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Richard E. Scammon papers

Identifier: ua00466

Scope and Content

The collection consists of material collected by Harry Wilmer for the purpose of writing a biography of Richard E. Scammon. Materials consist of drafts of Wilmer's proposed biography, a collection of manuscripts of Scammon's articles and speeches and correspondence with Scammon, Julia Scammon, and others regarding the biography. There are also a series of collected writings, articles, and notecards which Scammon may have used in his history of science course.


  • circa 1920s-1950s


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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.

Biographical Sketch of Richard E. Scammon (1883-1952)

Richard Everingham Scammon was born in Kansas City, Missouri on July 9, 1883. He earned his B.A. in 1904 from the University of Kansas, his M.A. in 1906 and Ph.D. in 1909 from Harvard University. Before joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Scammon was an instructor in zoology and anatomy at the University of Kansas (1906-1907, 1910-1913) and Harvard University (1907-1910). Dr. Scammon accepted a position as professor of anatomy at the University of Minnesota in 1914. In 1930, Dr. Scammon left Minnesota to accept the position as professor and dean of the division of biological sciences at the University of Chicago, but returned to Minnesota in 1931 to become the first dean of Medical Sciences. In 1949, Dr. Scammon retired from the University of Minnesota and he died on September 12, 1952.


2.5 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)


Collection contains biographical materials of Richard E. Scammon, dean of Medical Sciences at the University of Minnesota.

Source of acquisition

The collection was deposited in University Archives in 1949 and 1968.

Related Materials in the University Archives

Richard E. Scammon papers
Karen Spilman
May 2005; May 2021
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Revision Statements

  • May 2021: Contents list added

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