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Howard F. Kane medical logs

Identifier: MS2390-UA

Scope and Contents

This collection contains records of deliveries, surgical interventions during deliveries, and other gynecological surgeries. It also contains records for other surgeries like appendectomies, breast surgeries, and tracheoplasty surgeries. The material dates from 1913-1943. These are the records of Howard Francis Kane, M.D. who practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Washington, D.C. area.


  • Creation: 1913-1943


Conditions Governing Access

These logs contain restricted medical information. Requests for access should be addressed to Special Collection staff.

Conditions Governing Use

Materials in this collection may be governed by copyright. For activities that the researcher determines fall under fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. Researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights, determining if the intended re-use falls under fair use, and obtaining approval from the copyright holder if the intended use does not fall under fair use. Please contact Special Collections if the copyright status of the materials you wish to reuse is unclear. Staff will provide additional information.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Howard Francis Kane (May 14, 1887-July 21, 1946) was the Head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Gallinger Municipal Hospital (later District of Columbia General Hospital) and the Chief of Staff for the Department of Obstetrics at Freedmen’s Hospital (now Howard University Hospital). In addition to his work at Gallinger and Freedmen's Hospitals, Kane also assisted with deliveries and/or surgeries at Sibley Hospital, George Washington University Hospital, Columbia Hospital for Women, National Homeopathic Hospital, Georgetown University Hospital, Garfield Memorial Hospital, Providence Hospital, Washington Sanitarium and Hospital, the Florence Crittenton Home and St Ann’s Infant Asylum.

Kane was born on May 14, 1887 in Machias, Maine. He served in the US Army as a medical officer in France, during WWI. He was awarded a British Military Cross for his service and was honorably discharged in February 1919. According to an official report from the Adjutant General of Maine, Kane was captured on May 27, 1918 and released November 29, 1918 (although additional information about his time as a prisoner of war is not available).

Howard Kane married Clara Bailey (also a native of Machias, ME) on January 28, 1920. He died on July 21, 1946 and was buried in his Maine hometown.


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This collections contain medical records pertaining to the practice of Howard Francis Kane, M.D., who practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Washington D.C area. The collection contains 5 record books of deliveries, surgical interventions during deliveries, and other gynecological surgeries in the period of 1913-1943.


The items are arranged chronologically according to the date on which the record books begin. Some materials overlap in date.

Physical Location

Materials are stored off-site, and will require additional retrieval time. Please contact the Special Collections Research Center for more information.

Guide to the Howard F. Kane medical logs, 1913-1943
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

George Washington University Gelman Library
2130 H Street NW
Washington DC 20052 United States of America