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Ms68-007: Daniel E. Wright Papers, 1903-1973


Selected papers from the Col. Daniel Wright collection have been scanned and are available as indicated below in PDF PDF logo file format.

Born in Winchester, Virginia, Daniel E. Wright received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1904. He participated in the construction of the Panama Canal and in the public health activities that rid the Canal Zone of yellow fever and malaria. In 1921 Wright received the Theodore Roosevelt Medal of Honor. From 1921 to 1929 he served as a consultant to the Columbian and Panamanian governments. Wright joined the staff of the Rockefeller Foundation in 1929 and worked in Greece and Turkey on water supply and disease control. During World War II he worked with the United Nations Public Health Service (UNPHS) in Burma and then joined the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) (1944-1949). His papers contain materials dealing with the Panama Canal, the public health activities of the Rockefeller Foundation, UNRRA, and UNPHS. It also includes photographs from his travels and correspondence to his wife. A thorough finding aid is available from the Virginia Heritage database.


  • Greece and Turkey, Pre World War II (WWII), 1929-40 Box-folder: 1:1
    • Letters from Greece
    • Picture of Greece Sanitation Team
    • Miscellaneous Pictures of Greece
    • "Suppressive Treatment of Malaria"
    • "Prevention of Malaria on Field Service"
    • "Practical Field Application of DDT for Malaria Control"
    • "Measurement: Basic Mathematical Definitions"
  • Greece, Post WWII, Miscellaneous 1946-48 Box-folder: 1:2
    • Greek Paper Money
    • Miscellaneous Photographs
    • Ration Card
    • United Nations' Certificate of Identity
    • Residential Lease
    • Honorable Discharge from the United States Health Service
    • Living Allowance Card
  • Greece, Post WWII, Correspondence 1944-46 Box-folder: 1:3
    • Federal Security Agency, U.S. Public Health Service
    • United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA)
    • Alvin J. Roseman
    • George Strode of the Rockefeller Foundation March 16, 1944
    • Headquarters AAF Redistribution Station No. 2
    • Theodore Hiatt
    • Pamphlet About Daniel Wright Jr. "Our World Today: The Younger Generation and WWII"
    • Federal Security Agency, U.S. Public Health Service
    • George Strode of the Rockefeller Foundation November 22, 1944, June 29, 1945, June 11, 1946
    • President and Members of the Association of Doctors Hygienists of Greece
    • UNRRA Travel Authorization
    • Little Mary 1946
    • Prof. G. Ioakimoglou of the Kingdom of Greece Superior; Health Council, Athens November 28, 1946
  • Greece, Post WWII, Correspondence 1947-48 Box-folder: 1:4
    • Dr. Sawyer UNRRA January 16, 1947
    • Grace Wright May 26, June 2, 1947
    • W.J. Shappa of the U.N. World Health Organization Interim Commission August 26, 1947
    • The City Council of Rethymnon October 11, 1947
    • Dr. Floridis
    • Barclay of The Reader's Digest Office of International Editions 1948
    • E.J. Pampana of the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) Interim Commission, Geneva July 22, 1948
    • Henry F. Grady
    • W.H. Hena August 27, 1948
    • Apostle N. Depastas/Ellamdra
    • Hellenic- American Activity October 1, 1948
    • The Rockefeller Foundation October 29, 1948
    • Paul Bierstein, Public Health Engineer of the W.H.O. November 14, 1947, November 8, November 23, 1948
    • G. Kenabassuiy November 22, 1948
    • Prof. Ioakimogiou December 22, 1946
    • R.C. Vayanos December 1948
    • Reunion of Panama Canal Workers 1948
    • M. Kotsianos, Kingdom of Greece; Ministry of Hygiene March 19, 1947
    • Michael Callas, John Hopkins University, School of Engineering April 5, 1947
    • Inland Alkaloid Co. Manufacturing Chemists April 17, May 6, 1947
    • Mr. Y.C. Mar-Chief Sanitary Engineer, National Health Organization; Nanking, China May 27, 1947
    • Smitie May 31, 1947
    • Dr. Strode Sept 7, 1947; July 19, 1948; March 23, 1948
    • Harry E. Taylor, Administrator, St. Croix, Virgin Islands July 2, 1947
    • Dr. Seyfettin Okan, Director General of Malaria Control, Ministry of Health Social Assistance in Ankara-Turkey September 30, 1947
    • H.B. Redd, Secretary Treasurer Virginia Tech Alumni Assn. Blacksburg, VA October 1, 1947
    • Dr. E. Pampana, Secretary of the Expert Committee on Malaria October 16, 1947
    • George, concerning Malaria on the island of Crete October 24, 1947
    • Haas October 31, 1947
    • General Wood November 4, 1947
