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Guide to Oral Histories in Medicine and the Health Sciences


Medical Center Archives
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center


1300 York Ave # 34
New York, NY 10065


(212) 746-6072

Fax number

(212) 746-8279

Website URL

Contact Person

Lisa A. Mix, Head of Archives
(212) 746-6072
Elizabeth M. Shepard, Assistant Archivist
(212) 746-6072


Access and Services

Transcripts can be photocopied and sent via regular mail to researchers at a cost of 25 cents per page, plus $10.00 service/handling charge.


Collection consists of oral histories by professors, physicians, and nurses who have been associated with Cornell University Medical College (now Weill Medical College of Cornell University), New York Hospital (now NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center), and Cornell University-New York Hospital School of Nursing (closed in 1979).


The collection consists of 55 individual oral histories with a total of 1297 pages of transcripts and 112-1/2 hours of audio taping.

Collection Description

The collection of oral histories dates from 1965 to 1985, and the interviewees are almost equally divided between men and women. For the most part, the interviewees describe their individual backgrounds and their professional activities as professors, physicians, and nurses at New York Hospital, Cornell University Medical College, and Cornell University-New York Hospital School of Nursing during the 1930s to 1980s. The interviewees include several of the deans of the medical college and the school of nursing.


Material Type

Audio tapes are available for 33 of the 55 individual oral histories.


There are no restrictions on access or use of the collection.


Full or partial transcripts are available for 42 of the 55 individual oral histories.