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Amos Koontz Papers II

Identifier: 01/Mss. 91 K83 and 1996.25

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents

Personal and professional papers of Amos Ralph Koontz, surgeon. The personal papers, 1865-1986, include the correspondence of Koontz, his wife, Besse (Stocking) Koontz and their son, James William Koontz. Included are travel diaries, documents concerning the College of William and Mary and Johns Hopkins and material relating to social clubs and societies. The professional papers contain correspondence relating to Koontz' medical practice, political material, documents pertaining to military service, memberships in professional organizations, and newspaper and magazine article reprints.

See Finding Aid/Inventory for description and folder lists of 1996.25 Addition.


  • 1865-1970
  • Majority of material found in 1915-1970


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

William and Mary student (1906-1911) and faculty member (1907-1908; 1910-1914). He studied medicine at John Hopkins University and served in both World War I and World War II. Koontz achieved international prominence for his work in hernia surgery, was active against socialized medicine, and traveled extensively. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


25.01 Linear Feet

Acquisition Information:

Gifts between 1986 and 1989.

Related Materials:

65 K83 Amos Koontz Papers I

Reel-to-reel tapes from this collection have been moved to the Manuscripts Audiovisual Collection.

Separated Materials:

All audiovisual material from this collection has been moved to the Manuscripts Audiovisual Collection.


Other Information:

A PDF document of this inventory is available online.

Additional information may be found at

Processing Information:

Processed by James A. Batule during 1991-92.

Guide to the Amos Koontz Papers II
Finding Aid Authors: James A. Batule.
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Language of description note
The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository