Personal Papers and Manuscripts

As part of its mission to document the history of the health sciences both generally and at Columbia University, Archives & Special Collections actively collects the personal papers of those men and women who have had distinguished careers in medicine, nursing, dentistry or public health.  In addition, we may acquire records of health care organizations in the New York City area and individual manuscripts, such as letters, student notebooks, or physician's casebooks, if they have some connection with Columbia University, the Presbyterian Hospital, or New York.

Personal papers and manuscripts date from the 16th century to the present with the bulk being from the last century. Included are the papers of Nobel Laureates André Cournand and Dickinson Richards; plastic surgery pioneer and historian of medicine Jerome P. Webster; community psychiatrist and social activist Viola Bernard; biochemist and dental education reformer William Gies; early dyslexia researchers Samuel and June Lyday Orton; and AIDS activist Mathilde Krim, among many others.

Organizational records include those of the Maternity Center Association, the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, and Gilda's Club.

Records of most manuscript collections are included in CLIO, the library's catalog.

Personal Papers and Manuscripts
Title Creator Dates
Harold Abramson papers Harold Abramson, 1899-1974 1899-1974
Harold A. Abramson reprints Harold A. Abramson, 1899-1980 1921-1967
A. Bernard Ackerman papers A. Bernard Ackerman, 1936-2008 circa 1965-2004
Hattie Alexander papers Hattie Elizabeth Alexander, 1901-1968 1939-1981
Dorothy H. Andersen papers Dorothy H. Andersen, 1901-1963 1930-1966
Andrew Syngrou Hospital photograph album Andrew Syngrou Hospital (Athens, Greece) ca. 1920s
Arthur Purdy Stout collection of tumor literature Arthur Purdy Stout, 1885-1967 ca. 1906-1962.
Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists records Arthur Purdy Stout Society of Surgical Pathologists 1957-1992
Dana W. Atchley papers Dana W. Atchley, 1892-1982 1898-1969
Report to the Surgical Department of Columbia University on a trip taken in November and December 1915 Hugh Auchincloss, 1878-1947 ca. 1916
Press clippings: editorial campaign promoting the enrichment of white bread with vitamins and minerals Bakers Weekly 1940, March - 1943, December.
Commencement address: manuscript Samuel Bard, 1742-1821 circa 1811-1820
Discourse on the importance of medical education : manuscript Samuel Bard, 1742-1821 1811
Remarks on the constitution, government, discipline & expences [sic] of medical schools: manuscript Samuel Bard, 1742-1821 circa 1819
C. Andrew L. Bassett papers C. Andrew L. Bassett, 1924-1994 1951-1994
Bellevue Hospital casebooks Bellevue Hospital 1866-1916 [with gaps]
Henry W. Bellows letters Henry W. (Henry Whitney) Bellows, 1814-1882 1861-1863.
Henrik Holt Bendixen papers Henrik H. (Henrik Holt) Bendixen, 1923-2004 1943-1998 (bulk 1957-1994)
Alan Berkman papers Alan Berkman, 1945-2009 circa 1960-2010
Viola Wertheim Bernard papers Viola W. Bernard, 1907-1998 1918-2000
Louis Faugères Bishop papers Louis Faugeres Bishop, 1901-1986 1928-1972
Susan Dwight Bliss papers Susan Dwight Bliss, d. 1966 1926-1927, 1935-1955
Charles F. Bodecker papers Charles F. (Charles Francis) Bodecker, 1880-1965 1876, 1880-1941, 1946-1970
John H. Bogle papers John Hamilton Bogle, 1906-1978 1943-1946.
