Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library, John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center

Marvin A. Kastenbaum, Ph.D. papers; 1950-1997; MS 093



Creator: Kastenbaum, Marvin A.
Title: Marvin A. Kastenbaum, Ph.D. papers
Dates: 1950-1997
Abstract: The Marvin A. Kastenbaum, PhD, papers, MS 93, 1950-1997, contain materials related to the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC), including audio-visual materials, photographs, artifacts, personal cards, clippings, and statistical analyses compilied by the ABCC. Kastenbaum worked for 17 months as a statistician with the ABCC. Kastenbaum's first contribution to the archive in March 1994 was a set of photographs of ABCC employees. Later, he made additional donations of artifacts, audio-visual materials and more photographs. While in Japan, Dr. Kastenbaum had occasion to review much of the medical data which had been collected by the commission between 1947 and 1954. During his 17-month affiliation with the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission, Kastenbaum recorded some of his experiences on film. He donated three reels of 8 mm film to the archive in 1995. This film is a unique visual history. He filmed ABCC events in Japan, highlights from festivals, and scenes of daily life. Approximately one-third of the footage is devoted to ABCC personnel, activities and sites. The latter part of the film includes scenes of Hong Kong, Bangkok, India, Pakistan, Israel and Greece that Dr. Kastenbaum filmed after leaving Tokyo, Japan in May 1954. The collection is 1.75 cubic feet (3 boxes).
Identification: MS 093
Quantity: 1.75 cubic feet (3 boxes).
Location: Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.
Language: English
Repository: John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library

Biographical Notes

Marvin Aaron Kastenbaum was born in New York City on January 16, 1926. During World War II, he served with the 124th Cavalry Regiment and later the 613th Field Artillery Battalion. Kastenbaum was stationed in Burma, and the units he was stationed with participated in the reopening the Burma Road, a vital supply route from Burma to China.

After the war, Kastenbaum returned to his studies and graduated from the City College of New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics in 1948. He received his Master's degree in statistics from North Carolina State College in 1950 and his PhD from the same institution in 1956.

In January 1953, during a hiatus from his studies, Kastenbaum took a post as statistician in the Biostatistics Department of the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission in Hiroshima, Japan. While with ABCC he had occasion to review much of the medical data which had been collected by the commission between 1947 and 1954. He and Dr. William C. Moloney wrote a study of A-bomb radiation on humans. Upon completion of the final report, Marvin A. Kastenbaum decided he would make a career of medical statistics. In September of 1954 he returned to Chapel Hill to complete the requirements for his doctorate in statistics at the University of North Carolina. While there Marvin A. Kastenbaum worked as a statistician for the University's Department of Public Health.


Scope and Content Note

The Marvin A. Kastenbaum, PhD, papers, MS 93, 1950-1997, contains materials related to the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC), including audio-visual materials, photographs, artifacts, personal cards, clippings, and statistical analyses compilied by the ABCC. Kastenbaum worked for 17 months as a statistician with the ABCC.

Kastenbaum's first contribution to the archive in March 1994 was a set of photographs of ABCC employees. Later, he made additional donations of artifacts, audio-visual materials and more photographs.

Kastenbaum was born in New York City on January 16, 1926. During World War II, he served with the the 124th Cavalry Regiment and later in the 613th Field Artillery Battalion. Kastenbaum was stationed in Burma, and the units he was stationed with participated in the reopening the Burma Road, a vital supply route from Burma to China.

After the war, Kastenbaum returned to his studies and graduated from the City College of New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics in 1948. He received his Master's degree in statistics from North Carolina State College in 1950 and his PhD from the same institution in 1956.

In January 1953, during a hiatus from his studies, Kastenbaum took a post as statistician in the Biostatistics Department of the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission in Hiroshima, Japan. While with ABCC he had occasion to review much of the medical data which had been collected by the commission between 1947 and 1954. He and Dr. William C. Moloney wrote a study of A-bomb radiation on humans. Upon completion of the final report, Marvin A. Kastenbaum decided he would make a career of medical statistics. In September of 1954 he returned to Chapel Hill to complete the requirements for his doctorate in statistics at the University of North Carolina. While there Marvin A. Kastenbaum worked as a statistician for the University's Department of Public Health.

During his 17-month affiliation with the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission, Kastenbaum recorded some of his experiences on film. He donated three reels of 8 mm film to the archive in 1995. This film is a unique visual history. He filmed ABCC events in Japan, highlights from festivals, and scenes of daily life. Approximately one-third of the footage is devoted to ABCC personnel, activities and sites. The latter part of the film includes scenes of Hong Kong, Bangkok, India, Pakistan, Israel and Greece that Dr. Kastenbaum filmed after leaving Tokyo, Japan in May 1954. The collection is 1.75 cubic feet (3 boxes).

