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Paul J. Jakmauh Papers

Call Number: MS281

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the life and career of Dr. Paul J. Jakmauh, a member of the Tufts College Medical School Class of 1912, and Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health from 1938-1943.

Record types include scrapbooks, clippings, correspondence, and memorabilia pertaining to Jakmauh's education and career as Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health, as well as invitations, programs, and memos relating to his participation in civic associations in South Boston, his work during World War I and World War II, and his effort to control disease-causing mosquito populations. The papers further document Jakmauh's work with the Americanization Committee, working with Lithuanian immigrants in the period around World War I, his connections to the Irish American political scene in Boston through his maternal ancestors, and his professional life in public health. Some materials are in Lithuanian.


  • Creation: circa 1908 -- 1961



This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Please see “Reproductions and Use” on the Digital Collections and Archives website for more information about reproductions and permission to publish. Any intellectual property rights that the donor possesses have been transferred to Tufts University.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Paul J. Jakmauh (circa 1890-1964) was a member of the Tufts College Medical School class of 1912.

Paul J. Jakmauh was a 1908 graduate of South Boston High School, and a 1912 graduate of Tufts College Medical School. In 1915, Jakmauh was assigned to the post of 1st Lieutenant with the 9th Massachusetts Regiment Infantry Medical Corps, M.V.M. In 1938, Dr. Jakmauh was appointed State Commissioner of Public Health for Massachusetts, and he served in that position until 1943. He also served as a member of the Public Health Council from 1949-1964, and held the position of Chief of Staff at Carney Hospital.

In 1917, he was married to Mary T. Mahoney, and the couple had two children – a son, Paul M. Jakmauh, and a daughter, Mary A. Dwyer. Dr. Paul Jakmauh died in 1964, and was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Roslindale, Massachusetts.


2.25 Linear Feet (1 oversize box and 1 legal size document box)

Language of Materials



This collection is comprised of correspondence, clippings, and scrapbooks documenting the life and career of Dr. Paul J. Jakmauh, Massachusetts Commissioner of Public Health from 1938-1943 and a member of Tufts Medical Class of 1912.


 This collection is arranged in received order.

Custodial History

The Daughters of Charity Archives acquired this collection in 2020 from Steward Carney Hospital, which was operated by the Daughters of Charity from 1863-1997. It was transferred to Tufts in 2022, due to Dr. Jakmauh's connections to the Medical School and Massachusetts public health administration.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Daughters of Charity, 2022, accession numbers MS-2023-003 and MS-2023-031.

Processing Information

Correspondence, clippings, and scrapbooks were processed by Adrienne Pruitt, Collections Management Archivist, in July 2022. Certificates were processed by Kate McNally, Records and Accessioning Archivist in November 2022. Materials were placed in archival boxes and folders where needed, and received order was maintained.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

35 Professors Row
Tisch Library Building
Tufts University
Medford Massachusetts 02155 United States