Columbia University Medical Center Archives

College of Physicians & Surgeons in the City of New York / Columbia University Faculty of Medicine, 1807-
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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
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Faculty of Medicine minutes Columbia College. Faculty of Medicine. 1792, Feb. 20 - 1813, Sept. 13.
Mailman School of Public Health, 1922-
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Center for Population and Family Health records Columbia University. Mailman School of Public Health 1967-1986
Office of the Dean records Columbia University. Mailman School of Public Health 1945-2007
Columbia University Medical Center. Central Administration
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Office of Senior Associate Vice President for Health Sciences (Levy) records Columbia University. Office of Senior Associate Vice President for Health Sciences. 1982-1987.
Office of the Assistant Vice President for Health Sciences Administration (Fiorillo) records Columbia University. Office of the Assistant Vice President for Health Sciences Administration 1977-1980.
Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center Joint Facilities Committee minutes Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. Joint Facilities Committee 1956-1974
Columbia University Medical Center. Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences / Dean of the Faculty of Medicine
Dates
Central records Columbia University. Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences / Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. 1883-2003 (bulk 1900-1993)
Records (Bendixen) Columbia University. Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences. Dean of the Faculty of Medicine. 1978-1993 (bulk 1985-1990)
School of Nursing/Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing, 1892-
Dates
Innis Arden Cottage guest book Columbia University. School of Nursing 1935-1944
School of Nursing Historical Collection Columbia University. School of Nursing 1887-1990
Photograph album Columbia University. School of Nursing 1872-1942
Columbia University-Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, Inc. records Alumnae Association of the School of Nursing of the Presbyterian Hospital in the City of New York 1894-2011
Office of the Dean records Columbia University. School of Nursing. Office of the Dean. 1962-1986 (bulk 1975-1986)
Presbyterian Hospital in the City of New York, 1868-1997
Dates
Twenty-fifth anniversary of the Edward Daniels Faulkner Arthritis Clinic Presbyterian Hospital (New York, N.Y.). Edward Daniels Faulkner Clinic 1954
Administrative Committee minutes Presbyterian Hospital (New York, N.Y.) 1944, Jan. 22 - 1982, March 2.
Autopsy reports Presbyterian Hospital (New York, N.Y.) 1872-1911, 1917-1919
Board of Trustees & Executive Committee minutes Presbyterian Hospital (New York, N.Y.). Board of Trustees 1868, January 2 - 1954, April 26
Board of Trustees Committee minutes Presbyterian Hospital (New York, N.Y.). Board of Trustees 1947-1987
Scrapbooks Presbyterian Hospital. Dept. of Public Affairs 1877-1980
Department of Surgery weekly reports Presbyterian Hospital. Dept. of Surgery 1935-1942
Mary Harkness Convalescent Home scrapbook and guest book Presbyterian Hospital (New York, N.Y.). Mary Harkness Convalescent Home 1937-1958 (bulk 1950-1952)
Master Plan/Modernization records Presbyterian Hospital (New York, N.Y.) 1978-1981
Medical Board committees' minutes Presbyterian Hospital (New York, N.Y.). Medical Board 1944-1990
Medical Board minutes Presbyterian Hospital (New York, N.Y.). Medical Board 1872, July 12 - 1991, May 28.
Office of the Secretary records Presbyterian Hospital (New York, N.Y.). Office of the Secretary 1868-1997 (bulk 1925-1975).
Presbyterian Hospital patient records Presbyterian Hospital (New York, N.Y.) 1872-1929, 1941-c. 1970s.
Safety Committee minutes Presbyterian Hospital (New York, N.Y.). Safety Committee 1958-1966
Presbyterian Hospital surgical casebooks Presbyterian Hospital (New York, N.Y.) 1875-1896, 1905-1915 (with gaps)
Surgical pathology photograph albums Presbyterian Hospital (New York, N.Y.) c.1915 - c.1933.
Society of the Alumni of the Presbyterian Hospital records Society of the Alumni of the Presbyterian Hospital 1892-1975
Herman Knapp Memorial Hospital, 1869-1940
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Herman Knapp Memorial Hospital casebooks Herman Knapp Memorial Hospital (New York, N.Y.) 1869-1939.
Board of Trustees minutes New York Ophthalmic and Aural Institute 1869, Nov. 12 - 1896, Jan. 21.
Neurological Institute of New York, 1909-
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Board of Trustees minutes Neurological Institute of New York. Board of Trustees 1909, March 18 - 1932, Dec. 13.
Historical collection Neurological Institute of New York 1917-1983.
Medical Board minutes Neurological Institute of New York. Medical Board 1909, Dec. - 1935, June 19; 1938, Feb. 8 - 1949, Oct. 31.
Neurological Institute patient records Neurological Institute of New York 1909-1940.
Scrapbook Neurological Institute of New York 1912, 1923-1926.
New York Orthopaedic Hospital, 1863-1950
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New York Orthopaedic Hospital patient records New York Orthopaedic Hospital 1870-1873, 1926-1929, 1941-1950
Scrapbook New York Orthopaedic Hospital 1927-1943
New York-Presbyterian Hospital, 1998-
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Auxiliary records New York-Presbyterian Hospital (New York, N.Y.) 1952-2002 (bulk 1967-1997)
Sloane Hospital for Women, 1887-
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Board of Manager Minutes Sloane Hospital for Women 1922-1928
Patient records Sloane Hospital for Women 1888-1928.
Vanderbilt Clinic, 1887-
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Board of Managers Minutes Vanderbilt Clinic (New York, N.Y.). Board of Managers 1922-1928
Patient records Vanderbilt Clinic (New York, N.Y.) 1914-1928
Vanderbilt Clinic Auxiliary records Vanderbilt Clinic (New York, N.Y.). Auxiliary 1905-1949

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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.