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George M. Gray papers

Identifier: KUMC-MSS-58

Scope and Contents

Collection of materials from George M. Gray, MD, an 1879 graduate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons and KU School of Medicine faculty member in surgery from 1905 to 1936. The collection includes correspondence, news clippings, manuscripts, photographs, materials from St. Margaret's Hospital, and two bound volumes of case histories from 1914-1915.


  • 1906 - 1958


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

George Morris Gray, MD, was born on March 4, 1856, in Waukegan, Illinois, to Rasselas Morgan and Sarah Goss (Dowst) Gray. In 1858, the Gray family moved to Quindaro, Kansas, where George was raised with his three siblings. In 1879, he received his medical degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons and after graduation went to New York City, where he obtained a medical degree from Bellevue Hospital Medical College. In 1880, he returned to Kansas City, Kansas, and began practicing medicine until 1887, when he co-founded St. Margaret’s Hospital with Monsignor Anthony Kuhls. He served there for 55 years, first as chief surgeon and later as chief of staff. In 1906, Dr. Gray was elected mayor of Kansas City, Kansas, and served in the position for one year.

Dr. Gray was affiliated with Kansas City’s medical schools for much of his professional career. He served as instructor of anatomy at his alma mater, the Kansas City Medical College (formerly named the College of Physicians and Surgeons), and he helped to organize the Medico-Chirurgical College in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1905, the Kansas City Medical College, the Medico-Chirurgical College, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of the Kansas City [KS] University merged to establish the clinical department of the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Rosedale, Kansas. Following the merger, he served as Professor of Clinical Surgery in the University of Kansas School of Medicine from 1905-1936 and Professor Emeritus from 1936 until his death at age 102 on August 12, 1958.


.4 Cubic Feet (1 archives box)

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Custodial History

The bulk of the collection was donated to the Clendening History of Medicine Library by the Gray family in 1963 and cataloged under call number W 6 G79 1096-47 Ms. The collection was transferred to the University of Kansas Medical Center Archives in the early 2000s. Willard B. Snyder donated additional materials in 2018.

Guide to the George M. Gray Collection
George M. Gray papers
Finding aid prepared by AW. Finding aid encoded by AW.
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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