Dr. Kastenbaum's photographs have been rehoused and cataloged as single items and in sets. The bibliographic records and holdings are in machine readable format and can be found in the online catalog of the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library. The finding aids for the photographs are as follows: traditional card files and computerized bibliographic records in the online catalogs. All the photographs are black and white in a variety of sizes.

Some of the material in this collection appears to have been water damaged. This is especially apparent in box 2. Extra care should be taken when handling these materials. Notify an archivist if any of the material appears to be disintegrating.

This collection is 1.75 cubic feet (3 boxes.)


Arrangement of Collection

This collection is arranged into the following series.
Series I. Audiovisual Materials
Series II. Papers, Reprints and Artifacts

Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use restrictions

Copyright restrictions may apply.


Index terms

Kastenbaum, Marvin A.
Moloney, William.
Atomic Bomb Causualty Commission.
ABCC.
Hiroshima, Japan.
Nagasaki, Japan.
Atomic bomb, Japan, Hiroshima-shi.
Atomic bomb, Japan, Nagasaki-shi.
Nuclear Warfare, history, Japan.
Radiation Injuries, history.
Film reel.
DVD.
Photographs.
Artifacts.
Letters.
Statistical Reports.
Newspaper Clippings.
Bound Book.
Program.

Related Materials

Related materials include the assorted Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission (ABCC) collections located at the McGovern Historical Research Center. Consult an archivist for more information.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Marvin A. Kastenbaum Papers; MS 093; John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.

Acquition Information

This collection was donated by Dr. Marvin A. Kastenbaum between 1993 and 1997.

Processing Information

The original finding aid for this collection was created by Margaret Irwin in 1996. The finding aid was updated and put in EAD (XML) format in April 2011. It was revised in March 2017.

Only one of the three reels of 8mm film have been located. Three reels were transferred to video cassette around 1996. Video was later transferred to DVD. The DVD content was transferred to the digital collection drive (DCD).

Accruals

No accruals are expected for this collection.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Audiovisual Materials; 1953-1954

During his 17-month affiliation (January 1953 to May 1954) with the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission Dr. Marvin A. Kastenbaum recorded some of his experiences on film. He donated three reels of 8 mm film to the Harris County Medical Archive in the Fall of 1995. Margaret A. Irwin has transferred the 8 mm film to VHS video cassette. This film is a unique visual history. Recorded are attractions in Japan, highlights from festivals, and scenes of daily life. Approximately one-third of the footage is devoted to ABCC personnel, activities and sites. The latter part of the film includes scenes of Hong Kong, Bangkok, India, Pakistan, Israel and Greece that Dr. Kastenbaum filmed after leaving Tokyo, Japan in May 1954.
Box folder
AVF AVF.MS093.001 8mm film reel. I USA - Hawaii - Wake Island - Japan, 1953-1954.
AVF.MS093.002 8mm film reel. [Missing, see digital video for content] 1953-1954.
AVF.MS093.003 8mm film reel. [Missing, see digital video for content] 1953-1954.
Box folder
AVV 043 AVV.MS093.001 Video. Japan & ABCC 1953-1954 (transfer of 3 reels). Dr. Marvin A. Kastenbaum c.1 HAM-TMCL, (DVD and digital file available) 1953-1954.



Series II: Papers, Reprints and Artifacts; 1950-1997

box folder
2 1 Statistical Analyses of ABCC Studies; 1950-1953.
2 Statistical Analyses of ABCC Studies; 1950-1953.
3 Technical Reports; 1951-1955.
4 Personal Cards, Clippings; 1953-1975.
5 Envelope: Radiation Effects Research Foundation; June 1997.
6 Additional Papers Received 1997 - includes original statistical calculations preformed by Kastenbaum during his research with Dr. William Moloney on the incidence of leukemia among Atomic Bomb Survivors; circa 1953-1954.
7 Photocopies of newspaper articles; 1955-1989.
8 Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission "Pictoral Review;" 1955.
9 Photocopy "Statistical Analyses of ABCC Studies;" 1950-1953.
10 Personal Photographs; 1953-1954.
11 'Scientia International' volume 3, number 9; 1955.
12 Program from the Joint Symposium on the Late Effects of Atomic Bomb Injuries (Held at Tokyo University Medical School); February 5-6, 1954.
13 Kastenbaum Chop (Signature Stamp) in small box; circa 1953-1954.
box folder
3 -- One howri (heavy kimono - kimono styled coat) The term "howri" is a transliteration of the Japanese word possibly kanji: 羽織, hirigana: はおり or romaji: haori; circa 1953-1954.