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Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology records

Identifier: uarc 38; uarc 39

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, arranged alphabetically, committee minutes and reports, papers regarding job searches, lab reports and papers, memos and materials regarding various local and national medical societies. Collection #38 includes correspondence of Gerald T. Evans, Ellis S. Benson and Robert A. Bridges.


  • 1940s-1980s


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Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). Requests to publish should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives.

Historical Note

Instruction in pathology began with the opening of the Medical School in 1888. In 1896 Frank W. Wesbrook became the director of the department of pathology and bacteriology . In 1913 H.E. Robertson was appointed director of the department of pathology, bacteriology and public health and served until 1919 when the name was changed to pathology and public health, with Robertson as director until 1921. From 1921-1949 Elexius T. Bell served as director of the department of pathology. In 1949 James R. Dawson Jr. was named chairman and served until 1970 when he was succeeded by Robert A. Good.

The department of laboratory medicine was established in 1959 with Gerald T. Evans serving as its first director. He was succeeded by Ellis S. Benson in 1966.

Evans had envisioned creating a bridge between clinical fields and basic medical sciences. In 1973 Ellis Benson realized this vision by bringing pathology and laboratory medicine together, establishing the department of laboratory medicine and pathology. He also became its first chairman. Ellis Benson retired in 1989 and Leo Furcht was named chairman.


22 boxes (28.6 linear feet)


Collection contains the administrative records of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Minnesota.

Other Finding Aid Available

A finding aid with a contents list is available for collection #38 in University Archives.

Related Materials

J. Arthur Myers. Masters of Medicine: An Historical Sketch of the College of Medical Sciences, University of Minnesota, 1888-1966. Warren H. Green Inc., St. Louis, Missouri, 1968. Chapters XXIII and XLI.

Processing Information

Collection has not been processed.

Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Records, 1940s-1980s
Karen Spilman, revised by Karen Klinkenberg
May 2005
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