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Midwifery, Nursing, and Obstetrics Manuscript Collections at NLM: A Subject Guide



  1. Adolf Nichtenhauser medical motion picture collection, 1933-1955. Nichtenhauser, Adolf.
Physical Description: 10 linear ft. (24 boxes)
Call Number: MS C 277
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Contains correspondence, memoranda, reviews, catalogs, and a variety of printed matter pertaining to technical, historical, educational, and miscellaneous aspects of the medical motion picture. See also MS C 380, Adolf Nichtenhauser History of Motion Pictures in Medicine Collection. Includes Nursing test films.
Adolf Nichtenhauser was born in Vienna, Austria in 1903. After studying psychology, art history, literature, and motion picture production at the Universities of Berlin, Bonn and Heidelberg, he received an M.D. degree in 1931 from the University of Vienna. Even before he began his medical career, he was intrigued by the educational and aesthetic possibilities of film. He frequently reviewed his films, studied their cultural applications, and directed and edited his own documentary on an Austrian labor organization. Nichtenhauser's major accomplishment is the unpublished "History of Motion Pictures in Medicine."

  2. Affaire Heile et Foucault: responsabilitè des mèdicins, 1820. Récamier, Joseph Claude Anthelme.
Physical Description: 31 l.
Call Number: MS F 166

Manuscript rough draft of an opinion on an obstetrics malpractice case. Recamier was asked to comment on the court's decision.

  3. American College of Nurse-Midwives archives. American College of Nurse-Midwives.
Physical Description: 108.65 total linear feet (119 total boxes)
Call Number: MS C 330 and 330a
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Organized into 12 series: I. Incorporation and Organization II. Board of Directors III. Executive Office IV. Legal and Financial V. Divisions and Committees VI. Subject Files VII. Other Organizations VIII. Publications IX. Printed Material X. Oral Histories XI. Audio Visual Materials XII. Group Health Association XIII. Vertical File: arranged chronologically.

The meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, publications, subject files, photographs, audio and video tapes, and general and historical documents, 1947-1994 (20 linear feet), of the American College of Nurse-Midwives document the activities of the leadership and membership of the professional nurse-midwives association. The records are organized according to the administrative unit within the college-the Board of Directors, Executive Officers, and Divisions and Committees-where they were created, and the format or function served by the records. Records are arranged chronologically or alphabetically within each series or subseries.

The American College of Nurse-Midwifery (ACNM) was incorporated on 7 November 1955 as the professional organization for certified nurse-midwives in the United States. The first annual meeting of the American College of Nurse-Midwifery was held on 12-13 November 1955 in Kansas City, Missouri. Hattie Hemschemeyer, then director of the Maternity Center Association School of Nurse-Midwifery, was elected the College's first President. The following year, the ACNM was accepted into the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM). In 1969, the College merged with the smaller, regional American Association of Nurse-Midwives to become the American College of Nurse-Midwives, as it is called today. The American College of Nurse-Midwives Foundation, Inc., was established in 1967 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the practice of nurse-midwifery. In 1971 the ACNM became the national certifying body for Certified Nurse-Midwives, a duty later fulfilled by the distinct ACNM Certification Council. Beginning from a charter membership of 124 nurse-midwives in 1955, the College grew to 850 members in 1975, and numbers over 7000 members, including students, in the year 2000. The College estimates that approximately 87 percent of certified nurse-midwives are members of the ACNM in 2000.

Forms part of: MS C 330, American College of Nurse-Midwives archives, 1946-1976.

  4. American College of Nurse-Midwives archives, 1946-1976. American College of Nurse-Midwives.
Physical Description: 16.7 linear ft. (40 boxes)
Call Number: MS C 330

Consists of correspondence and documents relating to the founding, membership, meetings, publications, and business of the organization. Includes manuscript and printed material pertaining to individuals who had distinguished careers in midwifery, as well as to academic programs. Other items of interest are early primers and teaching manuals, and reports and histories of nurse-midwifery services, and manuscript theses.

  5. Armory Square Hospital nursing diary, 1864. Stearns, Amanda Akins.
Physical Description: 70 leaves.
Call Number: MS B 372

Diary of a nurse in Ward E of the Armory Square Hospital in Washington, D.C. during the spring and summer of 1864. Includes description of duties in the hospital, the patients, and social activities in Washington during the Civil War. Includes some material omitted from the published version. Some notes on reading dated from 1848 to 1854 are found at the end of the diary.

  6. Association of American Medical Colleges archives, 1938-1966 (bulk 1950-1966). Association of American Medical Colleges.
Physical Description: 47.1 linear ft. (113 boxes)
Call Number: MS C 267
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Contains correspondence, memoranda, minutes of meetings, reports, printed matter, studies and surveys relating to medical schools, hospitals, faculties and students, associations and societies, institutes and conferences, publications, foundations and funds, pharmaceutical firms, and government affairs and legislation. Most of the material dates from the 1950s and 1960s. Contains records relating to the American Nurses Association and the American Nurses Foundation.

  7. Association of State and Territorial Health Officers archives, 1946-1967. Association of State and Territorial Health Officers.
Physical Description: 7.5 linear ft. (18 boxes)
Call Number: MS C 270
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Contains correspondence, memoranda, newsletters, conference agenda and resumés, proceedings of annual meetings, and Executive Committee material. Includes drafts, typescripts, and other items pertaining to a history of the Association.

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials was officially founded on March 23, 1942, but its predecessor organizations and functions date much earlier. It is the national non-profit organization representing the state and territorial public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia. ASTHO's members, the chief health officials of these jurisdictions, are dedicated to formulating and influencing sound public health policy, and to assuring excellence in state-based public health practice. It is engaged in a wide range of legislative, scientific, educational, and programmatic issues and activities on behalf of public health.

