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Hal Downey papers

Identifier: ua-00706

Scope and Content

The collection is comprised of manuscripts of articles, drawings, notes, abstracts and excerpts from writings on hematology, and notes for lectures delivered at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.


  • Creation: 1908-1958


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 Hal Downey (1877-1959)

Hal Downey was born in State College, Pennsylvania in 1877. He received a bachelor of science (1903) master of science in zoology (1904) and Ph..D (1909) all from the University of Minnesota. From 1903 through 1929 he was a professor in the Department of Zoology. Upon the retirement of Thomas G. Lee from the Department of Anatomy in 1929, Downey was transferred to fill Lee's position.

Though not a physician, Downey was an authority on hematology and was consulted by physicians throughout Minnesota for the diagnosis of blood diseases. Of his many research contributions to hematology, Downey is most noted for his pioneer studies in infectious mononucleosis, carried out in collaboration with Dr. C.A. McKinlay. He was the American editor of the journal Folia Haematologicaas well as the four-volume Handbook of Haematologypublished in 1939. The Handbookwas the first of its kind in hematology and was for many years the standard work on the subject.

After retiring in 1946, he lectured at the Mayo Clinic for two years, then returned to his laboratory at the University of Minnesota, where he worked until shortly before his death in 1959.


3.75 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

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The collection contains the papers of Hal Downey, noted hematologist at the University of Minnesota.

Source of acquisition

These papers were deposited with the University Archives by Mrs. Hal Downey on 31 March 1960.

Hal Downey Papers, 1908-1958
University Archives Staff; revised by Guy Peterson
March 2006
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Finding aid written in English

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