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Louis H. Clerf
Louis H. Clerf

Louis H. Clerf Papers
1 linear ft. (2 boxes)

Biographical Note
Louis H. Clerf was born in Ellensburg, Washington in 1889. He graduated from St. Martin's College in Olympia, Washington before attending the University of Oregon Medical School for two years. He then completed his medical degree in 1912 at Jefferson Medical College. He stayed at Jefferson as an intern (1912-1914) and then as the Chief Resident Physician at Jefferson Hospital before leaving during WWI to serve on active duty with the Marines in France. While in the military he also was a Naval Medical School instructor of otolaryngology. In 1922 he came back to Jefferson Medical College as a Demonstrator in Laryngology and worked under Chevalier Q. Jackson, whom he would succeed as Professor of Bronchoesophagology in 1930. In 1934 he would be appointed Professor of Laryngology.

During his career, Clerf was a prominent member of the medical community. In addition to membership in a variety of medical societies and associations, he served as President for many of them, including the American Laryngological Association; the American Laryngological, Rhinological and Otological Society; the Pennsylvania State Medical Society; the Philadelphia County Medical Society; and the American Broncho-Esophagological Association. He also was president of the Alumni Association of Jefferson Medical College.

In 1954 Clerf retired in Florida, where he remained until his death on October 24, 1989.

Scope and Contents
The bulk of this collection consists of Clerf's publications - those listed individually and those bound together in three volumes. The remainder includes items such as biographical sketches from the Jefferson yearbook The Clinic, several printed addresses, photocopies of newspaper clippings, and correspondence with several Scott Memorial librarians to and from Clerf.

N.B. There is also one item from this collection stored separately as an artifact - a commemorative plate from the American Laryngological Association.

Organization and Arrangement

  1. Biography (c.1930-c.1989)
  2. Addresses (1936-1952)
  3. Publications (1924-1972)
  4. Events and Ephemera (1933-1981)
  5. Pictorial (1933-1954)
  6. Donor Correspondence (1978-1987)

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