UT Health Science Center San Antonio

Guide to the Calvin R. Nelson, D.O. Papers

Descriptive Summary and Abstract

Creator Nelson, Calvin R.
Title: Guide to the Calvin R. Nelson Papers
Inclusive dates: 1931-1978
Abstract: Calvin R. Nelson was an Osteopathic Physician practicing in San Antonio, Texas during the 20th century.
Identification: MS15
Extent: 1 box
Language: English
Repository University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, UTHSC Libraries, University Archives, San Antonio, TX 78229-3900

Biographical Note

Calvin R. Nelson was an Osteopathic Physician during the early 20th century. It was during this time Nelson corresponded with Harrison H. Fryette, pioneer in Osteopathic Medicine.

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine definition of this form of medical practice:

Osteopathic medicine provides all the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, surgery, and the use of the technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury. It also offers the added benefit of hands-on diagnosis and treatment through a system of therapy knows and osteopathic manipulative medicine. Osteopathic medicine emphasizes helping each person achieve a high level of wellness by focusing on health promotion and disease prevention.

Nelson corresponded with Harrison H. Fryette who developed Fryette’s laws which is a set of three laws pertaining to skeletal anatomy. These laws are a set of guiding principles used by Osteopathic Medicine practitioners. The first two principles were developed by Fryette which describe the movements of the lumbar and thoracic spine and the third law, developed by Nelson in 1948, applies to the entire vertebral column.





Scope and Contents

The Calvin R. Nelson papers consist of correspondence, reprints, news articles, and various publications about yoga and leprosy.


Arrangement of Collection

The collection is organized in 1 box in 4 series as follows:
Series 1: Correspondence
Series 2: Reprints
Series 3: Printed Materials
Series 4: Misc. materials


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use. Materials may be viewed in the reading room of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, located on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Access to patient records is restricted.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Physical Access

Some materials are very brittle or torn on the edges and may require an electronic copy or photocopy for use.

Index Terms

Nelson, Calvin R.
Fryette, Harrison H.
History of Medicine – Texas
Physicians – Texas
Document Types

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[MS15, in the Calvin R. Nelson Papers, MS15, University Archives, UTHSC Libraries, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.


Materials in this collection were created by Calvin R. Nelson.

Collection History

Records were created by Calvin R. Nelson

Processing Information

Finding aid created by: Mellisa DeThorne, July 2015

Detailed Description of Collection


Series 1. Correspondence

Box-Folder Item
MS15*1 1 Letter to Calvin R. Nelson from Harrison H. Fryette. January 3, 1948.


Series 2. Reprints

Box-Folder Item
MS15*1 1 Beadle, Ormond A. "The Intervertebral Discs: Observations on their Normal and Morbid Anatomy in Relation to Certain Spinal Deformities."1946.
2 The Laetriles Nitrilosides in the Prevention and Control of Cancer.
3 Nelson, Calvin R. “ Ostepathic Manipulative Management of Arthritis.” February, 1950.
4 Nelson, Calvin R. “Postural Analysis and Its Relations to Systems Disease.” July, 1943.
5 Nelson, Calvin R. “Postural Analysis and Its Relations to Systems Disease.” July, 1943.
6 Gardner, H. Lee. “The Unitary Conception of Disease.” December 1947.


Series 3. Printed Materials

Box-Folder Item
MS15*1 1 Aspinwall, George C. “The M.D. Works in a D.O. Hospital.” Medical Economics. Feb. 1964: 111-128.
2 White Paper. AOA-AMA Relationships No. 2. Prepared by the AOA Department of Public Relations.
3 Letter to Paschal from Dr. J.A. Octerlony, Louisville, Ky., 1879.
3 Leprosy Program in Texas handbook. 1969.
4 Andrews, E. C., Nelson, C.R. “Arthritis Can Be Conquered.” n.d.
5 Informational Outline of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. January, 1972.
6 Medicare Part B Newsletter. Feb. 13, 1970.
7 FDA Drug Bulletin. Nov. – Dec., 1977.
8 Yoga for Health: Fundamentals of Physical Yoga. 1961.
9 Yoga for Health: Yoga Postures Book Two. 1961.
10 Arthritis News. n.d.


Series 4. Misc. Materials

Box-Folder Item
MS15*1 1 Ashlock, Marguerite. “Lipids are Essential in Fighting Disease.” The Cedar Rapids Gazette. March 20, 1958.
2 Medical World News. Sept. 18, 1978.
3 Medical World News. Sept. 18, 1978.
4 Typewritten document with “nomenclature” written in pencil on top of the first of nine pages. Typescript on last page –H. H. Fryette. July 6, 1936.
5 Typewritten document. “The Physiological Movements of the Spine.” H. H. Fryette. June 30, 1948.
6 Tyepwritten document. “The Simplicity of Osteopathy.” H.H. Fryette. n.d.
7 Typewritten document. “Technique for Compensatory Fifth Lumbar Lesions. Author unknown. n.d.
8 U. S. Internal Revenue Office of the Commissioner order forms for Opium, etc. Series 1936.
9 Red folder with report on Hormone Studies Made on Athletes. 1957.
10 Black folder with typewritten document. Pratt, Warren A. “The Lumbopelvic Torsion Syndrome of Kettler. April 19, 1951.