Minutes of the faculty of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of the City of New York (founded 1807), and its successor, the Faculty of Medicine of Columbia University (1891-present). The topics discussed are varied but usually include faculty appointments; results of examination of students for the medical degree (sometimes including grades); curriculum; finances; and physical plant. Correspondence received is often copied into the minutes or, later in the 19th century, pasted in.
Minutes before 1922 are exclusively related to the College of Physicians & Surgeons. Thereafter they often also document dental, nursing and public health education. In addition, because of the 1911 affiliation of Columbia University and Presbyterian Hospital to form the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, the 20th century minutes also include discussion of Presbyterian Hospital affairs.
In the 20th century the huge growth in the size of the faculty made its meetings less important than they had been in the 19th century. The Committee on Administration (1902-1968) and its successors, the Chairmen's Advisory Committee to the Dean (est. 1968) and the Executive Committee of the Faculty (est. 1976), were more likely to exercise actual decision-making power.