Henry L. Ettman Papers


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Henry L. Ettman Papers


  • 1941-1968 (Creation)


0.60 Linear Feet

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Biographical history

A 1927 graduate of Washington University, Henry L. Ettman (1904-1968) was an inventor and founder of Aloe Scientific, Inc., a manufacturer of medical equipment. Ettman developed several products, among them a knife sharpener and stropper, a micromanipulator and a pipette rotor. When his company was absorbed by Sherwood Medical Industries, Inc., Ettman was given the title of senior scientist. Ettman was a philanthropist and was particularly noted for his support of the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis.

Scope and content

This collection includes 4 series.  Much of the documention included in each of the series details how to operate various medical equipment.  Note that Series 1: Correspondence; Series 2, Micromanipulator; and Series 3: Knife Sharpener and Stropper are available on microfilm only.  Series 4, the scrapbook is available in both microfilm and hardcopy format.

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Conditions governing access

The collection is open and accessible for research.

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Conditions governing reproduction

Users of the collection should read and abide by the Rights and Permissions guidelines at the Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives.

Users of the collection who wish to cite items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication must request, sign, and return a Statement of Use form to the Archives.

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

Preferred Citation:

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

The collection is the gift of Mrs. Henry L. Ettman.

Immediate source of acquisition

Gift of Mrs. Henry L. Ettman, 1974.

Gift, 1 December 1999, Ettman, Samuel L., Accession 2000-013: PC003 (Henry L. Ettman papers): Scrapbook containing photographs and other memorabilia honoring the career of Henry L. Ettman, WU alumnus and founder of the Aloe Scientific Company of St. Louis. The item was prepared by the subject's son, Henry L. Ettman, III, of Portland, Oregon. The donor is the subject's nephew.

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"Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS), 2013."

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© Copyright 2019 Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives. All rights reserved.

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