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

By Ed Gerritsen, June 2010

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Collection Overview

Title: Ralph Blocksma Collection, 1933-2003

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

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