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Howard B. Burchell correspondence

Identifier: uarc1211

Scope and Content

The collection consists of personal correspondence written by Dr. Howard Burchell to signifigant people in people life, including his wife Margaret Burchell, Dr. Ann Dunnigan, and Dr. David Cline.

Correspondence to Margaret Burchell cover the years 1942-1946, when Burchell was stationed in Europe, during which time he studied the psychological and physiological stresses of flying on fighter pilots. The letters describe Army and European life and Burchell's medical practice in the European theater. The letters are arranged chronologically.

Correspondence with Dr. Ann Dunnigan is notable for capturing the spirit of Dr. Burchell's collegial relationships with his peers. The correspondence features exchanges between Dr. Dunnigan and Burchell concerning readings of numerous EKG printouts, with Dunnigan soliciting Burchell's diagnostic comments. Because many of the EKG's are identified with patient names, a small section of correspondence has been restricted. Researchers interested in viewing the materials will need to consult with the University Archivist concerning access.

Correspondence with Dr. David Cline covers a wide range of subject matter. Dr. Cline, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, served as chair of the Clinical Faculty Advisory Committee of the psychiatry department at the University of Minnesota Medical School in the early to mid-1960s. The correspondence features Burchell's thoughts regarding psychiatric and social-psychological subject matter.

There is a small amount of personal photographs in the collection interfiled with the correspondence.


  • Creation: 1942-2008


Language of Materials

Collection material in English

Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. One folder in the collection is restricted access. Please consult with the University Archivist for further information regarding access.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Biographical Sketch of Howard B. Burchell, 1908-2009.

Howard Bertram Burchell was born in 1908 in Athens, Ontario, Canada.

Bruchell received his B.A. and M.D. (1932) from the Universuity of Toronto. In 1934, he was named Mellon Scholar at the Mercy Hospital in Pittsburg and Instructor in Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. From 1936 to 1939, Burchell was a Fellow in Medicine at the Mayo Foundation Hospital at the University of Minnesota. As part of his fellowship, Burchell spent 1939 in London as Special Student at the London Hospital Medical School and Heart Hospital. In 1940, he was awarded a PhD in Medicine from the University of Minnesota.

From 1942-1946, Dr. Burchell served in the U.S. Army Corp, first as Instructor of Medicine at Randolph Field in Texas, followed by consecutive one year stints in England with the 8th Air Force, Germany with the 9th Air Force, and as the Acting Director of the Provisional Research Center in Heidelberg. Upon returning to the United States, Burchell was named Consultant in Medicine and Cardiology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

In 1952, Burchell took a position as Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine at the University of Minnesota. In 1968, Burchell was named Chief of Cardiogy at University of Minnesota Hospitals. From 1965-1970, Burchell also served as Editor-in-Chief for Circulation, a publication of the American Heart Association. He retired from the University in 1976.

Among the honors awarded to Dr. Burchell were the American Heart Association's James P. Herrick Award for "extraordinary achivements" as a teacher and clinician, and the University of Minnesota's Outstanding Alumni award.

Howard Burchell died in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 10, 2009.


1 box (.5 cubic feet)


Collection contains the personal correspondence of Doctor Howard Bertram Burchell, cardiac surgeon at the Mayo Clinic and University of Minnesota Hospital.

Source of acquisition

Donated to University Archives in October, 2013 by Cynthia Burchell Patterson.

Related Materials in University Archives

Papers of the University of Minnesota Department of Surgery

Processing Information

The collection has been processed.

Howard B. Burchell Correspondence, 1942-2008
Susan Hoffman
October 2013
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

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