Owen H. Wangensteen papers
Scope and Content
The papers of Dr. Owen H. Wangensteen document his personal and professional life from 1912-1987. Personal and professional correspondence, research and notes, and publications compromise the bulk of the collection. A small amount of correspondence of Mrs. Sarah Wangensteen, as well as family correspondence, is also included. Of note is correspondence between Dr. Wangensteen and other leading surgeons of the time, including Dr. C. Walt Lillehei, Dr. Richard Varco, and Dr. Norman Shumway.
Because Dr. Wangensteen served as chair of the department of surgery during his tenure at the University of Minnesota, researchers should also consult the Department of Surgery records in conjunction with this collection.
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 Owen H. Wangensteen 1898-1981
Dr. Owen H. Wangensteen, B.A. 1919, M.B. 1921, M.D. 1922, Ph.D. 1925 University of Minnesota. Professor and chair of the department of surgery at the University of Minnesota 1930-1967. World renowned expert in the research and treatment of ulcers and development of surgical procedures to treat cancer. Winner of the John Scott medal for distinguished work in surgery 1941, the Samuel D. Gross prize in surgery 1935, Alvarenga prize 1949, the American Medical Association's Distinguished Service Award, and the American Cancer Society's Award. Best known for his development of suction syphonage treatment of acute intestinal obstruction intestinal suction pump or Wangensteen tube.
Owen Harding Wangensteen was born in Lake Park, Minnesota, on September 21, 1898.
50.5 Cubic Feet (49 boxes)
Collection contains the personal and professional papers of Dr. Owen H. Wangensteen, Regents' professor emeritus of surgery at the University of Minnesota.
The collection is arranged into the following series:
- Administrative Materials
- In Memoriam
- Meetings and Lectures
- Professional Affiliations
- Research and Notes
- Speeches and Publications
Source of acquisition
The collection was donated to University Archives between 1973-1986 by Dr. and Mrs. Owen Wangensteen.
- Cancer -- Research Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Surgery -- Study and teaching Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Ulcers -- Surgery Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- University of Minnesota. Department of Surgery
- University of Minnesota. Medical School
- Owen H. Wangensteen Papers, 1912-1987
- Jenny Filipi
- July 2010
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- Finding aid written in English
Collecting Area Details
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