John C. Boyd was a surgeon and medical inspector for the U.S. Navy. His position included both examining patients as well as inspecting ships for sanitation. He also served as honorary curator of medical history for the U.S. National Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 1891-1892. His son, Dr. Walter Willard Boyd, was a photographer of surgeries performed by Dr. Harvey Cushing, widely considered the greatest neurosurgeon of the 20th century, and Boyd also interned under Cushing.
Papers related to Dr. John C. Boyd's career as a U.S. Navy surgeon, including his commission, names recommended for awards, his casebook for 1874-1877, his correspondence, including two letterpress books, 1895-1902; photographs. Also photographs, especially those by his son, Dr. Walter Willard Boyd, of Dr. Harvey Cushing performing neurosurgical and other operations; two films (1931) of an operation; two scrapbooks, including one outlining an accident and eventual amputation of the leg of Walter Jones Willard (includes letters and sympathy cards).
Photographs, Box 1, folders 6-7 : Modern prints, ca. 1963, from the original ca. 1930s negatives were part of the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital 50th Anniversary Photographic Exhibition. They include photographs of George Herman ("Babe") Ruth and Dr. Ivan Pavlov. A few "vintage" photographs, apparently by Cushing, document surgeries in progress.
Boyd Family Papers, 1874-1945, Archives Center, National Museum of American History