Archive Magpie

Our monthly update on recently-acquired, newly available or underused archival sources in the history of medicine.

Wellcome Library

Ismond Rosen Papers

Keywords: Mental Health, Sex, Medicine in Art, Psychiatry

The collection comprises material relating to all aspects of Ismond Rosen’s career and interests as a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist, three editions of the book Sexual Deviation to which he contributed and which he edited, to his art work and exhibitions, television and radio contributions, his prolific writings and various autobiographical works. It is comprehensive in nature, including paper records, art work, photographic material and audio-visual media.

Anne Bayley Papers

Keywords: AIDS, East Africa, Neoplasms, Kaposi Sarcoma

The collection relates predominantly to Anne Bayley’s work in East Africa during the 1970s and 1980s, especially her particular interest Kaposi’s Sarcoma and AIDS. It includes correspondence, case histories, reports, lecture notes, photographs and other papers. Also included are drafts and other material relating to One New Humanity and some papers on her early work in Ghana, 1968-1970.

Society for Relief of Widows and Orphans of Medical Men

Keywords: Medical Societies, Insurance, Finance

The collection comprises volumes and papers of the Society for Relief of Widows and Orphans of Medical Men including constitutional, administrative, financial and membership details. The collection also includes manuscripts and publications relating to the history of the Society.The Society was founded in 1788 in the Grays Inn Coffee House, with the aim of aiding medical men living in London and its immediate vicinity. In 1964 the by-law was altered to permit doctors resident within 60 miles of Charing Cross to become members. Nowadays membership is open to doctors living in any part of the British Isles.  Today the Society aims to encourage members to assist their less fortunate colleagues, and in the late 1980s changes were made which enabled the Society to assist those medical families in need who had not been members.

Brook Advisory Centres

Keywords: Sex, Health Education, Adolescence, Reproductive Health

Brook is the UK’s leading provider of sexual health services and advice for young people under 25, providing fee and confidential sexual health information, contraception, pregnancy testing, advice and counseling, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and outreach and education work, reaching more than 290,000 young people every year. Although there are a few gaps in the record, this collection provides substantial documentation of the work of Brook since its foundation. Its core administrative activities are well-recorded, as are those of specialist committees, subcommittees and working groups. There is material on the various local and regional centers established after the first one in London.  Press cuttings and other media reports document responses to Brook and its work, and to wider issues of sex, reproductive health and relationships, over a period of several decades of changing attitudes.

Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Records, 1908-2013 (inclusive), 1930s-1980s (bulk)

Keywords: Arboviruses; Malaria – Prevention; Medicine — Societies, etc.; Tropical medicine — History.

The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene records reflect the activities and development of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene between the early 1900s and the early 2000s, including the 1951 merger of four societies to create the modern Society (the American Academy of Tropical Medicine, the American Foundation for Tropical Medicine, the National Malaria Society, and the Society of Tropical Medicine) and the Society’s involvement with other professional medical organizations.

Casper Morley Epsteen papers, 1928-1983 (inclusive), 1950-1979 (bulk)

Keywords: American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons; American Board of Maxillofacial Surgery; Cancer; Dislocations—Diagnosis; Surgery, Plastic

The Casper Morley Epsteen papers, 1928-1983 (inclusive), 1950s-1979 (bulk), consist of records generated as a product of Epsteen’s career as a maxillofacial surgeon, professor, and active member of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (founded 1947) and the American Board of Maxillofacial Surgery (founded 1946).

M. Judah Folkman papers, 1907-2012 (inclusive), 1950-2006 (bulk)

Keywords: Angiostatins; Breast—Cancer; Cancer cells–Growth—Regulation; Cancer drug discovery and development

The M. Judah Folkman papers, 1907-2012 (inclusive), 1950-2006 (bulk), are the product of Folkman’s publishing, research, and professional activities, as conducted throughout his professional appointments, including Assistant Surgeon and Associate Director of Sears Surgical Laboratory, Boston City Hospital, Surgeon-in-Chief, Senior Associate in Surgery, and Director of the Surgical Research Laboratory, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Instructor in Surgery, Associate in Surgery, Julia Dyckman Andrus Professor of Pediatric Surgery, and Professor of Anatomy and Cellular Biology at Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Norman Geschwind papers, 1941-1984 (inclusive), 1968-1984 (bulk) (H MS c435)

Keywords: Aphasia; Apraxia; Cerebral hemispheres; Neurology

The Norman Geschwind papers, 1941-1984 (inclusive), 1968-1984 (bulk), are the product of Geschwind’s activities as a neurologist, researcher, writer, and professor. The papers include Geschwind’s professional correspondence, writing drafts and related correspondence, research subject files, and event records from his involvement in professional and teaching activities.

History of Medicine Collections, Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Philip Turner Papers

Keywords: United States, Military Hospitals, Medical Diaries, Surgeons

The Philip Turner Papers Collection spans from 1751 to 1858 and contains correspondence, military hospital returns, printed material, and ledgers documenting Philip Turner’s career as a surgeon in private practice in Norwich, Connecticut and New York, New York, in the Continental Army, and in the United States Army. Turner served in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, during which he was stationed at Fort Columbus, New York. Included are an extensive collection of military hospital returns from the Eastern Department of the Continental Army describing the state of the Army’s sick and wounded and spanning the years 1777 to 1780.

