The papers consist of speeches (mostly on medical education), lecture notes, correspondence, publications, college and graduate school class notes, yearbooks, diplomas, and photographs relating largely to Severinghaus's professional career as an anatomist and medical educator. Many of the records relate to his work on a national survey of pre-professional medical education in the early 1950s sponsored by the John and Mary R. Markle Foundation. Another significant body of records documents Severinghaus's time at the Peking Union Medical College. Included are correspondence, lecture notes and other educational records, printed material, and financial records.
The medical records in box 3, folder 11 include Protected Health Information (PHI) as defined by the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Access is allowed only under the terms of Archives and Special Collections’ Access Policy to Records Containing Protected Health Information.