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Papers of Louise O. Simonson


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Louise O. Simonson (1911-2001) was an American medical journalist and medical publisher. Born in Seward, Alaska on December 2, 1911, Simonson earned a degree in Microbiology from Reed College in 1932. After graduating from Reed, she worked as a hospital medical technologist in Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, California. She married publisher Harry Simonson in 1943.

With her husband, Louise O. Simonson co-founded Sidale Publishing Company in 1949. Under Sidale's auspices, the Simonsons founded Lab World, an internationally recognized medical and allied health news magazine. Published from 1950 until 1980, Lab World was devoted to developments in the clinical chemistry field. Sidale Publishing Company merged with North American Publishing Company in 1975. Harry Simonson passed away in 1976.

After her husband's death, Louise O. Simonson served as a communications consultant with the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC). In this capacity, she provided insights and content to the AACC's publication Clinical Chemistry News.

Louise O. Simonson passed away on July 11, 2001.


Papers of Louise O. Simonson, Science History Institute Archives, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Papers of Louise O. Simonson contain public relations materials created by Louise O. Simonson for the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC). They provide documentation of her work as a communications consultant for the AACC.

Arranged in their original order, the contents of this collection consist of a variety of materials, including biographical sketches, correspondence, copies of Clinical Chemistry News, and press releases.

The Papers of Louise O. Simonson were donated to the Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation) by Samuel Meites in 2002.

The Papers of Louise O. Simonson were processed by Andrew Mangravite in August 2011.

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There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes and the collection is open to the public.

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The Science History Institute holds copyright to the Papers of Louise O. Simonson. The researcher assumes full responsibility for all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Inventory

Five Biographical Sketches (Roger J. Williams, Linus Pauling, A. Baird Hastings, Arnold O. Beckman, & Bruno Jirgensons) and Correspondence with Samuel Meites, 1980, 1994.
Box 1 Folder 1
AACC PR - Including Copies of Clinical Chemistry News & Correspondence, 1976-1978.
Box 1 Folder 2
AACC Press Releases & Correspondence, 1976-1980.
Box 1 Folder 3
AACC Press Releases & Correspondence, 1979.
Box 1 Folder 4
Clinical Chemistry News - Issues to which LOS Contributed Copy, 1975-1980.
Box 1 Folder 5

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