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Jacob Jesse Singer collection, 1900-1984
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jacob Jesse Singer Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1900-1984
    Collection number: 107
    Creator: Singer, Jacob Jesse 1882-1954
    Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.) 1 oversize box (2 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library.Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections for the Sciences
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: Dr. J.J. Singer specialized in diseases of the chest, especially tuberculosis. He had an eminent career both as clinician and as hospital administrator. This is a small and spotty collection of personal, legal, and professional documents, a few photographs and 16mm films.
    Physical location: Southern Regional Library Facility
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Jacob Jesse Singer collection (Manuscript collection 107). Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections for the Sciences , University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    The materials were given by Mr. and Mrs. Philip B. Singer to the UCLA Biomedical Library in 1994.


    Jacob Jesse Singer (1882-1954) born in Leeds, United Kingdom, was brought by his parents to St. Louis, Missouri as a small child. He attended Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, receiving his M.D. degree in 1904 and interning in St. Louis hospitals until 1906. Dr. Singer specialized in diseases of the chest, especially tuberculosis, and in 1937 he was certified by the Board of Internal Medicine with a specialty in tuberculosis. He acted as consultant on pulmonary diseases at the Washington University-affiliated Barnes Hospital, where he and the eminent thoracic surgeon Evarts Graham established the first modern chest clinic and published a landmark case report on the first successful pneumonectory for lung cancer.
    In 1937 Dr. Singer moved to Los Angeles and set up a private practice. He became senior attending physician at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital, Associate Clinical Professor in Medicine at the University of Southern California, and President of the Tuberculosis Section of the Los Angeles County Medical Society. In 1942 he was appointed Medical Director of the Los Angeles Sanatorium (later named City of Hope) in Duarte, California. He also served as director of the Rose Lampert-Graff Foundation for Medical Research. Dr. Singer authored several books on diseases of the chest, was a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, and a member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery and the American College of Physicians.

    Scope and Content

    In addition to the items listed in Box 1 in the Container List, some oversized items (a diploma, certificates, composite photographs) are housed separately in Box 2. A medical textbook, "Surgical Diseases of the Chest", by Evarts A. Graham and Jacob J. Singer, was also part of the Singer Family gift. and this volume is shelved in the Biomedical Library book collection (WF 980 G738s 1935).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Singer, Jacob Jesse, 1882-1954--Manuscripts
    Lung Neoplasms -- surgery -- history
    Physicians--Archival resources
    Pneumonectomy -- history