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Records of the Section on Basic Science of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Identifier: CPP 12/004-01

Scope and Contents

The Records of the Chairman of the Section on Basic Sciences, spanning 1975 to 1990, consist of correspondence, memoranda, minutes, lecture announcements, seminar programs, and financial records. The collection includes the records of three section chairmen: Earle H. Spaulding, Dwight B. McNair Scott, and Kenneth R. Cundy. Also present is information pertaining to the founding of the section in 1977 and its dissolution in 1985.

Series 1 contains the correspondence files of Spaulding, I Scott, and Cundy. Included in Scott's correspondence are responses from companies who were asked to sponsor the section's 1979 seminar on ''Dietary Factors in Cholesteremia and Atherosclerosis''. Other correspondence in Series 1 pertains to the formation of the section and the planning and organization of its seminars and lectures; correspondents include College presidents George I. Blumstein and John P, Hubbard. In addition to correspondence, these files contain memoranda, minutes from the Basic Sciences Steering Committee, and the section's 1979 Annual Report.

Included in Series 2 is material pertaining to lectures and seminars sponsored by the Section on Basic Sciences. Present are announcements of lectures, programs for seminars, and some correspondence and financial information. This series also contains completed evaluation forms from the section's 1982 seminar on "Immunology in Transition".

Series 3 contains financial information; present is a cash book and a disbound check register in which income from section dues and seminar registration fees, as well as expenses associated with section activities, were recorded.

Historical information about the founding of the Section on Basic Sciences is contained in Series 4. Included is a list of the Fellows who initially sponsored the section, "Fellows' Forum" articles, and programs from some of the section's early lectures.


  • 1975-1985; 1990


Biographical / Historical

The Section on Basic Sciences of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia was established in 1977. The section, which was organized through the efforts of Dwight B. McNair Scott and H. Phelps Potter, held its first meeting on 22 March 1977. The purpose of the section was to hold lectures and seminars that would inform physicians about the latest developments in the basic sciences. The physicians who participated in these programs were frequently eligible for continuing education credits.

The first chairman of the Section on Basic Sciences was Earle H. Spaulding, who served from 1977 to 1979. In 1979, Dwight B. McNair Scott became chairman and served until 1980, when Kenneth R. Cundy assumed the position. Cundy was chairman until the section was dissolved due to low membership in 1985.

In 1990, former chairman Earle II, Spaulding, with the approval of former section members, closed the section's bank account and used the remaining funds to endow a journal in memory of George I. Blumstein through the S. Weir Mitchell Associates program.


.4 Linear feet (1 box)

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Custodial History

The Records of the Chairman of the Se~tion on Basic Sciences of the College of Phys id a.11s of Philadelphia were donated to the Historical Collections of the Library by Kenneth R. Cundy on 31 October 1990.

The collection was processed and catalogued rn 1992.
Records of the Section on Basic Science of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
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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