Collection FC007 - Frank J. Lutz Papers


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Frank J. Lutz Papers


  • 1876-1938 (Creation)


1.50 Linear Feet

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Biographical history

Frank J. Lutz played a significant role in advancing the field of surgery in the state of Missouri. A St. Louis native, Lutz was born on May 24, 1855, and earned his BA from St. Louis University in 1873. He received his MD from St. Louis Medical College in 1876. Shortly after completing his studies, Lutz became an instructor in clinical surgery at St. Louis Medical College and then professor of surgical pathology and dean at Beaumont Medical College. He later joined the faculties of St. Louis University School of Medicine as chair of surgery and Washington University School of Medicine as chair of clinical surgery. In addition to his academic appointments, Lutz served as chief of surgery at Alexian Brothers Hospital and Josephine Hospital in St. Louis and as a staff member at the Barnard Free Skin and Cancer Hospital.

Lutz's service to the state of Missouri stemmed from a number of important appointments. During his tenure with the Missouri State Board of Health between 1893 and 1897, he strove to elevate the standard of Missouri medical education. Lutz was appointed surgeon general of the state of Missouri from 1886 until 1904 and president of the Missouri State Medical Association in 1887. Back in St. Louis, he was the catalyst behind the 1899 establishment of the St. Louis Medical Library, for which he served as librarian and trustee until 1913. In addition, he organized the St. Louis Surgical Society and in 1889, headed the St. Louis Medical Society. Lutz was also a prominent member of the American Medical Association and served as a trustee of that organization from 1910 until his death in 1916 from heart disease.

Scope and content

Scrapbooks compiled by Frank J. Lutz, 1876-1915, a volume called "Doctors registered with the Missouri Board of Health, and letters and reports concerning a proposed world medical conference to be held during the St. Louis Worlds Fair, 1904.

The scrapbooks document Lutz's professional life and interests in documents such as clippings, invitations, menus, letters, and certificates. In the scrapbooks are memorabilia of Lutz professional associations meetings and St. Louis medical schools and hospitals where he was on the staff or faculty. Newspaper coverage of physicians, medical matters, and medical societies, colleges, and hospitals is largely local but also national and international.

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The collection is open and accessible for research.

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Preferred Citation:

Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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