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Dr. Melvin E. Jenkins papers

Call Number: RH MS 1285


The Dr. Melvin E. Jenkins papers are those of a long time pediatrician and educator.


  • Creation: 1925 - 2010


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Melvin E. Jenkins

Dr. Melvin E. Jenkins (b. 1922) was a pediatrician as well as professor. He graduated from Sumner High School as Valedictorian in 1940 and received both his B.A. and M.D. from the University of Kansas (1944, 1946). He worked for the Howard University Hospital, an Air Force Hospital at Nagoya, Japan, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and the University of Nebraska School of Medicine before settling at Howard again for the remainder of his career. While at Howard, Jenkins acted as professor and chair of their Department of Pediatrics and Child Health. He retired from Howard in 1986. Jenkins also was involved in a number of organizations including the American Pediatrics Examiners (where he was an examiner and on the board of directors), the National Medical Association's pediatric section, and the Washington, DC chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics; he was on the executive committees of the latter two organizations. His research specialty was in Sickle Cell disease. Jenkins was the first African American Pediatric Endocrinologist in the world and established the first Pediatric Endocrine Clinics at Howard. An endowed lectureship was founded at Howard in 1996 in his name.

Jenkins was born on June 24, 1923 to Melvin E. Sr. and Marguerite Jenkins. He married Elizabeth, a nurse, in 1949. The union produced four children, Janis, Carol, Lore, and Ingrid, before Elizabeth passed away in 1974. Jenkins later wed Maria P. Beckles in 1975. Beckles is an economist whose publications include the 1991 Child Health in the Inner-City IV.


2.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes + 2 oversize boxes)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The Papers of Melvin E. Jenkins date from 1925 to 2010 and are arranged in two series: Career Papers and Personal Papers. Career Papers include such items as career awards, correspondence, publications, and programs. Personal Papers include correspondence, family information, clippings, and educational papers. Folder arrangement within each series is alphabetical.

Photographs from the collection are located at RH MS-P 1285. They are arranged alphabetically. Oversize photographic materials are located at RH MS-P 1285(f). Oversized materials are located at RH MS Q367.

Series List

The Papers of Melvin E. Jenkins date from 1925 to 2010 and are arranged in two series: Career Papers and Personal Papers.

Physical Location

RH MS 1285

Physical Location

RH MS Q367

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1285

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1285(f)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Melvin E. Jenkins, 1989, 2011.

Guide to the Melvin E. Jenkins Collection
Dr. Melvin E. Jenkins papers
Finding aid prepared by mbw, 2008; Finding aid encoded by mbw, 2008; sda, 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Melvin E. Jenkins Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 1285, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States