Scope and Content
Title: Jacob J. Singer Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1900-1984
Collection number: 107
Creator: Singer, Jacob Jesse 1882-1954
Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)1 oversize box (2 linear ft.)
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections for the Sciences
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: Dr. J.J. Singer specialized in diseases of the chest, especially tuberculosis. He had an eminent career both as clinician
and as hospital administrator. This is a small and spotty collection of personal, legal, and professional documents, a few
photographs and 16mm films.
Physical location: Southern Regional Library Facility
Language of Material: Collection materials in English
[Identification of item], Jacob J. Singer Collection., Ms. Coll. no. 107, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and
Special Collections for the Sciences , University of California, Los Angeles.
The materials were given by Mr. and Mrs. Philip B. Singer to the UCLA Biomedical Library in 1994.
Jacob Jesse Singer (1882-1954) born in Leeds, United Kingdom, was brought by his parents to St. Louis, Missouri as a small
child. He attended Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, receiving his M.D. degree in 1904 and interning in
St. Louis hospitals until 1906. Dr. Singer specialized in diseases of the chest, especially tuberculosis, and in 1937 he
was certified by the Board of Internal Medicine with a specialty in tuberculosis. He acted as consultant on pulmonary diseases
at the Washington University-affiliated Barnes Hospital, where he and the eminent thoracic surgeon Evarts Graham established
the first modern chest clinic and published a landmark case report on the first successful pneumonectory for lung cancer.
In 1937 Dr. Singer moved to Los Angeles and set up a private practice. He became senior attending physician at Cedars of
Lebanon Hospital, Associate Clinical Professor in Medicine at the University of Southern California, and President of the
Tuberculosis Section of the Los Angeles County Medical Society. In 1942 he was appointed Medical Director of the Los Angeles
Sanatorium (later named City of Hope) in Duarte, California. He also served as director of the Rose Lampert-Graff Foundation
for Medical Research. Dr. Singer authored several books on diseases of the chest, was a fellow of the American College of
Chest Physicians, and a member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery and the American College of Physicians.
Scope and Content
In addition to the items listed in Box 1 in the Container List, some oversized items (a diploma, certificates, composite
photographs) are housed separately in Box 2. A medical textbook, "Surgical Diseases of the Chest", by Evarts A. Graham and
Jacob J. Singer, was also part of the Singer Family gift. and this volume is shelved in the Biomedical Library book collection
(WF 980 G738s 1935).
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Singer, Jacob Jesse, 1882-1954--Manuscripts
Lung Neoplasms -- surgery -- history
Pneumonectomy -- history