Archives and Manuscripts of Dr. Edmund D. Pellegrino

PellegrinoPortraitEdmund D. Pellegrino, M.D. (1920-2013), Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Medical Ethics at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, was a physician, philosopher, and administrator who is considered one of the “fathers of bioethics.” An esteemed administrator who had been the President of Catholic University (1978-1982), the Director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics (1983-1989), the Founder and Director of the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University Medical Center (1991 to 1996), and the Chairman of the President’s Council of Bioethics (2005-2009), Dr. Pellegrino was first and foremost a practicing physician who viewed bioethical issues through the lens of virtue ethics. To learn more about Dr. Pellegrino please visit this PCCB webpage.

A prolific writer, Dr. Pellegrino authored journal articles, books and book chapters, lectures and monographs devoted to medical ethics, bioethics, and his philosophical reflections on the physician-patient relationship. Incredibly generous with his time, Dr. Pellegrino served on several different boards and commissions, lectured and presented, taught classes in both philosophy and medicine, all while maintaining his medical practice.

With such activity comes copious records. Correspondence, class presentations, and even many of the awards given to Dr. Pellegrino were generously donated to the Bioethics Research Library by Dr. Pellegrino and, through continued effort by the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics and his long-time aid Marti Patchell, many more records and materials have been donated since Dr. Pellegrino’s passing.

The Bioethics Research Library at Georgetown University is proud to be the recipient of these donations and is committed to preserving the legacy of Dr. Pellegrino by maintaining these records and materials. Establishing the Archives and Manuscripts of Dr. Edmund D. Pellegrino has been a goal of the Library for many years and we are excited to be able to share these amazing collections with our patrons.

Many of Dr. Pellegrino’s books are part of the general library collection and may be checked out by Georgetown patrons and used on premises by visiting researchers. Other works and materials are kept within the Bioethics Research Library archive and will require permission to gain access to. While these other works and materials are being processed they may be unavailable. Requests to view the unprocessed materials will be determined on a case to case basis. To ensure access is available please contact the Bioethics Research Library before your visit to let us know what items you are looking for. We will work with you to grant you access to the materials you need, but may be unable to grant your request at the time. You may contact the library by filling out our online request form.

Continuing work on the materials has outlined nine separate archival collections that Dr. Pellegrino’s works will fall under:

Lectures and Presentations; Correspondence and Interviews; The Society for Health and Human Values’ Institute on Human Values in Medicine (IHVM); Classroom and Teaching Materials; Ephemera; Awards, Achievements, Paintings, Photos, and Degrees; The President’s Council on Bioethics (PCBE); Original Manuscript Archive; and Audiovisual materials.

Many of Dr. Pellegrino’s books are part of the general library collection and may be checked out by Georgetown patrons and used on premises by visiting researchers. Other works and materials are kept within the Bioethics Research Library archive and will require permission to gain access to. To ensure access is available please contact the Bioethics Research Library before your visit to let us know what items you are looking for.

Edmund D. Pellegrino Archival Collections

This section is being actively updated in October, 2016.

In addition to The Collected Works, the Bioethics Research Library holds two additional collections relating to the work of Dr. Pellegrino. The first is The Edmund D. Pellegrino Manuscript Archive, which contains over 600 scholarly journal articles (including reprints, pre-publication drafts, and original journal volumes), monographs, reports, conference proceedings, speeches, original books, book chapters, and introductions to bioethics texts and collections written by Dr. Pellegrino.  The Pellegrino archive includes translations of his work published in Italian and Spanish. Many of these manuscripts are duplicate copies of what is held in The Collected Works series and are more easily accessible through the above collection. You can find a list of these materials by visiting the Digital Georgetown collection.

The second collection is the Edmund D. Pellegrino Ephemera Archival Collection. This archive contains personal papers, awards, correspondence, press clippings, and other materials that span the career of Dr. Pellegrino.

Both collections are in the very early stages of processing. Permission is required to access either collection and requests to examine the materials must be submitted to the Bioethics Research Library using the Archive and Special Collections online form.


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