Autopsy reports


Records of autopsies performed on patients who died at Presbyterian Hospital, 1872-1911, 1917-1919. Records 1872-1911 are handwritten and composed in narrative form, while later records are typed and use a pre-printed form. Microscopic examination begins to appear regularly in the mid-1880s.

Volumes 1 and 12 overlap chronologically but do not cover the same cases. Most volumes include indices for both decedent's name and cause of death.


Presbyterian Hospital (New York, N.Y.)

Date [inclusive]: 

1872-1911, 1917-1919



Physical Description: 

2.33 cubic feet (15 vols.)



Because the records include Protected Health Information (PHI) as defined by the US Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), access is allowed only under the terms of Archives and Special Collections’ Access Policy to Records Containing Protected Health Information.

Because of staff constraints, Archives & Special Collections cannot search for individual records.

Cite as: 

Presbyterian Hospital Autopsy Reports, Archives & Special Collections, Columbia University Health Sciences Library