  8. Bertram S. Brown papers, 1884-1988 (bulk 1960-1980). Brown, Bertram S.
Physical Description: 65.75 linear ft. (163 boxes)
Call Number: MS C 493
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Organized into 10 series: I. Medical Education II. National Institute of Mental Health III. Other Professional Activities IV. Professional Meetings and Conferences V. Speeches and Papers VI. Publications and Manuscripts VII. Professional and Personal Correspondence VIII. Personal Files IX. Memorabilia X. Audiovisual Materials: arranged chronologically and alphabetically.

Although the records cover the years 1884 and 1946 through 1986, the bulk of the records were created from the years 1960 through 1980. The papers generally contain correspondence, memoranda, reports, congressional testimony, legislative material, press releases, news clippings, speeches, meeting materials and minutes, published articles, course papers, notes, photographic prints, audio and video recordings, and memorabilia. Significant topics of interest to researchers covered in the papers include federal mental health care policy, mental retardation, drug abuse and alcoholism prevention, community mental health centers, the causes of violence, criminal justice, child mental health, the effects of poverty and racism on mental health, and international mental health policy. Organizations of importance covered in the papers include the National Institute of Mental Health, The President's Panel on Mental Retardation, the President's Commission on Mental Health, and the Inter-Agency Task Force on Drug Abuse Prevention. Includes the publication "The Role of the Mental Health Nurse in a Mental Health Public Setting".

Dr. Bertram S. Brown was a key figure in the national effort to redefine and expand mental health services during the 1960s and 1970s. Dr. Brown's distinguished federal career at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) helped shape many of the decisions that led to these changes. His tenure at NIMH culminated in his appointment as the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health in 1970. Dr. Brown served under the successive administrations of Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard M. Nixon. During this period, federal legislation expanded mental health care to more of the mentally ill while at the same time shifted responsibility for care from large state institutions to smaller community facilities with local control.

  9. Beschouwing der verbeeldingskragt van zwangere vrouwen uitgesprooken in het genootschap Concordia et Libertate / Cornelis Rudolphus Theodorus Krayenhoff, 1786. Physical Description: 40 p.; 28 cm.
Call Number: MS C 222

  10. Book of excerpts from poetry, prose, science and general literature, 1843-1848. Dougherty, Alexander M.
Physical Description: 270 p.
Call Number: MS B 350

A collection of miscellaneous notes and writings divided into three parts. The first part consists of songs, poems, valentines, and some medical notes. Part Two consists of a collection of notes from his medical studies at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in the City of New York. Included are notes on "Chemistry, Botany, Materia Medica, Theory and Practice of Physic, Anatomy, Physiology, Obstetrics and Surgery," and includes his notes on surgical clinics with Willard Parker and Valentine Mott. Part Three is a book of recipes.

Dougherty was a physician in Newark, N.J.

  11. Books, videotapes, clippings, and speeches from Dr. Faye Abdellah. Abdellah, Faye G.
Physical Description: 0.4 linear feet, 1 item
Call Number: MS ACC 717

Material added to Abdellah's papers.
Faye G. Abdellah, Ed.D, LL.D., Sc.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Rear Admiral, United States Public Health Service (Ret.), former deputy surgeon general of the USPHS.

  12. Brief history of Illinois Training School for Nurses / Mrs. J.M. Flower, [1887?]. Flower, J.M.
Physical Description: 12 leaves; 32 cm.
Call Number: MS F 71

History is in form of a letter addressed to editor; "In accordance with your request that a brief history ...should be furnished to the readers of your valuable journal.. "

  13. Brief history of the natural and difficult cases in midwifery attended by Francis Henry Ramsbotham: [London] / Francis Henry Ramsbotham, 1823-1862. Ramsbotham, Francis Henry.
Physical Description: 4 v.; 23 cm.
Call Number: MS B 87

Each volume contains index of cases by date.

  14. Capital City School of Nursing collection, ca. 1975-1980. Youtz, Dorothy Jane. The Capital City School of Nursing.
Physical Description: 0.8 linear ft. (2 boxes)
Call Number: MS C 297

Biographical data and sketches of Appoloma O. Adams, Ruth Addams, Lavonne Frey, Loretta Heidgerken, and Abbie Watson. Includes printed matter and tapes. Contains the publication: The Capital City School of Nursing, formerly the Washington Training School for Nurses, 1877-1972, published in 1975.

  15. Case reports, lecture notes, diary entries, and various data recorded by William Darrach and George M. Darrach, 1824-1858. Darrach, William. Darrach, George M.
Physical Description: 7 v.
Call Number: MS B 324

Vol. 1. Medical diary (1824-30) of William Darrach, listing patients, illnesses, and Darrach's observations, treatments and prescriptions -- vol. 2. Notebook on materia medica, chemistry, and anatomy (1848) / G.M. Darrach -- Account book (1853-59) -- vol. 3. Medical casebook (1849-58) / G.M. Darrach -- vol. 4. Medical casebook and diary (1850) -- vol. 5. Medical casebook and diary (1856-58) / G.M. Darrach, including a 22-page account of the obstetrical practice of William Darrach (1836-40) -- vol. 6. Notes from lectures at Pennsylvania Medical College (c. 1850) and miscellaneous data, by G.M. Darrach -- vol. 7. Presentation copy of Anatomy of the Groin, from William Darrach to his son George Monro Darrach, 1852.

The bulk of the material is student notes and professional casebooks of George Monro Darrach, covering his training at the Philadelphia Medical College and his practice in Indiana and St. Louis.
The Darrachs were physicians and medical educators of Philadelphia.

  16. C. Everett Koop papers, 1975-1989 (bulk 1981-1989). Koop, C. Everett (Charles Everett).
Physical Description: 51 linear ft. (115 boxes)
Call Number: MS C 489
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Organized into 5 series: I. Biographical information and calendars, II. Sequential files, III. Correspondence, IV. Invitations, V. Speeches: arranged chronologically.

