University of Texas Medical Branch

Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons

Records, (1955-2004)

Title: Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons Records, (1955-2004)
Identification: MS 40
Repository: Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Collections, Moody Medical Library,  University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas 77555-1035, phone (409) 772-2397


During the 1953 American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery meeting in Coronado Beach, California, fourteen Texas plastic surgeons decided to organize a state society. The original members of the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons (TSPS) were Truman G. Blocker, Jr., Raymond O. Brauer, Thomas D. Cronin, John T. Gannon, Sanford Glanz, S. Baron Hardy, Stephen R. Lewis, Bromley S. Freeman, Dean C. Kipp, John B. Patterson, Willard W. Schuessler, Willard C. Sellman, Jr., and Robert J. Wise, with James T. Mills being elected as the first president.

The first formal meeting of the Society was held in 1955. In 1956, and in each year since, the annual meeting has been held in conjunction with the annual session of the Texas Medical Association. The TSPS aims to benefit society by advancing the art and science of plastic and reconstructive surgery through the promotion of the highest standards in all aspects of the profession, as well as to provide the public with information about plastic and reconstructive surgery.


The Archives of the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons contains various documents such as announcements, newsletters, constitution and by-laws, correspondence, meeting minutes and programs, membership rosters, and a short history of the TSPS. The archival collection was given to the Moody Medical Library by Jeff R. Moore, M.D., the TSPS Historian, on September 15, 1986. Charles N. Verheyden, M.D., Ph.D., of the Scott and White Clinic, now serves as the Historian of the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Detailed Description

1-3 Archives of the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons
Box Folder
2 1 Announcements 1967-91
Box Folder
1 4 Annual Meetings - Minutes 1956-95
5 Annual Meetings - Programs 1973-95
7 Committees 1991, 1993-94
1 Constitution and Bylaws 1956-88
Box Folder
3 1 Correspondence 1964-74
2 Correspondence 1975-79
3 Correspondence 1980
4 Correspondence 1981
5 Correspondence 1982-87
6 Correspondence 1988-91
7 Executive Council 1983-95
Box Folder
1 2 Financial Reports 1973-88, 1991
3 History 1979-86
Box Folder
2 4 Membership Rosters 1959-85
3 Membership-Applications 1973-77
5 Membership-Rosters 1986-91
6 Miscellaneous
2 Newsletters 1981-95
7 Newspapers Clippings 1980-90
8 Photographs
9 Reminiscences of W.W. Schuessler (audiocassette) 1992
this audiotape has been placed in "Audiocassettes from Archival Collections," Box 1.
Box Folder
1 6 TMA Section on Plastic, Rec. and Max. Surgery 1955-87
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2 9 CD of presentation by Verheyden to Society 2004