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Elmer D. Bueker, Ph.D., papers 1933-1995
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Elmer D. Bueker, Ph.D., Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1933-1995
    Collection number: 437
    Creator: Bueker, Elmer D. 1903-1996
    Extent: 1 box (0.5 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: This small document collection outlines Dr. Bueker's biography and academic life with a curriculum vitae, reprints of publications, and material on faculty appointments and grants. Mainly, however, it focuses on his view of the seminal importance that research he published in 1948 played in the subsequent elucidation of nerve growth factor (NGF) by Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini, work for which she won the Nobel Prize. Included is correspondence between Drs. Bueker, Levi-Montalcini, and Victor Hamburger, transcript of a lengthy interview with Dr. Levi-Montalcini, published items referring to the history of NGF research, and notes on the subject by Dr. Bueker and his wife.
    Physical location: Southern Regional Library Facility (SRLF)
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights in the physical objects belong to the UCLA Biomedical Library. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish if the Biomedical Library does not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Elmer D. Bueker, Ph.D. Papers (Manuscript collection 437). Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections for the Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7304463 

    Acquisition Information

    The collection was given by Elizabeth A. Bueker (Mrs. Elmer D. Bueker) to the UCLA Neuroscience History Archives in 1998, which subsequently transferred it to the UCLA Biomedical Library.


    Elmer D. Bueker (1903-1996) was born and educated in Missouri. After receiving an M.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of Colorado he taught high school Biology until 1942, while at the same time studying for a doctorate at Washington University, St. Louis. He received the Ph.D. in Zoology in 1942; his dissertation sponsor was Dr. Victor Hamburger. Dr. Bueker taught Anatomy at South Carolina Medical College, Georgetown University, and University of Missouri Medical School between 1943 and 1955. He moved to the Department of Anatomy at New York University College of Dentistry from 1956 on. Upon compulsory retirement in 1972 he continued as Adjunct Professor until 1978, and as Emeritus Professor of Anatomy until 1985.

    Scope and Content

    The first five folders of the collection include biographical materials, publications, academic appointments and grants. The papers in the remaining eight folders focus almost entirely on the question of how the history of the discovery of nerve growth factor (NGF) was, or should have been, told. Included is correspondence regarding this question, published articles, news reports, marginalia and comments by Dr. Bueker and his wife, and the draft of a lengthy 1988 interview by Omni magazine with Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini after she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1986 for the discovery.

    Indexing Terms

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


    Bueker, Elmer D., 1903- 1996 - Archives
    Hamburger, Viktor, 1900-2001
    Levi-Montalcini, Rita
    Nerve Growth Factor - History
    Nervous system - anatomy & histology
    Nobel Prize --Collected Correspondence