The collection documents Koop's activities as surgeon general during the 1980's and the many public health issues with which he was concerned. The Sequential Files series contains the bulk of the material (65 boxes) and consist of clippings, background information, reports and speeches on issues such as AIDS, child health care, smoking, pornography and illicit drugs. The Correspondence series (26 boxes) is the second largest series in the collection and contains official correspondence, fan mail and hate mail. A large collection of speeches comprises the last series, but other speeches can also be found throughout the Sequential Files series. Also found in the Sequential Files series is PHS 1981 Nurse Staffing and Retention Study: executive summary, May - Nov. 1982.

Dr. C. Everett Koop was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) in February 1981, and sworn in as Surgeon General on November 17, 1981. Additionally, he was appointed director of the Office of International Health in May 1982. Before joining PHS, Dr. Koop, a pediatric surgeon with an international reputation, was surgeon-in-chief of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and professor of pediatric surgery and pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Koop was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Oct. 14, 1916, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1937 and received his M.D. degree from Cornell Medical College in 1941. After serving an internship at the Pennsylvania Hospital, he pursued postgraduate training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital and the Graduate School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, from which he received the degree of Doctor of Science (Medicine) in 1947. After promotions up the academic ladder, he was named professor of pediatric surgery, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania in 1959 and professor of pediatrics in 1971. As surgeon general, Dr. Koop advised the public on health matters such as smoking and health, diet and nutrition, environmental health hazards, and the importance of immunization and disease prevention. He oversaw the activities of the 6,000 member PHS Commissioned Corps. Specific responsibilities included serving as an ex-officio member of the Board of Regents, National Library of Medicine; Board of Regents, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Board of Directors, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology; and the Board of Governors, Gorgas Memorial Institute.

  17. Commonplace book, 1860-61. Porter, George Loring. Brinton, John H. (John Hill). Physical Description: 1 reel.
Call Number: MS Film 11

On cover: Ethel C. Dickerman, Leadville, Colorado, 1919.
Includes "Lectures on fractures, by Dr. [John Hill] Brinton delivered in Philadelphia, 1860-61," and "Cases of labor, 1861."
See Mary Porter's biography "The surgeon in charge", 1949.

  18. Correspondence and documents of the Division of Accreditation, National League for Nursing 1947-ca. 1994. National League for Nursing. Accreditation Commission.
Physical Description: 40 linear feet (32 cartons).
Call Number: MS ACC 1997-029

National League for Nursing Division of Accreditation brochures, records, correspondence, and surveys which start from 1947 through circa 1994.
Named changed to National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission in July 1996 and began operations in 1997.

  19. Course of midwifery: [Edinburgh] / Thomas Young, [ca. 1770]. Young, Thomas
Physical Description: 344 leaves; 23 cm.
Call Number: MS B 44

  20. De Laskie Miller papers, 1840-1901. Miller, De Laskie.
Physical Description: 30 items and 1 v.
Call Number: MS C 327

Consists largely of biographical data and minutes of meetings of the Genesee County (Michigan) Medical Society. Volume of minutes dates from 1841 to 1850; includes "fees for surgical operations." Collection also contains medical lecture tickets from Geneva Medical College and Albany Medical College.

Dr. Miller was Professor of Obstetrics and Diseases of Children at Rush Medical College.

  21. Delle parti muliebri delle Donne & delle osser uozione delle Donne gravide, [17-?]. Physical Description: [iii], 150 [13, blank] p.: [18] p. of drawings and diagrams (some folded); 21 cm.
Call Number: MS B 448

Treatise on female anatomy with an emphasis on, but not limited to, gynecology and pregnancy.Contains anatomical drawings tipped in.

  22. Die Theorie der Geburtshilfe, Johann von Säxinger: [Tübingen] / R. Breusing, 1884-1885. Saxinger, Johann von.
Physical Description: 1 v.: ill.; 22 cm. Microfilm. 1 microfilm reel: negative; 35 mm.
Call Number: MS B 235

Contains lecture notes taken by R. Breusing. Has a photo of Säxinger or Breusing mounted on second preliminary leaf. Ten plates at back of volume. Säxinger became professor of obstetrics and director of the gynecology clinic in Tübingen in 1868.

  23. Dizionario de ostetricia, [ca. 1700].
Physical Description: 318 (i. e. 315) p.; 23 cm.
Call Number: MS B 211

  24. Donald B. Cooper lecture notes, Hospital Corps School, San Diego, Calif., 1952. Cooper, Donald B.
Physical Description: 4 spiral notebooks.
Call Number: MS C 459

Contains notes from courses on anatomy and physiology, minor surgery and first aid, laboratory technique, hygiene and sanitation, chemistry, pharmacy, nursing, and materia medica taken by Cooper while a student in the Hospital Corps School.

  25. Edward Barton papers, 1813-1858. Barton, Edward.
Physical Description: ca. 25 items. Microfilm. 1 microfilm reel: negative; 35 mm.
Call Number: MS C 97

Contains lectures, documents, certificates, admission card, and reprint of Introductory lecture to the course on obstetrics and diseases of women and children, by Hugh L. Hodge (1840). The lectures cover such subjects as the rights and peculiarities of women, marriage, comparative parturition, and difficulties and dangers of parturition.

  26. Elizabeth G. Pritchard papers, 1936-1959. Pritchard, Elizabeth Gatlin.
Physical Description: 12.50 linear ft. (30 boxes)
Call Number: MS C 187
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Contains reports, documents, memoranda, drafts, correspondence, and printed matter pertaining to the U.S. Public Health Service, with some subject files relating to nursing. Subjects include a history of the U.S.P.H.S. during World War II; policies and activities in Civilian Health Districts, 1-10; medical and social aspects of tuberculosis, venereal disease, malaria, sanitation, and industrial health; the Emergency Medical Service; care of sick and wounded; civil defense; health problems relating to the use of gas; public health administration; staff meetings of the Surgeon-General's Office; and other aspects of public health work. Also contains booklists, bibliographies, and educational materials. Names appearing in the collection include George Baehr, W. Palmer Dearing, Royce L. Parker, and Thomas Parran.

