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Records of the Committee on Lectures

Identifier: CPP 10/002-01

Scope and Contents

The records of the Committee on Lectures include its minute book, 1864-1882, and several reports made to the Secretary, of the College of Physicians, 1866-1882. The minutes, written by Joseph Leidy, Secretary of the committee, describe the committee's proceedings in which the members discuss and recommend possible lecturers and approve the payment of bills. The committee's reports testify to the proper discharge of both its duties and the lectureship and recommend payment by the College of all outstanding bills.


  • 1864 - 1882


Biographical / Historical

The Committee on Lectures of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia was first appointed in 1864. It was charged with the oversight of a lecture program in surgical pathology funded as part of the agreement made between the College and Thomas D. Mutter in 1858-1859. The committee was empowered to name each lecturer who would, originally, provide a course of at least ten lectures annually for a three-year period. The committee also set the dates of the lectures and reported on the program and financial matters. The committee was first formed of Franklin Bache, Samuel D. Gross, Joseph Leidy, George W. Norris, and George Bacon Wood; John H. Packard, the first Mutter lecturer, was appointed in 1864. In 1871, the nature of the lectureship was changed to allow one course of ten lectures within each three-year period. In 1886, the duties of this committee and oversight of the Mutter Lectures were assumed by the Committee on the Mutter Museum.


2 items (1 volume and 1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection of records of the Committee on Lectures was donated to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia by Joseph Leidy, nephew of Joseph Leidy (1823-1891), on 28 December 1920.

The collection was processed and catalogued 1n 1991.
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Repository Details

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

19 S. 22nd Street
Philadelphia PA 19103 United States