A Guide to the Albert J. Wasserman papers, 1925-2003 Wasserman, Albert J., papers 2012/Jun/11

A Guide to the Albert J. Wasserman papers, 1925-2003

A Collection in
Special Collections and Archives, Tompkins-McCaw Library
Accession Number 2012/Jun/11


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Processed by: Margaret Turman Kidd

Special Collections and Archives, Tompkins-McCaw Library
Accession Number
Albert J. Wasserman papers 1925-2003
Physical Characteristics
5 linear feet.
Wasserman, Albert J.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to research; however some files with confidential information are restricted. Redacted copies may be made available at the discretion of the Special Collections and Archives staff.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Albert J. Wasserman papers, Accession # 2012/Jun/11, Special Collections and Archives, Tompkins-McCaw Library, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Gail Wasserman Hart, 2011.

Processing Information

Due to the large volume of material in the subject files only a representative sample of the journal articles and abstracts that Wasserman collected have been kept. All original materials such as lecture notes have been retained in full.

Biographical Information

Albert Julian Wasserman was born in Richmond, Virginia to Ann and Stanley Wasserman on January 23, 1928. Wasserman attended Thomas Jefferson High School and then the University of Virginia where he was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. He began medical school at the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) in 1948. Wasserman was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Sigma Zeta National Honorary Scientific Society, and Phi Delta Epsilon. He graduated in 1951 and was appointed to Beth Hospital in Massachusetts. He received additional training at MCV before entering the Air Force.

Wasserman returned to MCV in 1956 and remained for the rest of his career. He was a professor of medicine and clinical pharmacology, served as associate dean of curriculum, and as executive associate dean. During his tenure he was chosen as "Teacher of the Year" in 1977-1979, received the Special Award for Contributions to Education for the MCV Classes of 1981-1984, and given the Dean's Award for outstanding contribution to students and faculty at MCV in 1990.Wasserman served as editor or reviewer for several professional publication and was author or co-author of more than 100 scientific articles. In addition to his work at MCV, Wasserman served as the Chief of Medical Service at the VA Hospital, Richmond from 1960-1963. He was also involved in numerous academic and professional organizations and was elected a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. In 1992 he was awarded the MCV Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award. That same year Wasserman retired from MCV and was granted Professor Emeritus status. He also establish an endowed pharmacology award in his name. The Albert J. Wasserman, M.D. Student Award in Pharmacology is given each year to the M2 student with the highest score in that course. Wasserman was also active in the local community. He served as President of Beth Sholom Home and of Temple Beth-El.

Wasserman married his high school sweetheart Martele "Marty" Sporn on June 27, 1948 while he was in medical school. Mrs. Wasserman, a graduate of Richmond Professional Institute, later became the secretary to Dr. William T. Sanger, President of MCV. They had three children. Dr. Wasserman died on September 6, 2006 in Richmond, Virginia.

Scope and Content

The papers of Albert J. Wasserman include materials relating to his career at the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) as a professor of medicine and clinical pharmacology. These materials including his subject files and his person papers.

Series 1: Subject Files, 1925-1995. This series consists of a representative sample of materials from Wasserman's subject files which include lecture notes, abstracts, journal articles, grand rounds case studies, and other materials related to medical issues that Dr. Wasserman studied and researched.

Series 2: Personal Papers, 1957-2003. This series includes personal correspondence; materials relating to Wasserman's employment such as his letter of appointment to the faculty, personnel forms, employee handbook, and related materials; items related to his retirement including cards, letters, invitations, and his personal remarks from his retirement reception; MCV related programs; the endowment agreement for the creation of the Wasserman Student Award in Pharmacology; ephemera, including his MCV ID; and other related items.


This collection is divided into two series:

Series 1, Subject Files, 1925-1995. Series 2, Personal Papers, 1957-2003.

Efforts have been made to maintain the original file titles and organization. Both series are arranged alphabetically and the material with the files are arranged chronologically where applicable.

Separated Material

This collection also included several artifacts a hemometer and hemocytometer, a head mirror reflector, and a glass decanter with the VCU seal.These items have been added to the medical artifacts. The collection also included papers and materials from Albert Wasserman's wife, Matele Sporn Wasserman. These materials have been transferred to Cabell Special Collection.

Index Terms


  • Wasserman, Albert J., 1928-2006
  • Corporate Names:

  • Medical College of Virginia
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Subjects:

  • Medicine
  • Pharmacology

Contents List

Series 1: Subject Files 1925-1995
Box: 1-4
  • Box-folder 1:1
    Allopurinol Hypersensitivity Syndrome, 1976
  • Box-folder 1:2-3
    Analgesics 1973-1990

    Access restrictions: Some materials restricted.

