Manuscripts and Archives of the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Correspondence of the Office of the Curator Edit

Summary

Identifier
CPP 7/002-07

Dates

  • 1828 – 1981 (Creation)

Extents

  • 5.2 Linear feet (Whole)
    13 document boxes

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  • Biographical / Historical

    The office of Curator of the Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia was established in 1863, following the agreement made by the College with Thomas D, Mutter in 1858. This was originally an elective College office which carried a salary of $300 provided by the Mutter Trust. The first curator of the Mutter Museum, Thomas George Morton, had been curator of the College's Pathological Cabinet, which was absorbed into the museum.

    The 1863 by-laws of the College state that the curator was an ex officio member of the Committee on the Mutter Museum. His duties included preparation and labelling of specimens; general care of the museum; and maintenance of a catalogue and records for each specimen. From 1870 to 1914, the curator was required to report on new donations to the museum at meetings of the College. The 1886 by-laws provided for the annual nomination of the curator, who was not required to be a Fellow of the College, by the Committee on the Mutter Museum. The appointment was then made by the College. In 1935, the Committee on College Collections nominated a Custodian to Council; this office was to be filled by the museum curator. In 1988, the title of "Curator of the Mutter Museum" was changed to "Director".

  • Scope and Contents

    This collection of correspondence with related reports and committee minutes of the curators and custodians of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia's Mutter Museum and College Collections, 1828-1981, documents the acquisition of specimens, instruments, portraits, and medals, as well as the use and development of the collections.

    Series 1 contains records of the museum curators, including a disbound letterbook, 1849-1894, and letters, 1828-1939, concerning the acquisition, disposition, and purchase of specimens. In addition to letters of Thomas Hewson Bache, the series includes correspondence files concerning museum business from curators Clarence Hoffman, 1912-1923, Henry Morris, 1923-1926, and Harry P. Schenck, 1925-1935; monthly reports of the curators, 1923-1929; acknowledgements of gifts by Ella N. Wade, 1940-1959; and correspondence files of Ella N. Wade and Elizabeth Moyer concerning specific inqu1r1es about the collections, 1924-1972, and visits to the museum, 1923-1963. Notable correspondents in the series include: Joseph Hyrtl, William W. Keen, Joseph Leidy, Sir William Osler, Ralph Pemberton, and Hermine (Mrs. H. D.} Schmidt. Information on insurance of the collections and the construction and purchase of museum cases and jars is also included.

    Correspondence files of the custodians of the College Collections are in Series 2. In addition to Ella N. Wade's acknowledgements of gifts, 1935-1966, there are files concerning the acquisition, conservation, and loan of badges, busts, medals, and portraits. The series also includes correspondence files, 1922-1935, of Acting Custodian Alfred James Ostheimer with information on the College medal collections and an inventory of its portraits, engravings, and photographs.

    The files of the chairmen of the Committee on the Mutter Museum in Series 3 contain records of the Thomas Dent Mutter Lectureship in Surgical Pathology, including correspondence with lecturers, 1907-1931, receipts for honoraria, 1879- 1914, and lists of lectures, 1909-1938; general correspondence files of chairmen George A, McClellan, 1907- 1912, Henry Morris, 1912-1921, George Fetterolf, 1923-1926, and George P. Muller, 1926-1934; records, 1938-1939, of the chairmanship of J. Parsons Schaeffer; correspondence of the committee's secretary, Herbert Fox, 1923-1933; annual reports, 1907-1928 and 1952-1970; financial reports, 1909- 1930; reports to College Council, 1952-1978; and duplicate committee minutes, 1952-1981.

    Series 4 contains Herbert Fox's correspondence files, minutes, and reports, 1935-1940, from his chairmanship of the Committee on College Collections and duplicate committee minutes, 1952-1971. (Duplicate minutes of this committee after 1973 are interfiled with the minutes of the Committee on the Mutter Museum.)

  • Custodial History

    The correspondence files of the Office of the Curator of the Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia were transferred to the Historical Collections from the Mutter Museum by Gretchen Worden, Director of the Mutter Museum, on 29 August 1991.

