MsC 804

C ollection Dates: 1890 -- 1970
.5 linear ft.

Collection Guide

This document describes a Manuscript Collection held by the

Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
e-mail: lib-spec@uiowa.edu



Guide Contents

Administrative Information

Biographical and Historical Information

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Acquisition and Processing Information

Box Contents List

Administrative Information

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Sir William Osler (1849 -- 1919) was a widely respected physician who trained in Canada. He believed in a holistic approach to medicine, as well as teaching through bedside training rather than classroom training alone. He was a teacher of medicine and prolific writer of medical texts.

Jacque Roethler 2005

Scope and Contents

The first part of this co llection consists of eighty-one letters written by Osler and his wife to Campbell Palmer Howard and family members, along with transcriptions of these letters. These letters concern family matters, publications, and positions of Osler and, especially, Howard. The second part of the collection consists of materials apparently amassed by Dr. R. N. Larimer, who collected medical texts, especially those of Osler. There is only one actual text here by Osler -- the remainder of the collection is Larimer's correspondence with book dealers about his collection, lists of materials written by Osler, essays about Osler, several letters not having to do with collecting, and miscellaneous, consisting partially of writings by other medical professionals.

Acquisition and Processing Information

The letters from the Oslers to the Howards were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by R. P almer Howard in 1981.

Guide posted to Internet: July 2005

Box Contents List

Series I: Osler's letters to Campbell Palmer Howard


Transcriptions (2 folders)

Series II: Larimer's collection

Articles about Osler


Documents from Larimer's collecting activities



John Howell

Old Hickory

Zeitlin and ver Brugge

Other book vendors

Lists of writings by Osler and others


Osler, William. The Growth of Truth as Illustrated in the Discovery of the Circulation of the Blood. London: Henry Frowde, 1906.

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