222 Awards, large photos adhered to cardboard
OV 223 Awards, licenses, and diplomas
OV 224 Plaques, awards, diplomas enlarged and copied onto particle board

Series VI: Scrapbooks, 1927-1957

This series contains 11 digitized scrapbooks that are located in Digital Collection Drive (DCD).
Box Folder
DCD MS036-001-000 Procedures
MS036-002-000 Men's Patrons Division of the Elva A. Wright Auxiliary to the Houston TB Hospital, Volume I, 1956
MS036-003-000 Men's Patrons Division of the Elva A. Wright Auxiliary to the Houston TB Hospital, Volume II, 1956
MS036-004-000 Men's Patrons Division of the Elva A. Wright Auxiliary to the Houston TB Hospital, Volume III, 1957
MS036-005-000 St. Joseph's Hospital, Houston, TX, 1955-1957
MS036-006-000 "This is Your Life", Volume III Medical Works, Book I 1927-1956
MS036-007-000 "This is Your Life", Volume III Medical Works, Book III 1937-1956
MS036-008-000 "This is Your Life", Volume III Medical Works, Book V 1937-1956
MS036-009-000 "This is Your Life", Volume III Medical Works, Book VI 1937-1956
MS036-010-000 "This is Your Life", Volume III Medical Works, Book XI 1937-1956
MS036-011-000 "This is Your Life", Volume III Medical Works, Book XII 1937-1956