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Moses Barron papers

Identifier: ua01024

Scope and Content

The collection contains materials relating to Barron's medical experiences in World War I and his work as a doctor and researcher at the University of Minnesota. Materials from the War include an extensive set of photographs of Base Hospital No. 26, of staff, and of activities of the men. Also included are clippings and memorabilia.

Materials that relate to Barron's activities as a professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota include correspondence, pamphlets, photographs, memorabilia, and numerous reprints of published articles written by Dr. Barron.


  • 1911-1978


Language of Materials

Collection material in English

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 Moses Barron (1884-1974)

Moses Barron, M.D. (1911) University of Minnesota. Clinical professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota; published landmark articles that lead to the isolation of insulin.

Moses Barron was born in 1884 in Russia and emigrated to Minnesota in 1889. He attended the University of Minnesota, receiving his medical degree in 1911. He practiced medicine and served as a clinical professor of medicine at the University until his retirement as professor emeritus in 1952. During World War I, he joined the Army Medical Reserves Corps and served with the University's Base Hospital No. 26 in France. In 1920 he published a landmark article that gave Dr. F. G. Banting the idea that led to the isolation of insulin.

In 1951, Moses Barron became Chief of Staff at the brand new Mount Sinai Hospital in Minneapolis. After a 1944 survey, led by Barron, noted that Jewish physicians were denied admitting privileges at local city hospitals, fundraising by Jewish community members launched the new hospital. When it opened, Mount Sinai Hospital was the first private non-sectarian hospital in the Twin Cities to accept minorities on its medical staff.

Dr. Moses Barron died on December 22, 1974.


1 box (1.0 cubic foot)


Collection contains materials relating to Moses Barron's medical experiences in World War I and his work as a doctor and researcher at the University of Minnesota.

Source of acquisition

Collection received from Dr. Jesse Barron.

Related Materials

Materials related to Mount Sinai Hospital including Mount Sinai Hospital records (umja0003) and Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary records (umja0004) are available through the Upper Midwest Jewish Archives (

Moses Barron Papers, 1911-1978
Leslie Czechowski
November 2004
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Finding aid written in English

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