    • His Excellency, Minister of Health November 21, 1947; September 1, 1948; September 7, 1948
    • Joe December 6, 1947
    • W.J. Bartlet, Secretary-Treasurer, Panama Canal Society of FLA December 17, 1947
    • Dr. Balfouri December 17, 1947
    • John D. Brown, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, House of Representatives December 29, 1947
    • Nick January 19, February 28, June 12, 1948
    • Resident Director of Lake Copais Company Limited February 24, 1948
    • Gov. Dwight P. Griswold, Chief of AMAG April 17, 1948
    • Editor of the Newspaper Vradini May 10, 1948
    • Bal May 28, 1948
    • Brother Eddey June 24, 1948; July 1948
    • L.H. Tung, Sanitary Engineer, Corps of Sanitary Engineers June 24, 1948
    • Dr. Cermal Or in Etimesut, Turkey June 28, 1948
    • David W. Lynch of Velsicol Corporation June 28, July 12, August 27, 1948
    • Laurens P. Jones of Winchester, Hiram Lodge No. 21 August 10, 1948
    • Lt. Col. J.H. Williams, Managing Director August 10, 1948
    • His Excellency the Minister of Hygiene September 13, 1948
    • Col. P. Troxler, Corps of Engineers August 23, August 25, 1948
    • Dr. Grant September 2, 1948
    • Professor John September 21, 1948
    • List of Sanitary Supplies to be Purchased with AMAG Funds
    • Malaria Control Campaign Paper
    • Statistics on Greec
    • "Airplane Spray Work in Greece by D. Wright"
    • W.H.O. Greece Mission August 20, 1948
    • Malaria Control and Sanitation Program, Budget 1947-48
    • Note on Chlorodane
    • "Field Trials with Gammexene as a Means of Malaria Control by Adult Mosquitoes Destruction in Sierra Leone"
    • Annals of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology
    • W.H.O. Summary of Estimated Costs
  • Greece, Post WWII, Magazine Articles 1944-49 [Partial] Box-folder: 1:5
    • "Russia in the Mediterranean" October 7, 1944
    • Greek Guerrillas
    • Greek Newsletter
    • "Europe's Most Frightened Country" (Greece) December 29, 1945
    • "Wanted: A Miracle in Greece" By Paul A. Porter September 20, 1947
  • Greece, Post WWII, Maps and Charts 1932-46 Box-folder: 1:6
    • "Supplement to the Organization Chart"
    • "Chart of the Insect Control and General Sanitation Organization"
    • Map of DDT Spraying Pattern in Greece
    • Spleen and Parasite Indices Chart of Alexandropoulos Area, Thrace Greece May 30-June 15, 1946
    • Spleen and Parasite Indices Chart of Macedonia and Thrace, Greece January-April 1946
    • Spleen and Parasite Indices Chart of Olympia Area, West Peloponnesus, Greece August 1946
    • Spleen and Parasite Indices Chart of Mytilene Island, Greece July 17-August 10, 1945
    • Spleen and Parasite Indices Chart of Northern Corfu Island July 3-14, 1946
    • Spleen and Parasite Indices Chart of Thesprotia and Epirus April 24-May 13, 1946
    • Spleen and Parasite Indices Chart of Crete March 1946
    • Spleen and Parasite Indices Chart of Greece
    • Parasite Indices Percentages of Villages in Greek Macedonia Char 1932-1945
    • "Number of Patients with Malaria Positive Blood in Greece" Chart 1942-1946
    • "DDT Residual Spray Experiment in Petroto, Macedonia" Chart September-October, June 1945
    • "Malaria Control DDT Airspray Program" Map of Greece 1946
    • "The Swamps of Greece" Map
    • "Suggested Co-operative Survey of the Island of Crete Chart"
  • Greece, Post WWII, News Bulletins 1945-48 Box-folder: 1:7
    • Daily News Digest (UNRRA Greece Mission) June 8, 1945; June 14; June 15; June 16; November 7; November 9; November 16; November 22; November 29, December 7; December 8, 1945; January 4, 1946; January 14; January 18; February 18; April 15; May 11; July 11; July 13; July 15; July 17; July 19; July 22, 1946
    • UNRRA News Review October 24, 1946
    • Daily News Bulletin of the U.S. Information Service, U.S. Embassy October 5-6, 1947; November 1, 1947; March 29, 1948
    • Press Release; American Mission For Aid to Greece
  • Greece, Post WWII, Newspapers and Clippings 1945-48 Box-folder: 1:8
    • "Greeks Capitalize on U.S. Ships"
    • Greek Comics
    • "Concentration of Fighting Forces All Along Greek Border"
    • "Food Conference Awaits Russians"
    • "Half of Greeks Look to America to Bring Peace"
    • "Greek Police Quit Area Near Borde" r
    • "Lehman May Head Nations' Pool at Parley"
    • "United Nations' Relief Plans are Considered"
    • "A Reporter's Report to the Nation"
    • "Life in N. Africa is Anything But Monotonous"
    • "Patient Governor Lehman Gets Food and Relief to Poland"
    • "Should Churchill's Policy on Greece Be Supported"
    • "F.D.R. Agreed to Let British Dominate in Greece, Yugoslavia"
    • "Greek Crisis Reveals Weakness of U.N."
