Harvard Medical School. Office of the Dean. Records, 1828-1904 (inclusive), 1869-1874 (bulk). Series 00266

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Harvard Medical School. Office of the Dean. Records, 1828-1904 (inclusive), 1869-1874 (bulk). Series 00266


The records of the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine are the product of the administrative activities of the Deans of Harvard Medical School, during the years 1828-1904. The collection consists of correspondence, petitions, reports, financial records, and certificates and chronicles education, administration, and committee activities at Harvard Medical School. Correspondence from Harvard University President Charles Eliot and the Harvard Corporation is contained in the collection, including a letter from Eliot outlining medical education reforms at the institution. Correspondence and petitions relating to the admission of women and blacks, in particular the case of Martin Delany, is included in the collection as well. The collection also contains records relating to the Medical School’s relocation to facilities on Boylston Street in Boston, Mass.

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Letter from the Massachusetts Colonization Society to the Medical Faculty of Harvard College
This letter from Holmes’ tenure as dean of Harvard Medical School relates to the education of two African-American students, Daniel Laing, Jr., and Isaac H. Snowden. The Massachusetts Colonization Society promoted the education of Laing and…

Letter from Charles Eliot to Calvin Ellis
In this letter to Calvin Ellis, the dean of Harvard Medical School, President Eliot outlines several key factors in his proposed educational reforms: a three-year course sequence; examinations, partly written, in each department; familiarity with…
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