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Charles Brackett papers

Identifier: KUMC-MSS-33

Scope and Contents

Papers of Dr. Charles Brackett, faculty member in the Department of Neurosurgery from 1952 to 1989. The collection contains correspondence, photographs, newsletters and clippings, reprints, and materials from the Department of Neurosurgery.


  • 1969 - 1990


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

Charles E. Brackett, MD, was born on January 25, 1920, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He received an A.B. degree from Harvard University in 1941 and medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1944. Dr. Brackett then interned at Bellevue Hospital in New York, and while in the United States Navy Medical Corp, at St. Alban’s Naval Hospital, from 1945-46.

Dr. Brackett served as Assistant Resident, Neurological Surgery, at the Neurological Institute of New York from 1945-46 and 1949-51; Instructor of Neurosurgery and Research Associate, New York Medical College, 1948; Bowen-Brooks Fellow, The New York Academy of Medicine, 1949; Research Assistant in Neurological Surgery, Columbia University, 1950; and Senior Resident in Neurological Surgery, Neurological Institute of New York, 1951.

Arriving at KUMC in 1952, he was appointed Instructor in Surgery and served as Attending Neurosurgeon at the V.A. Hospital in Wadsworth, Kansas. Brackett was appointed Assistant Professor of Neurologic Surgery in 1954; Associate Professor, 1958; Chief, Section of Neurological Surgery, 1964-1986; Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean (acting), 1970-1971; Professor of Surgery, 1965-1987; Research Professor of Neurological Surgery, 1987-1989; and Emeritus Professor following his retirement on July 1, 1990.

Dr. Brackett belonged to many local, national, and international professional societies and served on the boards of many them. In 1979, he received the Jayhawker, M.D. Award, given by the 1979 Senior Class and yearbook staff, “To the faculty member who has shown the greatest devotion to his primary duty as teacher of medical students.” He received the Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1987, and the Honorary Alumnus of the Year Award from the Board of Directors of the Kansas Medical Alumni Association in 1989.

Dr. Brackett died on May 13, 2016, at the age of 96.


.8 Cubic Feet (2 archives boxes)

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Repository Details

Part of the KUMC Archives Repository

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