In addition to being a celebrated surgeon, Dr. Rudolph Matas was very interested in the history of medicine and the history of medicine in Louisiana.
In 1926, Dr. Matas accepted the chairmanship of a committee to prepare a history of the Louisiana State Medical Society, and began the compilation of the materials needed. As he worked, he widened the scope of this project to include all material relative to the history of medicine in Louisiana, including materials from the times of French and Spanish colonization.
In 1953, unable to continue on with the project, Dr. Matas created a trust fund to fund the completion of this history. This history would be titled "The Rudolph Matas History of Medicine in Lousiana" and split into two volumes.
Volume 1 contains 3 parts: Louisiana Under France, 1699-1768; Louisiana Under Spain, 1769-1803; and The Transitional Period, 1804-1825.
Volume 2 contains 2 parts: The Ante Bellum Period, 1825-1860; and The Civil War and After.
Volume 1 Call Number: WZ 70 AL6 D87r v.1
Volume 2 Call Number: WZ 70 AL6 D87r v.2