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Professor Irvin M. Borish Papers, 1939-2012 | University of Houston Libraries

By Tyler Selle

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Collection Overview

Title: Professor Irvin M. Borish Papers, 1939-2012

Predominant Dates:1939-1996

ID: 09/1997-001

Primary Creator: Borish, Irvin M.

Extent: 5.0 Linear Feet

Subjects: Borish, Irvin M., Optometry-- Study and teaching., Optometry schools-- United States, University of Houston, University of Houston - Faculty, University of Houston. College of Optometry.

Forms of Material: Correspondence, Manuscripts (document genre), Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The papers of Dr. Irvin Borish contain manuscripts, patents, awards and notices, conference proceedings, print items, correspondence, photographs, as well as audio and video recordings. Items in the collection date from 1937 to 1996 with most of the material dating from the late 1970s and 1980s. The majority of the material in the collection contains articles and other manuscript items written by Dr. Borish. However, the collection also contains numerous photographs, most of which are not labeled. Patent information and letters from prominent optometrists and ophthalmologists regarding Clinical Refraction might also be of interest to the researcher.

The University of Houston College of Optometry displays several of Dr. Borish's awards, honorary degrees, certificates, and other memorabilia (including a painting by him) in the Irvin M. Borish Reading Room located in the Optometry Library.

Dr. Borish's papers are arranged into twelve series: Résumé, Manuscripts, Patents, Awards and Notices, Conferences, Optometric Delegations, Print Items, Correspondence, Scrapbooks, Photographs, Audio Recordings, Video Recordings, and Miscellaneous. Original arrangement has been adhered to where possible. Subject file titles within the various series reflect titles created by Dr. Borish. Material arrangement, other than series arrangement, follows a chronological scheme whenever possible with the exception of the Manuscripts series. Subject files within the Manuscripts series are arranged alphabetically, with items in each subject file chronologically ordered.

Biographical Note

Irvin M. Borish was born on January 21, 1913 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son a Lithuanian Jewish immigrants. His father later contracted tuberculosis, forcing the family to move to Liberty, New York, where Borish graduated from Liberty High School. He returned to Philadelphia in 1930 to pursue studies in English literature at Temple University. In 1932 he enrolled in the Northern Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago.

Dr. Borish graduated from Northern Illinois College of Optometry in 1935 and achieved the best academic record in the institution's history. During the same year, the Northern Illinois College of Optometry also appointed him to the position of Instructor on the school's faculty as well as Chief of Staff for the college's Eye Clinic. By 1942, Dr. Borish held the position of Assistant Dean.

In 1944 Borish moved to Kokomo, Indiana where he started a successful private optometric practice. A heart attack in 1973 forced him to retire from private practice. After recovering, he assumed a full-time faculty position at Indiana University's Optometry School. Between the 1944 and 1973 he actively pursued many endeavors. In 1948 the first of numerous editions of Clinical Refraction, still a standard for optometry students, was published. While in private practice, Borish lobbied for the establishment of an optometry school in Bloomington, Indiana, wrote nearly one hundred articles, delivered numerous lectures, served as a visiting professor to at least nine optometry schools, and patented hard toric and bifocal contact lenses. He also contributed to the by-laws establishing the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry, coauthored the original manual of Accreditation used by the Council on Education and Accreditation in Optometry, as well as working on the by-laws of the Contact Lens Manufacturers Association which sets standards for the safe manufacture of contact lenses.

Dr. Borish retired from Indiana University in 1982, at which time he assumed the Benedict Professorship of Optometric Practice at the University of Houston. Since his arrival at the University of Houston, the University of Houston College of Optometry has established the Irvin M. Borish Chair in Optometric Practice (1987), an endowed chair with more than one million dollars of support. In 1995, Indiana University honored him by establishing the Borish Center for Ophthalmic Research.

Dr. Borish passed away on March 3, 2012.

Subject/Index Terms

Borish, Irvin M.
Optometry-- Study and teaching.
Optometry schools-- United States
University of Houston
University of Houston - Faculty
University of Houston. College of Optometry.

