Main content

William Schleif Papers


Held at: University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center [Contact Us]3401 Market Street, Suite 210, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

William Schleif was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin September 26, 1868. He studied pharmacy at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science (now the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia) and earned a Ph.G. in 1890. He studied medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and earned a M.D. in 1895. While studying medicine he was an Assistant Demonstrator of Pharmacy and after completing his studies was an Instructor in Pharmacy, 1896-1905, and Demonstrator of Pharmacy, 1905-1910. He was Director of Physical Education at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science 1910-1913. He worked for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health as the physician of the Sixth District of Philadelphia. He also maintained a private practice for fifty years and authored Administration of Drugs and the textbook Materia Medica and Therapeutics. His wife Gertrude preceded him in death by several years. William Schleif died on January 26, 1951.

The correspondence in the William Schleif papers pertains entirely to the efforts of the executrix of his estate, Elsie Warren Heiser, to probate Dr. Schleif's will, which included giving her land in Papeete, Tahiti that originally belonged to Schleif's brother Oscar, who died in 1935. The remainder of the collection consists of photographs, memorabilia related to track meets and reunions of Schlief's medical class of 1895, and a copy of his book Administration of Drugs (1898).

The William Schleif Papers are organized in to four series – Correspondence, Memorabilia, Miscellaneous, and Photographs – which are each arranged alphabetically.

The William Schleif Papers were donated to the University Archives and Records Center by Lynn W. Oliver in May 2006 (accession number 2006:36).

University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center
Finding Aid Author
Timothy H. Horning
Finding Aid Date
August 2015
Access Restrictions

Access to collections is granted in accordance with the Protocols for the University Archives and Records Center.

Collection Inventory

Request to View Materials

Materials can be requested by first logging in to Aeon. Then, click on the ADD button next to any containers you wish to request. When complete, click the Request button.

Request item to view

Estate Information, 1948-1951.
Box 1 Folder 1
Estate Information, 1953-1956.
Box 1 Folder 2
Estate Information, 1959-1967.
Box 1 Folder 3
Executrix: Elsie Warren, 1937-1950.
Box 1 Folder 4
Executrix: Elsie Warren, 1951-1956.
Box 1 Folder 5
Executrix: Elsie Warren, 1957-1959.
Box 1 Folder 6
Papeete, Tahiti property, 1933-1948.
Box 1 Folder 7
Papeete, Tahiti property, 1949-1951.
Box 1 Folder 8
Papeete, Tahiti property, 1953-1955.
Box 1 Folder 9

Alumni Day program and Medical Class of 1895 Thirty-fifth Reunion postcard, 17 June 1950.
Box 1 Folder 10
Old Guard tags, 12 June 1948, 17 June 1950.
Box 1 Folder 11
Relay race measurer medal, 1916.
Box 1 Folder 12
University of Pennsylvania medals and unknown key, 1891, undated.
Box 1 Folder 13

Administration of Drugs, 1898.
Box 1 Folder 14
Biographical sketch of William Schlief, undated.
Box 1 Folder 15
Medicine and surgery card, circa 1945.
Box 1 Folder 16
Obituary of William Schlief and cemetery certificate, 1951.
Box 1 Folder 17
Schlief family coat of arms, undated.
Box 1 Folder 18

Dr. William Schlief, portrait, March 1940.
Box 1 Folder 20
Dr. William Schlief, portrait, circa 1940.
Box 1 Folder 21
Dr. William Schlief, reading, undated.
Box 1 Folder 22
Medical Class of 1895 Twentieth Reunion, group photograph, 1915.
Box OS Folder 1
Miscellaneous photos, undated.
Box 1 Folder 23
Saved by the Roentgen Rays, undated.
Box 1 Folder 24

Print, Suggest