    • "W.H.O. vs. Malaria"
    • "Terms in Advance Proposed for Giving Aid to Greece"
    • "U.S. Continues to Foot Bill for British in Greece"
    • Union Jack November 1, 1947; December 6, 1947; December 22, 1947; May 29, 1948
    • "Making the Seas Safe Again"
    • "Truant's Voyage Around Italy"
    • "The Corner Column"
    • Map of Greece and Athens
    • "Bandits in Greece"
    • "This Farm Stands for Freedom"
    • Athens Days February 15-18, 25, 1945
    • "King George II Ends his 5 Year Exile in England"
    • The Athens Gazette January 11, 25, April 18, 1948
    • Athens Herald April 11; June 24, 1946
    • Army and Navy Bulletin May 4, 1946
    • Untranslated Greek Newspapers
    • The Stars and Stripes June 6, 1944
    • Comic concerning Wright
  • Greece, Post WWII, Printed Materials 1944-46 Box-folder: 1:10
    • "Delphes Greece"
    • "Lessons in Malariology from WWII"
    • Two Translated Pages from Greek Pamphlet
    • "Report of the Activities of the Sanitation Section of Health Division UNRRA"
    • "Dispatch Submitted by Field Marshal the Viscount Montgomery of Alamein"
    • "Greece and Greek Civilization as Results of Economic Expansion"
    • "Greek Red Cross Monthly Bulletin"
    • "DDT: Its Effect on Fish and Wildlife"
    • "Personnel Regulations for the Field Service"
    • World Report July 4, 1946
  • Greece, Post WWII, Reports and Speeches 1943-48 Box-folder: 1:11
    • Incomplete Report on Typhoid Infected Water
    • Justification for Sanitation and Malaria Control in Greece
    • Insecticide Spraying Statistics
    • Small Biography on Daniel Wright
    • Preliminary Report on the Uses of DDT in Greece 1946
    • Memo to Dr. Chisholm About Visas
    • "Malaria Control 1946, Larva Control"
    • "The Program of Insect Control on Crete"
    • Form for Airlines
    • Outline for Radio Speech by D. Wright
    • Order Form for Supplies and Materials
    • Suggested Budget for U.S. Educational Foundation in Greece 1948-49
    • "Move to Rid American Legion of Fascists" March 22, 1943
    • Carey Longmire's Broadcast August 12, 1946
    • Practical Field Application of DDT For Malaria Control
    • Packet containing several reports and reviews concerning Malaria Control in Greece
    • General Sanitation and Malaria Control in Greece
    • Report about Malaria in Different Regions in Greece
    • "Directions for Effective and Economical Uses of DDT when applied by Private Individuals"
    • "DDT For Relief and Rehabilitation" By Gordon E. Smith
    • UNRRA Supplies, Equipment, and Materials
    • Malaria in Greece and the Use of DDT in General
    • General Sanitation
    • "Crete Will Become a Paradise"
    • "Malaria Past and Present in Greece"
    • "U.S. Aids Greece in Fight Against Malaria" November 16, 1948
    • "Pelleted Seed for Reforestation" By Paul O. Rudolf
    • Proposed Reconnaissance Survey Form
    • International Health Division of the Rockefeller Foundation January 1, 1947
    • The Rockefeller Foundation Packing List and Commercial Invoice
    • New Quarters for the Labs
    • Staff Notes
    • Memo: Airplane Maintenance Supplies Against DP-MD-206 January 3, 1947
  • Near East Foundation, Correspondence 1954-61 Box-folder: 1:13
    • A. Koskinides December 21, 1957; March 1961
  • Near East Foundation, Newspapers and Clippings 1955-56 Box-folder: 1:15
    • "Our Weapons Against Malaria"
  • Near East Foundation, Printed Materials 1952-60 Box-folder: 1:16
