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John F. Burnum papers

Identifier: MSS-3684

Scope and Contents

The collection includes (in five boxes; temp location 75-046 Boxes 1-2; temp location 75-047 Boxes 3-5): - multiple reprints of Dr. Burnum's published articles (we kept 3 copies of each article and the rest will be returned to Mrs. Burnum per her request) - drafts of the articles - research for the articles - newspaper and journal articles that interested Dr. Burnum - correspondence relating to published articles - photographs of colleagues and groups - certificates of achievement - tax information


  • after 1930


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Due to the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access to certain materials may require additional advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are responsible for using the materials in conformance with United States copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any copyright claimants in collection materials. Copyright for official University records is held by The University of Alabama. The library claims only physical ownership of many manuscript collections. Anyone wishing to broadcast or publish this material must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of literary property rights or copyrights. Please contact Special Collections ( with questions regarding specific manuscript collections. For more information about copyright policy, please visit: Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal implications, for which the University of Alabama assumes no responsibility.

Biographical / Historical

John F. Burnum was born 26 September 1923, son of Paul F. and Susie M. Burnum, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He served in the US Army from 29 June 1943 to 14 July 1945, and fought at the Battle of the Bulge in the European theater. After receiving his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in the 1950s, he returned to his hometown to start an internal medicine practice.

Renowned for his bedside manner, Dr. Burnum received the American College of Physicians' Ralph O. Claypoole Sr. Memorial Award in 1992 for devotion of a career in internal medicine to the care of patients. He also received the Alabama chapter's Laureate Award in 1992, as well as several other recognitions throughout his career.

Dr. Burnum spent 45 years in private practice. Following his retirement in 1999, he became a full-time faculty member at the University of Alabama's College of Community Health Sciences, which he helped establish more than 30 years ago. He continued to work until a few weeks before his death.

Dr. Burnum died peacefully in his sleep on 5 August 2005, in Tuscaloosa.


5 Linear Feet

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Collection of published articles, including correspondence relating to, drafts of, and research for the articles, as well as newspaper and journal articles that interested Dr. Burnum, photographs of colleagues and groups, certificates of achievement, and tax information.


Gift of Mrs. John F. Burnum (Celeste), August 2009
Guide to the John F. Burnum Papers
September 2012
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266