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Records of the Search Committee

Identifier: CPP 2/009-01

Scope and Contents

These records of the Office of the President of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, spanning 1974 to 1975, consist of John P. Hubbard's files concerning the Search Committee, which was responsible for selecting a new Executive Director for the College. Included in the collection is Hubbard's correspondence with applicants and members of the committee, resumes, memoranda, and minutes from meetings of the Search Committee.

Series 1.1 includes President Hubbard's correspondence with applicants for the Executive Director position. Present are application letters, most of which have resumes attached. Also included in this series are form letters sent out by Hubbard thanking the applicants for their interest, and later, informing them that William F. Chaveas had been selected to fill the position.

Present in Series 1.2 is Hubbard's correspondence with members of the Search Committee. Included in this series are letters and memoranda dispersed to committee members, interview schedules, and statements from committee members offering their assessments of the interviewed applicants. Included are statements from committee members John L. McClenahan, Willard A. Krehl, Katharine R. Sturgis, and committee chairman Robert S. Pressman.

Series 2 includes minutes from meetings of the Search Committee.


  • 1974 - 1975


Biographical / Historical

The Office of the President of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia is first described in the 1787 constitution. The constitution states that the President "shall have power to call extraordinary Meetings whenever important, or unexpected Business shall require, of which he shall be the Judge", The constitution also states that the president was authorized to call a special session when requested by at least six Fellows. According to the 1834 by-laws, the president was responsible for presiding at College meetings and signing orders from the treasurer, but he could not discuss any questions while in the chair except when necessary to coae to a decision. This latter regulation was dropped from the 1863 by-laws, and new responsibilities were added in 1882, when the president was given "general supervision of the affairs of the College" and was required to present an annual address.

In 1886, due to the influence of president S, Weir Mitchell, the by-laws were again amended. Mitchell secured the right to be informed of all committee meetings and to attend them if he wished, Another of Mitchell's requests, for a five year presidential term, was never approved. The responsibilities of the president re•ained •uch the saae until 1914. In the by-laws of this year, the president's duty of "sign[ing] all warrants on the Treasurer" was omitted. 1925 marked a major change in the Office of the President; in this year, he was granted ex-officio membership in all standing committees and had the power to elect most committee members. The first regulation concerning the president's term was instituted in the 1935 by-laws, which state that no president aay serve more than three years in a row. Additional changes in the Office of the President did not occur until 1972. The by-laws of this year state that the president must publish his annual address, subait a yearly summary of ·the activities of the College, and "appoint all standing committees and designate the Chairmen", with the exception of the Noainating committee, The president's term was again restricted in the 1984 bylaws, which state that the president is liaited to one two year term. As of 1991, the president presides at meetings, appoints coaaittees and defines their duties, serves as an ex-officio meaber of all coaaittees, and has "all other duties and powers usually pertaining to the office".


.2 Linear feet (1 half document box)

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Custodial History

The source of these records of the President concerning the Search Committee of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia is unknown.

The collection was processed and cataloged in 1992.
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Repository

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Philadelphia PA 19103 United States