Skip to main content Smithsonian Institution

Search Results

Collections Search Center
671 documents - page 1 of 34

Manny Villafaña Papers

Creator:
GV Medical, Inc.  Search this
Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc.  Search this
CABG Medical, Inc.  Search this
ATS Medical, Inc.  Search this
St. Jude Medical, Inc.  Search this
Med General, Inc.  Search this
Kips Bay Medical, Inc.  Search this
Helix BioCore, Inc.  Search this
Villafana, Manny, 1940-  Search this
Extent:
10 Cubic feet (25 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Correspondence
Papers
Minutes
Annual reports
Clippings
Brochures
Reports
Press releases
Stock records
Date:
1961-2014
Summary:
The collection documents Manny Villafaña, inventor, entrepreneur and founder of several medical device companies since 1971. The majority of the collection pertains to St. Jude Medical, which introduced the mechanical heart valve technology that became the industry standard.
Scope and Contents:
The collection consists of 10 cubic feet of material documenting Manny Villafaña, an inventor and entrepreneur. The bulk of the collection is comprised of correspondence and clippings related to his professional life. There are a few personal items in the collection, such as a St. Jude prayer card, included with the records of St. Jude Medical and a photograph of Villafaña (1988) at the construction site of the Basilica of St. Mary.
Biographical / Historical:
Manny Villafaña (b. 1940- ) began his career in medical technology as a salesman for Medtronic, Inc., exploring the potential market in Argentina. Upon his return to the U.S. Villafaña went on to found Cardiac Pacemakers Inc. and later St. Jude Medical. During the decade following the founding of CPI, Manny Villafaña business savvy and medical technology know-how would propel him to celebrity in the Minnesota business community and national entrepreneurial scene. Some of the technology introduced by Villafaña's companies, such as the St. Jude's pyrolytic bileaflet artificial heart valve, have become industry standards. Villafaña would eventually found seven medical technology companies, with Kips Bay being the most recent.
Related Materials:
Materials at the Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Wilson Greatbatch Innovative Lives Presentation, 1996 (ACNMAH 0601)

James A. E. Halkett and Sigmund A. Wesolowski, M.D., Papers, 1948-1951 (ACNMAH 0220)

Van Phillips Oral History and Papers, 1991-2004 (ACNMAH 0859)

George Edward Burch Papers, 1984-1986 (ACNMAH 0316)

James A. E. Halkett and Sigmund A. Wesolowski, M.D., Papers, 1948-1951 (ACNMAH 0220)

Materials at Other Organizations

Conversazione, November 20, 1997, January 21, 1998 and May 20, 1998. Oral history is on file at the Minnesota Historical Society.
Separated Materials:
Related heart valves are in the Division of Medicine and Science, National Museum of American History. See Accession 2015.003.
Provenance:
Collection donated by Manny Villafaña on January 29, 2015.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Cardiovascular Equipment Industry  Search this
Heart, Artificial  Search this
Inventors -- 21st century  Search this
Medical Equipment  Search this
Medical innovations  Search this
Medical instruments and apparatus  Search this
Inventions -- 20th century  Search this
Inventions -- 21st century  Search this
Inventors -- 20th century  Search this
Heart -- Surgery  Search this
Medicine  Search this
Genre/Form:
Correspondence -- 1980-2010
Papers
Minutes
Annual reports
Clippings
Correspondence -- 20th century
Brochures
Correspondence -- 21st century
Reports
Annual reports -- 20th century
Press releases
Stock records
Citation:
Manny Villafaña Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.1340
See more items in:
Manny Villafaña Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-1340

James A. E. Halkett Papers

Creator:
Halkett, James A. E. (physicist)  Search this
Wesolowski, Sigmund A.  Search this
Source:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Medical Sciences  Search this
Names:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Search this
Former owner:
National Museum of American History (U.S.). Division of Medical Sciences  Search this
Extent:
0.15 Cubic feet (1 box)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Theses
Masters theses
Manuscripts
Diaries
Date:
1948-1951.
Scope and Contents note:
Halkett and Wesolow(ski) materials show the process of technological innovation through laboratory protocols. They also demonstrate the various alternatives explored in the search for effective artificial circulation by using materials which would not damage or clot blood and that could be sterilized. The evolution of the pumping mechanism and power source, the design and materials of the pump itself, and a series of catheters (cannulae) or varying shapes and materials are described as a workable solution is found. Secondly, diversity of techniques developed to solve the problems of artificial circulation and their contributions to that work are documented.

