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Alfred Schalek Papers

Identifier: MS-070

Scope and Content

The Alfred Schalek papers comprise material created by and about Dr. Alfred Schalek, including article reprints and news clippings from the Omaha World Herald and the Omaha Bee. Published articles written by Dr. Schalek also are contained in the collection beginning in 1901 up to 1931. Dr. Schalek was particularly concerned with the effects of Syphilis on his patients and the stigma associated with the disease.


  • 1900-1930


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may contain copyrighted published material.

Biographical / Historical

Alfred Schalek was born in Prague, Bohemia (now the Czech Republic), on April 12, 1865. He graduated from the University of Prague in 1890 and the University of Vienna in 1892. In 1892, he moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he joined Rush College of Medicine staff as an Instructor/Assistant Professor of Dermatology.

After moving to Omaha, Nebraska, in 1906, he was appointed professor of dermatology at the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in 1907. In 1917 he was named professor of dermatology and syphilology. In 1919, Schalek became head of the department of Dermatology, serving in that position until 1935, when he became Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Schalek served as the attending dermatologist to several Omaha hospitals, including the Nebraska Methodist, Bishop Clarkson, Douglas County, Immanuel, and Swedish Mission Hospitals. Additionally, he acted as a consulting dermatologist for the Child Saving Institute in Omaha, Nebraska. He was a member and past president of the American Dermatological Society, a member of the American Medical Association, the American Dermatological Association, and the Chicago Dermatological Society. Dr. Schalek authored many journal publications on syphilis and other skin diseases. He was the author of two books: Diseases of The Skin: The Medical Epitome Series (1910) and Fundamentals of Dermatology (1926).

Schalek married Claire Marie Bernhardi on October 10, 1898, at Rock Island, Illinois. They had one child, a daughter, Zoe Carola (Mrs. Warland Ingram, Jeffersonville, Indiana).

Dr. Schalek died of pneumonia in Omaha on February 9, 1937, at age 71. His ashes were scattered at Forest Lawn Cemetery.


.48 Linear Feet (Legal-Sized Hollinger Box 10360HG [15.75d, 10.25h, 5.75 w inches] extent measured by width)

Language of Materials


Guide to the Papers of Alfred Schalek
DiAnna Hemsath
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Edition statement
3rd edition

Revision Statements

  • 10-2022: Revised for DACS compliance, updated subject and agent records, expanded resource record and addition of a container list.
  • 04-2018: Revised by JSS. Changes Unknown
  • 07-19-2006: Created by TDI

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nebraska Medical Center Special Collections and Archives Repository

Special Collections and Archives
986705 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha NE 68198-6705 USA