Columbia University Medical Center Archives

Babies Hospital/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, 1887-
Dates
Board of Directors and Executive Committee minutes Babies Hospital (New York, N.Y.) Board of Directors and Executive Committee. 1892, April 12 - 1943, Dec. 13.
Board of Women Managers records Babies Hospital (New York, N.Y.) Board of Women Managers. 1889-1995 (bulk 1968-1995)
Cribside Committee minutes Babies Hospital (New York, N.Y.) Cribside Committee. 1902, Nov. 2 - 1911, May 3.
Autopsy records Babies Hospital (New York, N.Y.). Dept. of Pathology 1896-1921.
Historical collection Babies Hospital (New York, N.Y.) 1887-1994.
Case histories Babies Hospital (New York, N.Y.) 1932-1955.
Corporation minutes Babies Hospital (New York, N.Y.). Corporation 1898, Jan. 11 - 1902, Feb. 18.
Medical Board minutes Babies Hospital (New York, N.Y.). Medical Board 1898, Jan. 3 - 1944, May 5.
Patient records Babies Hospital (New York, N.Y.) 1889-1929.
Scrapbooks Babies Hospital (New York, N.Y.) 1887-1935.
Staff meeting minutes Babies Hospital (New York, N.Y.) 1945-1972, 1983-1990
Alumni Association records Babies Hospital Alumni Association 1894-2008 (bulk 1985-2002)
Alumni Association records Babies Hospital Alumni Association 1927-2000 (bulk 1960-1976)
College of Dental and Oral Surgery of New York, 1892-1923
Dates
Board of Trustees and Executive Committee minutes College of Dental and Oral Surgery of New York. Board of Trustees and Executive Committee. 1904, July 20 - 1923, June 23
Faculty minutes College of Dental and Oral Surgery of New York. Faculty. 1913, June 17 - 1923, June 19.
College of Physicians & Surgeons in the City of New York / Columbia University Faculty of Medicine, 1807-
Dates
Board of Trustees minutes College of Physicians and Surgeons in the City of the New York. Board of Trustees 1807, May 5 - 1891, November 31
Board of Trustees records College of Physicians and Surgeons in the City of the New York. Board of Trustees 1808-1891.
Documents relating to the merger with Columbia College College of Physicians and Surgeons in the City of the New York 1878, 1890-1891
Written and printed documents College of Physicians and Surgeons in the City of the New York 1792-1888.
Office of the Treasurer records College of Physicians and Surgeons in the City of the New York. Office of the Treasurer. 1807-1895.
Association of the Alumni records Columbia University. College of Physicians and Surgeons. Association of the Alumni. 1859-1974.
Bacitracin reports Columbia University. College of Physicians and Surgeons 1943-1949
History of medicine seminars Columbia University. College of Physicians and Surgeons 1936-1940, 1964-1965.
Bound financial records Columbia University. College of Physicians and Surgeons 1808-1927.
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology records Columbia University. College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology 1894-1976 (bulk 1912-1921)
Department of Medicine records Columbia University. College of Physicians and Surgeons. Department of Medicine. 1942-1943; 1958-1979 (bulk 1970-1976)
Department of Neurological Surgery Operating Room Schedules Columbia University. College of Physicians and Surgeons. Department of Neurological Surgery 1950-1995
Department of Neurological Surgery Operation Logbooks Columbia University. College of Physicians and Surgeons. Department of Neurological Surgery 1933-1938, 1946-1957
Council of the Department of Neurology minutes Columbia University. College of Physicians and Surgeons. Department of Neurology. Council 1927, Nov. 10 - 1932, June 13.
Department of Neurology records Columbia University. College of Physicians and Surgeons. Department of Neurology. 1925-2000 (bulk 1967-2000)
Department of Physiology registration book Columbia University. College of Physicians and Surgeons. Department of Physiology. 1894-1906.
Manuscript collection Columbia University. College of Physicians and Surgeons 1755-1962 (bulk 1810-1892)
Office of the Assistant Dean (Yahr) records Columbia University. College of Physicians and Surgeons. Office of the Assistant Dean 1956-1969.
Office of the Associate Dean for Postgraduate Education (Ferrer) records Columbia University. College of Physicians and Surgeons. Office of the Associate Dean for Postgraduate Education. 1968, 1972-1982.
Office of the Associate Dean (Elliott) records Columbia University. College of Physicians and Surgeons. Office of the Associate Dean 1966-1976.
College of Physicians and Surgeons records Columbia University. College of Physicians and Surgeons 1857-1915 (bulk 1871-1898)
Scrapbooks Columbia University. College of Physicians and Surgeons 1828-1886, 1927-1945, 1948-1953.
Student records Columbia University. College of Physicians and Surgeons 1816-1934 (buik 1816-1919)
Faculty of Medicine minutes Columbia University. Faculty of Medicine. 1811-1818; 1820-1823; 1846-1850; 1856-2001.
King's College/Columbia College Faculty of Medicine, 1767-1814
Dates
Faculty of Medicine student register Columbia College. Faculty of Medicine. 1791 - 1813.
Faculty of Medicine minutes Columbia College. Faculty of Medicine. 1792, Feb. 20 - 1813, Sept. 13.
Health Sciences Library
Dates
Health Science Library records Columbia University. Augustus C Long Health Sciences Library. 1909-2003. (bulk 1909-1994)
Health Sciences Diploma and Certificate Collection Columbia University. Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library 1804-1941
College of Dental Medicine (School of Dental and Oral Surgery), 1916-
Dates
Association of Dental Alumni records Columbia University. College of Dental Medicine (School of Dental & Oral Surgery). Association of Dental Alumni. 1894-1990.
Historical collection Columbia University. College of Dental Medicine 1892-1989 (bulk 1916-1936)
College of Dental Medicine (School of Dental & Oral Surgery) records Columbia University. College of Dental Medicine 1892, 1915-1976.
College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 1829-1976
Dates
Board of Trustees minutes Columbia University. College of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Board of Trustees. 1904, June 7 - 1950, June 20.
Faculty minutes Columbia University. College of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Faculty. 1893-1904, 1914-1922, 1937-1961.
Membership meetings Columbia University. College of Pharmaceutical Sciences 1904, June 21 - 1963, April 23.
College of Pharmaceutical Sciences records Columbia University. College of Pharmaceutical Sciences 1873-1972 (bulk 1882-1941)