  27. Faye G. Abdellah papers, 1952-1989 (bulk 1960-1989). Abdellah, Faye G.
Physical Description: 5.4 linear ft. (13 boxes)
Call Number: MS C 424
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Contains publications, speeches, scrapbooks, and photographs; non-official files documenting Abdellah's research interests in patient care, nursing practice, nursing research, and the care of the elderly. Of special note is the extensive collection of photographs that serve as a visual record of federal nursing service and the Public Health Service in the 1970s and 1980s. Abdellah's official files as an officer of the Public Health Service remain with the service.

Rear Admiral Faye Glenn Abdellah, Ed.D., LL.D., Sc.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. has been a leader in both the development of nursing research and nursing as a profession within the Public Health Service (PHS). Trained initially as a nurse at the Fitkin Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Dr. Abdellah went on to receive B.S., M.A., and Ed.D. degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University. Almost her entire professional career was spent in the PHS from which she retired in November, 1989 as Deputy Surgeon General. She also served as on the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine.

  28. Francis Henry Ramsbotham correspondence, 1844-1853. Ramsbotham, Francis Henry. Simpson, James Young.
Physical Description: ca. 55 items.
Call Number: MS C 22

Letters chiefly from Sir James Young Simpson on the use of chloroform in obstetrics. Includes some drafts of replies by Ramsbotham. Other correspondents include Robert Lee and Francis Dawson.

  29. Francis Henry Ramsbotham papers, 1827-1860. Ramsbotham, Francis Henry. Dennison, Richard.
Physical Description: 1.7 linear ft. (4 boxes)
Call Number: MS C 32

Lectures, notes, case reports, and correspondence of Francis Henry Ramsbotham. Includes notes taken from a course of lectures in midwifery delivered at the London Hospital by Richard Dennison in 1827; case reports; and draft of Practical observations in midwifery with a selection of cases, pt. 2, by John Ramsbotham, published in 1832.

  30. Frank Hastings Hamilton medical papers, [ca. 1850-1880]. Hamilton, Frank Hastings.
Physical Description: 18 v.; 21 cm.
Call Number: MS B 184

Contains notes, case reports, clippings, some correspondence, memoranda, and diverse printed matter. Photos. Subjects include inflammation, ulcers, wounds, lues, fractures, dislocations, joints, amputation, eye, reparative surgery, ear, and obstetrics. Vol. 11 includes letters by John Delamater, S.D. Gross, and George W. Norris. The lecture admission cards were signed by Nathaniel Chapman, William P. Dewees, Robert Hare, W.E. Horner, and Samuel Jackson.

  31. Geburts mechanismus, [ca. 1875-1925?] / [by] Hodge.
Physical Description: 3 v.: ill.; 21 cm.
Call Number: MS B 411

Vol. 1: [ii], xi, 318 l.; v. 2: [ii], 291, [5 blank], [26] l.; v. 3: [iii], 415, [5 blank], [8] l.
Three volume German work on obstetrics and female anatomy. Volume one is divided into three sections: Becken und geburtscannal; foetus; geburt im allgemeinen. Volume two is devoted to Eutocia and volume three to dystocia. Volumes two and three also contain over thirty detailed colored drawings of the pelvic region, the uterus and fetuses.

  32. Geburtshülfe, Dorpat, Piers Uso Friedrich Walter, lecture notes / taken by Kleberg, 1840. Walter, Piers Uso Friedrich.
Physical Description: 169 p.; 23 cm.
Call Number: MS B 230

  33. Geburtshülfe: theil I. II., 1812. Stein, Georg Wilhelm.
Physical Description: [6], 408, [11] p.; 26 cm.
Call Number: MS B 474

Collection of Stein's lecture notes as compiled by Goebel, one of his students. Marburg, Germany.

  34. Guia de parteiras por perguntas e respostas, [17--]. Costa Sacadura, Sebastiao Cabral da.
Physical Description: [ii], 48 p.; 15 cm.
Call Number: MS B 406

Unpublished manuscript with about 140 questions and answers for the midwife, covering topics such as anatomy, giving birth, and the midwife's duties at various stages of a pregnancy. Includes such questions as: What are the bones of the pelvis, what is dilation, how can the midwife foresee a difficult birth? Manuals of this type were made for practical use and offer rare insight into the state of obstetrical knowledge among yeomen midwives helping give birth, rather than elite professionals.

  35. Horatio Robinson Storer papers, 1859-1911. Storer, Horatio Robinson.
Physical Description: ca. 35 items.
Call Number: MS C 93

Contains correspondence, photos, and clippings. Materials relate chiefly to Sir James Y. Simpson. Includes letters from Simpson and William O. Priestly.

Storer a leading antiabortion advocate in Boston and was a staunch supporter of using chloroform rather than ether during obstetrical procedures. He helped establish gynecology as a legitimate medical profession. Simpson was a professor of midwifery in Edinburgh and an early experimenter with chloroform.

  36. Hugh L. Hodge papers, 1818-1856. Hodge, Hugh L. (Hugh Lenox).
Physical Description: ca. 15 items. Microfilm. 1 microfilm reel: negative; 35 mm.
Call Number: MS C 98

Includes valedictories, lectures on the subjects of women and infants, and a journal of a voyage to Calcutta in 1818.

  37. In universam corporis humanii anatomen, [ca. 1720-1740?].
Physical Description: [302], [14 blank], [250] p.: ill.; 21 cm.
Call Number: MS B 402

Two anonymous Latin manuscripts bound in one volume. The first manuscript covers topics such as nerves, arteries and veins, lymph glands, bones, muscles, eyes, ears and sex organs. The second manuscript beginning on page 171 treats topics including procreation and birth, nutrition (including the fetus), circulation of blood, chewing and drinking, infant suckling, lactation, secretion, weight loss, the senses and "animal spirit." It also includes an in-text drawing of the mammary gland and its enclosure. These could be a professor's lecture texts from an Italian medical school, given the neatness of script and detail given to the manuscripts' creation.

