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Personal papers of Louis R. Fletcher

Call Number: PP 208


This collection contains photographs, correspondence, diaries, notebooks, and a manuscript.


  • Creation: 1970s


Conditions Governing Access

These materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) no less than three days in advance of a planned visit. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Louis R. Fletcher (1892-1973)

Louis R. Fletcher was originally from Harper, Harper County, Kansas before attending the University of Kansas, Southwestern College, and finally Rush Medical College at the University of Chicago, where he earned his medical degree. He took time off during his studies to earn money through various jobs in Alaska and elsewhere, including mining, lawnkeeping, and carpentry work. He later returned to KU for postgraduate study in anatomy.

Most of Fletcher's career was spent with the United Fruit Company, working in hospitals in Panama, Guatamala, and Honduras. He also served in the Navy, including as chief of surgery at Camp White Naval Hospital in Medford, Oregon.

Through careful expenditures and saving, Fletcher accumulated over a million dollars. He donated this money to the University of Kansas, which has been used as an endowed physiology fund for a variety of research projects and the construction of the Dr. Louis R. Fletcher Research Laboratories.

[Information retrieved from University of Kansas Medical Center. Department of Molecular and Integrative Phsyiology, "Dr. Louis R. Fletcher (1892-1973)," in the 2017-2018 annual report, pages 13-14.]


2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

PP 208

Physical Location

Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Related Materials

Consult library staff regarding the availability of related photographs, biographical files, and scrapbooks.

Guide to the Louis R. Fletcher Collection
Personal papers of Louis R. Fletcher
Finding aid prepared by ad, 2005. Finding aid encoded by ad, 2005. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2021.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Personal papers of Louis R. Fletcher, University Archives, PP 208, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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