Henry Alsop Riley papers


Correspondence, reports, printed material, diplomas, certificates, artifacts, and photographs documenting the professional career of neurologist Henry Alsop Riley. There is considerable material relating to the Neurological Institute of New York, especially regarding the controversy surrounding the resignation of Tracy Putnam as Director (1947).

There are also records documenting Riley's role in organizing the first International Neurological Congress, held in Bern in 1931. As General Secretary of the Congress, Riley was deeply involved in its organization and received letters from dozens of prominent neurologists, including Bernard Brouwer, Constantin von Economo, Otfrid Foerster, Georges Guillain, Otto Marburg, Ivan Pavlov, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Sir Charles Sherrington, Ludo van Bogaert, and Theodore Ziehen. Also included is a reminiscence by Riley (1960) of his role in the Congress.


Henry Alsop Riley, 1887-1966.

Date [inclusive]: 

1908-1963 (bulk, 1928-1962)

Physical Description: 

1.25 cubic feet (3 boxes, 1 flat box and 3 oversize items)


Cite as: 

Henry Alsop Riley Papers, Archives & Special Collections, Columbia University Health Sciences Library