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Frederic Schiller Lee papers, 1867-1933 (bulk 1909-1930) 

Creator: 
Lee, Frederic S. (Frederic Schiller), 1859-1939.
Phys. Desc: 
3 cubic feet (9 boxes; 2 vols.)
Location: 
Health Sciences Library
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Biographical Note

Physiologist. A.B., St. Lawrence University, 1878; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins, 1885. Member, Dept. of Physiology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1891-1937. Author of The Human Machine and Industrial Efficiency (1919), a work on human fatigue in industrial settings. Active in the defense of experimental science against anti-vivisection legislation. President of the American Physiological Society (1917-19) and a founding member of the editorial board of the Society's American Journal of Physiology. For additional information, see finding aid.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, printed material, and scrapbooks documenting the professional career of Lee. His work with industrial fatigue is particularly well-covered, as is his involvement in pro-vivisection politics, professional organizations, and government scientific efforts during World War I. The papers also contain much relating to his career at Columbia University; his purchase of the John Green Curtis library for the medical school; his work for the 13th International Physiological Conference in 1929; and his memberships on the Committee on Industrial Fatigue, 1917-1918, and the New York Commission on Ventilation, 1926-1931. Principal correspondents include Nicholas Murray Butler, Walter B. Cannon, J. McKeen Cattell, John G. Curtis, William Darrach, Joseph Erlanger, William H. Howell, William W. Keen, Richard M. Pearce, Frank H. Pike, and Charles S. Sherrington. For additional information, see finding aid.