    The collection was processed and catalogued in 1992.

  • Inventory

    Box Series

    1 1.1 Letterbook, 1849-1894. 1 v. Disbound. Includes letters of Thomas Hewson Bache, George W. Biddle, Joseph Hyrtl, Joseph Leidy, Sir William Osler, and F. V. Rohon. Refer to separate calendar. [Bowers #6/III]

    1.2 Correspondence concerning gifts, purchases, and specimens, 1828-1939. [Bowers #14/II]

    1. 1828 (1 folder)

    2. 1835 (1 folder)

    3. 1868-1874 (1 folder)

    4. 1880-1885 (1 folder)

    5. 1888-1889 (1 folder)

    6. 1894-1900 (1 folder)

    7. 1904-1913 (1 folder)

    8. 1914-1919 (1 folder)

    9. 1921-1926 (1 folder)

    10. 1930-1934 (1 folder)

    11. 1938-1939 (1 folder)

    12. Undated (1 folder)

    1.3 Correspondence, 1912-1923. 1 f.

    Correspondence of Clarence Hoffman.

    Box Series

    2 1.4 Correspondence, 1923-1926. 4 f.

    Correspondence of Henry Morris, primarily with George Fetterolf, Chairman of the Committee on the Mutter Museum.

    1. 1923

    2. 1924 3. 1925

    4. 1926 1.5 Monthly reports, 1923-1929. 3 f.

    1. 1923-1925

    2. 1926-1927

    3. 1928-1929

    1.6 Records, 1925-1935. 6 f.

    Correspondence, reports, and printed materials of Harry P. Schenck. [Bowers #18]

    1. Correspondence, 1926-1933

    2. Reports, 1928-1935

    3. Annals of medical history article, 1930-1931 4. Electric lighting specifications, 1927

    5. Preparation of specimens, undated

    6. Printed material, 1925-1929

    1.7 Correspondence, 1911-1959. 40 f. [Bowers #1/V]

    1. Acknowledgements of gifts [chronological], 1940-1949

    1. 1940

    2. 1941 3. 1942 4. 1943

    5. 1944

    6. 1945

    7. 1946

    8. 1947

    9. 1949

    Box Series

    3 1.7 Acknowledgements of gifts

    2. Acknowledgments of gifts [alphabetical], 1950-1959

    1. B, 1950-1955 (1 folder)

    2. C, 1952 (1 folder)

    3. F, 1955 (1 folder)

    4. H, 1951;1955 (1 folder)

    5. J, 1955 ( 1 folder)

    6. K, 1951-1957 (1 folder)

    7. L, 1953 (1 folder)

    8. Mc, 1952-1955 (1 folder)

    9. M, 1951-1955 (1 folder)

    10. O, 1951-1954 (1 folder)

    11. P, 1953-1958 ( 1 folder)

    12. R, 1957 (1 folder)

    13. S, 1952-1957 (1 folder)

    14. T, 1955;1956 ( 1 folder)

    15. W, 1950-1959 (1 folder)

    16. Z, 1951-1952 (1 folder)

    3. Alcohol reports, 1919-1929 ( 1 folder)

    4. Arthritis specimens used by Ralph Pemberton, 1939-1941 ( 1 folder)

    5. Cambridge stethograph, 1938-1942 (1 folder)

    6. Insurance, 1913-1938 (2 folders)

    Box

    4 7. Museum cases, 1911-1938 (3 folders) 8. Museum jars, 1919-1939 (1 folder)

    9. Miscellaneous correspondence, 1935-1956

    1. S, 1935-1956 ( 1 folder)

    2. T, 1941-1943 (1 folder)

    3. W, 1953-1954 ( 1 folder)

    4. Z, 1942-1944 (1 folder)

    10. Supplies, 1929-1958 (1 folder)

    11. J. M. Wainwright breast slide collection, 1931-1933 ( 1 folder)

    1.8 Correspondence, 1924-1972, 19 f. [Bowers #4, 7 t 8, and 16]

    1. 1924-1938 ( 1 folder)

    2. 1940-1943 {1 folder)

