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Lillie, Ralph S. Papers
1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
Special Collections Research Center
This collection contains the personal and professional correspondence of Ralph S. Lillie (1875-1952), Professor of General Physiology at the University of Chicago. Additionally, the collection includes the correspondence of F.J Mullin, Professor of Physiology, as well as photographs, publications, and objects relating to Lillie’s research. The collection includes material from 1907-1942.
The collection is open for research.
When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Stayner, Ralph S. Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library
Ralph Stayner Lillie, biologist, was born August 8, 1875 in Toronto, Canada. He received his B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1896, and briefly attended graduate courses at the University of Michigan before going on to obtain his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1901. From 1902 to 1924 he held posts as instructor and research assistant at institutions including the Carnegie Institute and Johns Hopkins University. In 1924, Lillie was appointed Professor of General Physiology at the University of Chicago, a post he held until his retirement in 1940. He served as a Professor Emeritus from then until his death in 1952. Lillie’s specialty was research into the fundamental properties of life, and the physiology of stimulation, growth and cell division. He was also noted for his work on the physiological effects of radiation, and for his views on the philosophical aspects of biology.
This collection spans the years 1907-1942, and contains correspondence, publications, notes, photographs and clippings of Ralph S. Lillie. The collection also contains the correspondence of F.J Mullin, Professor of Physiology.
Series I: Correspondence, contains Lillie’s personal and professional correspondence, from 1907-1941. This series has been arranged alphabetically, by the name of the sender. In cases where carbons of Lillie’s letters or replies are extant, they have been alphabetized according to the name of the recipient. Correspondents include University of Chicago faculty and administrators, colleagues outside the university, and notable figures in the history of science such as George Sarton.
Series II: Publications, Notes, Clippings and Photographs, contains material dating from 1912-1942.
Series III: F.J. Mullin, contains a small amount of correspondence of this professor of physiology, dating from 1931-1936. This series is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:
Series I: Correspondence
|Box 1 Folder 1|
Correspondence, Adrian - Bauerstock
|Box 1 Folder 2|
Correspondence, Bazett - Brinley
|Box 1 Folder 3|
Correspondence, Brode - Cambridge
|Box 1 Folder 4|
Correspondence, Cannon- Cattell
|Box 1 Folder 5|
Correspondence, Cattell -Clark
|Box 1 Folder 6|
Correspondence, Clowes -Crew
|Box 1 Folder 7|
Correspondence, Crile - Ferguson
|Box 1 Folder 8|
Correspondence, Flexner - Gelfan
|Box 1 Folder 9|
|Box 2 Folder 1|
|Box 2 Folder 2|
Correspondence, Hayden- Hollander
|Box 2 Folder 3|
|Box 2 Folder 4|
Correspondence, Laughlin- McClendon
|Box 2 Folder 5|
|Box 2 Folder 6|
|Box 2 Folder 7|
Correspondence, Nomura- Osterhout
|Box 2 Folder 8|
Correspondence, Marion- Pond
|Box 2 Folder 9|
Correspondence, Pratt- Redfield
|Box 2 Folder 10|
|Box 3 Folder 1|
Correspondence, Sarton- Stechart
|Box 3 Folder 2|
|Box 3 Folder 3|
|Box 3 Folder 4|
Series II: Publications, Notes, Clippings, and Photographs
|Box 3 Folder 5|
Series III: F.J. Mullin
|Box 3 Folder 6|
Correspondence, Dragstedt- Liddell
|Box 3 Folder 7|
Correspondence, Luckhardt- Weymouth