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William Page Harlow

Identifier: COU-738

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 8 boxes of correspondence, publications and various materials pertaining to both the medical and mining interests of Dr. William Page Harlow.


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Biographical Note

Dr. William Page Harlow was born on November 14, 1867 in Division, Illinois. He engaged in copper mining in Michigan, Montana, and Arizona. During a copper slump he entered into medical school and received an M.D. degree at the University of Michigan in 1899. He later from 1902-1903 did post-graduate work at Johns Hopkins, Vienna, Berlin and Harvard. In 1903 he moved to Boulder where he became Professor of Medical Diagnosis and Dean of the Medical School, University of Colorado, serving in dual capacity until he retired in 1915. Dr. Harlow was instrumental in uniting the CU Medical School with the Denver & Gross Medical College and promoting the building of the CU Medical School in Denver. He never lost interest in mining and in 1907 he received a degree in geology from the University of Colorado. He helped develop calumet property in Arizona, maintained a large mineral collection, and tried to develop the radio-active properties in Springdale, Colorado. During World War I, Dr. Harlow served in various hospitals in the Medical Corps, and upon retirement was given the rank of colonel. Then he accepted commission on the United States Reserve Corps and organized the Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona medicalmen. Dr, William Harlow died at the age of 57 in 1924.


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William Page Harlow (1867-1924) was engaged in copper mining in Michigan, Arizona, and Montana (1887-1895) before studying for a medical degree. For three years he worked as a mine and railroad company surgeon. In 1903 he became a professor of medical diagnosis at the University of Colorado. As dean of the medical school, he was instrumental in absorbing the Denver and Gross College of Medicine. He maintained his strong interest in mining throughout his life. The collection contains correspondence and publications on both his medical and mining interests. Some genealogical material is also contained in the collection.

Physical Location

A 71 M1-2; A 72 L1-3

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

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Boulder Colorado 80503 United States