Guide to the Leander W. Riba (1897-1982) Papers

Collection Title: Leander W. Riba (1897-1982) Papers
Dates: 1897-1983
Identification: 18/3/20/2
Creator: Riba, Leander William, 1897-1982
Extent: 2 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Papers comprise one and one-half boxes and span the period 1897-1983. The bulk of the material dates from the period 1929-1982. The Papers include biographical material, newspaper clippings, correspondence and other material pertaining to Riba's military service in World War's I and II, correspondence and clippings concerning his 1954 African safari, personal and professional correspondence, lectures, reprints, and acknowledgements of contributions to the Riba Fellowship in Urology at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Acquisition Information: The Leander W. Riba Papers were donated to the Northwestern University Archives by Ronald Riba on June 1, 1983 as Accession #83-70.
Processing Information: Margaret Faverty, March, 1984.
Separated Materials: One half box of plaques and awards presented to Riba were separated to the ephemera collection. Miscellaneous audiocassettes were added to the audiotape collection and fifty four photographs were added to the biographical photograph collection.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Leander William Riba was born on May 15, 1897 in Appleton, Minnesota. He graduated from Red Wing (Minnesota) Seminary College in 1916 and served in the U.S. Army Aviation section from 1917 to 1919. He earned his B.S. from the University of North Dakota in 1923 and his M.D. from Chicago's Rush Medical College in 1925. Riba obtained a residency in urology at Northwestern University Medical School. He was named head of the Medical School's out-patient genital-urinary clinic. In addition to his private practice, Riba was associate professor of urology in the Northwestern Medical School from 1928 until 1973.

From 1942 to 1945 Riba served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. He was stationed at Letterman (California) and Bushnell (Utah) General Hospitals as chief urologist. Following his discharge in 1945 he returned to surgical practice at Passavant Hospital and his teaching at Northwestern. In 1980 He established the Riba Urological Fellowship at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Riba published eighty articles in his urological speciality during his career. He was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member the American and Chicago Medical Associations, and a member of the American and Chicago Urological Societies. Riba married Evelyn Monroe in 1929. They had three children. After her death in 1970 Riba married Myra Brenneman in 1976. Riba died on October 6, 1982.

Scope and Content

The Papers comprise one and one-half boxes and span the period 1897-1983. The bulk of the material dates from the period 1929-1982. The Papers include biographical material, newspaper clippings, correspondence and other material pertaining to Riba's military service in World War's I and II, correspondence and clippings concerning his 1954 African safari, personal and professional correspondence, lectures, reprints, and acknowledgements of contributions to the Riba Fellowship in Urology at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Included in the biographical material are vita, memoirs, personal information questionnaires, and obituaries. Among Riba's military service records are the results of physical examinations, commissions, orders, correspondence, and discharge papers pertaining primarily to his service in the Army Medical Corps during World War II. Of interest is Riba's pilot's book from his service in the Air Corps in World War I. Included are the records of his flight training.

Among the correspondence are photocopies of personal letters from Adali E. Stevenson, whom Riba treated during his governoship. Also included is a small amount of personal and professional correspondence dating from prior to Riba's retirement in 1973 and one folder of correspondence pertaining to his post-retirement activities. Also included is one folder containing letters of condolence received by Riba's family at the time of his death in 1982. Included with the fifty-one reprints of Riba's articles on urology is a complete bibliography of his publications. In addition, the Papers include one folder of the licenses, certificates and diplomas of Riba's younger brother, Gerhardt,a dentist.

Subjects

Personal Name

Riba, Leander William, 1897-1982--Archives

Subjects

Urology--Study and teaching


Container List / Contents

  • Biographical Material, 1897-1982Box 1, Folder 1
  • Newspaper clippingsBox 1, Folder 2
  • Military Records, 1918, 1927, 1942-46Box 1, Folder 3
  • Military Records, 1942-46Box 1, Folder 4
  • African safari, 1954Box 1, Folder 5
  • Correspondence-Adali Stevenson, 1954-64Box 1, Folder 6
  • Correspondence-Personal, 1966, 1976-79Box 1, Folder 7
  • Correspondence-Professional, 1946-61Box 1, Folder 8
  • Correspondence-Retirement, 1973Box 1, Folder 9
  • Correspondence-Condolences, 1982Box 1, Folder 10
  • Lectures, n.d.Box 1, Folder 11
  • Riba Fellowship-Contributions, 1982-83Box 1, Folder 12
  • Reprints, 1929-48Box 1, Folder 13
  • Reprints, 1949-80Box 2, Folder 1
  • Gerhardt Riba materials, 1939-42Box 2, Folder 2