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Jack Curry Redman collection

Identifier: HHC 88

Scope and Content

This collection surveys the medical and political career of and Albuquerque physician, Dr. Jack C. Redman (1924-1994), from his medical school notes to his work with the New Mexico Skin Cancer Project. Materials included in this collection are newspaper articles and correspondence relating to his medical interests in Vietnam, the New Mexico Skin Cancer Project, cervical cancer and the National Kidney Foundation of New Mexico dating from 1967 to 1989. The political campaigns of Dr. Redman from 1960 to 1965 also are documented as are his published articles from the 1950s to the 1980s. Also included are Dr. Redman's medical school notes (1947-1949), honors received between 1950 and 1994 and personal photographs taken between 1973 and 1980.


  • 1947-1994
  • PH 010.

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public and available for research with the exception of patient-related materials.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biography or History

Born in Alamosa, Colorado on September 20, 1924, Jack Curry Redman (1924-1994) moved with his family to Albuquerque, New Mexico at the age of five. As a self-proclaimed University of New Mexico "faculty brat," Dr. Redman, whose mother, Bess Redman, was a Professor of Voice at the university, had a lifelong connection to UNM and the Albuquerque area. Dr. Redman attended Albuquerque High School where he was quarterback on the football team and played against future governor of New Mexico Bruce King. He enrolled at the University of New Mexico as a pre-medical student but was called to duty with the United States Navy one semester shy of his graduation in 1945. In 1987, forty-two years after his expected graduation from UNM, Dr. Redman received his degree from the University of New Mexico using his transfer credits from Colorado.

After service Dr. Redman completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Boulder, Colorado. In 1946 he was accepted to the University of Colorado School of Medicine where he graduated with his M.D. in 1950. After graduation from medical school, Dr. Redman accepted an internship at the United States Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia and served in the Korean War for fourteen months. During his internship, Dr. Redman delivered his first babies and made the decision to go into family practice. In 1951, Dr. Redman returned to Albuquerque, New Mexico to open a private practice in general and family medicine. Over his many years of practice he would deliver over 3,000 babies.

During his forty years of medical practice, Dr. Redman became a prominent activist, both locally and nationally. He ran unsuccessfully as the Republican candidate for the U.S. Congress in 1962 and then again in 1964. In the summer of 1967, Redman served sixty days in Vietnam with the Volunteer Physicians for Vietnam of the American Medical Association, where he provided medical care to injured civilians. As a result of his volunteer service in Vietnam, Jack Redman received the New Mexico Medical Society's P.H. Robins Community Service Award. In 1975, Dr. Redman was honored for being the first doctor to successfully treat Pneumocystis carinnii in a young Vietnamese girl in Albuquerque. In 1977, Dr. Redman initiated the development of the New Mexico Skin Cancer Project, which focused on educating the people of New Mexico about the risk of skin cancer. His involvement led him to lecture in several foreign countries and placed Dr. Redman at the forefront of melanoma education. In addition to numerous other honors, he was awarded the St. George Medal in recognition of outstanding contribution to the control of cancer by the American Cancer Society in 1988. In 1985, Dr. Redman presented a resolution entitled the "The Total Woman Resolution" that recommended an annual cervical cancer examination for women rather than the standard every three years. Dr. Redman's advocacy of the resolution influenced the American Medical Association's 1987 recommendation for annual breast and pelvic exams for women. Jack Redman remained active in educating the public about the risks of cancer until his death on September 15, 1994.


3 Boxes, 1 VHS cassette tape


This collection documents the professional career and medical interests of Dr. Jack C. Redman (1924-1994). Included in this collection are news clippings, correspondences and photographs documenting Dr. Redman's medical interests in Vietnam, melanoma, cervical cancer and the National Kidney Foundation of New Mexico. Dr. Redman's published papers dating from the 1950s into the 1980s also are included. In addition to medical interests, Dr. Redman's political interests are documented and include a videotape of television spots for his 1962 and 1964 Congressional campaigns and the official ballot results from the 1962 election. Personal items such as Dr. Redman's medical school notes and photographs are included.

Related Archival Material

Jack Curry Redman Oral History. HHC64.FL 1171. New Mexico Health Historical Collection.

Albuquerque Visiting Nursing Service, staff [graphic]. PH 180 New Mexico Health Historical Collection. Bernalillo County Medical Society [graphic]. PH 110 New Mexico Health Historical Collection. Fred H. Hanold Oral History Collection. HHC59FL975 New Mexico Health Historical Collection. Jerome Greenblatt Oral History. HHC84FL1293 New Mexico Health Historical Collection. Lawrence H. Wilkinson Photographs. PH 021 New Mexico Health Historical Collection. New Mexico Physicians, Licensed 1940 to date [graphic]. PH 107 New Mexico Health Historical Collection. C. Pardue Bunch Papers [graphic]. PH 010. New Mexico Health Historical Collection.

Separated Material

VHS cassette tape has been moved to the Special Collection Annex.


Contact Information

  1. UNM Health Sciences Center
  2. Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center, MSC09 5100, 1 University of New Mexico
  3. New Mexico Health Historical Collection
  4. Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
  5. Phone: 505-272-8873
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  7. Email:
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Processing Information

Originally processed by Janet Johnson. Reorganized by Peggy McBride and Danielle Scott.
Inventory of the Jack Curry Redman Collection, 1947-1994
Processed by Janet Johnson. Revised by Peggy McBride and Danielle Scott
©2006 New Mexico Health Historical Collection
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center Repository

MSC 09 5100
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque New Mexico 87131 United States