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Guide to the Arno B. Luckhardt Papers 1918-1954

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Descriptive Summary


Luckhardt, Arno B. Papers



Manuscript Number:

Crerar Ms 17


0.5 linear feet (1 box)


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


Arno Benedict Luckhardt, 1885 – 1957, physiologist. The papers contain professional and personal correspondence; speeches and papers by Luckhardt on medical and historical subjects, including the William Beaumont Collection at the University of Chicago; and photographs and memorabilia. The material dates from 1918 to 1954.

Information on Use


The collection is open for research.


When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Luckhardt, Arno B. Papers, Crerar Manuscript 17, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

Arno Benedict Luckhardt (1885-1957) was a physiologist trained at the University of Chicago and at Rush Medical College (1909-1912). While a professor at the University of Chicago (1912-1947), Luckhardt's research interests included gastric and pancreatic secretion, the function a parathyroid glands, and the use of ethylene as a surgical anesthetic. Luckhardt was also an historian of early American medical history who was particularly interested in the discoveries of Dr. William Beaumont. Luckhardt was instrumental in arranging the gift of the William Beaumont Collection to the University of Chicago Library.

Scope Note

The papers of Arno B. Luckhardt comprise one-half linear foot of material, including professional and personal correspondence; speeches and papers of Luckhardt on medical and historical subjects, including the William Beaumont Collection at the University of Chicago; and photographs and memorabilia. The Luckhardt papers were part of the John Crerar Library's manuscript collections and came to the University of Chicago Library with the merger of the two institutions in 1981.

The collection has been organized into three series. Series I, Correspondence, contains 138 letters arranged alphabetically by sender. Many are responses to a facsimile of a letter from William Beaumont that Luckhardt had printed as a Christmas greeting in 1938. Series II, Speeches and Articles, contains 27 holograph or typescript drafts of Luckhardt's speeches and papers, covering a range of medical and historical subjects. Series III, Photographs and Memorabilia, is composed of photographs related to Luckhardt's medical research; and additional memorabilia, including historical material concerning William Beaumont

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Series I: Correspondence, 1930s

Box 1   Folder 1


Box 1   Folder 2


Box 1   Folder 3


Box 1   Folder 4


Series II: Speeches and Articles

Box 1

Folder 5: Speeches and Articles

Box 1

The Beginnings of Physiology, manuscript, 1933

Box 1

The Beginnings of Physiology, manuscript, 1934

Box 1

Biological Reactions to Ethylene Anaesthesia, manuscript, 1935.

Box 1

A Brief Description of the Principal Ornamental and Historical Figures of the Buildings Devoted to Physiological Chemistry, Physiology, Pathology, Medicine and Surgery, manuscript, undated

Box 1   Folder 6

Speeches and Articles

  • The Council on Dental Therapeutics, reprint, 1934.
  • The Council on Dental Therapeutics, manuscript, undated
  • Digestion, manuscript, 1934.
  • The William Beaumont Collection, manuscript, undated
  • Medical History Collections in the United States and Canada, reprint, 1939
Box 1   Folder 7

Speeches and Articles

  • Effects of Certain Drugs on Cutaneous Tactile and Pain Sensitivity, manuscript, undated
  • Foreword, manuscript, manuscript, undated
  • The Hierarchy of Dentistry, manuscript, undated
Box 1   Folder 8

Speeches and Articles

  • "Historical Highlights and Shadows in the Discovery of General Anesthesia," by ABL. Typed draft, 19 pp.
  • "The Honey Bee," by ABL, handwritten notes, 2 pp.
  • "Medical and Philosophical Intelligence for the Eclectic Repertory," by ABL. Typed ms, 3 pp.
  • "Members of the COngress of Anesthetics, Friends, and Visitors," by ABL. Typed draft, 2 pp.
  • "Official 'Edict' by the City of Zurich, Switzerland, 1766 A.D. on the Methods of Resuscitation to be Employed on Drowned or Asphyxiated Persons, with a Brief Introduction," by ABL. Typed draft, 6 pp.
  • "On THought in Medicine, by Hermann von Helmholtz, with an Introducion," by ABL. Typed draft, 4 pp.
Box 1   Folder 9

Speeches and Articles

  • "Physiology of the Teeth," by ABL, mimeograph copy, 3 pp.
  • "Presentation Remarks at the Unveiling of the Portrait Bust of Anton Julius Carlson," by ABL. Handwritten ms, 2 pp.
  • "Progressive Medicine: A Plea for the Concerted Efforts of the Clinician and the Laboratory Worker," by ABL. Typed draft, 10 pp.
  • "The Relation of the Council on Dental Therapeutics to the Profession and the Public," by ABL. Typed draft, 7 pp.; handwritten ms, 6 pp.
  • "Report to the Council on Dental Therapeutics of the American Dental Association on Pepsodent Toothpaste and Pepsodent Tooth Powder," by ABL. Handwritten outline and ms, 11 pp.
Box 1   Folder 10

Speeches and Articles

  • "The Rise of Our Knowledge of the Mode of Action of Peripheral Nerves and of the Central Nervous System," by ABL. Handwritten ms, 19 pp.
  • "Sundry Remarks on Ethylene-Oxygen Anesthesia," by ABL. Typed ms, 9 pp.
  • "Texts and Documents: Account of a New Mode of Extracting Poisonous Substances from the Stomach, by Philip Physick," by ABL. Typed draft, 3 pp.; handwritten ms, 3 pp.
Box 1   Folder 11

Speeches and Articles

  • "Tests and Documents: Report of the Autopsy of the Siamese Twins, Together with Other Interesting Information Covering Their Life," by ABL. Typed draft, 13 pp.
  • Untitled, handwritten ms, p. 1
  • "Texts and Documents: Several Medical Historical Facts and Oddities," by ABL. Typed draft, 5 pp., with attached printed illustration
  • "Texts and Documents: Urinalysis Including Uroscopy," by ABL. Typed draft, 6 pp.
  • Untitled, handwritten ms, 4 pp.
Box 1   Folder 12

Three charts depicting William Beaumont genealogy, in ABL's hand

  • "Three 'Doctor William Beaumont Letter,'" by ABL. Typed draft, 6 pp.

Series III: Photographs and Memorabilia

Box 1   Folder 13

Certificate naming ABL fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, December 30, 1920; Electromicrograph of liver, spleen, and lung tissue, 4 pp.

Box 1   Folder 14

Four photographs of pages 94-97 of an unknown book containing Beaumont's account of Alexis St. Martin's treatment; Magazine reproduction of Dean Cornwell's painting "Beaumont and St. Martin"