Correspondence, residency applications, committee minutes, reports, and other records relating to Smith's administration of the Department of Pathology at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and at Presbyterian Hospital from 1945 to 1960.
The papers are organized in the following series:
Series I. Residency applications 1949-1959.
Arranged chronologically. Photograph of applicants attached. Includes some correspondence with perspective students. This series includes a folder of professional staff who terminated their employment at Columbia to move on to other positions.
Series II. Correspondence 1945-1954
Arranged alphabetically. Contains correspondence with Willard Rappleye, Dean of P&S, arranged by fiscal year, 1945-1954. Also contains Smith's professional correspondence with colleagues in his department, university faculty, medical institutions, and physicians throughout the country.
Series III. Financial reports 1946-1950.
Arranged by fiscal year, 1946-1947, with gaps. Includes budget for Department of Pathology including budget sheets, salaries, professional appointments, and applications for grant-in-aid. There is also material on funding for programs such as those headed by Dr. Henry S. Simms for research on aging, Dr. Theodore Zucker for chemical pathology, and Dr. Benjamin N. Berg for the study of carcinogenic agents.
Series IV. Committees 1946, 1947, 1949, 1954, 1955.
Arranged chronologically. Smith served as a member of Search Committees for the Dean of the School of Public Health, and for chairmen of the departments of dermatology, biochemistry, urology, orthopedic surgery, bacteriology, neurology, and obstetrics/gynecology. Additional committee minutes can be found in Series XIII.
Series V. Post-graduate medical education 1945-1954, with gaps.
Arranged chronologically. Documents pertaining to the program of graduate medical education at Columbia University which was designed to provide training in the clinical specialties after graduation from medical school. Material pertaining to post-war readjustment period of discharged medical officers; residency program; internships; lists of post-graduate certified courses; student records; and, memos.
Series VI. Requests for pathologists 1945-1956
Arranged chronologically. Requests from institutions around the country to obtain the services, both full-time and part-time, of pathologists at Columbia University.
Series VII. Elective program in pathology 1947-1956, with gaps in 1956.
Arranged chronologically. Lists of students applying for elective program in pathology. The program consists of pre-approved hospitals for second year students who wish to spend the summer at another hospital for credit.
Series VIII. Columbia University council 1947-1951.
Arranged chronologically. Annual reports, minutes, and memos for the University Council on which Dr. Smith served. Recorded in these documents is the establishment of the Bachelor of Science to be conferred upon students who completed the course of instruction in the field of Dental Hygiene, beginning after July 1, 1947. Resolutions from various other departments throughout the University are also included.
Series IX. Manuscript:
Pathology: The Science of Disease. Typed manuscript by Harry P. Smith, 1955.
Series X. Medical student records 1950-1956.
Arranged chronologically. Records for medical students in pathology. Each record has a photograph attached of the student, name, class year, birth date, college attended, degree awarded, parent's name and occupation, class standing, final grades, as well as grades in subjects such as anatomy, biochemistry and neurology. Interviews with the students about their progress are also recorded.
Series XI. Dental student records 1946-1954 (1948-1949 missing).
Arranged chronologically. Records contain name, exam grades, notebook grades, and final exam grades.
Series XII. X-ray requisitions 1950-1955.
Arranged chronologically. A program was initiated in 1950 by Dr. Smith to have chest films at six month intervals for people who worked in the autopsy room, or whose work brought them in close contact with the autopsy room. Routine photofluorograms were done and the results of the tests are recorded in these records.
Series XIII. Columbia University, 1944-1956.
Divided into three sub-series: Faculty of Pure Science; College of Physicians and Surgeons; Institute for Cancer Research.
i. Faculty of Pure Science.
Correspondence, resolutions and printed matter from this University body of which Smith was a member. There is also correspondence relating to Smith's opposition to a Faculty resolution of April 1954 defending the right of faculty members to take the Fifth Amendment during loyalty hearings. Included is Smith's letter to the members of the Faculty and the responses he received.
ii. College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Largely committee records, the most voluminous of which are those of the Committee on Administration, which acted as an executive committee of the entire P&S faculty, and the Committee on Dental Education. There is also interesting material on post-graduate fellowships and on gerontological research (the Committee for Research on Aging).
iii. Institute for Cancer Research.
Records of the Co-ordinating Committee which appears to have approved cancer research projects at P&S.
XIV. Francis Delafield Hospital, 1941-1956.
Records relating to Smith's involvement with this municipal cancer hospital whose professional staff was nominated by Columbia. Included are correspondence dating back to planning for the hospital in the early 1940s; and minutes and correspondence of the Medical Board, as well as of its Executive Committee.