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Edward Loughborough Keyes, Jr. Papers 2

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS297

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

The Edward Loughborough Keyes, Jr. Papers: Part 2 document the career and activities of Edward Loughborough Keyes, Jr. Of interest is correspondence dated 1939 to Keyes about his book entitled "A Sea Change and Other Things." Also of note is a testimonial book honoring Keyes for his service to the American Social Hygiene Association. The testimonial is signed by many individuals, including John J. Pershing and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. The collection also contains a number of medals won by Keyes, some from his time at Georgetown University and others from his service in the U.S. Army in World War I. There are several religious medals, too. A letter (photocopy) from Pershing to Keyes praising the doctor is present. Moreover, Keyes' World War I uniform jacket is also preserved in this collection. The documents in the collection date from 1880 to 2001, and the collection is stored in four archival boxes (2.75 linear feet).

The Edward Loughborough Keyes, Jr. Papers: Part 2 supplement the Edward Loughborough Keyes, Jr. Papers [Part 1] which are preserved in the Georgetown University Library Special Collections Division. Taken together, these collections provide valuable insights into the life of Edward Loughborough Keyes, Jr.


  • 1880 - 2001
  • Majority of material found within 1921 - 1949

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Biographical note

Edward Loughborough Keyes, Jr. (1873-1949), noted urologist, was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey on May 15, 1873. He was the son of distinguished surgeon Edward Lawrence Keyes (1843-1924) [Edward L. Keyes, Sr.] and Sarah M. (Loughborough) Keyes and the grandson of Civil War officer Erasmus D. Keyes (1810-1895).

Edward L. Keyes, Jr. earned an A.B. degree from Georgetown University in 1892. Three years later, in 1895, he received an M.D. from Columbia University. Later, in 1901, he obtained a Ph.D. from Georgetown. On November 17, 1898, Edward L. Keyes, Jr. married Emma Willard Scudder (d. 1944). The couple had four children: Edward Lawrence Keyes [Edward L. Keyes, III], Emma Willard Keyes, Elizabeth Hewlett Keyes, and Alexander Loughborough Keyes. Keyes held a variety of important medical posts during his career, including the following: lecturer on urology at Georgetown University (1902-1906), lecturer on surgery at Cornell Medical School (1904-1910), surgeon at St. Vincent's Hospital (1905-1920), urologist at Bellevue Hospital (1910-1920), surgeon at General Memorial Hospital (1914-1917), and urologist at New York Hospital (1932-1937). He retired from medicine in 1939.

In addition to his fine civilian career, Keyes served with distinction in the United States Army during World War I. A major in the Medical Reserve Corps in 1917, he rose to the rank of colonel in the Medical Corps in 1918. In France, Keyes directed Base Hospital No. 1 and served as a consultant in urology in the American Expeditionary Forces. Keyes authored "Genito-Urinary Diseases" (1903, 1910), "Urology" (1917), and "A Sea Change" (1939), to name a few of his writings. He was active among a host of medical professional organizations, including the American Urological Association, of which he was president in 1915, and the American Social Hygiene Association, of which he was president from 1923 to 1925. Edward L. Keyes, Jr. died on March 16, 1949.

[Sources: "Who Was Who in America." Vol. 2 (Chicago: Marquis, 1950), p. 297. "Who's Who in America." Vol. 12 (Chicago: Marquis, 1922-23), p. 1775. Edward L. Keyes, Jr. Papers [Part 1] (Biographical Material about Edward L. Keyes, Jr.).]


2.75 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

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Edward Loughborough Keyes, Jr. Papers 2
Scott S. Taylor. Georgetown University Library Booth Family Center for Special Collections
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Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository