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Lowell T. Coggeshall Papers ca. 1940-1970

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Coggeshalll, Lowell T., Papers


ca. 1940-1970


3.5 linear ft. (7 boxes)


Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


Lowell T. Coggeshall. Physician, professor, dean. Contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, and ephemera relating to various professional organizations and government committees from the 1950s and 1960s, including the Chicago Board of Health, the Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Commission on Drug Safety. Also contains research material on malaria, speeches, and drafts and reprints of articles by Coggeshall. Material relating to the University of Chicago consists primarily of notes taken during President Beadle's staff meetings (1961-1962).

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Biographical Note

Lowell Coggeshall received his M.D. from Indiana University in 1928. After his internship at the University of Chicago Hospital in 1928-1929 he became an instructor in the Medical School in 1930 and assistant professor in 1934. In 1941 he left Chicago to become professor of epidemiology and chairman of the Department of Tropical Diseases in the School of Public Health of the University of Michigan.

In 1944 Dr. Coggeshall gave up his position at Michigan to join the Medical Corps of the U.S. Navy. He served as chief medical officer at the Marine Corps Barracks at Klamath Falls, Oregon, then used as filariasis rehabilitation center. Upon being discharged in 1946 at the rank of captain he returned to the University of Chicago as professor and chairman of the Department of Medicine. He was named dean of the Division of Biological Sciences in 1947 and Frederick H. Rawson Professor of Medicine in 1949. He was appointed vice president for Medical Affairs in 1960, which he held until 1969.

He went on to become a special advisor to the Dean of the Biological Sciences Division from 1947 to 1960; and Vice President for Medical Affairs from 1960 to 1966. He was also a University Trustee from 1962 to1965.

Dr. Coggeshall took a very active part in the fields of public health, public service, charitable foundations, and medical affairs beyond the confines of academia. From 1924 to 1944, on a leave of absence from the University of Michigan, he served as Medical Director of Pan-American Airways in Africa; in 1956-57, on a leave of absence from the University of Chicago, he served as Special Assistant for Health and Medical Affairs to the Secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. In 1958 he was a member of the United States delegation to the World Health Organization, and in 1959 he served on the International Development and Advisory Board.

Scope Note

This collection, which does not contain Coggeshall's University administrative papers, consists of the correspondence, reports, and printed matter pertaining to his many extra-University interests, speeches delivered before medical societies, and drafts and reprints of the numerous articles by Coggeshall published in medical journals.

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Box 1   Folder 1-4

American Cancer Society

Box 1   Folder 5

American Fund for Psychiatry

Box 1   Folder 6

American Hospital Association

Box 1   Folder 7

Association of American Medical Colleges Committee on Federal Health Programs

Box 1   Folder 8-11


Box 1   Folder 12-13

Chicago, City Board of Health

Box 2   Folder 1-4

Chicago, City Board of Health

Box 2   Folder 5-8

Citizen's Advisory Commission to the Coroner of Cook County

Box 2   Folder 9

Commission on Drug Safety Bulletin

Box 2   Folder 10-12

Final Report

Box 3   Folder 1-5


Box 3   Folder 6-7

Public Information

Box 3   Folder 8-13

Reports of Meetings

Box 3   Folder 14

Norman Ross Interview

Box 4   Folder 1-3

Senate Hearing

Box 4   Folder 4

Commonwealth Edison Company

Box 4   Folder 5-7

John Crerar Library

Box 4   Folder 8-9


Box 4   Folder 10-11

General Correspondence

Box 5   Folder 1

Influenzal Vaccines

Box 5   Folder 2-8

International Development Advisory Board

Box 5   Folder 9

Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation

Box 5   Folder 10

Malarial Studies, Carey Bates

Box 5   Folder 11-12

Cecil and Loeb Textbook of Medicine

Box 6   Folder 1

Certain Experiences During World War II

Box 6   Folder 2

Chemistry-Its Role in Tropical Diseases

Box 6   Folder 3-4

Cure of Malaria

Box 6   Folder 5

Duration of Immunity

Box 6   Folder 6

Encyclopedia Britannica Article

Box 6   Folder 7-8

General (1939-59)

Box 6   Folder 9


Box 6   Folder 10

Plasmodicides Old and New

Box 6   Folder 11

Overhead in Research Projects (1952)

Box 6   Folder 12-13

Articles, Speeches, and Drafts by Coggeshall

Box 7   Folder 1-5

Articles, Speeches, and Drafts by Coggeshall

Box 7   Folder 6

Rockefeller Foundation

Box 7   Folder 7-11

Sprague Foundation

Box 7   Folder 12

Teaching and Research in the University of Chicago Clinics

Box 7   Folder 13

Therapeutics in Internal Medicine

Box 7   Folder 14

United States-Correspondence with Government Officials

Box 7   Folder 15

Notes from meetings of President George Beadle and his staff. October 4, 1961 through Aug. 8, 1962