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Houston Libraries

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Use Restrictions: Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

Acquisition Method: Donation from Dr. Borish, 1997

Preferred Citation: Dr. Irvin M. Borish Papers, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Processing Information: Tyler Selle, February 1997

Finding Aid Revision History: Tue Jul 22 14:51:41 CDT 2003 urn:taro:uh.ua.00003 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (20030505).

Other Note: Uploaded to TARO, 2005.

Other URL: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/uhua/00003/hua-00003.html

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Resume],
[Series 2: Manuscripts],
[Series 3: Patents],
[Series 4: Awards and Notices],
[Series 5: Conferences],
[Series 6: Optometric Delegations],
[Series 7: Print Items],
[Series 8: Correspondence],
[Series 9: Scrapbooks],
[Series 10: Photographs],
[Series 11: Audio Recordings],
[Series 12: Video Recordings],
[Series 13: Miscellaneous],

Series 8: Correspondence
The thirty-three folders in this series contain correspondence dating from 1946 to 1994. Subject files include letters received concerning Clinical Refraction, general correspondence, as well as more personal correspondence (retirement and sympathy cards regarding Dr. Borish's heart attack). The Letters of Recommendation subject file comprises of the largest subject file in the series.
Box 7
Folder 13: Clinical Refraction, 1946-1949
Folder 14: Clinical Refraction, 1954-1955
Folder 15: Clinical Refraction, 1962-1980
Folder 16: General, 1973-1980
Folder 17: General, 1981-1984
Folder 18: General, 1986-1989
Folder 19: General, 1990-1996
Folder 20: General, undated
Folder 21: Retirement, 1983, undated
Folder 22: Letters of Recommendation: Dr. William Baldwin, August 1984
Folder 23: Letters of Recommendation: Dr. Richard Ball, March 1993
Folder 24: Letters of Recommendation: Dr. Caroline Begley, September 1991
Folder 25: Letters of Recommendation: Dr. Al Bucar, January 1994
Folder 26: Letters of Recommendation: Dr. Lena Chu, September 1986
Folder 27: Letters of Recommendation: Dr. Glenn Fry, July 1987
Box 8
Folder 1: Letters of Recommendation: Dr. Henry Hofstetter, January 1991
Folder 2: Letters of Recommendation: Dr. Richard Hopping, April 1988
Folder 3: Letters of Recommendation: Dr. Patricia Keach, August 1985
Folder 4: Letters of Recommendation: Dr. David Loshin, October 1991
Folder 5: Letters of Recommendation: Dr. Gerald Lowther, February 1988
Folder 6: Letters of Recommendation: Dr. Morris C. McKee, January 1985
Folder 7: Letters of Recommendation: Dr. Raymond I. Myers, March 1987
Folder 8: Letters of Recommendation: Dr. Donald Pitts, May 1986
Folder 9: Letters of Recommendation: Dr. Kenneth Poise, December 1991
Folder 10: Letters of Recommendation: Dr. Maurice Poster, July 1985
Folder 11: Letters of Recommendation: Dr. Lewis Scott, December 1981
Folder 12: Letters of Recommendation: Dr. P. Sarita Soni, Aug. 1991
Folder 13: Letters of Recommendation: Dr. B. Leonard Werner, July 1988
Folder 14: Letters of Recommendation: Dr. Melvin Wolfberg, May 1989
Folder 15: Letters of Recommendation: Dr. Dennis Yamamoto, July 1988
Folder 16: Cards Regarding Heart Attack, 1971-1985
Folder 17: Cards Regarding Heart Attack, undated
Folder 18: Cards Regarding Heart Attack, undated

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Resume],
[Series 2: Manuscripts],
[Series 3: Patents],
[Series 4: Awards and Notices],
[Series 5: Conferences],
[Series 6: Optometric Delegations],
[Series 7: Print Items],
[Series 8: Correspondence],
[Series 9: Scrapbooks],
[Series 10: Photographs],
[Series 11: Audio Recordings],
[Series 12: Video Recordings],
[Series 13: Miscellaneous],

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