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Title: Mitchell I. Rubin papers

Collection #: Mss 1015

Dates: 1890-1996, (bulk 1968-1989)

Size: .25 linear ft.

Biographical Note: Trained at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston native Dr. Mitchell I. Rubin (1902-1990) spent over 60 years as a pediatrician. He completed residencies at hospitals across the country, served on the faculty at several universities, including Johns Hopkins and University of Buffalo (SUNY), where he was chairman of the Department of Pediatrics, and served as pediatrician-in-chief at Buffalo Children's Hospital. Dr. Rubin returned to Charleston in 1972 and established MUSC's Pediatric Nephrology Department. He published medical articles in professional journals and co-wrote the textbook Pediatric Nephrology (1975). MUSC established The Mitchell I. Rubin Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions for the Advancement of Medical Science in the Field of Child Health Care in Rubin's memory.

Dr. Rubin married (1934) Maizie-Louise Cohen and had children Henry Park Rubin (1943), a prominent violinist, and Eve Rubin Sher (1945-).

Scope and Content Note:

Includes correspondence, speeches, photographs, photocopies, clippings, ephemera, pamphlets, certificates.

Material related to career and professional accomplishments of Dr. Mitchell I. Rubin: drafts of speeches (1970s-1980s) to medical groups and at awards ceremonies; typescripts (1970s-1980s) regarding medical career of Oliver Wendell Holmes and life of Peter Mark Roget; tributes (1983) written to Dr. Rubin at Buffalo Children's Hospital; certificates and award ephemera (1972-1992); correspondence and ephemera regarding MUSC Doctor of Humane Letters degree (1975).

Programs (1982-1989) from lectures and awards named for Dr. Rubin including MUSC's Mitchell I. Rubin Award; clippings (1962-1990) of medical career and achievements; personal papers (1947-1990) include verification of birth document, correspondence (photocopy) from Robert F. Kennedy regarding civil rights legislation; obituary, eulogy and MUSC memorial. Rubin family papers (1950s-1990s) contain photographs of family members, genealogy notes and chart; miscellaneous papers including Maizie-Louise Rubin editorial on opera, and ephemera related to Henry Park Rubin's career as a violinist.


Mss 1015

Mitchell I. Rubin papers, 1890-1996, (bulk 1968-1989)



Box /Folder



I. Dr. Mitchell I. Rubin Papers


A. Personal papers (1947-1990): verification of birth; letter (photocopy) from Robert F. Kennedy re. Civil rights legislation; curriculum vitae; eulogy, obituary and MUSC Memorial Resolution.


B. Speeches and drafts of scholarly papers (1970-89): addresses to medical schools and awards ceremonies; papers on Oliver W. Holmes and Peter Mark Roget.


C. Tributes to Dr. Rubin (1983): speeches made when Dr. Rubin left Buffalo (NY) Children’s Hospital; includes career highlights.


D. Awards (1972-1992): certificates and ephemera


E. Honorary Degree-MUSC (1975): correspondence, and ephemera re. MUSC Doctor of Humane Letters degree.


F. Dr. Mitchell I. Rubin Lectures and Awards (1982-1989): ephemera


G. Clippings (1962-1990): photocopies and some originals; medical career and achievements.




II. Rubin Family Papers


A. Photographs (1950s-1990s): head shots of Dr. Mitchell Rubin (1950), Isadore Rubin (1955), Henry Rubin (1965) and Rebekah M. Zincavage (1996), daughter of Eve Rubin Sher; Dr. Rubin with Rubin Award recipients (1989); Henry Rubin family (1999)


B. Genealogical material (1997-1998); contains genealogy, e-mail correspondence.


C. Misc. Family Papers (1977-1995): editorial by Maizie-Louise Rubin re: opera; 50th Anniversary certificate awarded to Dr. and Mrs. Rubin; ephemera re: violin career of Henry Park Rubin; Eve Rubin Sher résumé.