    • "Extension to Chlordane of the Resistance to DDT Observed in Anopheles Sacharovi" by G. D. Georgopoulos
    • "Suggested Criteria for Evaluating Certain Types of Technical Assistance Programs" 1957
    • "World-Wide Malaria Distribution, Prevalence, and Control" by Paul F. Russell 1956
    • Pan American Sanitary Bureau, Regional Office of the W.H.O.; Annual Report of the Director 1956
  • Near East Foundation, Reports and Speeches 1949-56 Box-folder: 1:17
    • Observations on Technical Assistance to Governments of Underdeveloped Countries 1955
    • "A Brief Report Covering Some Impressions Gained of Work Being Done by the N.E.F. in the Near East During My Fourteen Months Association" by D. Wright 1955
    • Reports and Programs Regarding Malaria in Greece 1955
    • "The United Nations, a Working Organization as Planned by it's Founders, and Not the Debating Society, Which Receives so Much Publicity"
  • Panama Canal 1904-26 Box-folder: 1:18
    • President's Address November 16, 1906
    • Panama Canal Reminiscences
  • Semi-Retirement, Correspondence 1950-61 Box-folder: 1:20
    • Laird Arche December 19,1950; March 5, 1951, August 3, 1956
    • William Bieler January 3, 1951
    • M.C. Balfor May 2, 1951
    • Harry Scherman and Bernadine Kielty October 14, 1951
    • F. W. Knipe November 15, 1953
    • H. B. Redd July 22, 1954
    • William Russell January 27, 1958
    • Thomas Martin February 2, 1957
    • John D. Hollen December 9, 1958
    • Burr P. Harrison January 12, 1961
  • Semi-Retirement, Newspapers and Clippings 1944-59 Box-folder: 1:21
    • "Greece Regaining Wealth in Mines" 1952
    • "It Started in Panama: Where Will it Stop?" by Earl Harding September 1, 1953
    • "Continuing the Rockefeller Foundation Story: Millions for Modern Medicine" 1951
    • "Continuing the Rockefeller Foundation Story: Man's Greatest Challenge" 1951
    • "U.N.'s Merciful War: The World Health Organization Seeks a Victory for Mankind in an All-Out Attack on Disease" January 1, 1950
    • "Battling Diseases" by William Dutton May 5, 1951
  • Semi-Retirement, Reports and Speeches 1903-62 Box-folder: 2:2
    • Rockefeller Foundation Newsletter May 1959
    • World Health Organization Newsletters January and February 1958
    • "Is Our Effort to Control the Spread of Communism in the World being Intelligently Administered?"
    • "Community Development Programs in Greece with Special Consideration of Welfare through Employment" 1953
    • "Greece Today"
  • WWII, Correspondence and Pictures 1941-43 Box-folder: 2:3
    • The Rockefeller Foundation
    • W.A. Sawyer
    • Federal Security Agency (U.S. Public Health Service)
  • WWII; Newspaper Clippings 1941-43 Box-folder: 2:5
    • Military Parade
    • "Interpreting War News"
    • "Career Men Conduct Underhand"
    • "Purge of Pro-Welles Diplomats"
    • "Pearson Calls Steinhardt, U.S. Envoy to Turkey"
    • "Lehman is Elected Head of UN Relief"
    • "The Flying Tigers"
    • "Interpreting War News"
    • "U.N. Conference at White House"
    • "U.N. Group Intends Aiding Those Now Stricken"
    • "49 Nations to Help Victims of War"
    • "U.S. Rationing"
    • "New League of Nations!"
    • "The Guards and the Ghost"
  • WWII, Printed Materials 1941-44 Box-folder: 2:6
    • Greek Interpreter Dialogue & Dictionary
    • "Health, Medicine, and Sanitation in Bulgaria" by Alexandra Feldmahn 1943
  • Wright, Grace Y. 1951-73 Box-folder: 2:8
    • "Observations on Greece in 1972" by M.C. Balfor
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