  • Box-folder 1:4-5
    Anti-arrhythmic Drugs - Lecture, 1976-1991
  • Box-folder 1:6
    Anticoagulants in Acute Myocardial Infarction, 1965-1969

    Access restrictions: Some materials restricted.

    Contains manuscript, tables, and lecture notes.

  • Box-folder 1:7
    Asthma, 1981-1991

    Contains notes on bronchodilator lecture, slides.

  • Box-folder 1:8
    Autonomic Pharmacology, 1959-1973
  • Box-folder 1:9
    Atherosclerosis - Lipids, 1964-1976
  • Box-folder 1:10
    Boston Collaborative Drug Surveillance Program, 1973-1975
  • Box-folder 1:11
    Calcium Channel Blockers, 1981-1987
  • Box-folder 1:12
    Cardiac Cycle, Events of, 1964-1971
  • Box-folder 1:13
    Cerebral Blood Flow, 1948-1972

    Access restrictions: Some materials restricted.

  • Box-folder 1:14
    Cerebral Blood Flow and Ammonia, 1960-1966
  • Box-folder 1:15
    Cerebral Blood Flow and Hypoxemia, Reference, 1957-1970
  • Box-folder 1:16
    Cerebral Blood Flow and Oxygen Data, 1965

    Access restrictions: Some materials restricted.

  • Box-folder 1:17
    Colestipol study, 1970-1977

    Access restrictions: Some materials restricted.

  • Box-folder 1:18
    Congestive Heart Failure, Lecture, 1976-1985
  • Box-folder 1:19
    Common Cold, 1977-1978
  • Box-folder 1:20
    Chronic Obstructive pulmonary Disease, Drug Rx, 1982-1991
  • Box-folder 2:1
    Coronary Distress, Rx After Myocardial Infarction, 1979-1989

    Contains lecture notes, abstracts, and articles.

  • Box-folder 2:2
    Cromolyn Sodium, 1971-1975
  • Box-folder 2:3
    Drug Interactions, 1976-1986
  • Box-folder 2:4
    Digitalis - Lecture, 1984-1991
  • Box-folder 2:5
    Digitalis - Notes, 1955-1971
  • Box-folder 2:6
    Digoxin, Overdoes, 1970-1982
  • Box-folder 2:7
    Digoxin - Toxicity, 1967-1976
  • Box-folder 2:8
    Drugs - Costs, Generics, Equivalency, 1974-1991
  • Box-folder 2:9
    Drugs - Development, 1974-1990
  • Box-folder 2:10
    Drugs - Evaluation Lecture, 1982-1992

    Contains lecture notes, abstracts, articles, and some literature from medical conferences.

  • Box-folder 2:11
    Drugs - Laws, 1970-1981
  • Box-folder 2:12
    Drugs - Virginia Voluntary Formulary Act, 1979-1984
  • Box-folder 2:13
    Familial Hyperlipidemia, 1958-1959

    Access Restrictions: This file is restricted.

  • Box-folder 2:14
    Foundations in Clinical Medicine - Geriatrics, 1995
  • Box-folder 2:15
    Genetics and Lipid Metabolism, 1971-1976
  • Box-folder 2:16
    Geriatrics, 1971-1986
  • Box-folder 2:17
    Geriatric Pharmacology, 1982-1988
  • Box-folder 2:18
    Hemochromatosis, 1933-1964

    Access Restrictions: Some materials are restricted.

    Contains correspondence, article reprints, notes, and images.

  • Box-folder 2:19
    History of Medical Education, 1925-1991
  • Box-folder 2:20
    Hyperlipidemia - Clinic Lecture, 1992
  • Box-folder 2:21
    Hyperlipidemia - Treatment, 1989-1991

    Access Restrictions: Some materials are restricted.

  • Box-folder 2:22
    Hyperlipoproteinemia, 1967-1991

    Access Restrictions: This file is restricted.

    Contains reprint of Holimon and Wasserman article, "Autopsy Findings in Type 3 Hyperlipoproteinemia," study notes, articles and abstracts.

  • Box-folder 2:23
    Hyperlipoproteinemia - Lovastatin, 1984-1987
  • Box-folder 2:24
    Hyperlipoproteinemia - Diagnosis and Treatment,

    Contains lecture notes and handouts, articles, and abstracts.

  • Box-folder 3:1
    Hypertension, 1972-1988

    General file includes notes, abstracts, and related materials.