George Emerson Brewer scrapbook George Emerson Brewer, 1861-1939 1903, 1913-1923 (bulk 1917-1919)
Notes on the surgical lectures given to the New York Training School for Nurses, City-Hospital George Emerson Brewer, 1861-1939 circa 1900
Charlotte Cowdrey Brown papers Charlotte Cowdrey Brown, 1872-1941 1894-1898
George Brown papers George Brown, 1755-1822 1774-1779
Frederick Augustus Burrall notebook and diary Frederick Augustus Burrall, 1830-1908 1868-1889
Frank A. Calderone papers Frank A. Calderone, 1901-1987 1911-1984 (bulk 1936-1957)
Moses Champion letters Moses Champion, d.1838 1818-1819
Charles Frederick Chandler Papers Charles Frederick Chandler, 1836-1925 1877-1888
Nicholas P. Christy "Faculty remembered" papers Christy, Nicholas P. circa 1930s-2003
Leoni Neumann Claman papers Leoni Neumann Claman, 1900-1989 1917, 1922-1924
Richard W. Clapp papers Richard W. Clapp, 1945- 1968-2001 (bulk 1968-1977)
Clement C. Clay papers Clement C. Clay, 1905-1978 1917-1977 (bulk 1925-1970)
Isabel Cohen appointment and receipt books Isabel Cohen 1946-1949
Wissenschaftlichen Zusammenkunste Deutscher Aerzte, minutes Collegium der Arzte der Deutschen Dispensary und Hospital (New York, N.Y.). Wissenschaftlichen Zusammenkunste Deutscher Aerzte 1879 June 27 – 1882 June 23
Eugene Cook photographs for the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Eugene Cook, 1917-1986 circa 1968-1970s
Arnold Cooper papers Arnold Cooper, 1923- 1971-1976
Bard Cosman plastic surgery case reports Bard Cosman, 1930-1983 1960-1962
André F. Cournand papers André F. Cournand, 1895-1988 1927-1984 (bulk 1946-1981)
George F. Crikelair Collection of Information Council on Fabric Flammability publications George F. Crikelair, 1921-2005 1967-1975
Harvey's views on the use of the circulation of the blood: manuscript John Green Curtis, 1844-1913 ca. 1907-1913
John Green Curtis laboratory notebook John Green Curtis, 1844-1913 1875-1885
John Call Dalton lecture memoranda books John Call Dalton, 1825-1889 ca. 1875-1883
George E. Daniels papers George E. (George Eaton), Daniels, 1896-1987 1942-1944, 1961-1975
Elizabeth Davis papers Elizabeth Davis, 1920-2010 1949-1998 (bulk 1964-1982)
G. E. De Schweinitz letters G. E. (George Edmund) De Schweinitz, 1858-1938 1932-1933
Robert J. Demarest medical illustrations Robert J. Demarest circa 1955-1990
Dentist's ledger and casebook Unknown dentist (Peru, IL) 1854-1856
Barbara Snell Dohrenwend papers Barbara Snell Dohrenwend, 1927-1982 1956-2000 (bulk 1971-1982)
Edward Dowdall medical illustrations Edward Dowdall, 1856-1932 1877
William B. Dunning papers William B. Dunning, 1874-1959 1881-1970 (bulk 1900-1940)
Jack Elinson papers Jack Elinson, 1917-2017 1917-2005
Ellsworth Eliot Jr. operation record books Eliot Ellsworth, Jr., 1864-1945 1900-1912
Haven Emerson papers Haven Emerson, 1874-1957 1905-1965 (bulk 1931-1934)
Earl T. Engle papers Earl T. (Earl Theron) Engle, 1896-1957 1896-1970 (bulk 1922-1930)
James McFarland Evans account book James McFarland Evans, 1841-1912 ca. 1890-1901
Ewen McIntyre & Son prescription record books Ewen McIntyre & Son (New York, N.Y.) 1863, 1873, 1886-1887
Register of sick and prescriptions Experiment (Schooner) Sept. 18, 1833-July 17, 1834
Barbara Tanis Fetzer photograph album Barbara Tanis Fetzer circa 1940-1945
Henry Hall Forbes papers Henry Hall Forbes, d. 1942 1886-1890
Kenneth A. Forde papers Kenneth A. Forde, 1933-2019 1948-2017
Formulary manuscript Unknown person (Philadelphia?) [1850s?]
