Department of Pharmacology papers
Scope and Content
This collection consists chiefly of the correspondence of Dr. Arthur Hirschfelder during the period of 1923-1942. It does not cover the early years of Dr. Hirschfelder's service as professor of pharmacology at the University (1913-1922).Many of the letters deal with research problems carried on by the department of pharmacology, specifically those of Dr. Hirschfelder in local anesthesia.
There are also many requests for toxicology analysis and in addition, the collection includes correspondence of interest concerning the cooperation of the department with:
- Dr. H.W. Rhodenhamel, director of research development, Lilly Research Laboratory, Eli Lilly & Co., Indianapolis, Indiana.
- The Minnesota State Board of Medical Examiners.
- The Minnesota Liquor Control Committee, under Governor Floyd B. Olson.
- The Medical School at the University of Minnesota, as a whole.
- University of Minnesota. Department of Pharmacology (Organization)
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Use of Materials
Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.
Requests for permission to quote from the Department of Pharmacology papers should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives head.
The department of pharmacology at the University of Minnesota was established in 1913, with Dr. Arthur Hirschfelder appointed as professor and head. The department was a part of the medical school. Before 1913, pharmacology, the study of how chemicals (drugs) interact with the systems of the body, was a speciality within the field of physiology. After Dr. Hirschfelder's death in 1942, Dr. Raymond Bieter was appointed as head, succeeded by Dr. F.E. Shideman in 1962.
Biographical Sketch of Arthur D. Hirschfelder (1879-1942)
Arthur Douglass Hirschfelder was born on September 29, 1879 in San Francisco, California. He earned his B.S. from the University of California in 1897, continuing his education at the Pasteur Institute in Paris (1898-1899), Heidelberg University (1899), Johns Hopkins University, where he earned his M.D. in 1903, and the University of Berlin (1906). Dr. Hirschfelder was an assistant in medicine at Cooper Medical College (1904-1905) and instructor and associate in medicine at Johns Hopkins University (1905-1913) before joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Hirschfelder joined the faculty at the University in 1913 as professor and head of the newly created department of pharmacology. His areas of research focused on the diseases of the heart and the use of chemotherapy. Arthur Hirschfelder died on October 11, 1942.
1 box (1.3 linear feet)
Collection contains the papers of the Department of Pharmacology and of Dr. Arthur D. Hirschfelder, chair of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Minnesota.
Source of acquisition
The collection was deposited in University Archives on May 10, 1951 by Dr. Raymond N. Bieter.
- Bieter, Raymond Nicholas, 1900-1990
- Coffman, Lotus Delta, 1875-1938
- Diehl, Harold S. (Harold Sheeley), 1891-1973
- Ford, Guy Stanton, 1873-1962
- Hirschfelder, Arthur Douglass, 1879-1942
- Liquor laws -- Minnesota Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Minnesota State Board of Medical Examiners
- Narcotic laws Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Pharmacology -- Study and teaching Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Shideman, Frederick E. (Frederick Earl), 1915-1988
- Sigma Xi. Minnesota Chapter
- United States. National Youth Administration
- University of Minnesota. Medical School
- Vivisection Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Department of Pharmacology papers, 1923-1944
- Archives Staff; revised by Karen Spilman
- September 2005
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