John Jacob Rendleman family papers, 1882-1952
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Brief Description: This small collection consists of memorabilia which primarily documents the highlights of the career of John Jacob Rendleman, with the emphasis upon his student days.  Also included in the collection is the contents of a scrapbook which contained clippings and manuscript items relating to medicine and medical folklore, further personal memorabilia and biographical information.
Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at]
Record Series Number: 1/6/MSS 122
Created by: Rendleman, John Jacob, (1863-1952.)
Volume: 1.0 Boxes
Arrangement: Arranged by content type.
Biographical Note for Rendleman, John Jacob, (1863-1952.) :

Dr. John Jacob Rendleman was born July 15, 1863, in Makanda, Ill. and attended SIU until 1880. He then taught school near his old home before beginning his formal education in the study of medicine.  He attended the School of Medicine at the University of Tennessee and went on to get another degree from Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia. Dr. Rendleman then opened a private practice and worked in Southern Illinois, making house calls, usually on horseback. He moved to Cairo, and worked as the local doctor until the year of his death in 1952.

In addition to his family practice he also took post-graduate courses at poly-clinic and post-graduate schools in New York, and at Mayo's in Rochester, Minn.  He was on the staff of St. Mary's hospital in Cairo, and the Missouri Pacific Hospital in St. Louis, and surgeon for the New York Central, G.M. and O., and Missouri Pacific railroads. He served as an examining physician during World War I, World War II, and the Spanish American War.  Dr. Rendleman was a member of the Alexander County Medical Society, the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the Sons of the American Revolution, and the Fifty Year Club of Illinois.

The doctor was honored in 1950 at the University of Tennessee as its "oldest living graduate."

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Subject Index
Rendleman, John Jacob, 1863-1952.
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale - Students
Traditional medicine
Genres/Forms of Material
Clippings (information artifacts)
College students - Illinois - Carbondale - Photographs
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale - History - Photographs
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.
Related Materials: Rendleman family photographs
PreferredCitation: [Item], John Jacob Rendleman family papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.