F. Esther Fortuine papers F. Esther (Florence Esther) Fortuine, 1886-1960 1917-1960 (bulk 1917-1919)
Stanley T. Fortuine medical school notes Stanley T. Fortuine, 1887-1944 1912-1916
Robert G. Frary financial records Robert G. Frary, 1793-1862 1840-1866 (bulk 1841-1862)
Sigmund Freud letters to Nikolaĭ E. Osipov Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939 1921-1922
Totem und tabu. Part II : Das tabu und die ambivalenz der gefühlsregungen : holograph Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939 circa 1912
Emanuel A. Friedman papers Emanuel A. Friedman, 1926- 1953-1989
Victor Frühwald notebook and album Victor Frühwald, b. 1885 1913-1930
Kristine M. Gebbie papers Kristine M. Gebbie circa 1964-2010
William H. Geddings casebooks Wm. H. (William H.) Geddings, 1838-1892 1880-1894
Anna Cheskis Gelman papers Anna Cheskis Gelman, 1911-2005 1929-2003
William John Gies collection William John Gies, 1872-1956 1864-1958
Elizabeth S. Gill papers Elizabeth S. Gill, 1903-2003 1937-1968
James Skelton Gilliam account book and notebook James Skelton Gilliam circa 1786-1787
Martha Teach Gnudi diary-letter Martha Teach Gnudi, 1908-1976 1945, Dec. 18 – 1946, March 15
M. M. Goodrich papers M. M. Goodrich, 1925- 1975-2006 (bulk 1983-2003)
Elspeth A. Gould diary Elspeth A. Gould, 1885-1962 1917 May 14 - 1918 January 29
Graham Family papers Graham family 1773-1825
Alexander Greig letters Alexander Greig 1826, 1840-1842, 1847-1849
Albert W. Grokoest papers Albert W. Grokoest, 1917-1991 1924-1999
Lowell Walter Gurnsey notebook Lowell Walter Gurnsey 1822-1839 (bulk 1822)
Betty Nordstrom Hanway scrapbook Betty Nordstrom Hanway 1948-1951, 1970
Leonard C. Harber papers Leonard C. Harber 1926-2011
Donald Harter papers Donald Harter 1899-1998 (bulk 1970-1972)
Five years in Syria Wilma Stevens Hawkins 1934-1939 [compiled, circa 1980?]
Laura Antoinette Weeks Hesselberg scrapbook Laura Antoinette Weeks Hesselberg 1897-1922
William Avery Hillard casebook William Avery Hillard, d.1938 1897-1903
Herman E. Hilleboe papers Herman E. (Herman Ertresvaag) Hilleboe, 1906-1974 1931-1968 (bulk 1958-1968)
Fred Junkin Hinkhouse diary Fred Junkin Hinkhouse, 1895-1956 1917-1918
David Webb Hodgkins papers David Webb Hodgkins, 1834-1898 1820-1898 (bulk 1858-1870)
Letters from Second General Aileen I. Hogan, d. 1981 1942-1945 [compiled, circa 1980]
L. Emmett Holt patient records L. Emmett Holt, 1855-1924 1901-1923
Edgar M. Housepian papers Edgar M. Housepian, 1928-2014 circa 1950-2010
Benjamin Howe ledger Benjamin Howe 1811-1822
Francis Huber papers Francis Huber, 1854-1934 1897-1932
Henry R. Humphries lectures on shell shock Henry Richard Humphries, 1873-1927 circa 1920
James Ramsay Hunt casebooks James Ramsay Hunt, 1875-1937 1903-1937
Jean Ketcham Lominska Collection of Huntington Family papers Jean Ketcham Lominska, 1913-2010 1850-1985 (bulk 1858-1916)
George Huntington papers George Huntington, 1850-1916 1845-2000
Alfred Jaretzki papers Alfred Jaretzki, 1919- 1948-2009
William Jarvie papers William Jarvie, 1841-1921 circa 1856-1918
Smith Ely Jelliffe City Hospital cases Smith Ely Jelliffe, 1866-1945 1906-1907
Norman Jolliffe papers Norman Jolliffe, 1901-1961 1892-1963 (bulk 1935-1961)