    3. 1945-1949 (1 folder)

    4. 1950-1951 (1 folder)

    5. 1952-1955 ( 1 folder)

    6. 1957 (1 folder)

    7. 1958 (1 folder)

    8. 1959 (1 folder)

    9. 1960 (1 folder)

    10. 1961 ( 1 folder)

    11. 1962 (1 folder)

    Box

    5 12. 1963 (1 folder)

    13. 1966 (1 folder)

    14. 1967 (1 folder)

    15. 1968 (1 folder}

    16. 1969 (1 folder)

    17. 1970 (1 folder}

    18. 1971 (1 folder)

    19. 1972 (1 folder} 1.9 Correspondence concerning visits, 1923-1963. 4 f. [Bowers #9/VII]

    1. 1923-1929 (1 folder}

    2. 1947-1955 (1 folder)

    3. 1956-1959 (1 folder)

    4. 1960-1963 ( 1 folder}

    Box Series

    6 2 CUSTODIAN OF COLLEGE COLLECTIONS, 1922-1966

    2.1 Acknowledgements of gifts, 1935-1966. 16 f. [Bowers #5/IV and 17]

    1. 1935 (1 folder}

    2. 1936-1937 (1 folder)

    3. 1938 (1 folder)

    4. 1939-1942 (1 folder)

    5. 1944-1945 (1 folder)

    6. 1946 (1 folder)

    7. 1947-1948 (1 folder)

    8. 1949-1952 (1 folder)

    9. 1953-1954 (1 folder)

    10. 1955-1956 (1 folder}

    11. 1957 (1 folder)

    12. 1958 (1 folder}

    13. 1959 (1 folder} 14. 1960-1961 (1 folder}

    15. 1962-1963 (1 folder)

    16. 1964-1966 (1 folder)

    2.2 Correspondence, 1934-1965. 11 f. [Bowers #1/VI and #11]

    1. Abbe Cabinet construction, 1936 (1 folder)

    2. American Surgical Association photograph reproduction, 1947 ( 1 folder)

    Box

    7 3. Badges, 1936-1943 (1 folder)

    4. Busts, 1940-1961 (1 folder)

    5. Faber, Hermann, Erwin F. Faber, and Ludwig E. Faber, 1958-1959 (1 folder)

    6. B. B, Vincent Lyon slide collection, 1946 ( 1 folder)

    7. Medals, 1934-1965 (4 folders)

    8. Notes on history of surgical instruments and procedures, [n.d.] (1 folder)

    2.3 Correspondence concerning portraits, 1936-1959. 13 f. [Bowers #3] 1.1936-1940

    2.1943-1945

    3. 1946-1947

    4. 1948-1949

    5. 1950

    6. 1951

    Box

    8 7. 1952-1953

    8. 1954

    9. 1955

    10. 1957

    11. 1958

    12. 1959

    13. Restoration and cleaning, 1936-1951

    2.4 Report on the chronological arrangement of portraits of presidents in Mitchell Hall, [ca. 1958]. 1 f. [Bowers #10/VIII]

    2.5 Office of the Acting Custodian, Papers of Alfred James Ostheimer, 1922-1935. 21 f. [Bowers #15]

    1. Correspondence, A-U, 1935 (15 folders)

    2. Cristoforo Hartung medal, 1935 (1 folder)

    3. Inventory of portraits, engravings, and photographs, [1935] (1 folder)

    4. Notes and memoranda, 1935 (1 folder)

    5. Personal correspondence, 1922-1935 ( 1 folder)

    6. The doctor's dilemma: typescripts, [n.d.] (1 folder)

    7. Newsclippings, 1923 and 1924 (1 folder)

    Box Series

    9 3 COMMITTEE ON THE MUTTER MUSEUM, 1879-1981

    3.1 Correspondence concerning the Thomas Dent Mutter Lectureship in Surgical Pathology, 1879-1938. 22 f.

    1. Receipts for honoraria, 1879-1914 (1 folder)

    2. 1907 lecture, 1907-1908 (1 folder)

    3. 1908 lecture, 1908-1912 (1 folder)

