Scope and Content
Title: Le Roy Crummer Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1921-1925
Collection number: MSS 34-6
Creator: Crummer, Le Roy, 1872-1934
Extent: 4 boxes (37 folders)
University of California, San Francisco. Library. Archives and Special Collections.
San Francisco, California 94143-0840
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these
materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], Le Roy Crummer, MSS 34-6, Archives & Special Collections,
UCSF Library & CKM
Le Roy Crummer was born on April 15, 1872, in Elizabeth, Illinois. He received his
undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1893, and his M. D. from
Northwestern University School of Medicine in 1896. Soon after graduation, Dr. Crummer
became associated with his father, Dr. Benjamin F. Crummer, in practice in Omaha,
Nebraska. At this time he also became an instructor in the University of Nebraska; he was
named professor of medicine at that institution in 1919. His primary professional
interest lay in the study of heart disease. He did notable Army service during World War
I, particularly in giving instruction in cardiology. His general teachings in this
subject were expanded into the important volume Clinical Features of Heart Disease,
published in 1925. A lifelong bibliophile, in 1920 Dr. Crummer and his wife (an authority
on Elizabethan literature) began assiduously to collect medical incunabula and
manuscripts. Over the next decade, they made frequent trips through Europe and acquired
an impressive collection of nearly five hundred items, most of which were deposited in
the library of the University of Michigan. During this period, Dr. Crummer also published
work in medical bibliography. In 1929 Dr. Crummer was named clinical professor of medical
history and bibliography at the University of California medical school, a position which
he held until his death in 1934.
Scope and Content
Includes manuscripts and typescripts of books and articles, galleys, correspondence,