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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
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ReCAP (rcpxm): 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


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 photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

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

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