Charles W. Myers case reports manuscripts, 1928-1932.

Keywords: United States, Women, Gynecology

Dr. Charles Wesley Myers was a physician and hospital administrator. Collection comprises a volume containing two typescript manuscripts Myers compiled, Case Reports for American College of Surgeons (328 pgs.) and Fifty Cases in Abstract (50 pgs.).  The Fifty Cases in Abstract section of the manuscript focus primarily on operations carried out between 1928-1932, primarily for hysterectomy and appendectomy, but to address other diagnoses as well. Patient’s ages range between 5-50 and they are both white and African American.

Ellis Hudson Papers, 1922-1966

Keywords: Syphilis, Iraq, Syria

Ellis Hudson was an American physician and syphilis researcher.  Collection consists chiefly of correspondence, planning documents, patient case files, reports, maps, and related articles and other writings, chiefly dating from 1948-1952, deriving from Hudson’s ground-breaking work during the 1950s on endemic syphilis in the Middle East, in the regions of modern-day Syria and Iraq. The collection also includes drafts of writings concerning the history and epidemiology of venereal and non-venereal syphilis in colonial-period Americas and in Europe.

William Stephenson Robertson notebooks and account books, 1854-1886

Keywords: United States, Cases Studies, Obstetrics, Surgery

Collection comprises 6 volumes maintained by William Robertson, a noted 19th century surgeon, during various stages of his medical career. Robertson’s “Interesting Cases” contain accounts of patient’s medical conditions and treatments. The notes range from grisly accidents to details of surgeries performed and outcomes.  Dr. Robertson’s personality comes through strongly in his writings.   In one case, he describes a woman as “a Darwinian specimen and her husband worse.”

Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections, 5th Floor Carlson Library, University of Toledo

Health Science Campus Records

Keywords: Medical Schools, Hospitals, Toledo

350 linear feet of records and artifacts document the establishment of the Health Science Campus, formerly the Medical College of Ohio/Medical University of Ohio, in 1964.  The opening of the archives coincided with the institution’s 50th anniversary and contains administrative records, an extensive audiovisual collection of photographs, slides, and video illustrating services and events provided by the medical college, and publications generated by it.  Historical records date back to the Toledo Medical College, in 1888.  As an active institution, additions to the collection are ongoing. Selections from the collection are available to view at the above link under University Archives. Requests to view the inventories can be made by calling 419-530-4480 or emailing a staff member (contact information available at

Huntington Library

Newly digitized (and updated!) guide to the Huntington History of Science collections

Keywords: Medicine, Science, Biology, Technology

Staff members at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens recently completed and made available a finding guide for holdings pertaining to the history of science, medicine and technology. These holdings constitute one of the largest history of science collections in North America. The guide serves as a springboard for researchers interested in this subject. It is divided into sections by subject, after a separate comprehensive summary of the collections acquired in 2006 from MIT, previously owned by collector Bern Dibner. The guide includes manuscript collections, individual items, and collections of printed works which cover subjects such as medicine, technology, engineering, botany, geology, and astronomy. It provides descriptions of collections and items, along with information regarding size, provenance, and availability. (Special thanks to Melissa Lo and Catherine Wehrey, Dibner Readers Services Assistant of the Huntington Library, for this resource).

University of Stuttgart, Germany (in English)

Database of Scientific (and Medical) Illustrators 1450-1950 (DSI)

Keywords: Medical illustration, Anatomy, Dermatology, Moulages

This database currently includes 8650 illustrators from 95 different countries, working from 1450 to 1950 (excluding medieval illuminators and currently active illustrators). It  focuses on draftsmen, woodcutters, engravers, lithographers, photographers, 3D model makers & moulageurs who aimed at a naturalistic portrayal of their object and who worked for clients from medicine, natural history, natural sciences or cartographers. The database is freely available in the internet without charge. You can search in 20 search fields, including last and given names, education, clients, patronage, and techniques used. Characteristic freely available online samples of their work are linked, but not included in the database itself.

Medical History Society of New Jersey

A Guide to Resources in Medical History in New Jersey, by Frank Katz (1999)

Keywords: New Jersey Medical History; American Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health; Medical Artifacts

A survey of the medical history material in the archives of about 40 New Jersey historical societies, museums, libraries, and universities. Indexed by:  personal name; agency/organization/municipality; medical historical site; artifacts/holdings; and key subject words. Includes bibliography.


If you would like to submit information about new acquisitions, newly available, or underused archival material that might be of particular relevance to historians of medicine for our monthly feature, please contact us at Submissions are accepted by the 10th of each month and should include name of Institution, name of collection, a link to catalogue record or finding aid, up to 4 keywords describing the material (i.e. Surgery, Public Health, Organ Transplantation, Hospitals, United States etc.), and a brief description of the material (3-4 sentences).

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