Fonds 2018-018 - Records of Dr. Lester D. Riggs

Identity area

Reference code

CA ON00156 2018-018


Records of Dr. Lester D. Riggs


  • 1914-1930 (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

5cm of textual and graphic records

Context area

Name of creator


Biographical history

Lester David Riggs was born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, in 1880, and died in Fort Lyon Colorado in 1963. He married Bertha L. VanKirk (née Culver) in 1912. She died at Fort Thompson, South Dakota, on April 3rd, 1940, after having succumbed to cancer.
Riggs's parents were William Bates Riggs and Mary Priscilla Riggs (nee Nelson). He had three siblings: Leo Bates Riggs, Wanda E. Riggs, and Vera Lewis (nee Riggs). His father, William Bates Riggs, was originally from Pennsylvania, however in 1881, had moved to Belleville, Ontario.
For part of his medical career, Dr. Lester David Riggs was a doctor for natives at the Tapwai Sanitarium, Federal Public Health Service at the Naval Sanitarium in Las Animas Colorado, in Valentine Colorado.

Archival history

Originally donated to Belleville General Hospital.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred by Dr. Don Brearley in March 2018.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Items relating to the life of Lester David Riggs.

1) Certificates:

  • License to practice medicine in California, 1914
  • License to practice medicine in Arizona, 1916
  • License to practice medicine in New Mexico, 1918
  • License to practice medicine in New York, 1918
  • Appointment as First Lieutenant in the United States Army Medical Corps, 1918
  • License to practice medicine in Wyoming, 1920
  • Membership of the Associate of Military Surgeons, 1920
  • Licentiate from the Post Graduate Course in Pulmonary Tuberculosis, 1925
  • Licentiate as Fellow of the American College of Physicians, 1929
  • Certificate in Internal Medicine, 1937

2) Other materials

  • Two photographs of Lester D. Riggs in army uniform
  • 'Symptoms and Treatment of Tuberculosis' paper by Lester D. Riggs, c. 1926
  • 'Chronic Diseases Found in Association with Pulmonary Tuberculosis: Their Influence on Prognosis and Treatment' paper by Lester D. Riggs, 2 December 1926
  • 'Tuberculous Activity Following Tonsillectomy' paper by Lester D. Riggs, 25 May 1928
  • 'Definite Terminal Signs in Pulmonary Tuberculosis' paper by Lester D. Riggs, c.1928
  • 'Artificial Pneumothorax and Tuberculosis' paper by Lester D. Riggs, 26 March 1929
  • Copy of letter of recommendation from George H. Kress, 15 May 1929
  • Printed program for the Convocation of the American College of Physicians, 1 May 1935
  • List of books [possibly owned by Lester D. Riggs]
  • Biography of Dr. Lester David Riggs

3) Journal of 'Artificial Pneumothorax Notes', including names of patients, 1929-1930

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Related descriptions

Notes area

Alternative identifier(s)

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Description control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail

Dates of creation revision deletion




Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related genres