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William Gilmore Leaman, Jr., 1899 - 1973
Photograph Album, c. 1916 - 1923

UPX 12 L436

1 Item
Prepared by Robin Duncan
February 2009

Access to collections is granted in accordance with the Protocols for the University Archives and Records Center.


Gift of Evan Siegelman, M.D., August 2, 2006.



The collection consists of one series, containing a single photograph album.  The photographs and album pages are maintained in the order they were received by the University Archives.  It is not clear whether this was the original order of the album’s pages.



William Gilmore Leaman, Jr. was born on 3 September 1898 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  His study at the University of Pennsylvania was interrupted by his service in the First World War as part of the forces assigned to Base Hospital No. 20.  He graduated from the University’s Medical School in 1922.

While at the University of Pennsylvania, Leaman was president of the La Place Society as well as a member of the Phi Beta Pi fraternity and the John C. Heisler Anatomical Society.  After his graduation, Leaman worked at the Southeastern Dispensary for the Diseases of Women and in 1929 took classes in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School.  He later served as a professor at the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania from 1932 to 1963 and practiced cardiology at Philadelphia General Hospital and a number of other area hospitals.  He died in 1973 in Unionville, Pennsylvania.



This album contains 180 photographs taken from approximately 1916 to 1923.  While in Medical School, Leaman took many photographs of his professors and classmates, including their work in clinics and the dissection room.  Leaman also chronicled his demobilization from the army in 1919 and his post graduation service at the Southeastern Dispensary in 1923.  Also in the album are photographs of family and of vacations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and Washington, D.C.



One photograph album. All photographs from this album can be viewed online.


World War I photograph of members of Penn's Base Hospital No. 20: Sargent de Benveville Bell, (Private?) Roland Nicklaus Klemmer and an unidentified soldierSurgical ampitheater, surgery performed by Professor Charles H. (Charles Harrison) Frazier, M.D. Viewed from ampitheater, with student in suit and bowties visible at the right