Roy R. Peterson Papers


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Roy R. Peterson Papers


  • 1943-1982 (Creation)
  • 1943-1982 (Creation)


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Biographical history

Roy R. Peterson was a professor emeritus of anatomy at Washington University School of Medicine. He joined the School of Medicine in 1952 as an anatomy instructor and taught in the department until his retirement in 1988. He was named an Alumni Teaching Scholar and awarded Teacher of the Year from the senior class in 1973, 1976, 1980 and 1985. Peterson became director of the division of gross anatomy in 1974. Due to his long service to the medical school, the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology now gives an award in Peterson's honor annually to a first-year medical student for outstanding achievement in the Human Anatomy course.

Peterson earned a bachelor's degree in 1948 and a doctorate in 1952 from the University of Kansas, where he also served as an assistant instructor in zoology, a research assistant and a research fellow. He studied at The Anatomy School at Cambridge University in England and was a U.S. Public Health Service Special Research Fellow in Anatomy in 1960.

Scope and content

Of special interest in the Roy R. Peterson papers are manuscripts, photographs, and drawings for two of Dr. Peterson's publications: A Cross-Sectional Approach to Anatomy and Workbook for a Cross-Sectional Approach to Anatomy. The papers are organized in 6 series: 1. Equipment purchases and laboratory design, 1965-1970. 2. Selected student notebooks, 1943-1952. 3. Selected advisee theses, 1970-1971. 4. Study guides in histology, 1951-1957. 5. Selected publications, 1957-1982. . 6. Cross-section photography. .

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The collection is open and accessible for research.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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Gift, Roy R. Peterson, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, 1989 January 17 (1989-003: FC064 (Roy R. Peterson papers): Materials from Dr. Peterson's files, in 4 series: (1) documentation for equipment purchases and laboratory construction and renovation for the WUSM Anatomy Department, 1965-1970 [i.e., years of planning and construction of McDonnell Medical Sciences Building]; (2) selected notebooks by Dr. Peterson as a student, 1943-1952; (3) selected notebooks by Dr. Peterson's students, 1970-1971; (4) selected publications by Dr. Peterson.)

Gift, Roy R. Peterson, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, 2004 December 20 (2005-021): FC064 (Roy R. Peterson papers). Manuscripts, photographs, and drawings for two of Dr. Peterson's publications: A Cross-Sectional Approach to Anatomy and Workbook for a Cross-Sectional Approach to Anatomy. Supplement, January, 2005: photographs of cross-sections and (on facing sheets) the corresponding line drawings with identifying labels created in preparation for A Cross-Sectional Approach to Anatomy, arranged in a standard three-ring binder. (The binder itself was removed to facilitate preservation of the contents.)

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