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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Résumé

Manuscripts

Patents

Awards and Notices

Conferences

Optometric Delegations

Print Items

Correspondence

Scrapbooks

Photographs

Audio Recordings

Video Recordings

Miscellaneous

University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Dr. Irvin M. Borish Papers, 1939-1996



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Borish, Irvin M.
Title: Dr. Irvin M. Borish Papers
Dates: 1939-1996
Abstract: In 1982 Dr. Irvin Borish assumed the Benedict Professorship of Optometric Practice at the University of Houston. The University of Houston College of Optometry established the Irvin M. Borish Chair in Optometric Practice in 1987. This endowed chair carries more than one million dollars of support. The papers of Dr. Irvin Borish contain manuscripts, patents, awards and notices, conference proceedings, print items, correspondence, photographs, as well as audio and video recordings.
Identification: 1997-001
Quantity: 9 Boxes; 5 Linear Feet
Repository: Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Biographical Note

Irvin M. Borish was born on January 21, 1913 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son a Lithuanian Jewish immigrants. His father later contracted tuberculosis, forcing the family to move to Liberty, New York, where Borish graduated from Liberty High School. He returned to Philadelphia in 1930 to pursue studies in English literature at Temple University. In 1932 he enrolled in the Northern Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago.

Dr. Borish graduated from Northern Illinois College of Optometry in 1935 and achieved the best academic record in the institution's history. During the same year, the Northern Illinois College of Optometry also appointed him to the position of Instructor on the school's faculty as well as Chief of Staff for the college's Eye Clinic. By 1942, Dr. Borish held the position of Assistant Dean.

In 1944 Borish moved to Kokomo, Indiana where he started a successful private optometric practice. A heart attack in 1973 forced him to retire from private practice. After recovering, he assumed a full-time faculty position at Indiana University's Optometry School. Between the 1944 and 1973 he actively pursued many endeavors. In 1948 the first of numerous editions of Clinical Refraction, still a standard for optometry students, was published. While in private practice, Borish lobbied for the establishment of an optometry school in Bloomington, Indiana, wrote nearly one hundred articles, delivered numerous lectures, served as a visiting professor to at least nine optometry schools, and patented hard toric and bifocal contact lenses. He also contributed to the by-laws establishing the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, coauthored the original manual of Accreditation used by the Council on Education and Accreditation in Optometry, as well as working on the by-laws of the Contact Lens Manufacturers Association which sets standards for the safe manufacture of contact lenses.

Dr. Borish retired from Indiana University in 1982, at which time he assumed the Benedict Professorship of Optometric Practice at the University of Houston. Since his arrival at the University of Houston, the University of Houston College of Optometry has established the Irvin M. Borish Chair in Optometric Practice (1987), an endowed chair with more than one million dollars of support. In 1995, Indiana University honored him by establishing the Borish Center for Ophthalmic Research.

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Scope and Contents

The papers of Dr. Irvin Borish contain manuscripts, patents, awards and notices, conference proceedings, print items, correspondence, photographs, as well as audio and video recordings. Items in the collection date from 1937 to 1996 with most of the material dating from the late 1970s and 1980s. The majority of the material in the collection contains articles and other manuscript items written by Borish. However, the collection also contains numerous photographs, most of which are not labeled. Patent information and letters from prominent optometrists and ophthalmologists regarding Clinical Refraction might also be of interest to the researcher.

The University of Houston College of Optometry displays several of Dr. Borish's awards, honorary degrees, certificates, and other memorabilia (including a painting by him) in the Irvin M. Borish Reading Room located in the Optometry Library.

Dr. Borish's papers are arranged into twelve series: Résumé, Manuscripts, Patents, Awards and Notices, Conferences, Optometric Delegations, Print Items, Correspondence, Scrapbooks, Photographs, Audio Recordings, Video Recordings, and Miscellaneous. Original arrangement has been adhered to where possible. Subject file titles within the various series reflect titles created by Dr. Borish. Material arrangement, other than series arrangement, follows a chronological scheme whenever possible with the exception of the Manuscripts series. Subject files within the Manuscripts series are arranged alphabetically, with items in each subject file chronologically ordered.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use Restrictions

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

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Index Terms

Terms are either Library of Congress Subject Headings or taken from local sources.
Subjects (Persons)
Borish, Irvin M.
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Houston. College of Optometry.
University of Houston
Subjects
University of Houston History
Optometry schools United States
Optometry Study and teaching.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dr. Irvin M. Borish Papers, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Acquisition