  • Box-folder 3:2
    Hypertension - Calcium Channel Blockers, 1982-1987
  • Box-folder 3:3
    Hypertension - Crises, Diagnosis, & Prescription, 1974-1989
  • Box-folder 3:4
    Hypertension - Current Therapy, 1985-1991
  • Box-folder 3:5
    Hypertension - Diet, 1971-1987
  • Box-folder 3:6
    Hypertension - Drugs vs Renin Angiotensin, 1979-1985
  • Box-folder 3:7
    Hypertension - Elderly, 1979-1987
  • Box-folder 3:8
    Hypertension - New Drugs, 1978-1980
  • Box-folder 3:9
    Hypertension - Pharmacology Lecture, 1984-1988
  • Box-folder 3:10
    Hypertension - Pathogenesis & Renin Profiles, 1977-1985
  • Box-folder 3:11
    Hypertension Panel - M-IV Update Course, 1992
  • Box-folder 3:12
    Lipid Cases, 1987
  • Box-folder 3:13
    Lipid Lecture & Notes, 1986-1990
  • Box-folder 3:14
    Lipid Treatment, 1990
  • Box-folder 3:15
    Mucolytics - Cough Drugs, 1971-1980
  • Box-folder 3:16
    Mucormycosis, 1961-1979

    Contains notes, abstracts, and reprints of the 1961 article "Cerebral Mucormycosis," by Wasserman, Shields, and Sporn.

  • Box-folder 3:17
    Muscle Blood Flow, 1973-1976

    Contains notes, abstracts, and reprints of the 1975 article "Blood flow in muscle groups and drug absorption," by Evans, Proctor, Fratkind, Velandia, and Wasserman.

  • Box-folder 3:18
    Myocardial infarction - Prognosis, 1968-1992
  • Box-folder 3:19
    Myocardial Infarction - Rx, 1967-1991
  • Box-folder 3:20
    Nitrates - Lecture, 1982-1987
  • Box-folder 3:21
    Nutritional & Diet Information, 1990-1992
  • Box-folder 3:22
    Osteoporosis, 1998
  • Box-folder 3:23
    Presentation - UVA, 1968

    Contains notes and presentation text titled "The Management of a Patient's Lifetime of Circulatory Disease."

  • Box-folder 3:24
    Pharmacy Student Physician Visitations, 1978-1982
  • Box-folder 3:25
    Pharmacy Student Physician Visitation - Evaluations, no date
  • Box-folder 3:26
    Pharmacotherapeutic Conference, 1973-1981
  • Box-folder 3:27
    Primary Pulmonary Hypertension, 1961-1984
  • Box-folder 3:28
    Psychopharmacology, 1994
  • Box-folder 4:1
    Raynaud's Phenomenon, 1963-1990

    Access Restrictions: Some materials are restricted.

    Contains notes, grand rounds cases, images, articles, and reprints of the 1969 article "Effect of Reserpine in Raynaud's Phenomenon," by Kontos and Wasserman.

  • Box-folder 4:2
    Renin - Angiotensin, 1968-1977
  • Box-folder 4:3
    Reprints, 1957-1984

    This file contains reprints of articles that Wasserman authored or co-authored.

  • Box-folder 4:4
    Risk Factors - Lecture, 1978-1987
  • Box-folder 4:5
    Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 1949-1991

    This file contains abstracts, notes, pamphlets and booklets on sexually transmitted diseases. Included is a 1949 handbook titled "Diagnosis and Treatment of Syphilis," and information on the 1975 amendment to the Virginia Marriage Examination Law, including pamphlets and the blue examination cards.

  • Box-folder 4:6
    Sotalol, 1982-1987
  • Box-folder 4:7
    Takayasu Syndrome, 1962-1967
  • Box-folder 4:8
    Theophyllines/Bronchodilators, 1975-1981
  • Box-folder 4:9
    Vasculitis, 1997
  • Box-folder 4:10
    Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, 1967-1989
  • Box-folder 4:11
    Xanthomatous Disorders, 1962-1965
Series 2: Personal Papers 1957-2003
Box: 4
  • Box-folder 4:12
    Correspondence, undated, 1957, 1988-1992, 2003

    This file contains personal correspondence and is mainly comprised of notes send on the occasion of Wasserman receiving the MCV Alumni Distinguished Faculty Award and a few letters from family members.

  • Box-folder 4:13
    Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, 2002
  • Box-folder 4:14

    This folder contains a photograph of the Wassermans, his id badge from MCV, and two patched from Thomas Jefferson High School which Wasserman attended.

  • Box-folder 4:15
    MCV Employment and Faculty records, 1957-1990

    This file contains information relating to Wasserman's employment at MCV including an undated employee handbook (prior to 1968).

  • Box-folder 4:16
    MCV - Programs, 1986-1987, 1992

    Contains MCV graduation programs from 1986 and 1987, Medical Division Reunion programs, and Service Award Programs.

  • Box-folder 4:17
    MCV - Retirement, 1986-1987, 1992

    Contains letters, cards, notes, invitations, and other items related to Wasserman's retirement from MCV in 1992.

  • Box-folder 4:18
    Wasserman Student Award in Pharmacology, 1992-1993

    Contains the endowment agreement for the creation of the award, correspondence, and a program from the 1993 Medical Students Honor Day where the award was first given.