  38. John Adriani papers, 1925-1988 (bulk 1950-1988). Adriani, John.
Physical Description: 49.6 linear ft. (119 boxes)
Call Number: MS C 453
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Organized into 11 series: I. Personal and biographical; II. General correspondence; III. Research; IV. Pharmaceutical evaluations and consulting; V. Government activities; VI. Societies, associations, and organizations; VII. Nurse anesthetists; VIII. Medical education; IX. Hospitals; X. Legal consultations; XI. Publications.

Contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, manuscripts, and printed materials dating primarily from the 1950s through the 1980s. Includes correspondence with other physicians, FDA officials, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and Congressional staff. The series document his involvement with research in anesthetic drugs and equipment; his consulting on drugs for pharmaceutical companies; his work with the FDA and the AMA on drug evaluations; his support of nurse anesthetists; his involvement with many societies and associations; his teaching; his management of Charity Hospital (where he served as an associate director); his testimony and advice in malpractice and other legal cases; and his active career as a writer and editor.

Anesthetist, educator and drug consultant. After receiving his M.D. from College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1934, he spent five years at Bellevue Hospital. In 1941 he joined Charity Hospital in New Orleans where he spent the rest of his career. Also served on the faculty of Tulane University and LSU, and served as a consultant to the FDA and the AMA.

  39. J. Robert Willson papers, 1947-1981 (bulk 1947-1962). Willson, J. Robert (James Robert).
Physical Description: 0.8 linear ft. (2 boxes)
Call Number: MS C 373

Consists chiefly of copies of professional papers, 1947-1962 (2 v.). Also includes typescript (20 p.) and tape of presidential address before the Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia, 1981.

Dr. Willson was professor and chairman, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Temple University School of Medicine, 1947-1962.

  40. Kurze verfassung von der Hebammen Kundst: von Herrn Doctor Johann Jakob Fried aus dem Latein in Dütsche ubersetzt mit vielen von ihm sowohl verbesserten als seinen eigenen Observationibus genommenen Amerkungen, [ca. 1725]. Fried, Johann Heinrich. Dionis, (Pierre).
Physical Description: 213 p.
Call Number: MS B 325

Translation of Pierre Dionis. Traite general des accouchemens, Paris, 1718.

  41. Lectures on midwifery by Andrew Thynne: [London] / taken by William L[l]oyd, 1794-1795. Thynne, Andrew. Lloyd, William.
Physical Description: 1 v.; 26 cm.
Call Number: MS B 50

  42. Lectures on midwifery by J. Matthews Duncan: [Edinburgh] / notes by T. Lauder Brunton, 1864-1865. Duncan, J. Matthews (James Matthews).
Physical Description: 1 v.; 21 cm.
Call Number: MS B 53

  43. Lectures on midwifery: [Edinburgh] / Thomas Young, 1771. Young, Thomas.
Physical Description: 515, [10] p.; 19 cm.
Call Number: MS B 45

  44. Lectures on midwifery / James Hamilton, [ca. 1810]. Hamilton, James.
Physical Description: 437 leaves; 22 cm.
Call Number: MS B 14

Binder's title: Lectures on midwifery, by Dr. Hamilton, Junior.

  45. Lectures on the diseases of children: [New Haven] / by Eli Ives; ... on obstetrics / by Jonathan Knight; ... on the theory and practice of physic; ... on medical jurisprudence; ... on the nosological arrangement of diseases; Directions to the accouche / by Nathan Smith, 1826-1827. Knight, Jonathan.
Physical Description: 1 v.; 32 cm.
Call Number: MS F 12

Includes obstetric memoranda, case reports, 1838-1841, and "Fellow students ... at New Haven Medical College," 1846-1847.

  46. Lectures on the practice of midwifery: [London] / John Haighton, 1803-1804. Haighton, John.
Physical Description: 292 leaves; 25 cm., Microfilm. 1 microfilm reel: negative; 35 mm.
Call Number: MS B 54

  47. Leonidas H. Berry papers, 1907-1982. Berry, Leonidas H.
Physical Description: 3.75 linear ft.
Call Number: MS C 423
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Organized into 6 series: I. Biographical information; II. Photographs; III. Correspondence: i. Personal; ii. Career; iii. General; iv. Organizational; IV. Lectures; V. Publications; VI. Exhibits.

Includes correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, publications, and lectures. There is little material on Dr. Berry's research or his patients, relating to his professional and community activities. Included also is material on his efforts on behalf of drug abusers; his work with black physicians and medical groups, such as the National Medical Association, Inc. (of which Berry served as president 1965) and the "Flying Black Medics"; his activities on the Medical Committee for Human Rights and the Health Committee of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations; and his work with the African Methodist Episcopal church. Includes Exhibits on Negro Nurses and Dentists, 1942-1970.

Leonidas H. Berry was an African-American gastroenterologist from Chicago, Ill. He served on the staffs of the Michael Reese Hospital, Provident Hospital, and the University of Illinois Medical School. He was an official of the National Medical Association. In addition to his long and distinguished medical career, Dr. Berry has been active in teaching, writing, and community public service. The latter has included work in civil rights, on the racial problems of public health, and with the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

  48. Letter: to Marquis Townshend, July 27, 1864. Nightingale, Florence.
Physical Description: 4 p.
Call Number: MS F 179

Nightingale responds to Townshend's request on behalf of Mrs. Montague for funds to support old nurses. Remainder of letter contains negative character sketch of Montague. Letter is marked "confidential."

  49. List of names of gentlemen, with their addresses, entered as pupils to Dr. Francis Henry Ramsbotham's lectures: with cases on midwifery at the London Hospital, 1815-1835. Ramsbotham, Francis Henry.
Physical Description: 1 v.; 18 cm. Microfilm. 1 microfilm reel: negative; 35 mm.
Call Number: MS B 118

  50. Louis Israel Dublin papers, 1906-1968. Dublin, Louis Israel.
Physical Description: 9.2 linear ft. (22 boxes + 33 v.)
Call Number: MS C 316
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Includes correspondence, drafts, notes, printed matter, and reprints. A sizable portion of the collection consists of material relating to Dr. Dublin's publications.

