An American Saga: The Story of Helen Thomas and Simon Flexner

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FLEXNER PAPERS. Donated by my brother and myself, with the approval of the Rockefeller University where they had been stored, to the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The papers, constituting the major archives preserved by both Helen Thomas Flexner and Simon Flexner, contain quantities of personal and some ancestral documents. For a partial survey of other types of papers, see Margaret Miller, “A Guide to Selected Files of the Professional Papers of Simon Flexner at the American Philosophical Society” (mimeographed; Philadelphia, 1979). The Flexner Papers are referred to in the source references as FP.

JAMES THOMAS FLEXNER COLLECTION. In New York City. Papers, artifacts, and other materials dealing with the Thomas and Whitall families as far back as the 1820’s, and with the lives of Helen Thomas and Simon Flexner. Referred to in the source references as JTFC.


Autobiographical Sources
in the Above Collections

Simon Flexner’s unfinished formal autobiography. In the Flexner Papers. Handwritten draft and typescript. The writing of an autobiography was an occupation, not too assiduously pursued, of Simon Flexner’s last years. The narrative hardly extends beyond the period covered in this book. Since the intention was publication, the manuscript is characterized by the reserve he always maintained in his relations with the outside world. As a factual record, the manuscript is very important. Referred to in the source references as SFAu.

An earlier draft of the autobiography. Also in the Flexner Papers. Handwritten and variously dated, this draft is somewhat less inhibited than the formal manuscript and is particularly valuable for subsequently deleted discussions of Simon Flexner’s scientific work. Referred to in the source references as SFAuD.

Simon Flexner’s autobiographical notations. In the Flexner Papers. Over a period of some forty years he made these notations whenever the impulse struck him. Usually dated, they are distributed throughout his personal archives. Some he jotted on any paper that came most conveniently to hand; others filled spaces assigned to specific dates in the “line-a-day” books in which he wrote his diary. They are aspects of his attempt to explain

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • List of Illustrations (between Pages 238–239) xi
  • Prologue xiii
  • I - New Americans 1
  • 1 - Bohemia — Strasbourg — Kentucky 3
  • 2 - Germany — Paris — Kentucky 11
  • 3 - Simon Flexner, Delinquent 21
  • 4 - Hard Times 32
  • 5 - Simon Flexner, Unemployable 39
  • 6 - New Departures 44
  • II - Old Americans 51
  • 7 - Puritan to Quaker 53
  • 8 - Manumission and Aftermath 60
  • 9 - The Midnight Cry 70
  • 10 - Testimony against War 77
  • 11 - Private Intercourse with God 84
  • 12 - A Young Marriage 93
  • III - The Long Road Upward 101
  • 13 - The Gate Opens 103
  • 14 - Jacob’s Drugstore 108
  • 15 - Microscope with Wings 114
  • 16 - An Unprepared Student and a New University 120
  • 17 - Pathways for Escape 131
  • IV - Privileges and Traumas 141
  • 18 - Helen’s Childhood 143
  • 19 - Evangelists 156
  • 20 - Helen Growing 166
  • 21 - Sexual Divisions 174
  • 22 - Sexual Revulsion 181
  • 23 - Catastrophe 188
  • V - Miraculous Destiny 197
  • 24 - A New Life Starts 199
  • 25 - Settling in at the Hopkins 210
  • 26 - Breaking Trail 218
  • 27 - Rising 225
  • 28 - Danger at the Crossroads 236
  • 29 - Mission to the Philippines 276
  • 30 - The Further Adventures of Abraham 286
  • VI - Chiaroscuro 295
  • 31 - Seesaw 297
  • 32 - Entrapments and Escapes 308
  • 33 - Exploding Horizons 316
  • 34 - Friday’s Hill 326
  • 35 - Death of a Father 336
  • 36 - The Vellum Sanctuary 339
  • VII - Approaching Lives 347
  • 37 - Settling in at Philadelphia 349
  • 38 - Helen Thomas and Bertrand Russell 356
  • 39 - A Lion in Philadelphia 361
  • 40 - The Black Death 366
  • 41 - The Valley of Despair 373
  • 42 - Enter the Rockefeller Institute 382
  • 43 - An Offer and a Refusal 393
  • 44 - Abraham and Anne 403
  • VIII - Joining Together 415
  • 45 - Consummations 417
  • 46 - Great Changes 427
  • 47 - Lucy and Other Troubles 438
  • 48 - A Hectic Departure 448
  • 49 - The Mildness of a Strong Love 457
  • IX - Conclusion 463
  • 50 - The Later Years 465
  • Acknowledgments Acknowledgments for the Use of Photographs Cast of Family Characters Bibliography Abbreviations Used in the Source References Source References 479
  • Acknowledgments 481
  • Acknowledgments for the Use of Photographs 483
  • Cast of Family Characters 485
  • Bibliography 489
  • Abbreviations Used in the Source References 501
  • Source References 503
  • Index 517
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