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Archives and Special Collections is the repository for the institutional records of the Columbia University Medical Center that must be permanently retained because of their historical, legal, or evidential value. Working with University offices, the department collects, arranges, describes and makes available these records to Columbia administrators and responsible outside researchers.

At present, there are approximately 3,000 cubic feet of archival records spanning from 1791 to the late 20th century. There is material from all four health science schools, although records from the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the College of Dental Medicine predominate. In addition, though it was never part of the Medical Center, the Archives contains some records of the defunct College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, founded in 1829 as the College of Pharmacy in the City of New York.

The largest group of records is from the Office of the Executive Vice President for Health Sciences, containing 598 cubic feet and dating from the 1880s into the late 20th century. The Executive Vice President's office has oversight over all health sciences education at Columbia. Because of this role, the office's records are unusually comprehensive, documenting a wide range of topics for all health science schools, centers and institutes.

Finding aids and box lists can be consulted at Archives and Special Collections Reading Room or accessed online. Records for many archival holdings also can be found in CLIO, the library's catalog.

In addition, we hold printed material relating to the Medical Center including school catalogs, yearbooks, annual reports, newsletters, alumni magazines, student publications, and promotional and fundraising materials. Many of these printed items can be found in CLIO, the library's catalog with the location "Special Collections - M Collection."

Since 2008, the department has on deposit the corporate records of Presbyterian Hospital (1868-1997), now part of New York-Presbyterian Hospital.  These include minutes of the Board of Trustees and its committees, Medical Board minutes, and corporate records of Babies Hospital and the Neurological Institute of New York, which merged with Presbyterian in the 1940's.  The department also holds many early patient records of Presbyterian and its affiliated or merged hospitals.

Records of the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, the other side of the New York-Presbyterian merger, are located at the Medical Archives of the New York Weill Cornell Center.

Researchers should be aware that many of the personal papers in Archives & Special Collections also contain material relating to the history of the Medical Center.

University archival records are closed to outside researchers for 25 years from the date of the creation of the record, but they are always open to the office of origin. Other types of records may be closed due to confidentiality requirements or legal reasons; please check the department's Access Policy.

Many Medical Center records are unprocessed, but staff will locate material relevant to a specific topic if possible. All material must be used in the department's Geraldine McAlpin Webster Reading Room.