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Peter Nicholas Pastore, M.D.

Identifier: 88.Mar.11

Scope and Content Information

Series I: Contains Dr. Pastore's written materials. Subseries A consists of the notes and drafts of articles and presentations written from the 1960s to the late 1970s. Some of the presentations and articles have photographs and medical illustrations. There is some correspondence. Subseries B consists of the research conducted on, notes, photographs, correspondence pertaining to, and drafts of, Dr. Pastore's thesis entitled "Effect of Quinine on Hearing" begun in 1937-38 to fulfill the requirements for Master of Science degree in Otolaryngology and Rhinology from the Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota in Rochester (conferred December 1939).

Series II: Contains correspondence with and information on various medical and business orgainization. Dates range from the late 1950s to the early 1980s.

Series III: Contains some correspondence and information from Dr. Pastore's tenure as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology, Medical College of Virginia, 1942-1976; including the search for Dean of the School of Medicine, 1956. The majority of the material dates from the 1960s to the 1970s and focuses on the development of the Otolaryngology Department. Applications for internships in Otolaryngology from the 1930s to the 1970s are present. Also, the series contains some information on area ENT physicians and former residents as well as other MCV ENT memorabilia.

Series IV: Subseries A contains personal memorabilia. Biographical information is contained in Dr. Pastore's current curriculum vitae in this series. Photostats of Dr. Pastore's many certificates and diplomas are present as are a few notable items such as Dr. Pastore's original application and letter of acceptance to an internship at MCV, 1934. Subseries B contains all of Dr. Pastore's medical article reprints. Subseries C and D are general medical reprints and publications. Subseries E contains clippings collected over a thirty year period, 1950 - 1980.

Series V: Photographs. Miscellaneous photographs of Otolarygology Dept. MCV, ENT staff photos, Drs. Charles and William Mayo, some photographs of individuals and family.Peter N. Pastore, M.D. Collection


  • 1934-1976


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for use without restrictions.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Biographical/Historical Information

Peter Nicholas Pastore was born November 8, 1907 in Bluefield, West Virginia. He attended Bluefield College receiving a Certificate of Proficiency in 1928. He continued his education at the University of Richmond, Virginia where he received his BA degree in 1930; in 1934 he received his MD degree from the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Pastore continued his medical education at the Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota, receiving his MS degree in 1939.

In 1942, Dr. Pastore returned to Richmond to head the Department of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology at MCV. He continued at MCV in this capacity until 1976.

Dr. Pastore married Julia Ann Rourke, in 1939. They had five children: Anna, Julie, Mary, Peter N. and Louis, M.D. (deceased).

After his retirement from active practice, Dr. Pastore has devoted much of his time to the historical collections in the Special Collections and Archives Department at the Tompkins-McCaw Library. In 1981, he became Scholar-in-Residence at the Tompkins-McCaw Library and devoted his efforts to fundraising and developing the Medical Artifacts Collection. Dr. Pastore died on September 16, 1989.


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Language of Materials



The Pastore Collection, accession number 88/Mar/11, is an amalgamation of several different accessions. Included in 88/Mar/11 are the accessions 82/Jun/33 (reprints), 82/Jun/42 (reprints and programs) and 82/Sep/57 (ENT staff photographs).

The bulk of the collection was arranged much as it was found, (with the exception of the additions of the accessions noted above) some preliminary organization began when the collection was initially received.

Series I - III, V were organized alphabetically and chronologically. The Series IV was arranged according to subject matter.

The collection is arranged in sequence with the exception of Box 10, which contains oversized documents belonging to Series III. Series IV begins in Box 9 and is continued in Box 11.



  1. Series I: Writings (1938-1970)
  2. Subseries A: Articles, presentations
  3. Subseries B: Quinine Thesis Materials
  4. Series II: Professional Organizations (1950-1970)
  5. Series III: Medical College of Virginia (1942-1968)
  6. Series IV: Miscellany (1924-1980)
  7. Subseries A: Memorabilia
  8. Subseries B: Pastore Reprints
  9. Subseries C: General Reprints
  10. Subseries D: Publications
  11. Subseries E: Clippings
  12. Series V: Photographs

Acquisition Information

Collection was given to the department by Dr. Peter N. Pastore.

Processing Information

Collection processed in March 1988.

A Guide to the Peter Nicholas Pastore, M.D. Papers 1934-1976
A Collection in Special Collections and Archives, Health Sciences Library, Virginia Commonwealth University 88/Mar/11
Patricia Reid Strong
© 2002 By CopyrightVirginia Commonwealth University. All RightsReserved.
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Repository Details

Part of the VCU Health Sciences Library Repository

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