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University of California, San Francisco Archives & Special Collections
Title: Arthur E. Guedel Anesthesia Collection
Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2016.03
107.5 Linear Feet
22 cartons, 4 boxes, 14 over-sized boxes, 8 over-sized items
Date (inclusive): 1858-2010
Abstract: Arthur E Guedel, M.D., was an anesthesiologist and clinical professor of anesthesia at the University of Southern California.
The collection documents Dr. Guedel's long career as an anesthesiologist, scientist, and includes a variety of material related
to his research and his professional service. The collection also includes material from Dr. A.E. Bennett, Dr. William Neff,
Dr. Leonard Ramsay Thompson, Dr. Ralph Waters, and Dr. Richard C. Gill. The collection also includes material from the Guedel
Memorial Anesthesia Center and includes a variety of material related to its administration, meeting minutes, photographs,
Language of Material: Collection materials are in English
[Identification of item], Arthur E. Guedel Anesthesia Collection, MSS 2016-03. Archives and Special Collections, University
of California, San Francisco.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research. The UCSF Archives and Special Collections policy places access restrictions on material with
privacy issues for a specific time period from the date of creation. Restrictions are noted at the series and/ or folder level.
This collection will be reviewed for sensitive content upon request. Contact the UCSF Archivist for information on access
to restricted files.
Copyright has not been assigned to the Library and Center for Knowledge Management. All requests for permission to publish
or quote from material must be submitted in writing to the UCSF Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of
the Library and Center for Knowledge Management as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply
permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
Selected publications, including newsletters, from the collection have been transferred to the UCSF Library general collection.
Publications have been individually cataloged and are available to researchers. Oversize materials under the series, "artifacts,"
have been stored on the 5th floor vault of the UCSF Archives and Special Collections
This collection was donated to the UCSF Archives and Special Collections by the California Pacific Center Library in 2016.
No future additions are expected.
Processed by Edith Escobedo in 2019. Collection processing and digitization made possible through support from the Arthur
E. Guedel Memorial Anesthesia Center Board of Trustees.
Arthur E Guedel, M.D., was an anesthesiologist and clinical professor of anesthesia at the University of Southern California.
Arthur Guedel was born in Cambridge City, Indiana. He was educated at the Medical College of Indiana and graduated from medical
school in in 1908 as a first honors student. He interned for 6 months and became interested in anesthesia during his time
at City Hospital in Indianapolis. In 1909, he set up his first office for general practice.
Guedel served in World War I and trained nurses to administer anesthesia and created an anesthesia guide that helped many.
After the war, he resumed private practice of anesthesia and began his reasearch on improving anesthesia equipment like cuffed
endotracheal tubes. In 1937, his textbook "Inhalation Anesthesia" was published. Upon his retirement in 1941, he was the first
American to be awarded the Hickman Medal for original work in anesthesia, by the Royal Society of Medicine in London.
Scope and Contents
The Arthur E. Guedel Anesthesia collection documents Dr. Guedel's long career as an anesthesiologist, scientist, and educator.
Material relates to his work and others in the field, including files regarding anesthesia machines and equipment, ether,
chlorophorm, curare, and other related topics. Material includes correspondence, reports and publications, files related to
conferences and meetings, photographs, audiovisual recordings, artifacts, computer media, and other material. Some material
is restricted; restrictions are noted at the series and/or folder level.
The collection has been subdivided into 12 series:I. Correspondence, 1920-1958; II. Publications and unpublished material,
1911-1963; III. A.E. Bennett, 1930-1954; IV. Guedel Memorial Anesthesia Center, 1917-2010; V. Photographs & Slides, 1919-1994;
VI. Artifacts, 1916-1949; VII. Audio/visual, 1938-2016; VIII. Memorabilia, 1899-1991; IX. Dr. William Neff Archives, 1910-1997;
X. Leonard Ramsay Thompson, M.D., 1928-1933; XI. Books/ Journals/ Newsletters, 1858-1997; XII. Conferences and meetings, 1959-1997.
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