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Rochester Academy of Medicine: Minutes, Scrapbooks & Portraits

Introduction

Long before the Rochester Academy of Medicine was formed, local and regional medical societies played many-faceted roles in the communities they served. In defining who could become members, medical societies sought to establish standards for the medical profession within its community, extending even to medical ethics and physicians’ fees. They were central to what would later be termed “continuing medical education,” scheduling lectures on a wide variety of topics by members or by physicians outside the community of national and international reputation. They maintained libraries of books and periodicals for the use of members, which in many instances were the only organized collection of medical literature available to local physicians. Medical societies were often central to defining and reacting to local health issues, whether responding to epidemics or lobbying for or against public health initiatives. Medical societies also had a purely social role, and the friendships formed among members often translated into better professional relations and a unified response to national, state and local issues.

Rochester Academy of Medicine

Prince Street building of the Rochester Academy of Medicine, 1935

The preliminary organizational meeting of the Rochester Academy of Medicine was held on 26 June 1899. Twenty-three physicians were in attendance. The Academy was not the city’s first professional medical association. The Rochester Medical Society had possibly been the earliest, the record of which survives in a single volume of minutes and a treasurer’s account book preserved in the Miner Library. Nor was the Academy alone in organizing the local medical profession. In a letter dated 16 March 1915 from David B. Jewett, M.D., secretary of the Rochester Medical Association, to E.L. Hanes, secretary of the Academy, Jewett describes Rochester’s existing medical societies: the Rochester Medical Association (est. 1914); the Rochester Pathological Society (est. 1871); the Rochester Academy of Medicine; the Hospital Medical Society; the Homoeopathic Society; and the Blackwell Medical Society, the women’s professional association. The Rochester Pediatric Society would be formed in 1925. Local physicians often belonged to one or more of these societies, as well as to their state and national associations.

The Rochester Academy of Medicine received its preliminary charter from the Regents of the University of the State of New York in February 1900, and its absolute charter in May 1929. The Academy held its meetings in several locations before acquiring  its own building at 15 Prince St. in 1923. In 1939 the Academy moved into the greatly expanded Lyon home at 1441 East Ave., its present location. The records of the Rochester Academy of Medicine in the Edward G. Miner Library are divided into four series: I. Minutes (11 vols.); II. Other records (3 vols.); III. Scrapbooks (37 vols.); and IV. Photographs and photographic portraits of members (6 boxes). The collection occupies twenty linear feet.

Rochester Academy of Medicine

Rochester Academy of Medicine on East Avenue, 1939

Minutes

The earliest decades of the Academy’s operations are reflected in the eleven volumes of minutes preserved in the collection. These volumes record the monthly and annual meetings of the entire membership from 1899 to 1942, as well as meetings of each of the Academy’s four sections: I. Medicine (1905-1924); II. Surgery (1900-1922); III. Obstetrics & Gynecology (1900-1926); and IV. Public Health (1906?-1923). Minutes for the Council (1900-1928), Board of Trustees (1929-1938) and Library Committee (1921-1940) are also included in this series.

The minutes include not only the secretary’s record of each meeting, but summaries or transcripts of lectures delivered at the meetings and accounts of the discussion that followed. They also include treasurer’s reports, trustee’s reports and library committee reports; lists of the general membership and membership of each  section; printed cards announcing meetings and other print ephemera; and occasional correspondence pertaining to Academy business.

  • Minutes of annual & monthly meetings, 1899-1905
  • Minutes of annual & monthly meetings, 1905-1927
  • Minutes of annual & monthly meetings, 1929-1942
  • Minutes for Section I: Medicine, Feb 1905-Oct 1924
  • Minutes for Section II: Surgery, Feb 1900-Apr 1903
  • Minutes for Section II: Surgery, Nov 1903-Oct 1922
  • Minutes for Section III: Obstetrics & Gynecology, Feb 1900-Apr 1926
  • Minutes for Section IV: Public Health, 1906?-1923
  • Council minutes, Jan 1900-Jan 1928
  • Board of Trustees minutes, Jun 1929-Dec 1938
  • Library Committee minutes, Jul 1921-Apr 1940

