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William Cumming Rose Collection

Identifier: DC030

Scope and Contents

The collection contains biographical information, correspondence, a complete bibliography, a manuscript, printed material relating to honors and awards presented to him, photographs, and a scrapbook. The biographical information includes sketches prepared by Dr. Rose, articles published about him, obituaries, and alumni questionnaires. There is correspondence from 1922-1984 which includes correspondence from the alumni office and letters concerning his awards and honors, including correspondence with former vice-president Hubert Humphrey. There is a complete bibliography and a copy of his doctoral thesis, "Studies in Intermediary Metabolism." There is a copy of a children's story written about Dr. Rose by his cousin, Peggy Rose Day, entitled "Let Them Eat Crystals." The printed material contains numerous certificates awarded to Dr. Rose as well as newspaper articles discussing his awards. There are also photographs of Dr. Rose. The scrapbook was presented to Dr. Rose in 1955 and contains photographs of friends and coworkers as well as their comments. The oversize folders contain diplomas and certificates awarded to Dr. Rose. The artifacts consist of medals, lapel pins, and plaques presented to him.


  • Creation: 1907 - 1990


Biographical / Historical

William Cumming Rose was graduated from Davidson College in 1907. He earned a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1911. In 1913 he married Zula Franklin Hadrick of Lexington, Kentucky. The couple had no children. Dr. Rose taught at the University of Illinois from 1922-1953. He helped to lay the foundation of modern nutritional research by identifying the importance of amino acids as the building blocks of proteins. In 1966 he was awarded the National Medal of Science by president Lyndon B. Johnson. He was also awarded the Charles B. Spencer medal, the Willard Gibbs medal, the Osborne and Mendel award, and was a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He was awarded four honorary degrees; from Davidson College, Yale University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois.


0.83 Linear Feet (2 boxes + oversize + artifacts)



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequest of Mr. Rose; additional biographical information 2001-123

Processing Information

Processed on 11/16/1994

William Cumming Rose Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections Repository