Elmer Louis Severinghaus Papers

Mss.B.Se81

Date: 1920-1946 | Size: 0.25 Linear feet, Ca. 100 items

Abstract

These letters to Severinghaus concern diabetes, endocrinology, nutrition, and information about grants and funds. Correspondents are mostly represented by one letter.

Background note

Elmer Louis Severinghaus (1894-1980) was a biochemist who conducted clinical research in insulin therapy, treatment of goiter, and vitamin deficiency. Born in New Albany, Indiana, he was the son of a physician who practiced homeopathic medicine. He graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin, B.A. (1916) and M.A. (1918), degrees in chemistry. He went on to Harvard Medical School to earn his M.D. degree in 1921. Returning to Wisconsin in 1924, he became an Associate Professor in the Department of Physiological Chemistry. A time of rapid application of laboratory developments, Severinghaus conducted clinical study and application of insulin therapy, treatment of goiter, aspects of thyroid disease, and conditions of the endocrine glands.

President of the Association for the Study of Internal Secretions, 1939-1940, he represented the United States as first "Goodwill Ambassador" to Latin America attending the International Congress of Endocrinology at Montevideo, Uruguay. In 1946, Severinghaus began a second career as Director of Clinical Research at Hoffmann LaRoche and in 1958, started a third career as Associate Director of the Institute of Nutrition at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University of New York. For many years, he was associated with the Medical Board of the United Church Board of World Missions. Other interests include the editorship of Current Therapeutic Research. His most famous publications are Guide for Diabetes, Vitamin Therapy in General Practice, Endocrine Therapy in General Practice.

Scope and content

Letters of correspondence covering Severinghaus' early career at the University of Wisconsin. Includes references to his clinical work with diabetes, goiter, and vitamin deficiency. The papers: 1 box, 0.25 linear feet, Series I. Correspondence, 1920-1946.

Collection Information

Physical description

Ca. 100 items.

Provenance

Purchased from Elmer Louis Severinghaus ($135.00) and accessioned, 03/08/1976 (1976 353ms).

Physiology, Biochemistry, and Biophysics Note

AuthorFormatDateLanguage
Bradley, Harold C. (On physiological chemistry at the University of Wisconsin.) Correspondence (1 item)1920English
Cannon, Walter B. (Walter Bradford), 1871-1945Correspondence (1 item)1936English
Carpenter, Thorne M. (Thorne Martin), b. 1878 (Scientific correspondence.) Correspondence (1 item)1927English
Carrel, Alexis, 1873-1944 (Scientific correspondence.) Correspondence (1 item)1935English
Chen, K. K. (Ko Kuei), b. 1898 (On Union Medical College in Peking.) Correspondence (2 items)1923-1924English
Corner, George Washington, 1889-1981Correspondence (2 items)1940English
De Kruif, Paul, 1890-1971Correspondence (1 item)1944English
Drinker, Cecil Kent, 1887-1956 (Scientific and administrative correspondence.) Correspondence (1 item)1929English
Harrop, George Argale, 1890-1945 (On setting up pharmaceutical research at Squibb.) Correspondence (1 item)1937English
Hoskins, R. G. (Roy Graham), b. 1880 (On policies of the Association for the Study of Internal Secretions [Endocrine Society].) Correspondence (1 item)1934English
Hume, Edward H. (Edward Hicks), 1876-1957 (On teaching and research opportunities in biochemistry in China.) Correspondence (2 items)1921English
Kinsey, Alfred C. (Alfred Charles), 1894-1956 (On establishing sex and behavior research at Indiana University.) Correspondence (1 item)1946English
Klumpp, Theodore G., 1903-1997 (On scientists as experts on policies of the Food and Drug Administration.) Correspondence (1 item)1939English
Leake, Chauncey Depew, 1896-1978 (On aspects of cooperative research and Severinghaus' goals at Hoffmann-La Roche.) Correspondence (3 items)1944-1946English
Nelson, Elmer Martin, 1892-1958 (On advisory activities for the Food and Drug Administration.) Correspondence (1 item)1942English
Pottenger, Francis Marion, b. 1869 (Concerning the Association for the Study of Internal Secretions [Endocrine Society], of which Pottenger was the secretary.) Correspondence (1 item)1934English
Richards, Alfred N. (Alfred Newton), 1876-1966 (On activities related to CMR (Committee on Medical Research).) Correspondence (2 items)1942, n.d.English
Sebrell, W. H. (William Henry), 1901-1992 (On the policy of the U.S. Public Health Service of adding vitamin D to milk.) Correspondence (1 item)1943English
Shorr, Ephraim (On the Symposium on Menopause.) Correspondence (1 item)1940English
Slichter, Charles Sumner, 1864-1946 (On issues of patents surrounding the cooperation between the dairy industries and biochemical nutrition at the University of Wisconsin.) Correspondence (1 item)1930English
Sure, Barnett, b. 1891 (On the relationship between nutrition, agriculture, and medicine.) Correspondence (1 item)1937English
Talbot, Fritz B. (Bradley), 1878-1964 (On controversies surrounding patent rights.) Correspondence (1 item)1934English
Weaver, Warren (On the relationship between endocrinology and behavior within the Rockefeller Foundation's program of physico-chemical biology.) Correspondence (1 item)1934English
Wilder, Russell M. (Russell Morse), 1885-1959 (On insulin research.) Correspondence (3 items)1931-1939English
Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (On insulin research.) Correspondence (2 items)1932-1939English
Yerkes, Robert Mearns, 1876-1956 (On research on endocrinology and behavior.) Correspondence (1 item)1934English