    4. 1909 lecture, 1909-1910 (1 folder)

    5. 1910 lecture, 1910-1913 (1 folder)

    6. 1911 lecture, 1911 (1 folder)

    7. 1912 lecture, 1912-1914 (1 folder)

    8. 1913 lecture, 1913-1923 (1 folder)

    9. 1914 lecture, 1914 (1 folder)

    10. 1915 lecture, 1915-1920 (1 folder)

    11. 1916 lecture, 1916 (1 folder)

    12. 1917 lecture, 1917 (1 folder)

    13. 1919 lecture, 1919 (1 folder)

    14. 1920 lecture, 1920 (1 folder)

    15. 1921 lecture, 1921-1922 (1 folder)

    16. 1922 lecture, 1922 (1 folder)

    17. 1923 lecture, 1923-1924 (1 folder)

    18. 1924 and 1925 lectures, 1925-1926 (1 folder)

    19. 1931 lecture, 1931 (1 folder)

    20. Lists of Mutter lectures, 1909-1938 (1 folder)

    21. Card file of Mutter lectures (nos 1-28), [1914] (1 folder)

    22. Advertisements, 1891-1938 (1 folder)

    3.2 Correspondence, 1907-1934. 4 f.

    1. George McClellan, 1907-1912 (1 folder)

    2. Henry Morris, 1912-1921 (1 folder)

    3. George Fetterolf, 1923-1926 (1 folder)

    4. George P, Muller, 1926-1934 (1 folder)

    3.3 Records of J. Parsons Schaeffer, 1938-1939. 12 f. [Bowers #19/I]

    1. Chairmanship, 1939

    2. Correspondence, 1939

    3. Financial correspondence, 1938-1939

    4. Investment account statements, 1938-1939

    Box

    10

    5. Library: A selected list of publications recently added to the Library of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 1938-1939 (1 folder)

    6. Lecture, 1938-1939 (2 folders)

    7. Minutes, 1938-1939 (1 folder) 1. Committee on College 1938 Dec. 23-1939 Collections, Oct. 24 (1 folder)

    2. Committee on the Mutter Museum, 1938 Dec. 23-1939 Oct. 24 (1 folder)

    3. Council, 1938 Nov. 29-1939 Oct. 24 (1 folder) 8. Notices, 1938-1939 (1 folder)

    9. Reports, 1939 ( 1 folder)

    3.4 Records of Herbert Fox, 1929-1933. 2 f.

    1. Correspondence, 1929-1933 (1 folder)

    2. A summary of the principal points, especially concerning policy, in the minutes of the Committee on the Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians since 1910, [1933?] (1 folder)

    3.5 Committee on the Mutter Museum annual reports, 1907-1928. 1 f.

    3.6 Committee on the Mutter Museum financial reports, 1909-1930. 1 f.

    3.7 Committee on the Mutter Museum and Committee on College Collections records, 1952-1981. 39 f.

    1. Agenda, 1971 Apr. 7-1977 June 29 (1 folder)

    Box

    11 2. Annual reports, 1952-1970 (2 folders)

    11-12 3. Minutes, 1952 Nov. 21-1981 June 10 (27 folders)

    12

    4. Reports to Council, 1952-1978 (9 folders)

    Series

    4 COMMITTEE ON COLLEGE COLLECTIONS, 1935-1971

    4.1 Records of Herbert Fox, 1935-1940. 13 f. 1. Correspondence, 1935-1937 (1 folder)

    2. Correspondence concerning Janet Higgins, 1938 (1 folder)

    3. Correspondence with Alfred James Ostheimer, 1935 (1 folder)

    4. Minutes of the Committee on the Mutter Museum, 1936 May 22-1940 Mar. 21 (3 folders)

    5. Minutes of the Committee on College Collections, 1935 Feb. 21-1940 Sept. 13 (5 folders)

    6. Reports to Committee, 1935-1937 (1 folder)

    Box

    13 7. Reports to Council, 1935-1938 (1 folder)

    Series

    4.2 Committee on College Collections Minutes, 1952 Nov, 21-1971 Dec. 8. (16 folders)

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