Dr. Louis Israel Dublin (1882-1969), vice president and statistician of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, was with that institution from 1909-1952. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1904 and taught for several years before joining a pioneering group of public health investigators at Metropolitan Life. He was president, or director, of various public health institutions, including the American Statistical Association, the American Public Health Association, the Population Association of America, the American Cancer Society, the National Tuberculosis Association, and the National Health Council. The role life insurance and statistics played in advancing social welfare and public health were the primary guiding interests in Dublin's professional life. His research into the areas of home nursing, health education, disease, and mortality provided great insight into how medicine and public health programs could be used to extend life expectancy. His statistical research programs at Metropolitan Life gave the insurance industry a new dimension in public health and welfare service.

  51. Medical opinions: [Philadelphia] / by Nathaniel Chapman, Dorsey, Barton, and James, 1814-1815. Chapman, Nathaniel. Barton, Benjamin Smith. James, Thomas Chalkley. Dorsey, John Syng.
Physical Description: 1 v.; 20 cm.
Call Number: MS B 85

  52. Midwifery course announcements, 1781-1782.
Physical Description: 3 items.
Call Number: MS F 195

Three printed letters from the sindic of Castres diocese announcing Dr. Icart's (Jean François?) midwifery class, sent to the Consuls of Brassac de Betfortés. Each advertisement provides increasingly more detail about the course of lectures.

  53. National League for Nursing archives, 1894-1952. National League for Nursing.
Physical Description: 2.5 linear ft. (6 boxes)
Call Number: MS C 274
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Includes proceedings of annual conventions, minutes of meetings, biographical data of early leaders, correspondence, photos, and miscellaneous material.

In 1893, a group of courageous women assembled during the Chicago World's Fair to establish the first association of nurses in the United States--the American Society of Superintendents of Training Schools for Nurses. From its inception, the association made its principal objective the "establishment and maintenance of a universal standard of training." In 1912 the society was renamed the National League of Nursing Education (NLNE). In 1952, the National League for Nursing held its first meeting and elected its first board of directors and president. The organization is a leader in advancing the health of diverse communities through nursing. Its stated mission is to improve education and health outcomes by linking communities and information through collaborating, connecting, creating, serving, and learning.

  54. Notebooks on the nursing care of Mrs. Theodore C. Jessup, a Parkinson's disease patient, 1979-1985.
Physical Description: 0.8 linear ft. (13 items).
Call Number: MS ACC 590

Consists of nursing log entries done by registered nurses providing around-the-clock nursing care given Mrs. Jessup. Includes information on the medications administered.

Mrs. Theodore C. Jessup was a Parkinson's disease patient from Jan. 29, 1979 until her death on May 5, 1985.

  55. Notes from lectures by John Abernethy, 1805. Abernethy, John.
Physical Description: 1 v.
Call Number: MS B 366

Surgical lectures beginning January 21, 1805, taken by an unidentified student. The back of the volume includes 3 pages of notes on midwifery.

Abernethy lectured on anatomy, physiology and surgery at St. Bartholomew's, and as a result, became the founder of the medical school.

  56. Notes on midwifery / Thomas Stringer, [179-?]. Stringer, Thomas
Physical Description: 230 p.; 19 cm.
Call Number: MS B 137

  57. Notes on naval hospitals, medical schools, and training school for nurses: with a sketch of hospital history: [United States] / James Duncan Gatewood, 1893. Gatewood, James Duncan.
Physical Description: 2 v.: ill.; 32 cm.
Call Number: MS F 100

  58. Notes of indications taken at the Homeopathic Medical College, 1864-1865. Martin, Henry Noah.
Physical Description: 1 v.; 19 cm.
Call Number: MS B 287

Dr. Martin became professor of obstetrics and diseases of women and children, and lecturer on clinical medicine in the Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia.

  59. Notes on lectures by Eli Ives and William Tully: [New Haven], 1831-1833. Ives, Eli. Tully, William.
Physical Description: 14 v. and 1 box.
Call Number: MS B 327

Vol. 1. Diseases of children -- vol. 2. Theory and practice -- vol. 3. Theory and practice -- vol. 4. Materia medica -- vol. 5. Diseases of women, and obstetrics -- vol. 6. Materia medica -- vol. 7. Materia medica -- vol. 8. Materia medica -- vol. 9. Materia medica -- vol. 10. Materia medica -- vol. 11. Theory and practice of physic. and surgery -- vol. 12. Materia medica -- vol. 13. Surgery -- vol. 14. Surgery.

Two Yale University School of Medicine professors, Eli Ives and William Tully, are identified (vols. 2, 9, and 12); others are referred to as "Prof. B." and "Prof. H." The student is probably E.D. North, whose signature and initials are found in vols. 2, 5, and 10.

  60. Notes of lectures: delivered by Henry N. Guernsey, M.D., professor of obstetrics and diseases of women and children in the Homoeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania / by Jacob G. Street, 1864-1865. Street, Jacob G. Guernsey, Henry N.
Physical Description: 1 v.
Call Number: MS B 379

  61. Nuova dimostrazione d'ostetricia: in tavole litografiche, con un testo raggionato per facilitare la spiegazione / J.P. Maygrier, 1832.
Physical Description: 67, [26] leaves: ill.; 23 cm.
Call Number: MS B 225

Translation of the first portion of Nouvelles démonstrations d'accouchemens published by Maygrier in Paris in 1822-1827.

  62. Nursing informatics history collection, 1977-1983. Ozbolt, Judith.
Physical Description: 4 items (1/2 letter size box)
Call Number: MS ACC 1997-005

1st document, "The Cybernurse System. A Cybernetic Nursing Information System To Support High Quality, Cost-Effective Nursing Care. A Proposal Submitted To The Hospital Corporation of America" by Cybernetic Health systems Corporation, August 5, l983.

