This collection contains biographical information pertaining to Dr. Clay, a publications list, group photos of two residency classes and the medical student trip to Eli Lilly, original manuscripts and reprints of articles, continuing education information, course materials for classes he taught at UofL, and a medical bag with his initials, containing mostly 1950s drug samples and some instruments, including WWII medical officers canvas instrument roll.
Dr. Herbert L. Clay, Jr. was born January 6, 1916, the son of Herbert Lee Clay and Grace Eileen Witty. He married Kathleen Wheeler in 1939, and they had two daughters, Kathryn and Doris, and two sons, Herbert L. III, and John N. He graduated from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1939. Dr. Clay served in World War II, being discharged in 1949. That same year he returned to Louisville and was named Associate Professor of Medicine and Chief of Louisville General Hospital. In 1951 he helped to develop a low-cost heart disease detector. He was a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Cardiology, a member of the Medicochiurgical Society, the Innominate Society, American Society of Internal Medicine and the American Association of Internal Medicine. He was also a passionate birdwatcher and a member of both the Kentucky Ornithological Society and the Beckham Bird Club.