Donation from Dr. Borish, 1997

Processed by

Tyler Selle, February 1997

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Detailed Description

 

Résumé

There is one folder in this series, which contains Dr. Borish's 1996 résumé along with a letter to Suzanne Ferimer, Optometry Librarian at the University of Houston College of Optometry's Library.
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1 1 Résumé and Material Accompanying Collection, April 1996

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Manuscripts

This series is the largest in the collection with eighty-seven folders. The materials date from 1939 to 1995. Items within this series vary considerably in content, however, most are articles, chapters, lectures, or notes. Subject files are arranged alphabetically and retain titles used by Dr. Borish.
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1 2 Academy Editorial, March 1992
3 Academy and Professionalism, undated
4 Accommodation and Refractive Error, undated
5 Accreditation and Residents, undated
6 Amos Book Introduction, 1985, undated
7 AOA Long Range Planning Committee, September 1984-January 1985
8 Aphakia Interview Contact World, undated
9 Aphakic Vision, undated
10 ASCO RE Title VII of PHS Act, May 1991
11 Bichrome Tests, 1973-1974, undated
12 Bifocal Contacts, Bennett Book, February 1984-September 1984
13 Bifocal Contacts, Bennett Book, undated
14 Bifocal Contact Lenses AOA Journal, March 1982
15 Blueprint for Success - Opt Management, April 1988
16 The Borish Nearpoint Chart, undated
17 By-Laws and Constitution Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, 1939-1955, undated
18 Commencement Address Pennsylvania, undated
19 Commencement Address Southern California, undated
20 Commencement Address SUNY, undated
21 Comparison Acceptance PAL vs. Bifocal - Hitzeman, May 1983, undated
22 Comparison Fitting 2 Types Gel Lenses, undated
23 Comparison Fitting 2 Types Gel Lenses, undated
24 Corneal Thickness Changes with Toric Soft Lenses with Soni, May 1979, undated
25 Corneal Thickness Changes with Toric Soft Lenses with Soni, undated
26 "Don't Leave a Vacuum," 1991, undated
27 Double Masked Study - Hitzeman/Brookman, October 1980
28 Editorial in "Eye on Education," March 1992
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2 1 Effect of Plus Lenses on Childrens Reading Ability - with Jim Koetting, May 1988
2 Effect of Plus Lenses on Childrens Reading Ability - with Jim Koetting, July-September 1988
3 External Clinics Adjunct Assignment, undated
4 Fitting Contact Lens Bifocals, undated
5 Fitting Contact Lens Bifocals, undated
6 Fitting Contact Lens Bifocals, undated
7 I.B.B. Speech, 1941
8 Icling Lens, October 1962
9 Icling Lens, 1966-1968
10 Icling Lens, undated
11 Icling Lens, undated
12 Keratoconus (Contact Lens Forum), undated
13 Keynote Speech IOOL, 1990
14 "Learning from the Past," 1990
15 Liposition Finished Manuscript, March 1987, undated
16 Manual of Accreditation, 1941
17 Max Schapero Lecture, December 1987
18 Max Schapero Lecture, December 1987-March 1988
19 Milestones in Optics, March 1991
20 Monocular Case Differential Analysis, undated
21 Morgan Memorial Lecture, April 1988-1990
22 Notes on Refraction Management, undated
23 Observations of Bifocal Contact Lenses - Perrigin, undated
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3 1 Observation Operation Contact Lens Bifocals, August 1985, undated
2 Old Case Analysis Paper, March-September 1945
3 Ophthalmology and Optometry, undated
4 Optometry in Foreign Countries, undated
5 Optometry's Premise Legal Panel in New Orleans, December 1971-February 1972
6 Pennsylvania Externship, undated
7 Perspective on Worldwide Optometry, undated
8 Perceptual Problems in Aphakia, 1981-1983
9 Perceptual Problems in Aphakia - Diagrams, undated
10 Physiology of Ageing and Its Influence Contact Lens Prescription with Benjamin, November 1990-October 1991
11 Policoff Tribute, December 1976, undated
12 Position of Contact Lenses in the Eye, undated
13 Positioning of Contact Lenses in the Eye, undated
14 Presbyopia and Contact Lenses, undated
15 Problems in Progressive Lens Placement (Brooks), undated
16 Progressive Lenses vs. Other Forms Bifocals, December 1984-November 1989
17 Pupil Dependency - Bifocal Contact Lenses, undated
18 Referral Relationships Article, undated
19 Reflections on Practice Today Optometry Management, April-November 1987
20 Reflections on Practice Today Optometry Management, 1988, undated
21 Refraction Lecture for Japan, undated
22 Relation of Visual Science to Refractive Procedures, undated
23 Relative Movement of Lower Lid with Dr. Perrigin, undated
24 Report on Central and Peripheral Corneal Thickness with Soni, May 1979
25 Review of Ball's Article, September 1992
26 Review of NIH Allen Grant, 1982-1988, undated
27 Rigid Bifocal C.L. with Leach, 1986
28 Satire on OEP, March 1950
29 Spectacles as a part of Optometry Forum at Academy 1995, May 1995
30 St. Louis Talk on Contact Lenses, undated
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4 1 Student Procurement, 1954
2 Subjective Chapter - Miller, 1990-1991, undated
3 Summary Speech Tucson Planning Conference, January 1975, undated
4 Summary Speech Tucson Planning Conference, undated
5 Survey of Well-Known Systems of Fitting Small Lenses, undated
6 Survey on C.L. Presbyopia with W.B. Baldwin, undated
7 Talk to Corning on Contacts, undated
8 Textbook Contact Lens Practice with Benjamin, December 1988-September 1990

