Guide to the Steven O. Schwartz (1911-1998) Papers

Collection Title: Steven O. Schwartz (1911-1998) Papers
Dates: 1927-1972
Identification: 18/3/6/1
Creator: Schwartz, Steven O. (Steven Otto), 1911-1998
Extent: 2 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Steven O. Schwartz Papers are arranged in six categories: biographical materials, course files, correspondence, programs, newspaper and magazine clippings, and publications. Also included in the collection are three scrapbooks.
Acquisition Information: Steven O. Schwartz donated these papers to the University Archives on October 10, 1984 (Accession #84-188).
Processing Information: Mary Ann Weber and Kevin B. Leonard, December 29, 1988
Separated Materials: Fourteen books and six magazines have been transferred to the University Library's Gifts and Exchange Department. A film, “Clinico-Pathological Conference at Cook County Hospital” (16mm, 39 minutes), has been added to the University Archives' motion picture collection. A few duplicate items have been discarded.
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

Steven Otto Schwartz was born in Hungary on July 6, 1911, the son of Otto and Henrietta (Lemberger) Schwartz. He came to the United States in 1923 and became a naturalized citizen in 1929. Schwartz received his B.S. degree in 1932, his M.S. in 1935, and his M.D. in 1936, with all degrees awarded by Northwestern University. He married Ruth Diemel on April 24, 1942. The couple had three children: Kay, Ann, and James.

Between 1935 and 1937 Schwartz was an intern at the Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. During 1937-1938 he served as a research associate in hematology at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and for much of the same time was a Charlton research fellow in medicine at the Medical School of Tufts College. Between 1938 and 1950 Schwartz was an associate hematologist at the Michael Reese Hospital and chief of hematology at its Mandel Clinic. He was the attending hematologist at the Cook County Hospital (1339-1960) and at the West Side Veterans Hospital (1955-1956) in Chicago. From 1942 to 1968 he directed the department of hematology at the Hektoen Institute for Medical Research at Cook County Hospital.

Schwartz acted as a consulting hematologist at a number of Chicago area hospitals including Columbus, Illinois Masonic, Mother Cabrini, Chicago State, and Highland Park. Other positions held included senior attending physician at Wesley Memorial Hospital and associate of medicine at Mt. Sinai hospital in Chicago.

Schwartz's teaching career began in 1939 when he accepted appointment as professor of internal medicine at the Cook County Graduate School of Medicine. He held this position until 1968. He served as an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Illinois from 1942 to 1947, as professor of hematology at Chicago Medical School from 1947 to 1955, and as associate professor (1955-1959) and professor (1959-1979) of medicine at the Northwestern University Medical School. Upon his retirement from the Northwestern faculty, the University's Board of Trustees accorded him an appointment as emeritus professor.

Schwartz held memberships and fellowships in many professional societies including, among others, the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Federation for Clinical Research, the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine, the Central Society for Clinical Research, the Chicago Society of Internal Medicine, the American Geriatrics Society, the Pan American Medical Association, the European Society of Hematology, and the International Society of Hematology. He served from 1946 through 1950 as assistant editor of Blood, the Journal of Hematology and contributed numerous articles concerning hematology and leukemia research to a variety of professional journals. He co-authored Hematology in Practice, a 1961 textbook published by McGraw-Hill.

Schwartz died on December 29, 1998.

Scope and Content

The Steven O. Schwartz Papers are arranged in six categories: biographical materials, course files, correspondence, programs, newspaper and magazine clippings, and publications. Within categories all materials are arranged chronologically. Also included in the collection are three scrapbooks.

Biographical materials include high school and medical school transcripts, certificates, awards, conference badges, and related items.

Course files include Schwartz's 1933 general pathology thesis and his 1935 M.S. thesis, also in pathology.

Correspondence, both social and professional, is scattered and dates between 1936 and 1983.

Programs document Schwartz's appearances at professional conferences or before medical groups and other associations.

Newspaper and magazine clippings, dating from 1953 to 1969, pertain mainly to Schwartz's research on leukemia and his association with the Hektoen Institute for Medical Research. Numerous clippings concern his reporting on leukemia as a virus.

Publications include reprints and copies of Schwartz's articles on leukemia, hematology, and anemia. Also found here are two bound volumes of collected publications (Vol. 1, 1935-1949; Vol. 2, 1950-1959).

The scrapbooks contain clippings, correspondence, and some of Schwartz's earliest publications. Materials within the scrapbooks are arranged chronologically and supplement many of the other items found within the collection. The first volume dates between 1935 and 1951, the second between 1951 and 1957, and the third from 1958 to 1963.

Arrangement of Materials

The Steven O. Schwartz Papers are arranged in six categories: biographical materials, course files, correspondence, programs, newspaper and magazine clippings, and publications. Within categories all materials are arranged chronologically. Also included in the collection are three scrapbooks.

Subjects

Personal Name

Schwartz, Steven O. (Steven Otto), 1911-1998

Subjects

Blood--Diseases--Study and teaching

Medical colleges--Faculty


Container List / Contents

  • Biographical Materials, 1927-1984Box 1, Folder 1
  • Biographical Materials, n.d.Box 1, Folder 2
  • Course Files: Tuberculosis and Cancer in the Same Individual, Pathology Thesis, 1933Box 1, Folder 3
  • Course Files: The Production of Peptic Ulcers by Feeding Cincophen to Mammals Other than the Dog, M.S. Thesis, Pathology, 1935Box 1, Folder 4
  • Correspondence, 1935-1959Box 1, Folder 5
  • Correspondence, 1960-1983, n.d.Box 1, Folder 6
  • Programs, 1954-1961Box 1, Folder 7
  • Programs, 1965-1968, n.d.Box 1, Folder 8
  • Clippings, 1953-1960Box 1, Folder 9
  • Clippings, 1961-1969, n.d.Box 1, Folder 10
  • Publications, 1938-1960Box 2, Folder 1
  • Publications, 1961-1966Box 2, Folder 2
  • Publications, 1967-1973, n.d.Box 2, Folder 3
    • Volume 1: Publications, 1935-1940Box 2, Folder 3, Volume 1
    • Volume 2: Publications, 1950-1959Box 2, Folder 3, Volume 2
  • Scrapbook, 1935-1951Box 2, Folder 4
  • Scrapbook, 1951-1957Box 2, Folder 5
  • Scrapbook, 1958-1963Box 2, Folder 6