The 2018 addenda documents the life and career of physicist James A.E. Halkett. It includes papers relating to his education, his U.S. Navy service, his work with various employers, his research in various fields including radio, metallurgy, ordnance, and radioactivity. Some of the papers relate to his work with General Electric in developing the proximity fuse. The papers include letters; notes, including lab notes, graphs and charts; reports; drawings; photographs; training and operational manuals; bibliographic card files; journals, conference materials and other publications; and miscellany.
Arrangement:
The collection is organized into three series.

Series 1: James A. E. Halkett Papers

Series 2: Sigmund A. Wesolowski Papers

Series 3: H.J. Sugarman Papers
Biographical/Historical note:
James A. E. Halkett and Sigmund A. Wesolowski, M.D. (now named Adam Wesolow) experimented on an early mechanical heart. In 1948, James Halkett and William Sewell succesfully bypassed the left side of a cat's heart. Modifications in the pump and surgical procedures allowed Dr. Sigmund A. Wesolowski and others to achieve long-term survival of animals after bypass surgery. Halkett and Wesolowski went on to other projects. Although Wesolowski published articles on this work, neither went on to develop this technology for trials with human subjects.
Provenance:
Collection donated by James A. E. Halkett and Adam Wesolow, May 6, 1985.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Occupation:
Surgeons  Search this
Topic:
Medical sciences  Search this
Heart pump  Search this
Medical Equipment  Search this
Heart, Artificial  Search this
Heart -- Surgery  Search this
Biophysics  Search this
Genre/Form:
Theses
Masters theses
Manuscripts
Diaries -- 20th century
Citation:
James A. E. Halkett Papers, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0220
See more items in:
James A. E. Halkett Papers
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0220

Carrel-Lindbergh perfusion pump

Inventor:
Lindbergh, Charles A.  Search this
Maker:
Hopf, Otto  Search this
Physical Description:
glass (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 45 cm x 20 cm x 11 cm; 17 23/32 in x 7 7/8 in x 4 11/32 in
Object Name:
pump
perfusion pump
Place made:
United States: New York, New York
Date made:
ca 1935
Subject:
Medical  Search this
Artificial Organs  Search this
Related Publication:
Hallowell, Christopher. Charles Lindbergh's Artificial Heart
Credit Line:
Georgetown University
ID Number:
MG.M-12298
Accession number:
279576
Catalog number:
M-12298
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
Artificial Hearts
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-00ee-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_688713

valves, heart, artificial, batch of

Object Name:
Valves, Heart, Artificial, Batch of
Other Terms:
Valves, Heart, Artificial, Batch of; Surgery
ID Number:
MG.M-12298 [dup1]
Catalog number:
M-12298
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-60a8-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_729955

heart pump

Physical Description:
metal, steel (overall material)
glass (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
stone (overall material)
red (overall color)
blue (overall color)
black (overall color)
Measurements:
average spatial: 9.2 cm x 26.5 cm x 33.5 cm; 3 5/8 in x 10 7/16 in x 13 3/16 in
overall: 3 3/4 in x 12 in x 14 1/4 in; 9.525 cm x 30.48 cm x 36.195 cm
Object Name:
Pump, Heart
heart pump
heart, artificial
pump
thesis
Other Terms:
Pump, Heart; Prostheses; Heart
Date made:
1950
1950
Associated dates:
1959 01 06 / 1959 01 06
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. William H. Sewell
ID Number:
MG.M-08016
Accession number:
223480
Catalog number:
M-08016
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a9-d1a6-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1145791
Online Media:

Sewell Heart Pump

Physical Description:
steel (overall material)
glass (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
silicone (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 3 3/4 in x 12 in x 14 1/4 in; 9.525 cm x 30.48 cm x 36.195 cm
overall: 9.5 cm x 24 cm x 35 cm; 3 3/4 in x 9 7/16 in x 13 25/32 in
Object Name:
heart pump
heart, artificial
pump
Place made:
United States: Connecticut, New Haven
Date made:
ca 1950
Associated dates:
1959 01 06 / 1959 01 06
Subject:
Medicine  Search this
Invention  Search this
Cardiology  Search this
Science  Search this
Related Publication:
Sewell, William H., Jr., M.D., and William W.L. Glenn, M.D.. Experimental Cardiac Surgery
Credit Line:
Mrs. William H. Sewell
ID Number:
MG.M-08015
Accession number:
223384
Catalog number:
M-08015
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
Artificial Hearts
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-ba9c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_688804