Other Records:

  • Revised constitution & list of members, 1922-1924
  • Military Record of Members during World War I & World War II
  • Guest book, 1935-1956

Rochester Academy of Medicine cornerstone ceremony

Laying the cornerstone for renovation of the East Ave. building

Scrapbooks

The thirty-seven scrapbooks in the collection are continuous between 1917 and May 1976. The earlier scrapbooks contain printed ephemera (e.g., meeting announcements, programs, dinner menus, etc.), as well as selected pieces of correspondence, some photographs, and newspaper clippings. The scrapbooks compiled post-1935 contain less ephemera, and as the years progress, consist almost entirely of newspaper clippings. The clippings pertain not only to news of the Academy in the local press, but to medical matters generally in Rochester and Monroe County.

  • Feb 1917-Oct 1927
  • Jan 1928-May 1930
  • Apr 1930-Sep 1932
  • Oct 1933-May 1937
  • Jan 1934-Sep 1936
  • Dec 1934-Mar 1935 (GHW Nobel Prize dinner)
  • Dec 1935-Dec 1936
  • Jan 1937-Dec 1938
  • May 1937 (131st mtg of the Med. Soc. of NYS)
  • May 1937-Dec 1937
  • Dec 1937-Sep 1938
  • Oct 1938-Nov 1939 (+ 1900-1906)
  • Jan 1939 (opening of East Ave. bldg.)
  • Jan 1939-Dec 1939
  • June 1939-Apr 1940
  • Mar 1940-Dec 1940
  • May 1940-Oct 1940
  • Oct 1940-Nov 1941
  • Jan 1941-Dec 1941
  • Jan 1942-Nov 1942
  • Jan 1942-Feb 1943
  • Mar 1942-Mar 1943
  • April 1943-May 1947
  • Apr 1948-Dec 1952
  • Jan 1953-Dec 1953
  • Jan 1954-Dec 1955
  • Oct 1956-Oct 1957
  • Jan 1956-May 1959
  • May 1959-Oct 1961
  • Nov 1961-Nov 1963
  • Nov 1963-Sep 1965
  • Oct 1965-Jul 1966
  • Jul 1966-Mar 1968
  • Mar 1968-Dec 1970
  • Jan 1971-Feb 1973
  • Dec 1972-May 1975
  • May 1975-May 1976

Rochester Academy of Medicine

Interior view of the East Ave. building in 1939

Members’ Photographic Portraits

The photographic portraits of members in the collection were taken at two different periods. Most of the prints in the earlier series were taken circa 1900-1920 and appear to commemorate to the original members of the Academy. These prints were later mounted on a large sheet (or sheets) of brown board half a centimeter in thickness that must have been on display at the Academy. At some point in time, the photographs, still attached to the thick brown board(s), were cut into individual portraits.

The second series of portraits, perhaps an attempt to photograph the entire membership, seems to have been taken between the mid-1940s and the early 1950s. This series, however, is not complete. Portraits for members whose surnames begin with letters E through K and letters S through Z are missing from the collection.

Photographs of Members Taken circa 1890-1920

Box One

  • Folder 1: Angell, Charles B.
  • Folder 2: Ballantine, Eveline
  • Folder 3: Barber, Charles R.
  • Folder 4: Brown, William M.
  • Folder 5: Carson, Robert
  • Folder 6: Collier, Morey S.
  • Folder 7: Conklin, William L.
  • Folder 8: Cook, Robert G.
  • Folder 9: Darrow, Charles E.
  • Folder 10: Dewey, Charles A.
  • Folder 11: Dodge, Charles W.
  • Folder 12: Durand, Henry S.
  • Folder 13: Elsner, Simon L.
  • Folder 14: Ely, William S.
  • Folder 15: Goler, George W.
  • Folder 16: Hayward, Sumner

Box Two

  • Folder 1: Henckell, Alfred W.
  • Folder 2: Howard, Eugene H.
  • Folder 3: Howard, William R.
  • Folder 4: Ingersoll, Joel M.
  • Folder 5: Jones, Frank A.
  • Folder 6: Jones, S. Case
  • Folder 7: Jones, William B.
  • Folder 8: Koch, Henry
  • Folder 9: LaMoure, Charles T.
  • Folder 10: Lattimore, Samuel A.
  • Folder 11: McGill, Joseph G.
  • Folder 12: Mann, Horace J.
  • Folder 13: Mason, Daniel G.
  • Folder 14: Moore, Edward Mott, Jr.
  • Folder 15: Moore, William Mott
  • Folder 16: Mulligan, Edward W.

