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Leonard Peltier papers

Identifier: KUMC-MSS-12

Scope and Contents

The Leonard Francis Peltier papers contain alphabetical subject files, articles and reprints, correspondence, biographies, awards and certificates, artifacts pertaining to the History of Medicine, and assorted ephemera.


  • 1920 - 2004


Conditions Governing Access

Some folders are restricted because of their sensitive nature or because they contain personal or confidential information. These records are protected by federal laws such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Examples of restricted records are personnel files, medical records, financial records, and any materials containing personal information such as addresses and social security numbers. Restricted materials are identified at the box and/or folder level within the finding aid. Questions about these materials may be directed to the Archivist. Access may be allowed on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the KUMC Archives and only after a proposal has been reviewed and approved by the University of Kansas Human Subjects Committee. All requests are subject to review by the Archives staff to determine accessibility.

Conditions Governing Use

Archives staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of materials. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright which may be involved in the use of this collection.

Biographical / Historical

Born January 8, 1920, and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, Leonard Francis Peltier, MD, PhD, graduated from the University of Nebraska with an A.B. in 1941. He received his M.D. from the University of Minnesota (UM), in 1944. After graduation, Peltier served a general surgery internship under Dr. Owen H. Wangensteen. In 1946, Peltier was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in the US Army Medical Corps and assigned to the 120th Station Hospital in Bayreuth, Germany, where he served as chief of surgery of a 500-bed hospital. After his discharge in 1948, Peltier returned to UM, where he received his Ph.D. in 1951. He then spent the next two years at UM completing an orthopedic surgery residency. At Minnesota, he served as a John and Mary R. Markle Scholar in Medical Science from 1952-1956.

Peltier was offered and accepted the position as Professor of Surgery (orthopedics) and Chairman of the Section of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, Kansas, in 1957. After serving as Head of the Section of Orthopedic Surgery for fifteen years, he moved to Tucson, Arizona, where he established the orthopedic program at the new College of Medicine of the University of Arizona in 1971. He served as Head of the Section of Orthopedic Surgery from fifteen years and an additional period as acting head of the Department of Surgery before his retirement in 1990. Dr. Peltier died in 2003.


19 Cubic Feet (43 archives boxes)

Language of Materials


Preliminary Guide to the Leonard Peltier Collection
Leonard Peltier papers
Finding aid prepared by CAW. Finding aid encoded by CAW.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the KUMC Archives Repository

University of Kansas Medical Center
2017 Robinson, Mail Stop 1025
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City KS 66160 United States