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A Guide to the Frank G. Slaughter Papers

Finding aid created by Alexandra von Mering

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
July 2012


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Slaughter, Frank G. (Frank Gill), 1908-2001
Title: Frank G. Slaughter Papers
Dates: 1948-1959
Abstract: Frank G. Slaughter was an American surgeon and writer whose writing style as steeped heavily in religion and medicine. Slaughter published 56 books, among these, Sangaree (1948), The Road to Bithynia (1951), The Gallileans: A Novel of Mary Magdelene (1953), and The Thorn of Arimathea (1959); this collection consists of manuscripts and galley proofs of these four works.
Extent: 2.1 Linear feet. 2 boxes.
Identification: MS Group 317
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

Frank G. Slaughter was born Frank Gill Slaughter in the Washington, D.C. area in 1908. As a young child Slaughter moved with his family to a rural area near Oxford, North Carolina where his father worked as a farmer and mail carrier. After graduation, attended Duke University where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. After graduating, Slaughter went to medical school at Johns Hopkins University and graduated in 1930. He then did his surgical training at Jefferson Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia. In 1934 Slaughter moved with his wife Jane to Jacksonville, Florida, where he worked at Herman Kiefer Hospital. A year later, in 1935, Slaughter would begin work as a prolific writer drawing from his deep commitment to medicine and the concept of healing.

In 1938 Slaughter became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and in 1940 was certified by the American Board of Surgery as a Specialist in Surgery. In 1941 Slaughter published his first work, That None Should Die, which served as a semi-autobiographical examination of the nature of the medical care system. Slaughter also served in the United Stated Medical Corps where he eventually was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1944.

Although much of Slaughter's work background centered around medicine, he was extremely interested in history and religion. Both topics reveal themselves in such works as The Road to Bithynia, published in 1951 and The Thorn of Arimathea, published in 1959 - the former intersecting with the subject of medicine as well.

Slaughter died in 2001 leaving behind many works that are often considered masterpieces. For example, That None Should Die has never been out of print since its publication.


Scope and Content

This collection consists of typed manuscripts and galley proofs from four of Slaughter's works.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Frank G. Slaughter Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.


Contents List

Box
1 "Sangaree" 1-107: Galley proof. 1948
1 "The Road to Bithynia" 1 of 3, Preface- 162: Original manuscript with extensive revisions. 1951
1 "The Road to Bithynia" 2 of 3, 163-308: Continuation of original manuscript with extensive revisions. 1951
1 "The Road to Bithynia" 3 of 3 , 309-474: Continuation of original manuscript with extensive revisions. 1951
1 "The Road to Bithynia" Original manuscript from which the type was set for publication, 1 of 3, Preface-209: Manuscript with extensive revisions. 1951
1 "The Road to Bithynia" Original manuscript from which the type was set for publication,2 of 3, 210-350: Continuation of manuscript with extensive revisions. 1951
1 "The Road to Bithynia" Original manuscript from which the type was set for publication,3 of 3, 351-519 and Endnotes: Continuation of manuscript with extensive revisions. 1951
2 "The Gallileans A Novel of Mary Magdelene" 1 of 2, Preface-184: Original manuscript with original title, "The Road to Emmaus," marked through, and extensive revisions. 1953
2 "The Gallileans A Novel of Mary Magdelene" 2 of 2, 185-391: Continuation of original manuscript with extensive revisions originally titled, "The Road to Emmaus". 1953
2 "The Gallileans A Novel of Mary Magdelene" 1 of 2, Preface-233: Manuscript with extensive revisions and printer's marks. 1953
2 "The Gallileans A Novel of Mary Magdelene" 2of 2, 234-428: Continued manuscript with extensive revisions and printer's marks. 1953
2 "The Gallileans A Novel of Mary Magdelene" Galley proof. 1953
2 "The Thorn of Arimathea" 1 of 2 Contents Page-190: Manuscript with revisions and layout specifications. 1959
2 "The Thorn of Arimathea" 2 of 2, 191-360: Continuations of manuscript with revisions and layout specifications. 1959

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