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Simeon Bishop Bell family papers

Identifier: KUMC-MSS-59

Scope and Contents

Collection of papers donated by the family of Dr. Simeon Bishop Bell, an early benefactor of the University of Kansas School of Medicine and founder of the Eleanor Taylor Bell Memorial Hospital in Rosedale, Kansas. The majority of the materials pertain to Dr. Bell, though the collection also contains assorted family correspondence, photographs, and genealogies.


  • 1894 - 1977


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.


.4 Cubic Feet (1 archives box)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

The collection was donated to the Clendening History of Medicine Library by the Bell family sometime in the 1960s and cataloged under call number HM Vault MS W6 B413c. The collection was transferred to the University of Kansas Medical Center Archives in the early 2000s. Robin Murphy donated additional materials in 2019.

Guide to the Simeon Bishop Bell Family Collection
Simeon Bishop Bell family papers
Finding aid prepared by AW. Finding aid encoded by AW.
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