Patricia Jones student notebooks Patricia Jones 1957-1960
Julius Kaunitz papers Julius Kaunitz, 1882-1979 1918, 1930-1977
Patricia Hayes Keough photograph album Patricia Hayes Keough 1943-1946
Virginia Shattuck King papers Virginia Shattuck King, 1921- 1941-1946, 1996
Daniel W. Kissam, Jr. documents Kissam, Daniel W., Jr. 1814-1815
Mathilde Krim papers Mathilde Krim circa 1948-2016
Fredi Kronenberg papers Kronenberg, Fredi 1950s, 1967-2017
Albert Richard Lamb papers Albert Richard Lamb, 1881-1959 1908-1957
William S. Langford papers William S. Langford, 1906-1976 1935-1971
Raffaele Lattes papers Raffaele Lattes, 1910-2003 1954-1996
John Kingsley Lattimer papers John Kingsley Lattimer, 1914-2007 1931-1996
Medwin Leale papers Medwin Leale, 1873-1934 1880-1925
Joseph M. Leavitt papers Joseph M. Leavitt, 1915-1999 1939-1999
Frederic Schiller Lee papers Frederic Schiller Lee, 1859-1939 1867-1933 (bulk 1909-1930)
Order book for clinical lectures on diseases of the throat and nose George Morewood Lefferts, 1846-1920 1903
Maurice Lenz papers Maurice Lenz, 1890-1974 1902-1977 (bulk, 1917-1970)
Barron H. Lerner Collection of Presbyterian Hospital patient records Barron H. Lerner, collector circa 1930-1970
Eugene P. Link papers Eugene P. Link, 1907- 1945-1992 (bulk 1970-1972)
Richard W. Lippman journal Richard W. Lippman, 1916-1959 1952-1953
Longitudinal Harlem Adolescent Health Study records Longitudinal Harlem Adolescent Health Study 1967-1999
Irwin D. Mandel papers Irwin D. Mandel, 1922-2011 1960-2002 (bulk 1980-1998)
Maternity Center Association (New York, N.Y.) records Maternity Center Association 1907-2010 (bulk 1918-1995)
Charles H. May papers Charles Henry May, 1861-1943 1883-1966 (bulk 1908-1965)
Michael R. McGarvey papers Michael R. McGarvey 1930s-2009
Rustin McIntosh papers Rustin McIntosh, 1894-1986 1917-1986
Rustin McIntosh papers Rustin McIntosh, 1894-1986 1932-1974
Sarah J. McNutt diploma and certificates Sarah J. (Sarah Jane) McNutt, 1839-1930 1876-1908
Medical student notebook : manuscript 1850-1851
Robert B. Mellins papers Mellins, Robert B., 1928-2012 circa 1940s-2012
George R. Merriam, Jr. papers George R. Merriam, Jr., 1913-2004 1937-1946
H. Houston Merritt papers H. Houston (Hiram Houston) Merritt, 1902-1979 1917-1979
Michael Merson Collection on the global AIDS response Michael H. Merson circa 1985-2001
Karl Meyer papers Karl Meyer, 1899-1990 1929-2000 (bulk 1932-1990)
Microphotographs circa 1872-1886
Joseph E. Milgram papers Joseph E. Milgram, 1900-1989 circa 1900-1996
Edward Miller papers Edward Miller, 1760-1812 1791-1812, 1914
Joseph Didier Montmarquet student notebooks Joseph Didier Montmarquet, 1860-1906 1887-1889.
Gabriel G. Nahas papers Gabriel Georges Nahas, 1920-2012 1947-2002 (bulk 1962-2002)
David M. Natanson papers David M. Natanson, d. 1966 1906-1964 (bulk 1910-1914)
Carl T. Nelson dermatology notebook Carl T. Nelson 1946-1952
R. Bruce Gillie collection of North Family papers Charles E. North 1890s-2018
Marvin Kaufmann Opler papers Marvin Kaufmann Opler, 1914-1981 1915-1979
Samuel Torrey Orton and June Lyday Orton case files Samuel Torrey Orton, 1879-1948 and June Lyday Orton, 1898-1977 1925-1977