Kolff-Brigham Artificial Kidney

Maker:
Edward A. Olson Co.  Search this
Physical Description:
steel (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
rubber (overall material)
Measurements:
overall: 156.5 cm x 75 cm x 114 cm; 61 5/8 in x 29 17/32 in x 44 7/8 in
Object Name:
artificial kidney machine
artificial kidney
Place made:
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
Date made:
ca 1949
Subject:
Artificial Organs  Search this
Medicine  Search this
Kidney dialysis  Search this
Related Publication:
Kolff, Willem J.. The Artificial Kidney-Past, Present and Future
Credit Line:
John P. Merrill, M.D.
ID Number:
MG.291118
Catalog number:
M-13845
Accession number:
291118
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
Artificial Hearts
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ab-694d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1272088
Online Media:

Jarvik-7 Artificial Heart

Maker:
Symbion, Inc.  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 27 cm x 30 cm x 10.5 cm; 10 5/8 in x 11 13/16 in x 4 1/8 in
Object Name:
Artificial Heart
heart, artificial
Place made:
United States: Utah, Salt Lake City
Date made:
about 1984
Credit Line:
William C. DeVries, M.D.
ID Number:
2011.3078.01
Nonaccession number:
2011.3078
Catalog number:
2011.3078.01
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-74f1-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1410361
Online Media:

MK 22C

Maker:
Novacor Medical Corporation  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 2 1/2 in x 6 3/4 in x 7 1/4 in; 6.35 cm x 17.145 cm x 18.415 cm
overall: 17 cm x 16.3 cm x 5.8 cm; 6 11/16 in x 6 13/32 in x 2 9/32 in
Object Name:
Blood Pump and Energy Convertor
heart, artificial
blood pump and energy convertor
Place made:
United States: California, Berkeley
Associated Place:
United States: California, Oakland
Date made:
about 1982
Subject:
Medicine  Search this
Cardiology  Search this
Artificial Organs  Search this
Credit Line:
Gift of World Heart Corporation
ID Number:
2011.0197.05
Accession number:
2011.0197
Catalog number:
2011.0197.05
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-77ab-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1416310
Online Media:

Jarvik-7 Artificial Heart

Maker:
Symbion, Inc.  Search this
Physical Description:
metal (overall material)
polyurethane (overall material)
polyvinylchloride (overall material)
dacron (overall material)
velcro (overall material)
Measurements:
overall, as stored: 3 3/8 in x 5 3/8 in x 6 5/8 in; 8.5725 cm x 13.6525 cm x 16.8275 cm
overall: 10 cm x 13.5 cm x 11 cm; 3 15/16 in x 5 5/16 in x 4 11/32 in
Object Name:
heart, artificial
Place made:
United States: Utah, Salt Lake City
Date made:
ca 1984
Subject:
Artificial Organs  Search this
Cardiology  Search this
Health Care  Search this
Medicine  Search this
Related Publication:
The Journal of the American Medical Association
Credit Line:
William C. DeVries, M.D.
ID Number:
2010.0200.01.01
Accession number:
2010.0200
Catalog number:
2010.0200.01
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
Artificial Hearts
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ad-5cd2-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1409784
Online Media:

Cooley-Graft

Inventor; patentee:
Liebig, William J.  Search this
Maker:
Meadox Medicals, Inc.  Search this
Measurements:
overall, as stored: 1 in x 7 5/8 in x 1 3/4 in; 2.54 cm x 19.3675 cm x 4.445 cm
overall: 1.7 cm x 2.1 cm x 16 cm; 11/16 in x 13/16 in x 6 5/16 in
Object Name:
Vascular Graft
heart, artificial
vascular graft
Date made:
About 1976
Credit Line:
Leona R. Leonard
ID Number:
2007.0106.12
Patent number:
4047252
Catalog number:
2007.0106.12
Accession number:
2007.0106
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-39df-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1332342
Online Media:

heart, artificial; tubing

Measurements:
overall: 10.3 cm x .3 cm; 4 1/16 in x 1/8 in
overall, as stored: 1/4 in x 2 7/8 in x 6 in; .635 cm x 7.3025 cm x 15.24 cm
Object Name:
Tubing
heart, artificial
tubing
Date made:
1984-1987
Credit Line:
Julio C. Palmaz, M.D.
ID Number:
2002.0253.05
Accession number:
2002.0253
Catalog number:
2002.0253.05
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-69f9-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1195213

Phase II

Measurements:
overall: 13.5 cm x 13 cm x 13.5 cm; 5 5/16 in x 5 1/8 in x 5 5/16 in
overall: 5 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in x 9 1/2 in; 13.97 cm x 13.97 cm x 24.13 cm
Object Name:
Indexing Device
heart, artificial
indexing device
Date made:
1984-1987
Credit Line:
Julio C. Palmaz, M.D.
ID Number:
2002.0253.07
Accession number:
2002.0253
Catalog number:
2002.0253.07
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-69fb-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1195215
Online Media:

