Log In | Contact Us| View Cart (0)
Browse: Collections Digital Content Subjects Creators Record Groups

Ralph Blocksma Collection

Overview

Abstract

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Biographical information

Publications

Miscellaneous

Photographs



Contact us about this collection

Ralph Blocksma Collection, 1933-2003 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

By Ed Gerritsen, June 2010

Printer-friendly Printer-friendly | Email Us Contact Us About This Collection

Collection Overview

Title: Ralph Blocksma Collection, 1933-2003Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/507

Primary Creator: Blocksma, Ralph

Extent: 1.75 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Date Acquired: 00/00/2009

Abstract

Plastic and reconstructive surgeon (specialized in repairs for cleft lips and palates, decubitus ulcers, and burns), and served as a medical missionary. The collection includes biographical materials; diaries; writings; diplomas; awards; publications; speeches; lectures; correspondence; newspaper clippings; "Letters from Pakistan"; photographs (photographic images of surgical procedures are restricted); and materials from his leadership in the Christian Medical Society, Medical Assistance Program (MAP), Board of Affordable Medicines in Africa (AMFA); Oral Cleft Clinic; plus other medical and plastic surgery associations and societies.

Biographical Note

(1914 - 2001)

Ralph Blocksma was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1914. He was a student at Calvin College and graduated with his BA in 1936. He later went on to become a doctor and served on many medical societies and boards and became a medical missionary. Ralph spent a great deal of time and money to develop plastic surgery in third-world countries. He was married to Ruth Naomi Enss in 1940.  Ralph served as a captain in the US Army from 1942-1945. He was a plastic surgeon in the Army and worked in evacuation hospitals in England, France, and Germany. In 1949 he had a career in international medicine. Ralph Blocksma lived in Grand Rapids but died in Jacksonville, Florida. He was eighty-seven years old when he died in 2001.

Administrative Information

Repository: Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 4 Boxes

Acquisition Source: Ruth Blocksma, 2009


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biographical information],
[Series 2: Publications],
[Series 3: Miscellaneous],
[Series 4: Photographs],
[All]

Series 1: Biographical informationAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Blocksma family genealogy --- [1967?]Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Curriculum Vitae --- 1942 and 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "Essays on Being Little in the 1920s" --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Autobiography --- 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Military service documents --- 1942-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Surgery record during military service --- 1944-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 7: World War II diary --- 1944-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Reminiscences of service during World War II --- 1945-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Record of surgeries performed in Pakistan --- 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Copies of diplomas and awards --- 1941-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Awards --- 1977-2000Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Oral Cleft Clinic, surgery results and related materials --- 1972-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Log of Caribbean - Mexican travels --- 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Letter to his mother on her 103rd birthday --- 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 15: State of Michigan Senate Concurrent Resolution Honoring Ralph Blocksma, MD --- 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 16: List of scientific publications and lectures --- [1992?]Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Obituaries, funeral service programs, and death certificate --- 2001Add to your cart.
Series 2: PublicationsAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1-2: "Letters from Pakistan: A Post-Partition Medical Saga," Volume 1 and 2 --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Letters from Pakistan: A Post-Partition Medical Saga --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 4-5: Scientific papers --- 1949-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "Cosmetic Surgery and the Whole Man" --- 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 7: "All in a Life's Work: Odyssey of a Plastic Surgeon" --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Articles re: silicone research --- 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Articles re: medical service --- 1951-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Material re: Bougainvillea Clinic for Plastic Surgery --- 1977-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Material re: early mission work with the financial assistance of the Henry Beets Mission Society --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 12Add to your cart.
Item 1: "Historical and Philosophical Concepts of Plastic Surgery" --- 1984Add to your cart.
Item 2: "Reflections on Medical Practice Abroad" --- 1984Add to your cart.
Item 3: "Ferris N. Smith: The Man and His Art" --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Item 4: "Conceptual Changes in Teaching Plastic Surgery" --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 13: "Highway Bloodshed, Big Business and Bombast" --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Speeches given at International Conference on Medical Missions --- 1960 and 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Speeches --- 1975-1990Add to your cart.
Series 3: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Historical summary of Grand Rapids residency program in plastic surgery --- [1981?]Add to your cart.
Folder 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Correspondence re: British Virgin Islands Workshop in Plastic Surgery --- 1992-1996Add to your cart.
Item 2: Photograph of Blocksma --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Correspondence with Denis Burkitt and related materials --- 1977-1994Add to your cart.
Item 2: Photographs Burkitt and Blocksma --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence --- 1940-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence with Florentine Van Tiem re: St. Lucia Projects --- 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Letters from patients --- 1993 and [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Article written by a patient --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Patient storiesAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: "Orbital Floor Reconstruction Following Blunt Facial Trauma: A Twenty-Year Experience" --- 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Materials re: Affordable Medicines for Africa: Practical Witness to Christ's Love --- 1970-2003Add to your cart.
Folder 11Add to your cart.
Item 1: "Survey Report: Sudan Interior Mission Medical Installations Nigeria, West Africa," with photographs --- 1974Add to your cart.
Item 2: Photo of Liberian President William R. Tolbert (massacred shortly after photo taken) --- 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Taiwan Trauma Symposium, with photographs of Blocksma and M. Samuel Noordhof --- 1984 and 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Photograph of the Board of Directors of the Van Andel Institute --- 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 14Add to your cart.
Item 1: "Ralph Blocksma Endowed Lectureship Donor Listing" --- 1991Add to your cart.
Item 2: Photograph of C. Everett Koop --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Publications re: visit to the San Blas Islands --- 1958-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Tribute to Ferris N. Smith --- 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Ralph Blocksma Award Recipients by MAP International --- 1978-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Photographs of Blocksma --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Sculptures done by RB? --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 20: "The Collected Poetry, Prose, Essays, Epistles and Pure Piffle: From the Lifetime Practice of a Plastic Surgeon" --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Newspaper clippings --- 1959-1992Add to your cart.
Series 4: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Correspondence re: British Virgin Islands Workshop in Plastic Surgery --- 1992-1996Add to your cart.
Item 2: photograph of Blocksma --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Correspondence with Denis Burkitt and related materials --- 1977-1994Add to your cart.
Item 2: photographs Burkitt and Blocksma --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 11: "Survey Report: Sudan Interior Mission Medical Installations Nigeria, West Africa"Add to your cart.
Item 1: photographs --- 1974Add to your cart.
Item 2: photo of Liberian President William R. Tolbert (massacred shortly after photo taken) --- 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Taiwan Trauma Symposium, with photographs of Blocksma and M. Samuel Noordhof --- 1984 and 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Photograph of the Board of Directors of the Van Andel Institute --- 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 14Add to your cart.
Item 1: “Ralph Blocksma Endowed Lectureship Donor Listing" --- 1991Add to your cart.
Item 2: photograph of C. Everett Koop --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Photographs of Ralph Blocksma --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1-5: RESTRICTED: Photographic images of surgical procedures; available to medical personnel and others by special permission --- [undated]Add to your cart.
Access Restriction: RESTRICTED

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Biographical information],
[Series 2: Publications],
[Series 3: Miscellaneous],
[Series 4: Photographs],
[All]


Page Generated in: 0.109 seconds (using 271 queries).
Using 3.7MB of memory. (Peak of 4.4MB.)

Powered by Archon Version 3.21 rev-3
Copyright ©2017 The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign