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Rex L. Diveley papers

Identifier: KUMC-MSS-13

Scope and Contents

The Rex L. Diveley papers contain WWII records, including wartime journals, tour reports, military hospital records, surgical consultants’ histories, and North Africa camp inspections. The collection also contains several scrapbooks of photographs from WWI, WWII, and Dr. Diveley’s personal life. Other information includes civilian practice records and biographical data.


  • 1892 - 1980


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 June 17, 1892, Rexford “Rex” Leon Diveley received his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1917. He served during World War I in the Medical Corps, U.S. Army, from 1917 to 1919, as Ward Surgeon, Base Hospital #28, in Limoges, France. Base Hospital #28 was a unit formed of physicians and nurses from the Kansas City area.

In 1923, Dr. Diveley, with Dr. Frank Dickson, established the renowned Dickson-Diveley Orthopaedic Clinic at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kanas City, Missouri. Today the clinic maintains a proud heritage and long tradition of providing excellence in patient care, teaching, and clinical research.

Diveley joined the KU School of Medicine faculty as an Assistant in Experimental Medicine from 1928 to 1929. Other appointments included Providence, St. Luke’s, Kansas City General, and Wheatley-Provident hospitals. Dr. Diveley was certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery in 1935. Dickson (1935) and Diveley (1947) both served as presidents of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

During World War II, Diveley served as Chief of Rehabilitation Division, Chief Surgeon’s Office, E.T.O. He discharged as a Colonel and was awarded the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit. In 1946, he was appointed Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the KU School of Medicine, and served as Associate Clinical Professor from 1961-1974. He served as president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in 1947-1948. Dr. Diveley died on November 24, 1980.


4 Cubic Feet (10 archives boxes)

Language of Materials


Preliminary Guide to the Rex L. Diveley Collection
Rex L. Diveley 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