Name and location of repository
Level of description
Paul E. Lacy Papers
- 1939-1995 (Creation)
- 1939-1995 (Creation)
52.50 Linear Feet
Name of creator
Paul E. Lacy was a professor emeritus of Washington University School of Medicine and a pioneer in the treatment of diabetes, having developed islet transplantation in the 1950s. He graduated from the Ohio State University with a B.S. in 1944 and a M.D. in 1948. Lacy completed graduate work in anatomy and experimental pathology at the Mayo Clinic and received a Ph.D. in the discipline from the University of Minnesota in 1955. In the same year, Washington University School of Medicine appointed him to be an assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy. It was during that time Lacy began his groundbreaking research of endocrine cells in the pancreas that led to the discovery and success of islet transplants as an experimental treatment for Type I diabetes mellitus throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
Due to his rising reputation for his research, Lacy was named the Edward Mallinckrodt Professor and chair of the Department of Pathology in 1961, which he held for 23 years until his retirement in 1984. Along with his work in medicine, Lacy was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and helped create the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Scope and content
Early records on research include correspondence and laboratory and specimen notebooks, ca. 1955-1975. Later papers consist of correspondence, photos, NIH and tobacco grants, patents, lecture slides, reprints (including correspondence), newspaper articles, files on meetings, appointment calendars, reprints, and books.
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Conditions governing access
The collection is open and accessible for research.
Conditions governing reproduction
Users of the collection should read and abide by the Rights and Permissions guidelines at the Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives.
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Immediate source of acquisition
Gift, Dr. Paul E. Lacy, 1985 January 17 (1985-003: Paul E. Lacy Papers including early correspondence and laboratory notebooks, ca. 1955-1975, 2.5 linear ft.).
Gift, Steve Lacy, MD (for Paul E. Lacy estate), November 21, 2005 (2006-018: Paul Lacy papers, 28 record cartons received. VCs: slides).
Gift, Steve Lacy, MD (for Paul E. Lacy estate), November 21, 2005 (2006-039: Draft of a revised CV and personal statement. VCs: slides (35mm projection transparencies) and microscope slides containing stained and mounted (human?) pancreatic islet slide in respective storage cases).
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- Lacy, Paul E. (Subject)