Lorraine Lake Papers


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Lorraine Lake Papers


  • 1954-1999 (Creation)


0.8 cubic feet (2 boxes)

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Biographical history

Lorraine F. Lake was a member of the last class of 12 students to graduate from the Barnes Hospital School for Physical Therapy in 1948. She then joined the faculty of Washington University as an assistant in the Program in Physical Therapy. Lake continued her education, receiving a bachelor’s of science in 1950, a master’s degree in 1954, and a Ph.D. in 1962 from Washington University.

Dr. Lake held joint appointments in the Program in Physical Therapy and the Department of Anatomy, first as instructor and, beginning in 1958, as assistant professor. She also joined the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health as an assistant professor in 1971. From 1961 until 1979 Lorraine Lake served as the associate director of the Irene Walter Johnson Institute of Rehabilitation. In 1980, Lake retired as assistant professor emeritus. The Washington University Program in Physical Therapy established a scholarship fund in Lake’s name given to a second-year student who exemplifies the highest professional and personal values, promise and performance. Lake died in December 2000.

Scope and content

The collection contains Lorraine Lake’s MA thesis and PhD dissertation, correspondence from when she was faculty in the Program in Physical Therapy and associate director of the Irene Walter Johnson Institute of Rehabilitation, and a scrapbook and other materials related to the IWJ Institute of Rehabilitation.

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The collection is open and accessible for research.

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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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For detailed information regarding use of this collection, contact the Archives and Rare Book Department of the Becker Library (arb@wusm.wustl.edu).

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

Languages of the material

  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

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Custodial history

About half of the papers was a series of 10 binders called: "Correspondence Journal, Dr. L.F. Lake," 1969-1979. Each binder is one fiscal year of the outgoing memos and correspondence of Dr. Lorraine F. Lake and her staff when she was Associate Director of the Irene Walter Johnson Institute of Rehabilitation . The papers also contain several financial reports, files, and a scrapbook, on what came to be the Irene Walter Johnson Institute of Rehabilitation, 1949-1978. The scrapbook contains photos of the Institute and its staff, as well as clippings, programs, invitations, and brochures. The Lorraine Lake papers also contains copies of Lake's M.A. thesis and Ph.D. exam and dissertation in the Department of Anatomy. The 1954 M.A. thesis is titled: "An electromyographic study of the action of the second and third dorsal interosseous muscles and their interaction with the extensor digitorum communis and flexor digitorum sublimis of the normal hand." The 1962 Ph.D dissertation is ti

Immediate source of acquisition

Transfer, Becker Library copy:Program in Physical Therapy, Susan Deusinger, Director, May 26, 2005 (2005-046, Box 7: FC151 (Lorraine Lake collection, 1957-1975 including doctoral dissertation, Department of Anatomy, 1962).

Transfer, Becker Library copy:Program in Physical Therapy, Susan Deusinger, Director, December 29, 2005, ((2006-023: Lorraine Lake collection): Two letters, both addressed in variations of "Dear Dolores [Moore]and [other members of the Class of] 1948." One, dated 6 October 1997, is by Lorraine Lake. The other, dated January 31, 1999, is handwritten and signed "Anne [Furlong].").

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