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Mahlon Delp papers

Identifier: KUMC-MSS-14

Scope and Contents

The Mahlon Delp papers contain correspondence, manuscripts, reprints, notebooks, and slides.


  • 1953 - 1964


Conditions Governing Access

Some folders are restricted because of their sensitive nature or because they contain personal or confidential information. These records are protected by federal laws such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Examples of restricted records are personnel files, medical records, financial records, and any materials containing personal information such as addresses and social security numbers. Restricted materials are identified at the box and/or folder level within the finding aid. Questions about these materials may be directed to the Archivist. Access may be allowed on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the KUMC Archives and only after a proposal has been reviewed and approved by the University of Kansas Human Subjects Committee. All requests are subject to review by the Archives staff to determine accessibility.

Conditions Governing Use

Archives staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of materials. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright which may be involved in the use of this collection.

Biographical / Historical

Mahlon H. Delp, MD, was born near Lenora, Kansas, on November 26, 1903, to Henry Alexander and Alice Belle (Bredeen) Delp. He was a graduate of the University of Kansas (B.S. and M.D., 1934), where he completed both an internship and residency in internal medicine. In 1938, Dr. Delp joined the faculty of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where he remained throughout his professional career. During WWII, he was Chief of Medical Service with the 77th Hospital Evacuation Unit from 1942-1943, and at Crile Army General Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1943-1946. At the Medical Center he served as Assistant Professor of Medicine from 1942-1948, and Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Outpatient Clinic from 1948-1950. Dr. Delp became a full professor of medicine in 1950, and from 1952 to 1960, he served as Chairman of the Department of Postgraduate Medical Education and Assistant Dean. In 1960, he became Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine, a post he held until 1969. He retired in 1974. Dr. Delp died on January 29, 1989, at the age of 85.

Dr. Delp received numerous awards during his career, including the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1964, and the Distinguished Service Citation from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1965. In 1973 became the first Kansan to be honored as a Master in the American College of Physicians. He also received the Jayhawker Award, given by the Senior Class of the University of Kansas School of Medicine to "the member of the faculty who has shown the greatest devotion to his primary duty as teacher." In an article written at the time of Dr. Delp's departure from the position of Chairman, Department of Internal Medicine, Robert P. Hudson, MD, writing in an alumni publication, described Dr. Delp as "the single most influential figure in our education" and "the spiritual leader of the Medical Center."


2 Cubic Feet (5 archives boxes)

Language of Materials


Separated Materials

Artifacts, including Dr. Delp's house-call bag, gold-headed cane, and medical instruments were transferred to and cataloged in the Clendening History of Medicine Museum in 2019.

Preliminary Guide to the Mahlon Delp Collection
Mahlon Delp papers
Finding aid prepared by CAW. Finding aid encoded by CAW.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the KUMC Archives Repository

University of Kansas Medical Center
2017 Robinson, Mail Stop 1025
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City KS 66160 United States