Box Three

  • Folder 1: O’Hare, Thomas A.
  • Folder 2: Potter, Ezra B.
  • Folder 3: Potter, Marion Craig
  • Folder 4: Rose, Lewis W.
  • Folder 5: Ruggles, E. Wood
  • Folder 6: Soble, Nathan W.
  • Folder 7: Stapleton, John A.
  • Follder 8: Starr, Charles S.
  • Folder 9: Stoddard, Enoch V.
  • Folder 10: Tait, T. Oliver
  • Folder 11: Weigel, Louis A.
  • Folder 12: Whitbeck, John F. W.
  • Folder 13: Williams, Henry T.
  • Folder 14: Young, Charles D.
  • Folder 15: Zimmer, Frederick W.

Photographs of Members Taken circa 1940-1955

Box Four

  • Folder 1: Abbott, John N.; Agnew, F. L.; Alaimo, Anthony S.; Alexander, Ralph E.; Allen, L. F.; Allen, Walter C.
  • Folder 2: Allison, C. R.; Anderson, Donald G.; Anderson, Frederick W.; Anderson, George K.; Angell, Rudolph
  • Folder 3: Arem, Irving; Artemowycz Theophill; Arthur, Barbara; Ashenberg, N. J.; Averill, Hugh; Avery, E. J.
  • Folder 4: Badamy, Peter A.; Balconi, Henry F.; Bales, Gertrude; Bantleon, George F.; Barber, Frank
  • Folder 5: Barnard, Maurice O.; Barney, Maurice O.; Baron, George J.; Baxter, Paul; Baybutt?, Irving J.
  • Folder 6: Beaven, Paul W.; Bellanca, Alexander J.; Benedict, A. L.; Benjamin, John; Benson, Thomas
  • Folder 7: Berge, W. W.; Bergner, Ludwig L.; Berkow, Robert; Bibby, Basil G.; Bianchi, A. J.;
  • Folder 8: Bird, Mary Jane; Blanchet, Harvey, Jr.; Bodon, George R.; Bohrod, M. G.; Bonafede, James M.
  • Folder 9: Bonner, Harold C.; Borgstedt, Harold H.; Bowmann, Harold D.; Boyd, Hobart L.; Boynton, Lyman C.
  • Folder 10: Bradford, William L.; Bradstreet, W. W.; Brancati, Santo F.; Bratt, Floyd C.; Breese, Burns B., Jr.
  • Folder 11: Broddus, H. George; Brody, Bernard; Brown, Herbert R.; Brown, Nancy B.; Bryan, James E.
  • Folder 12: Brzustowicz, Richard J.; Buckley, Steven; Buff, Louis; Buholtz, Wilbur S.; Bullen, Stearns S.; Bullen, Stearns S., Jr.
  • Folder 13: Burbank, Paul M.; Burnes, E. H.; Burnett, G. L. D.; Burton, Robert B.; Bush, Fred W.
  • Folder 14: Butler, George V.; Butler, John J.; Butler, Robert E.; Byas, Thomas H.
  • Folder 15: Cable, Sidney R.; Caccamise, William C.; Callahan, William M.; Callin, Lynn R.; Caruana, A. E.
  • Folder 16: Cassara, Sam; Cassebeer, A. F.; Chaffee, Elsa K.; Chandler, Kennard T.; Chiapetta, James J.
  • Folder 17: Clark, L. H.; Clark, M. Melvin; Clark, William F.; Clements, James J.; Cohen, Herbert J.; Coleman, William
  • Folder 18: Collins, H. J.; Collins, Ralph T.; Colucci, David D.; Commins, Saul; Conti, James E.; Cook, Jason
  • Folder 19: Cooney, Joseph U.; Corcoran, Robert L.; Cowen, Jerome; Crain, R. B.; Crane, Richard; Crawford, Henry B.
  • Folder 20: Cronmiller, M. J.; Crown, David A.; Culhane, M. J.; Cummings, Glen C.; Cummings, Priscilla
  • Folder 21: Dacks, George; Dale, Peter P.; Dale, W. Andrew; Danehy, Cornelius P.; Dankoff, M. H.
  • Folder 22: David, Alan; Davies, Baxter T.; Delbridge, R. E.; De Sando, Carl J.; Desiderio, F. A.
  • Folder 23: Dessloch, J. C.; Detro, John C.; Deuel, Ellsworth S.; Dietz, W. W.; Di John, Anthony J.
  • Folder 24: Di Marsico, Frank P.; Dingerson, W.; DiRoberto, Michael T.; Disney, Frank A.; Dobrzynski, Francis A.
  • Folder 25: Donovan, J. Arnold; Douglas, Edward W.; Drake, E. E.; Drexler, Bernard; Durante, Michael H.
  • Folder 26: Lacey, Justin E.; Laglia, Vito P.; Laidlaw, J. B.; Lane, Joseph A.; Lange, William A.
  • Folder 27: LaPalm, Leo F.; Lath, E. M.; Lauterbach, Chester H.; Lavine, George R.; Lawrence, Ruth
  • Folder 28: Lehnen, M. B.; Lempert, Lester; Lerner, Hobart A.; Lerner, Macy L.; Leve, Howard B.; Leven, Eli A.
  • Folder 29: Levenstein, William I.; Lewis, Ephraim; Libertson, William; Lichtenfeld, Eva; Litten, Ludwig; Lodene, Ralph R.; Loewenstein, Gustav
  • Folder 30: Long, Graydon; Louis, Harold J.; Lovejoy, Frank W.; Lunsford, Charles T.; Lyboldt, H. J.; Lytle, Theodore L.
  • Folder 31: McAmmond, J. F.; McCormack, R. M.; McDonough, Edward T.; Machata, Francis K.; McIntosh, John S.
  • Folder 32: McMahon, Robert J.; Macmillan, John M.; Madden, William L.; Madsen, Niels G.; Magnus, Albert J.
  • Folder 33: Mahoney, Earle B.; Maltinsky, Maurice M.; Manley, Gerald B.; Manner, Richard J.; Manuele, Charles A.