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Patents

There are five folders in this series which contain material from 1960 to 1989. Items in this series include copies of original patent registration forms (both illustrations and written descriptions). A series of black and white photographs located in the Photographs series (Box 9, Folders 14-21), although unidentified, likely relate to the items patented.
box folder
4 9 Stock Agreements, December 1960
10 Number 3,238,676 - Method for Altering the Power of a Corneal Contact Lens, March 1966
11 Number 3,360,889 - Method for Altering the Power of a Corneal Contact Lens, January 1968
12 Number 3,430,391 - Apparatus for Altering the Power of a Corneal Contact Lens, March 1969
13 Indiana Contact Lens Balance Sheets, August 1988-March 1989

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Awards and Notices

There are twenty-one folders in this series with items dating from 1944 to 1996. Subject files include assorted Awards and Notices, Certificates, Educational and Licence Certificates, and Honorary Degrees. The Irvin M. Borish Reading Room in the University of Houston's Optometry Library also displays several of Dr. Borish's awards and achievements.
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4 14 Awards and Notices, 1966-1967
15 Awards and Notices, 1968
16 Awards and Notices, 1973-1977
17 Awards and Notices, 1982-1983
18 Awards and Notices, 1985-1987
19 Awards and Notices, 1988-1989
20 Awards and Notices, 1991-1996
21 Awards and Notices, undated
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5 1 Photos, 1968-1990, undated
2 Certificates, 1963-1979
3 Certificates, 1980-1988, undated
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10 1 Certificates (Oversize), 1944-1987
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5 4 Certificates and Letters - Indiana, Houston, Other, 1970-1987, undated
5 Membership Certificates, 1979-1985, undated
6 Educational and Licence Certificates, 1956-1995
7 Honorary Degrees, 1968
8 Honorary Degrees, 1975
9 Honorary Degrees, 1983
10 Honorary Degrees, 1984
11 Honorary Degrees, undated
12 Awards and Notices, April 1990
13 Awards and Notices, May 1990

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Conferences

The five folders in this series contain items dating from 1966 to 1992. Programs from various conferences are included in this series.
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6 1 Programs, 1966-1968
2 Programs, 1972-1978
3 Programs, 1980-1985
4 Programs, 1986-1988
5 Programs, 1990-1992, undated

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Optometric Delegations

The nine folders in this series hold material from two international optometric delegations headed by Dr. Borish. The two subject files, India and China, represent items associated from these delegations from 1985 through 1988.
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6 6 India - Journal, March-April 1987
7 India (India Elite School - Dr. Badranath), 1987
8 India (India Elite School - Dr. Badranath), March-September 1987
9 India - List, October 1987
10 India - Correspondence, Jun. 1987-May 1988
11 China - Ophthalmologist List, October 1985-January 1988
12 China - Project History, undated
13 China - Material Included with Project History, January 1986-October 1988
14 China - Material Included with Project History, 1986

