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Guide to the Nancy E. Warner Papers 1930-1956

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Descriptive Summary


Warner, Nancy E. Papers




1 linear foot (2 boxes)


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


Nancy E. Warner (1923- ) is a graduate of the College at the University of Chicago and an early woman graduate of the Medical School, graduating in 1949. In 1972, at the University of Southern California, she became the first woman in the United States to chair a department of pathology. This collection contains class notes, photographs, and miscellaneous personal materials, largely from her time spent at the University of Chicago from 1945 to 1956.

Information on Use


This collection is open for research.


When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Warner, Nancy E. Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library.

Biographical Note

Dr. Nancy E. Warner, M.D. was born in Dixon, Illinois in 1923. She earned her S.B. from the College of the University of Chicago in 1944 and her M.D. from the School of Medicine in 1949. She did her residency at the University of Chicago from 1950 to 1954.

Warner stayed at the University of Chicago, working in the Biostatistics Lab until 1956, when she moved to Los Angeles to work at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital until 1957, returning shortly thereafter to the University of Chicago to work as Chief Surgical Pathologist. In 1965, she returned to Los Angeles to work again at the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital for eighteen months before accepting a position at the medical school at University of Washington in Seattle. In 1967, she returned once again to Los Angeles upon accepting a position at the University of Southern California, where she would spend the rest of her career.

After winning several teaching awards at USC, in 1972 Warner was the first woman in the United States to be appointed chair of Pathology at a coeducational medical school, a position which she held until 1983. She worked full time at USC and at the USC Norris Cancer Hospital until her retirement in 1991, but continued teaching undergraduate courses in pathology and participating in research, teaching, and service activities of the Department of Surgical Pathology at the Norris Hospital in the following years.

Warner is the author of a textbook, Basic Endocrine Pathology (Chicago: Year Book Medical Publishers, 1971), and, in 1984, she was an Eleanor Humphreys Visiting Surgical Pathologist at the University of Chicago, giving a talk entitled “Highlights of Endocrine Pathology.”

Scope Note

The bulk of the materials in this collection range from 1945 to 1956. The collection includes extensive class notes, a casebook from an early internship at the Dixon State Hospital, a group photo of the School of Medicine’s graduating class of 1949, as well as personal memorabilia and ephemera accompanied with Warner’s own notes and recollections of her time in medical school and time working afterwards, including of her and her life partner’s first apartment together.

The Nancy E. Warner Papers are organized into three series: Series I, Personal; Series II, University of Chicago; and Series III, Audio-Visual.

Series I, Personal, includes various personal effects, memorabilia, and readings. Materials are arranged chronologically.

Series II, University of Chicago, includes notes, articles, and research documents from Warner’s time at the University of Chicago, ranging from her time in medical school to the years immediately following her residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals. Materials are arranged chronologically.

Series III, Audio-Visual, contains photographs from Warner’s time at the University of Chicago and in Los Angeles, arranged chronologically.

Related Resources

The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:


University of Chicago. Department of Medicine. Records

Bloom, William. Papers

Bothman, Lewis. Papers

Subject Headings


Series I: Personal

Box 1    Folder 1

Articles, Pamphlets, Government Publications, 1930-1956

Box 1    Folder 2

Ephemera, circa 1942-1956

  • Directions for using Absorbed A serum
  • Pamphlet on heatstroke
  • ID card from 1954 California Medical Association annual session in Los Angeles with brochure
  • War savings bond stamp collection
  • Informational card on effects of atomic radiation
  • Blank University of Chicago Clinics appointment slip
Box 1    Folder 3

First Trip to Europe – Itinerary, airline baggage check and passenger tickets, immunization information booklet, August 1954

Box 1    Folder 4

Miami Trip – registration card for American Medical Association meeting in Miami, FL, tourist booklet on Charleston, SC's architecture, 1954

Box 1    Folder 5

Publications – "Know Your Communist Enemy," Telecomputing Corporation 1956 annual report, April 19, 1956 issue of The Reporter, materials from world film premiere of Anastasia, "The Pathologist" (clipped magazine article), clipping from JAMA, 1954-1956

Series II: University of Chicago

Box 1    Folder 6

Pathology 301 Lecture Notes [1/2], 1946

Box 1    Folder 7

Pathology 301 Lecture Notes [2/2], 1946

Box 1    Folder 8

Pharmacology Notes, Winter 1946

Box 2   Folder 1

Noon Lectures, Notes, Summer 1947

Box 2   Folder 2

Lectures, Notes, Winter 1947

Box 2   Folder 3

Dixon State Hospital Casebook, April-June 1947

Box 2   Folder 4

Medical School Lecture Notes, 1947-1949

Box 2   Folder 5

Henry Warner Correspondence with Graduation Announcement Clipping (photocopy), 1949

Box 2   Folder 6

University of Chicago Two Hundred and Thirty-Sixth Convocation (announcement card and photocopied program), 1949

Box 2   Folder 7

University of Chicago Residency, 1950-1954

Box 2   Folder 8

Scientific Notes and Publications, Cedars of Lebanon Hospital Stationary, circa 1954-1956

Box 2   Folder 9

Biostatistics Lab, 1955-1956

Series III: Audio-Visual

Box 2    Folder 10

Class of 1949 Group Photo, University of Chicago Medical School, Fall 1945

Box 2    Folder 11

Graduation Day Photo, 1949

Box 2    Folder 12

Photos (photocopied) of Nan Warner, her partner Chris Reynolds, her parents, and her uncle in Los Angeles, with LA Times clippings, 1954.