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Bartholomew William Hogan papers

Collection BC-1991-051: Bartholomew William Hogan papers


  • Creation: 1928 - 1983
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1936 - 1962

Scope and Contents

Hogan's papers document his military medical career through his Navy correspondence, clippings about his career successes, speeches given as Surgeon General, Navy photographs, and reports of his tours. His correspondence also includes a smaller amount of personal letters, though they also largely touch on the topic of his career. Clippings include biographic profiles and articles published by Hogan. Scrapbooks contain newspaper articles relating to Hogan's Navy service, ephemera, and a small amount of Navy correspondence. Two scrapbooks cover his service during World War II, while the remaining scrapbooks and photograph albums date from his time as Rear Admiral and Naval Surgeon General. The photographs are official Navy press shots that document Hogan's professional travel and events.


Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical Note

Bartholomew William Hogan was born in West Quincy in 1901. He attended Boston College High School and graduated from Boston College pre-med in 1923. He received a M.D. from Tufts University in 1925. He married Grace Goninger, also a physician, and they had three children, Bartholomew, Thomas, and Mary.

In the 1930s, Hogan taught psychiatry at Georgetown Medical School and at the U.S. Naval Medical School in Washington, D.C, where he was Assistant Chief of Neuropsychiatry. During World War II, he served as a Senior Medical Officer on the hospital ship Tranquility; the aircraft carrier Wasp, where he earned a Silver Star and Purple Heart; and the destroyer Duncan, where he received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal. He was appointed to the rank of Rear Admiral in 1952.

Hogan published papers on pharmacological shock therapy, mental hygiene, and the psychological reactions of Navy members who survived the torpedoing of the Wasp for Navy publications. He was promoted to Surgeon General of the Navy and Chief of its Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in 1955. In this role he oversaw 26 hospitals and 178 dispensaries. He also administered the research program, shared medical expertise with congressional committees, and wrote Navy Medical Department policy.

After retirement from the Navy in 1961, he served as Deputy Medical Director of the American Psychiatric Association until 1971. Hogan died in 1983.


Clippings, Box 1, Folder 1, Bartholomew William Hogan papers, BC.1991.051, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

"In Memoriam: Bartholomew W. Hogan, M.D. 1901-1983." American Journal of Psychiatry 140 no. 9 (September 1983): 1241-1242.


4.5 Linear Feet (5 containers)

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This collection documents the career of twentieth-century U.S. Navy Rear Admiral and Surgeon General Bartholomew William Hogan, a Boston College alumnus. His papers include correspondence, clippings, photographs, reports, speeches, and scrapbooks, the bulk covering his years as Navy Surgeon General, 1955-1961.


Because the current accessioning system was not used until January 1986, it is not possible to know exactly the dates of acquisition of materials received before that time.

Bartholomew William Hogan Papers
1928-1983 (bulk 1936-1962)
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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States