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Ray Orvin Hummel Papers

Identifier: MS-046

Scope and Content

The Ray Orvin Hummel papers comprise material created by and about Dr. Ray O. Hummel. The collection contains medical school class notes, patient care cards, medical reference files, and specialty diet information.


  • Creation: 1900-1938


Conditions Governing Access

Some material in this collection is subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) restrictions on the life of the patient plus 50 years.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may contain copyrighted published material. Securing permission to publish or use material is the responsibility of the researcher. Note that unless specifically transferred to the University of Nebraska Medical Center, any applicable copyrights may be held by another individual or entity.    

Biographical / Historical

Ray Orvin Hummel was born in Humbolt, Nebraska, on March 12, 1880, the son of Christian L. and Josephine Beringer Hummel. He was a Company “D” member in the University’s Military Department in 1900 . He earned a BS degree from the University of Nebraska in 1902 and an MD from Northwestern University Medical School, Evanston, Illinois, in 1906.

After interning in Joliet, Illinois, he returned to Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1908 to establish a practice with his father-in-law, Dr. G. A. Hullhorst. Hummel was on the staff of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and served on the Rating Board for the Veterans Administration from 1950 to 1956 .

In 1908, Hummel married Charlotte Hullhorst, a native of Columbus, Nebraska. The couple had two sons, Ray O., Jr., and Paul A. Dr. Hummel was a member of St. Paul’s Methodist Episcopal Church, Alpha Kappa Kappa Medical Fraternity, Delta Upsilon Social Fraternity, the Masons, the Scottish Rite, and the Shrine, as well as of the Lancaster County and the Nebraska State Medical Associations.

During his education in Lincoln, Hummel lived at the following addresses, based on notations written into the covers of his notebooks: Delta Upsilon House; 500 North 15th Street, Lincoln; 1409 Q Street; 346 N Street; 1619 Q Street; and 1412 R Street. While at Northwestern University Medical School, Hummel Lived at 2612 Indiana Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. In Lincoln, Hummel worked at 140 South 13th Street, Funk Building, 1025 Sharp Building, 1307 N Street, and 206 South 13th Street. His Home Addresses were 3229 R Street and 2435 Bradfield Drive.

Dr. Hummel died on August 9, 1976, at 96.


1.44 Linear Feet (3 - Legal-Sized Hollinger Box 10360HG [15.75d, 10.25h, 5.75 w inches] extent measured by width, 0.48 linear feet   )

Language of Materials


Guide to the Ray Orvin Hummel Papers
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2018: Revised by JSS
  • 11/2023: Revised for inclusion into ArchivesSpace, DH

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nebraska Medical Center Robert S. Wigton Department of Special Collections and Archives Repository

Robert S. Wigton Department of Special Collections and Archives
986705 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha NE 68198-6705 USA