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Henry Alsop Riley papers, 1908-1963 (bulk 1928-1962) 

Creator: 
Riley, Henry Alsop, 1887-1966.
Phys. Desc: 
1.25 cubic feet (3 boxes, 1 flat box, 3 oversize items)
Location: 
Health Sciences Library
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Biographical Note

Neurologist. M.D., College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S), Columbia University, 1912. Professor of neurology at P&S and attending neurologist at the Neurological Institute of New York. Riley was one of the founders of the International Neurological Congress. He was Secretary General of the first Congress, held in Bern, Switzerland, in 1931, and was a Vice-President of subsequent Congresses into the 1960s. For additional information, see finding aid.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, reports, printed material, diplomas, certificates, artifacts, and photographs documenting the professional career of neurologist Henry Alsop Riley. There is considerable material relating to the Neurological Institute of New York, especially regarding the controversy surrounding the resignation of Tracy Putnam as Director (1947). There are also records documenting Riley's role in organizing the first International Neurological Congress, held in Bern in 1931. As General Secretary of the Congress, Riley was deeply involved in its organization and received letters from dozens of prominent neurologists, including Bernard Brouwer, Constantin von Economo, Otfrid Foerster, Georges Guillain, Otto Marburg, Ivan Pavlov, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Sir Charles Sherrington, Ludo van Bogaert, and Theodore Ziehen. Also included is a reminiscence by Riley (1960) of his role in the Congress. For additional information, see finding aid.