The Roger K. Larson papers measure 5 linear inches and date from 1988 to 1997. The papers
are comprised of book auction catalogs which document one man's deep respect for
scholarship as well as the sweep of California and Western history and the books that
have chronicled that history. Written by Larson himself, the catalogs provide a very
detailed description of each book as well as substantive annotations. The essays in the
catalogs are particularly useful in understanding both the collection and the collector.
Roger K. Larson, an avid book collector, has led an active career as a doctor and
professor of medicine. Born in Cadillac, Michigan, Larson attended Northwestern
University, Wheaton College and the University of Illinois before moving to California in
1949 for his residency in internal medicine. After a stint in the Korean War, Dr. Larson
moved to Fresno to practice medicine and eventually became Chief of Medicine at Valley
Copyright has not been transferred to California State University, Fresno.
The collection is open for research.