Lafayette Benedict Mendel papers
Scope and Contents
- I. CORRESPONDENCE
- II. WRITINGS, NOTES, AND MEMORABILIA
- III. TOPICAL FILES
- IV. PHOTOGRAPHS
Series II contains the professional writings, student papers, and memorabilia of Mendel. Professional writings include drafts and printed copies of the author's scientific investigations. The subjects of diet, digestion, growth, food economics, nutrition, and Vitamin "A" are some of the areas of research represented. Material here ranges from an early manuscript entitled "Growth" (folders 26-27), to experimental notes and assignments (folders 28-30), to the two-volume edition of Collected Papers (1901-1907), edited by Mendel and Russell H. Chittenden (folders 31-32). Articles published by Mendel are arranged chronologically and have been cited in the various bibliographies (folder 23) compiled and maintained by the author. The articles in the collection are not a total representation of Mendel's work. Files relating to "Physiological Seminary" (folders 40-41) consist of lists of papers reviewed by students and faculty of the Physiological Chemistry Department at Yale. These papers dealt with a variety of nutritional and scientific subjects.
Student writings consist largely of college admission exams, papers, and poetry. Personal journals (1884-1935) and notebooks (1888-1909) also deal primarily, but not exclusively, with the student years of Mendel. Entries in both the journals and cashbooks (1906-1935) are perfunctory personal and financial accounts of activities and expenditures. Entries in the journals often consist of no more than a scribbled "At home" or "Laboratory" to denote the primary locale for the day in question. Notebooks (40 volumes) include class notes from Mendel's undergraduate and graduate subjects, and also contain experimental notes for the later years (1884-1909). The folders of Memorabilia include several eulogies of Mendel, by colleagues, students, and friends, which provide detailed biographical data. Clippings and programs from Yale activities and travel brochures from foreign visits are also present.
Series III contains Topical Files, a distinct set of files created by Mendel on a wide range of topics. These files include correspondence and papers on many specific activities and interests unmentioned or only superficially discussed in Series I. These files contain material on many committees and foundations of which Mendel was a member. Two examples are the American Medical Association's Committee on Foods, and the Commission on Medical Education. Extensive budgetary data and correspondence is present for the Department of Physiological Chemistry, which Mendel was a vital part of from 1892-1935. Additionally, there is correspondence on the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, relating to grant applications and memberships. Material on the Russell Sage Foundation focuses on the Institute of Pathology, as Mendel served there as director and secretary. Mendel also served as an advisor to the Protein and Nutrition Division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Chemistry and Soils. Reports and recommendations are included in this file. Other topics of interest focus on the New York Food and Health Exposition of 1932-1933, the Pennsylvania State Emergency Relief Fund, 1933, and "personnel" files which include correspondence to and from Mendel relative to the staffing of academic positions around the world.
Series IV consists of photographs in the Mendel Collection and is a fine complement to the papers. Individual photographs of Mendel in his youth and as an adult, group poses, and individual photographs of the Mendel family, and moments with colleague Thomas Osborne, Mrs. Alice Mendel, Yale students, and while in Germany add a personal flavor to the collection.
The Mendel Papers were donated by Richard L. and Robert F. Herrmann. Additional material was transferred from the Yale Medical Library and the World War I Collection. Related collections holding material by or about Lafayette B. Mendel include the Russell H. Chittenden Papers, and the Sheffield Scientific School Papers. The Herrmann donation was accessioned in 1980.
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
6.75 Linear Feet (17 boxes)
Language of Materials
Biographical / Historical
- Angell, James Rowland, 1869-1949
- Bing, Franklin C. (Franklin Church), 1902-
- Cannon, Walter B. (Walter Bradford), 1871-1945
- Chittenden, R. H. (Russell Henry), 1856-1943
- Cushing, Harvey, 1869-1939
- Hubbell, R. H.
- Loeb, Jacques, 1859-1924
- Lusk, Graham, 1866-1932
- McCollum, Elmer Verner, 1879-
- Mendel, Lafayette B. (Lafayette Benedict), 1872-1935
- Nutrition -- Physiological aspects
- Pirquet von Cesanatico, Clemens Peter, Freiherr, 1874-1929
- Steenbock, Harry, 1886-1967
- Stokes, Anson Phelps, 1874-1958
- Storey, Thomas A. (Thomas Andrew), 1875-1943
- Vaughan, Victor C. (Victor Clarence), 1851-1929
- Voegtlin, Carl, 1879-1960
- Welch, William Henry, 1850-1934
- Woodward, Robert Simpson, 1849-1924
- Yale College (1887- ). Class of 1891
- Yale University -- Curricula
- Yale University -- Faculty
- Yale University. School of Medicine. Laboratory of Physiology
- Guide to the Lafayette Benedict Mendel Papers
- Under Revision
- compiled by William E. Brown, Jr.
- January 1982
- Description rules
- Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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