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Kendall, Edward C. (Edward Calvin), 1886-1972
Edward Kendall Papers
Manuscripts Division
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17 boxes and 13.5 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-17


Visiting Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Princeton and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Edward Kendall conducted biochemical research and is best known for his work on the hormones of the cortex of the adrenal glands. His collection includes typescripts of scientific articles, laboratory notebooks and notes, correspondence regarding patients, and a great deal of printed material.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of papers of Kendall, encompassing his career in clinical medicine. Included are typescripts of scientific articles; laboratory notebooks; notes; correspondence with Merck & Co., scientists, friends, and others, as well as letters from patients concerning cortisone and quack arthritis cures; and a great deal of printed pamphlets, offprints, and scientific publications containing works by Kendall and others.


This is an unprocessed collection and remains in its original arrangement.

Essentially unprocessed, but arranged in cartons as removed from Kendall's file cabinets, including pre-1952 correspondence (A-Z), post-1952 correspondence (A-Z), articles, laboratory notebooks, and printed matter.

Note: Boxes 1-15 are record-center cartons; boxes 16 and 17 are archival boxes.

Collection Creator Biography:

Kendall, Edward C. (Edward Calvin), 1886-1972

From 1914 to 1951, Kendall conducted research in the biochemical section of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, as well as taught (1921-1951) physiological chemistry at the Mayo Foundation and the University of Minnesota. His research into the hormones of the adrenal cortex led to his ability to synthesize cortisone, for which he was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1950 with fellow researchers P. Hench and Tadeusz Reichstein. Upon his retirement in 1951, Kendall became a visiting professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Princeton University, and he did research at Merck & Co. in Rahway, New Jersey.

Collection History


Gift of the author.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This is an unprocessed collection. The contents list provided is a preliminary inventory.

The collection inventory was created by Michael Heist in August 2007.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Edward Kendall Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-17