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Print Items

There are twelve folders in this series with material dating from 1937 to 1996. Items in this series contain various print items, newspaper clippings, and different optometric journals. The majority of articles were either authored by Dr. Borish or written about him.
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7 1 Print Items, 1937
2 Print Items, 1955-1978
3 Print Items, 1980-1985
4 Print Items, 1986-1989
5 Print Items, 1990-1996
6 Print Items, undated
7 Newspaper Clippings, 1963-1978
8 Newspaper Clippings, 1980-1987, undated
9 Journals, 1982-1983
10 Journals, 1987-1989
11 Journals, 1991-1996
12 Journals, undated

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Correspondence

The thirty-three folders in this series contain correspondence dating from 1946 to 1994. Subject files include letters received concerning Clinical Refraction, general correspondence, as well as more personal correspondence (retirement and sympathy cards regarding Dr. Borish's heart attack). The Letters of Recommendation subject file comprises of the largest subject file in the series.
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7 13 Clinical Refraction, 1946-1949
14 Clinical Refraction, 1954-1955
15 Clinical Refraction, 1962-1980
16 General 1973-1980
17 General 1981-1984
18 General, 1986-1989
19 General, 1990-1996
20 General, undated
21 Retirement, 1983, undated
Letters of Recommendation
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7 22 Dr. William Baldwin, August 1984
23 Dr. Richard Ball, March 1993
24 Dr. Caroline Begley, September 1991
25 Dr. Al Bucar, January 1994
26 Dr. Lena Chu, September 1986
27 Dr. Glenn Fry, July 1987
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8 1 Dr. Henry Hofstetter, January 1991
2 Dr. Richard Hopping, April 1988
3 Dr. Patricia Keach, August 1985
4 Dr. David Loshin, October 1991
5 Dr. Gerald Lowther, February 1988
6 Dr. Morris C. McKee, January 1985
7 Dr. Raymond I. Myers, March 1987
8 Dr. Donald Pitts, May 1986
9 Dr. Kenneth Poise, December 1991
10 Dr. Maurice Poster, July 1985
11 Dr. Lewis Scott, December 1981
12 Dr. P. Sarita Soni, Aug. 1991
13 Dr. B. Leonard Werner, July 1988
14 Dr. Melvin Wolfberg, May 1989
15 Dr. Dennis Yamamoto, July 1988
16 Cards Regarding Heart Attack, 1971-1985
17 Cards Regarding Heart Attack, undated
18 Cards Regarding Heart Attack, undated

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Scrapbooks

There are five folders in this series. Materials, dating from 1954 to 1989, focus on three areas: Presentation for Distinguished Professorship at Indiana University, the University of Houston's Borish Chair in Optometry, and a photo album containing pictures from an optometric conference in Japan. The scrapbooks remain intact to preserve their original organization while items placed in them loosely have been removed and labeled accordingly.
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8 19 Presentation for Distinguished Professorship at Indiana University, 1980
20 Material Contained in Presentation for Distinguished Professorship at Indiana University, 1954-1980, undated
21 UH Borish Chair in Optometry, 1987
22 Material Contained in UH Borish Chair in Optometry, 1987-1989, undated
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10 2 Japan - Conference (Oversize), undated

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Photographs

There are fifty-three photographs in this series, with items dating from 1951 to 1996. The majority of the photos are neither identified nor dated.
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9 1-53 Photos, 1951-1996, undated

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Audio Recordings

This series contains four cassette tapes made between 1974 and 1993.
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11 1 COIT 2nd Session NOCW, January 1974
2 COIT 2nd Session NOCW, January 1974
3 Evolution of Progressive Addition Lens Design, October 1993
4 NCAA Title - Irv Borish - Hall of Fame Tapes, undated

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Video Recordings

This series contains eight VHS tapes recorded between August 1984 and January 1990. Three of the tapes contain interview footage of noted optometrists, including Dr. Borish, produced by the American Optometric Association (AOA).
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11 5 "Bayshore Lens," August 1984
6 "Two Hour Tour of China - People to People," October 1985
7 AOA Interviews: Koetting, Stewart, Goodlaw, Baily, Borish, September 1989
8 AOA Interviews: Wechsler, Borish, Grosvenor, Hill, Baily, December 1989
9 AOA Interviews: Wolfberg, Borish "Living History of Contact Lenses," January 1990
10 3rd Symposium International de la Presbytie, undated
11 "Auto Refractometer," undated
12 "Electronic Refractor," undated

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Miscellaneous

There are two folders in this series. The items are not dated and consist mostly of sketches of Dr. Borish drawn by students.
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9 54 Sketches by Students, undated
55 Miscellaneous, undated

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