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Register of the Ralph Henderson Kellogg Papers, 1940-89
MSS 90-38  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ralph Henderson Kellogg Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1940-89
    Collection number: MSS 90-38
    Creator: Kellogg, Ralph Henderson, 1920-
    Extent: 6 cartons
    Repository: University of California, San Francisco. Library. Archives and Special Collections.
    San Francisco, California 94143-0840
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ralph Henderson Kellogg Papers, MSS 90-38, Archives & Special Collections, UCSF Library & CKM

    Processing Notes


    • Course Book: Contain written notes and handouts related to one particular class.
    • Note Book: Contain notes from various classes and/or lectures. Most are indexed in front pages listing date, course, speaker, and subject.
    • Lab Manual: Printed or mimeographed instructions and questions prepared for student lab assignments.
    • Lab Data: Compilation of raw data from lab research.
    • Lab Notebook: Compilation of data, sketches and other lab notes.
    • Field Notebook: Compilation of data, sketches, and other notes from field research.
    • Exams: Exams as prepared for particular course during particular semester.

    CONSERVATION: [Photos are attached to the first page of the following files]

    • Lab Manual: Mammalian Physiology 1954
    • Lab Manual: Medical Physiology 1972
    • Lab Manual: Medical Physiology 1973


    • Purchase Orders: RHK 1962-66
    • Thesis [Dissertation]:"Studies on Isotonic Saline Diuresis in Single Rats" - Ralph Henderson Kellogg (Draft)
    • Syllabus: "Biological Transport" L. Rabinowitz 1968
    • Publication (photocopy): Principles of Neurophysiology Don L. Jewett 1972
    • Anonymous Tutorial in Respiratory Physiology 1972
    • Various published reports not related to RHK
    • Duplicate materials


    Ralph Henderson Kellogg has been a professor of physiology at UCSF for many years. He was born in New London, Connecticut in 1920, graduated from medical school at the University of Rochester in 1943, and served as a medical officer in the US Navy for the duration of World War II. In 1946 Kellogg briefly acted as an Investigator in Physiology at Bethesda's Naval Medical Research Institute, then taught first year medical students at Harvard Medical School, while acquiring his Ph.D. in Physiology from Harvard in 1953.
    In 1953 he was appointed to the faculty of the University of California School of Medicine, where he taught physiology for over 35 years. In addition to teaching, Dr Kellogg carried on extensive research. In the early years most of his work was centered on investigations in renal physiology. In 1955 he was invited to spend the summer at the White Mountain Research Station, near the summit of the arid 14,246 ft White Mountain, on the edge of the Owens Valley, in eastern California. His initial investigation that summer set the direction for his life-long interest in and work on high altitude physiology. Experiments performed by Kellogg and his associates at White Mountain from the mid-1950s and to the mid-1960s provided an extensive array of knowledge to climbers, scientists and others concerned with human response to high altitude conditions. Other investigations performed by Dr. Kellogg, or under his direction, focused on various aspects of the physiology of respiration.

    Scope and Content

    The papers of Dr Kellogg currently held at UCSF primarily relate to his own education, teaching, and research. There is little material in reflecting his personal life, and almost no correspondence relating to any of these topics.
    The series related to his fifty years of education and teaching reveal both what was understood about physiology and how it was being taught. Research files primarily contain data compilations and notes on various investigations. These notebooks are clearly annotated and quite legible. An additional small series pertains to the Advisory Board for the White Mountain Research Station. This series holds the published report Twenty Five Years of High Altitude Research at the White Mountain Research Station, which includes a summary by Dr Kellogg of his work there.
    The collection includes notebooks, exams, manuals, notes, files, data compilations, and reports reflecting his education, research and teaching activities. Received June, 1990 from Ralph Kellogg.