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Dr. Louis W. Sullivan papers

Collection number: ahc.MSS1162

Scope and Content

This collection contains personal documents from Dr. Louis W. Sullivan. Materials include a 60th high school reunion program, family correspondence and genealogy papers, Morehouse Alumni Club agendas, booklets from Morehouse College, and Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) correspondence. MSM correspondence includes employment paperwork, budget discussions, an annual report to the board of trustees, and letters from Morehouse College regarding the creation of the Medical Education Program/MSM. Of particular note is a MSM concept paper titled Intent to Establish a Cancer Institute as well as a FBI account of an airplane incident that involved Dr. Sullivan.


  • 1946-2018, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

Dr. Louis Wade Sullivan (1933- ) was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Walter Sullivan (1883-196?) and Lubirda Elizabeth Priester (1902-1978). He attended Booker T. Washington High School in Atlanta; graduated magna cum laude from Morehouse College in 1954 and cum laude from Boston University School of Medicine, where he studied internal medicine and hematology, in 1958. Sullivan married attorney Eva Ginger Williamson in 1955, and they moved to Lexington, Massachusetts, to raise their three children: Paul, Shanta, and Halsted. After teaching medicine in and around Boston, Massachusetts, between 1963 and 1975, Dr. Sullivan moved back to Atlanta to become the first dean and president of the Morehouse Medical Education Program. The school became independent in 1981 and was renamed the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). He held the position of president of MSM until 2002, except between 1989-1993 when he worked as the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President George H.W. Bush. In 2003, Dr. Sullivan developed a virtual textbook called TOPMED (Topics in Pain Medicine). Dr. Sullivan published his autobiography, Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine, in 2014.


0.209 linear ft. (one half document case)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2018

Description Control

This collection was processed in 2019.

Dr. Louis W. Sullivan papers
Alyssa Huenniger
April 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305