Indexing Terms


Personal Name(s)

  • Cannon, Walter B. (Walter Bradford), 1871-1945
  • Carrel, Alexis, 1873-1944
  • Cumming, Hugh S (Hugh Smith), 1869-1948
  • Fishbein, Morris, 1889-1976
  • Harrop, George Argale, 1890-1945
  • Hrdlicka, Ales, 1869-1943
  • Kinsey, Alfred C. (Alfred Charles), 1894-1956
  • Loeb, Jacques, 1859-1924
  • Menninger, Karl A. (Karl Augustus), 1893-1990
  • Pincus, Gregory, 1903-1967
  • Severinghaus, Elmer Louis,1894
  • Shaffer, Philip Anderson, 1881-1960
  • Starr, Isaac, 1895-1989
  • Wetzel, Norman Carl
  • Wilder, Russell M. (Russell Morse), 1885-1959

Subject(s)

  • Diabetes -- Research.
  • Endocrinology.
  • Medical sciences.
  • Medicine -- Research -- Finance.
  • Nutrition.
  • Research -- Finance.


Detailed Inventory

Series I. Correspondence
1920-1946 box 1
Barney, L.D.
1939 box 1
Bradley, Harold
1920 box 1
Benedict, Hamish
1925 box 1
Cannon, Walter B.
1936 box 1
Carlson, A.J.
1929 box 1
Carpenter, Thorne M.
1927 box 1
Carrel, Alexis
1935 box 1
Chen, K.K.
1923-1924 box 1
Collip, J.B.
1927 box 1
Conner, Lewis A.
1941 box 1
Cori, Carl F.
1927 box 1
Corner, George W.
1940 box 1
Cowgill, George R.
1944 box 1
Crile, George
1941 box 1
Cumming, Hugh S.
1941 box 1
Daniels, Amy L.
1925 box 1
de Kraif, Paul
1944 box 1
Doisy, E.A.
1928 box 1
Drinker, Cecil K.
1929 box 1
DuBois, Eugene F.
1927-1932 box 1
Duke-Elder, Stewart
1934 box 1
Dunbar, Flanders
1938 box 1
Evans, Herbert M.
1964 box 1
Farquharson, Ray
1941 box 1
Fishbein, Morris
1929 box 1
Foleri, Otto
1930 box 1
Fremont-Smith, Frank
1942 box 1
Fulton, John F.
1943 box 1
Gamble, James L.
194- box 1
Harris, Seale
1939 box 1
Harrop, George A.
1937 box 1
Hart, E.B.
1945 box 1
Hisaw, Frederick L.
1944 box 1
Hoskins, R.G.
1934 box 1
Houssay, B.A.
1942 box 1
Hrdlicka, Ales
1928 box 1
Hume, Edward H.
1921 box 1
Jeans, P.C.
1925 box 1
Jelliffe, Smith Ely
1942 box 1
Kenyon, Allan T.
1940 box 1
Keys, Ancel
1944 box 1
King, C.G.
1943 box 1
Kinsey, Alfred C.
1946 box 1
Klumpp, Theodore G.
1939 box 1
Koch, F.C.
1942 box 1
Leake, Chauncey D.
1944-1946 box 1
Levy, Magnus
1943 box 1
Lherisson, Camille
1942 box 1
Lipschutz, A.
1942 box 1
Lisser, H.
1932 box 1
Loeb, Jacques
1923 box 1
Lusk, Graham
1925-1930 box 1
Marriott, McKim
1929 box 1
McGavack, Thomas Hodge
1944 box 1
McKittrick, Leland
1942 box 1
McLean, Franklin C.
1941 box 1
Means, J.H.
1937 box 1
Menninger, Karl
1944 box 1
Mitchell, H.H.
1941 box 1
Mosenthal, Herman O.
1943 box 1
Musser, J.H.
1943 box 1
Nelson, E.M.
1942 box 1
Nelson, Warren O.
1936 box 1
Osgood, Edwin E.
1944 box 1
Papanicolaou, George N.
1937 box 1
Parsons, Helen T.
1944 box 1
Pincus, Gregory
1946 box 1
Plummer, Henry S.
1926 box 1
Pottenger, F.M.
1934 box 1
Reimann, Stanley P.
1944 box 1
Richards, A.N.
1942 box 1
Riesman, David
1939 box 1
Rock, John
1941 box 1
Russell, H.L.
1932 box 1
Sebrell, W.H.
1943 box 1
Shaffer, P.A.
1926 box 1
Shorr, Ephraim
1940 box 1
Slichter, Charles S.
1930 box 1
Smith, Philip E.
1935 box 1
Stare, Fredrick J.
1945 box 1
Starr, Isaac, Jr.
1933 box 1
Stiebeling, Hazel K.
1940 box 1
Stuart, Harold C.
1945 box 1
Suarez, Ramon M.
1942 box 1
Sunderman, F. William
1945 box 1
Sure, Barnett
1937 box 1
Talbot, Fritz B.
1934 box 1
Timme, Walter
1944 box 1
Todd, T. Wingate
1936 box 1
Weaver, Warren
1934 box 1
Weiss, Soma
1941 box 1
Wetzel, Norman C.
1945 box 1
Wilder, Russell M.
1931-1939 box 1
Woodyatt, R.T.
1929 box 1
van Dyke, H.B.
1942 box 1
Van Slyke, Donald D.
1937 box 1
Yerkes, Robert M.
1934 box 1
Young, J.
1938 box 1
Zondek, Bernhard
1944 box 1