2nd and 3rd documents, "Cahiers Medicaux," Judith Ozbolt, 1977, an edited transcription of that seminar was published along with a reprint of Ozbolt's article "L'evalutation de la qualite des soins," (by permission of Chaiers Medicaux) in the French nursing journal Revue de l'Infirmiere, 1 Janvier 1979. 4th document, "La qualite des soins infirmiers", Judith Ozbolt's reprinted article and the seminar from "Cahiers Medicaux", 8 May 1978.

Ozbolt is the author of works on assessing the quality of nursing care and on various aspects of nursing informatics.

  63. Nursing informatics history collection papers; dissertation of Coralee Farley. Farley, Coralee.
Physical Description: 1.25 linear ft.
Call Number: MS ACC 1997-004

  64. [Nursing school photograph album], ca. 1920.
Physical Description: 1 item (15 photographs)
Call Number: MS C 516

Professional photograph album of an unidentified New England nursing school. Subjects include school building exterior, male dean, female teaching staff, class group poses, operating room, instruction in in-bed patient care, children's ward, and physical therapy sessions.

  65. Observations on those diseases of females which are attended by discharges / Sir Charles Mansfield Clarke, [ca. 1814]. Clarke, Charles Mansfield.
Physical Description: [168] leaves.
Call Number: MS B 363

Clarke's manuscript copy of chapters II-XVII of the first volume of his "Observations on those diseases of females which are attended by discharges," was first printed in London by Longman in 1814. This is a fair copy in a clear legible script, written on paper-stock watermarked 1814, with the final section "Polypus of the uterus" written on a separate unwatermarked paper-stock (and extending to the final free end-papers, watermarked 1817) and inserted after binding. Chapter I (the introduction) is not present in the manuscript. The text of the manuscript and the printed version are identical, differing only in that passages written in the first person have been changed to the third person in the printed text. Several changes of the text are obvious in the manuscript (text crossed out, or edited), the final version of which again matches that in the printed work.

Clarke was an Army military surgeon, and began to share his brother's practice in midwifery in 1804. He later worked in the fields of gynecology, obstetrics, and pediatrics, and then as personal physician to Queen Adelaide, wife of William IV.

  66. Obstetrical notes, 1783-1793. Nedey.
Physical Description: [6], [108 blank], [218] p.; 23 cm.
Call Number: MS B 388

Memoir by a surgeon named Nedey of observations made during courses of treatment between 1783-1793. Nedey carefully notes the difficult cases he resolved over the course of his career, giving minute details for each case with an occasional chapter of reflections. The manuscript begins on folio no. 5. The manuscript begins on 15 June 1783 on leaf sixty-two.

  67. Of the puerperal fever, [ca. 1815]. Warren, John.
Physical Description: [90] p.; 19 cm.
Call Number: MS B 396

First 24 pages contain the essay "Of the puerperal fever," the remainder includes a four-page letter written by John Warren (Boston: April 2, 1810), and various remedies and medical recipes.

  68. Pauperism and health: a collection of anonymous essays, [187-]. Lunacy Law Reform Association.
Physical Description: 11 items
Call Number: MS C 67

Contains a nurse's account of work and conditions in a workhouse. Includes an essay on political economics. Printed matter includes the First report of the Lunacy Law Reform Association, London, 1874.

  69. People vs. Horatio N. Loomis / A.F. Sisson, ca. 1960. Sisson, A.F.
Physical Description: 17 p.
Call Number: MS C 256

Typescript article relating to the introduction of male midwifery in the United States.

  70. Petition of the unborn babes: to the censors of the Royal College of Physicians of London / Frank Nicholls, [1751?]. Nicholls, Frank.
Physical Description: [20] p.; 19 cm.
Call Number: MS C 77

Copy of work printed in London for M. Cooper in 1751. An attack on male midwives.

  71. Prize essay in Dr. Ramsbotham's obstetric class at the London Hospital / Edward Riggale, 1838-1839. Riggale, Edward. Ramsbotham, Francis Henry.
Physical Description: 23 p.; 20 cm.
Call Number: MS B 97

A note by Ramsbotham pertaining to examination precedes the essay, followed by a letter from Riggale to Ramsbotham, dated April 20, 1839.

  72. Réglement pour la reforme de l'Hôpital de la ville et cité de Châlon sur Sâone, 1633.
Physical Description: 1 v.; 27 cm.
Call Number: MS B 276

Bound with 8 leaves on the subject of nurses, written in a different hand.
Contains data on the duties of the surgeon, the house-physician, and the chemist. Mentions considerations for indigent patients.

  73. Samuel McClintock Hamill papers, 1909-1921. Hamill, Samuel McClintock.
Physical Description: 0.8 linear ft. (2 boxes)
Call Number: MS C 438

Unpublished typescripts of lectures given to medical and nursing students and to regional and national professional groups. Topics include pediatrics, obstetrical care, child welfare, and public health.

Hamill was a pediatrician, member of the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Philadelphia Polyclinic and College for Graduates in Medicine, president of the American Pediatric Society and the American Association for the Study and Prevention of Infant Mortality.

  74. Sir James Young Simpson lectures on midwifery and the diseases of women: [Edinburgh] / notes by T.L. Brunton, [1865]. Simpson, James Young. Brunton, Thomas Lauder.
Physical Description: 1 v.; 20 cm.
Call Number: MS B 88

  75. Sloan U.S. Army General Hospital records, 1857-1866 (bulk 1864-1866). Sloan U.S. Army General Hospital.
Physical Description: 1.25 linear ft. (3 boxes)
Call Number: MS C 434
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Contains two order books, hospital reports, vouchers, receipts, and correspondence. These document the hospital's activities between May 1864 and Oct. 1865. Includes "Monthly Reports on Contract Nurses, 1863-1865."

