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Louis E. Schmidt papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: ghsl-28

Content Description

Collection consists of three volumes: one notebook and two scrapbooks created by urologist and professor Louis E. Schmidt. The two scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings on two major topics: public health efforts to combat venereal disease in 1930s Chicago (many of which involve Schmidt through his work as a member of the Chicago Board of Health, including the passage of an Illinois law requiring venereal disease tests before marriage) and the expulsion of Schmidt from the Chicago Medical Society in 1929 for working with the Public Health Institute, a venereal disease clinic that advertised its services, at a time when the medical profession saw advertising medical services as unethical. The notebook (box 2) contains notes taken by Schmidt while pursuing postgraduate study in urology and pathology in Berlin in 1896. A handwritten list of Schmidt's publications from 1901-1910 is tucked into the notebook.


  • Majority of material found within 1896, 1929-1938


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.


2 Boxes

Language of Materials



Two scrapbooks of newspaper clippings compiled by Louis E. Schmidt on the topics of public health efforts to combat venereal disease in 1930s Chicago and Schmidt's expulsion from the Chicago Medical Society in 1929. Also includes a notebook kept by Schmidt while studying urology in Berlin in 1896.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source and date of acquisition unknown.

Related Materials

See also: the Louis E. Schmidt (1869-1957) Papers (Identifier: 18/3/21/1) at Northwestern University Archives in Evanston, IL.

Condition Description

Some pages of the scrapbooks are detached and many pages and clippings are brittle and crumbling. Spine and binding of notebook are damaged.

Processing Information

Minimally processed by Emma Florio during a collections survey, February 2023.

Former call number of notebook: 616.6 Sch5n 1896

Guide to the Louis E. Schmidt papers
Emma Florio
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Library Details

Part of the Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center Repository

320 E. Superior Ave.
Chicago IL 60611-3008 US