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Byrl James B.J. Kennedy papers

Identifier: ua-01182

Scope and Content

This collection contains administrative documents for the Department of Oncology at the University of Minnesota, as well as documents pertaining to the Masonic Memorial Hospital. Research performed by Dr. Kennedy, manuscripts and publications written by Dr. Kennedy, and personal files for Dr. Kennedy are also included in this collection. There is an extensive set of slides, photographs, and images, as well as films that Dr. Kennedy produced or used when practicing medicine or doing research


  • 1941-2003


Language of Materials

Collection material in English

Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


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 Byrl James B.J. Kennedy 1921-2003

B.J. Kennedy was born in Plainview, Minnesota in 1921 and grew up in Rochester, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1945, performed his internship, residency, and fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. He joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 1952 after earning a second bachelor's degree in experimental medicine at McGill Medical School in Montreal. He was Director of the Division of Medical Oncology from 1968 to 1991, when he retired. After his retirement, he continued to perform research in geriatric oncology until his death in 2003.

Dr. Kennedy was considered a pioneer in oncology and the "father of medical oncology". He helped found the American Society of Clinical Oncology, now an international organization. Kennedy focused much of his research on breast cancer and testicular cancer, and helped develop successful treatments for each of these diseases. In addition to research, Kennedy helped train young oncologists and made significant contributions to the field of geriatric oncology. One of Kennedy's strong beliefs was that oncology should encompass a continuum of care from prevention to detection to treatment to palliative care, and he campaigned successfully for the recognition of oncology as a subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Kennedy was honored for his work by many organizations, including the University of Minnesota where he was named a Regents' Professor in 1988.


21.25 Cubic Feet (17 boxes)


This collection contains the papers of Dr. B.J. Kennedy, professor of oncology at the University of Minnesota. Within this collection are Oncology Department administrative documents, publications and manuscripts by Dr. Kennedy, conference proceedings, Dr. Kennedy's personal files, research, images, photographs, and films.


Materials are kept in approximately original physical order, but are arranged intellectually by series in this finding aid.

Source of acquisition

Materials in this collection were deposited in the University Archives by the Kennedy family in 2004 and 2010.

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Byrl James B.J. Kennedy Papers, 1941-2003
Jenny Filipi
April 2012
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Finding aid written in English

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