In the fall of 1863, a site in Montpelier was chosen to erect Vermont's third Civil War hospital. Named after U.S. Army Surgeon William J. Sloan. It had a capacity of 500 in its 25 wards, and operated for 16 months (June 1864-Oct. 1865). Approximately 1,670 soldiers were treated there. Surgeon Henry Janes, U.S.V. became commander on Oct. 12, 1864, relieving Asst. Surgeon George P. Jaquette. Janes joined the 3rd Vermont in 1861 as the regimental surgeon, and later was given a commission as surgeon of US Volunteers. Following the battle of Gettysburg, Janes was given charge of all the military hospitals in the Gettysburg region - being in charge of some 20,000 wounded soldiers. He then returned to Vermont to take charge of Sloan Hospital. The hospital was of the pavilion style, in favor with the Surgeon General's office. Its buildings radiated from an octagonal central space, around the whole of which was a covered platform or pathway connecting the whole. The buildings were of wood, lathed and plastered, clap-boarded, shingled and double floored. By December, 1864, there would be 421 patients in this hospital.

  76. Speeches and awards of Faye G. Abdellah. Abdellah, Faye G.
Physical Description: 1 folder.
Call Number: MS ACC 693

Abdellah was a nurse, educator, deputy surgeon general of the Public Health Service, and member of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine.

  77. Traité des maladies des femmes par Monsieur Jean Astruc, medecin consultant du roy, à Paris, 1791. Astruc, Jean.
Physical Description: 594 p.
Call Number: MS B 360

Contemporary holographic version of Astruc's lectures on gynecology, predating his own published version by ten years. An English version of Astruc's lectures was printed in 1743. There is no indication of who took the notes or where the lectures were given.

  78. Vernon E. Wilson papers, 1953-1981 (bulk 1970-1979). Wilson, Vernon E.
Physical Description: 33.73 linear ft. (81 boxes plus oversize items)
Call Number: MS C 492
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Organized into 11 series: I. Personal and Biographical Records II. Memorabilia III. Medical Education IV. Other Professional Activities V. Professional and Personal Correspondence VI. Reading Files VII. Professional Meetings, Conferences and Seminars VIII. Speeches and Papers IX. Manuscripts and Reprints X. External Publications XI. Photographic Prints: arranged chronologically.

Although the collection covers the years 1953 through 1981, the bulk of the records were created in the 1970s. The collection generally contains correspondence, typed speeches, manuscripts, printed material, clippings, notes, and reports. Significant topics covered in the collection and of interest to researchers are the regional medical programs in the U.S., graduate medical education, federal health care policy, public health issues, use of automation in medicine, primary care physicians, emergency medicine, community health clinics, rural medicine, and medical ethics, with some nursing school subject files.

Dr. Vernon E. Wilson (1915-1992) was a nationally known leader in medical education and an innovative administrator of medical programs in academia and government. In 1959, Dr. Wilson became the dean and director of the University of Missouri Medical Center at Columbia. While at the University of Missouri in the 1960s, he held the positions of executive director for health affairs (1967-1968) and vice president for Academic Affairs (1968-1970). In the late 1960s Dr. Wilson gained a well-respected reputation as the Coordinator of the successful Missouri Regional Medical Program. Regional Medical Programs (RMPs) were established as a result of the Heart Disease, Cancer, and Stroke amendments to the Hill-Burton Act passed by the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration in 1965. The goal of the legislation was to fund and facilitate coordinated regional efforts to conduct medical research and training, provide better delivery of health services, and widely disseminate medical information. As one of the first promising RMPs after the legislation, the Missouri RMP became the model program for other RMPs throughout the country. Wilson's skills as an administrator and his familiarity with RMPs led to his appointment in 1970 as the Administrator of the newly-formed Health Services and Mental Health Administration (HSMHA). The responsibilities of the HSMHA, a bureau of the Public Health Service, included overseeing RMPs. Wilson was appointed by, and served under, Elliott Richardson, the Director of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare until 1972. Dr. Wilson ended his career as Vice President for Medical Affairs at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he served from 1974 until his retirement in 1981.

  79. Victor Robinson papers, 1913-1946. Robinson, Victor.
Physical Description: 2.9 linear ft. (7 boxes)
Call Number: MS C 28

Contains correspondence, original typescripts, unpublished monographs, articles, notes, and biographical data. Correspondence consists of general correspondence and that pertaining to Encyclopaedia sexualis. Biographical data relates to contributors to the encyclopedia, and to Chicago otologists. Mongraphs, articles and drafts include History of otology; Life of Jacob Henle; The price of prudery; and History of aviation medicine by Claude Bernard; On syphilis and gonorrhea, Prostitution in France by Gabriel Giroud; Sisters in calamity by Thomas De Quincey; and Recollections of prison physician by Leon Clement Bizard. Contains original typescripts of Victory over pain; A history of anesthesia; and White caps; the story of nursing. Correspondents are extensive. The Garrison correspondence (ca. 135 items) and drafts of articles by Garrison are arranged separately.

  80. Visiting Nurse Service photo album, 1932-1935. Henry Street Settlement (New York, N.Y.)
Physical Description: 0.4 linear ft. (1 box)
Call Number: MS C 298

Includes photos of nursing leaders, printed matter, and medal commemorating Lillian D. Wald. The Henry Street Settlement was later known as Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

  81. Washington Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society proceedings and minutes, Oct. 1882- Oct. 1897. Washington Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society.
Physical Description: 3 v.
Call Number: MS F 150

v. 1. 1882 Oct. 7-1886 Apr. 2. -- v. 2. 1886 Apr. 16-1890 Nov. 21. -- v. 3. 1890 Dec. 20-1897 Oct. 15.

Minutes and proceedings of the Society from its founding to 1897. Includes data on membership and finances, reports of committees, and correspondence relating to the society's affairs. Also includes discussion of papers presented at meetings, though the papers themselves are not included. Many of the papers were published however in the Society's Transactions.