Clamshell Artificial Heart

User:
Topaz, Stephen R.  Search this
Maker:
Kolff Laboratory  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 12.5 cm x 11.5 cm x 9.3 cm; 4 15/16 in x 4 1/2 in x 3 11/16 in
overall: 14 1/2 in x 6 in x 3 7/8 in; 36.83 cm x 15.24 cm x 9.8425 cm
Object Name:
Artificial Heart
heart, artificial
clamshell heart
Date made:
Ca. 1990
Subject:
Cardiology  Search this
Surgery  Search this
Credit Line:
Stephen R. Topaz
ID Number:
2002.0339.01
Accession number:
2002.0339
Catalog number:
2002.0339.01
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-818e-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1203528
Online Media:

heart, artificial; arteria

Maker:
Kolff Laboratory  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 4.22 cm x 7.1 cm x 6.2 cm; 1 21/32 in x 2 25/32 in x 2 7/16 in
overall: 1 1/2 in x 2 3/8 in x 2 5/8 in; 3.81 cm x 6.0325 cm x 6.6675 cm
Object Name:
Arteria
heart, artificial
arteria
Credit Line:
Stephen R. Topaz
ID Number:
2002.0339.02
Catalog number:
2002.0339.02
Accession number:
2002.0339
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-81df-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1203530
Online Media:

Mold for Akutsu Artificial Heart

Associated Name:
Akutsu, Tetsuzo  Search this
Maker:
Akutsu, Tetsuzo  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 12.1 cm x 6.3 cm x 4.5 cm; 4 3/4 in x 2 1/2 in x 1 3/4 in
overall: 4 3/4 in x 2 3/4 in x 1 3/4 in; 12.065 cm x 6.985 cm x 4.445 cm
Object Name:
Mold
heart, artificial
mold
Date made:
1960's
Credit Line:
Stephen R. Topaz
ID Number:
2002.0339.03
Accession number:
2002.0339
Catalog number:
2002.0339.03
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-818f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1203536
Online Media:

Master Mold for Cerratru Heart

Measurements:
overall: 11.7 cm x 7.9 cm x 4.3 cm; 4 5/8 in x 3 1/8 in x 1 11/16 in
overall: 4 5/8 in x 3 1/8 in x 1 3/4 in; 11.7475 cm x 7.9375 cm x 4.445 cm
Object Name:
Mold
heart, artificial
mold
Credit Line:
Stephen R. Topaz
ID Number:
2002.0339.04
Accession number:
2002.0339
Catalog number:
2002.0339.04
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-8015-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1203541
Online Media:

Mold for Akutsu Heart

Maker:
Teter, Mary Rockhold  Search this
Akutsu, Tetsuzo, M.D., Ph.D.  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 7.7 cm x 8 cm x 4 cm; 3 1/16 in x 3 1/8 in x 1 9/16 in
overall: 5 in x 3 in x 1 3/4 in; 12.7 cm x 7.62 cm x 4.445 cm
Object Name:
Mold
heart, artificial
mold
Date made:
1960's
Credit Line:
Stephen R. Topaz
ID Number:
2002.0339.05
Accession number:
2002.0339
Catalog number:
2002.0339.05
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-9170-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1203549
Online Media:

Master Mold for the Akutsu Artificial Heart

Maker:
Akutsu, Tetsuzo, M.D., Ph.D.  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 14 cm x 7 cm x 4.5 cm; 5 1/2 in x 2 3/4 in x 1 3/4 in
overall: 5 3/4 in x 2 5/8 in; 14.605 cm x 6.6675 cm
Object Name:
Mold
heart, artificial
mold
Date made:
1960's
Credit Line:
Stephen R. Topaz
ID Number:
2002.0339.06
Accession number:
2002.0339
Catalog number:
2002.0339.06
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-9171-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1203550
Online Media:

Atomic Artificial Heart

Maker:
Kolff Laboratory  Search this
Measurements:
overall: 11 cm x 15.2 cm x 6.5 cm; 4 5/16 in x 6 in x 2 9/16 in
overall: 2 3/4 in x 10 3/4 in x 8 1/2 in; 6.985 cm x 27.305 cm x 21.59 cm
Object Name:
Artificial Heart
heart, artificial
artificial heart
Date made:
1970's - 1980's
Subject:
Cardiology  Search this
Surgery  Search this
Credit Line:
Stephen R. Topaz
ID Number:
2002.0339.07
Catalog number:
2002.0339.07
Accession number:
2002.0339
See more items in:
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source:
National Museum of American History
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746aa-9172-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmah_1203551
Online Media:

Modify Your Search







or


Narrow By