Box Five

  • Folder 1: Markham, Emily D.; Marquissee, Gordon; Martin, Frederick J.; Mason, W. Burkett; Massaro, A. Marc
  • Folder 2: Mathews, Charles R.; Mayer, Joseph R.; Maynard, Frank B.; Meinhold, C. H.; Mele, Joseph M.
  • Folder 3: Mellen, David R.; Meltzer, Richard S.; Mercer, John L.; Merrill, E. Forrest; Messer, Alexander E.
  • Folder 4: Metildi, P. Frederic; Miller, Charles I.; Miller, Ernest B., Jr.; Milnes, Roger F.; Missal, Morris
  • Folder 5: Molser, Herbert A.; Montione, John F.; Morrell, J. A.; Moress, Saul; Morsheimer, L. E.
  • Folder 6: Morton, John J.; Moses, J. B.; Muir, W. S.; Mulligan, Edward T.; Murlin, John R.
  • Folder 7: Nash, C. Stewart; Ninfo, John C.; Noonan, Charles E.; Norris, Donald; Norris, John L.
  • Folder 8: Oakley, Ruth P.; O’Brien, E. U.; Oderkerk, F. V.; O’Neil, William J.; Orbison, Lowell; Ottley, Carl A.
  • Folder 9: Padelford, Donald C.; Pammenter, Elmer; Parker, J. Merrel; Peachy, Clarence H.; Pearson, Clarence R.; Pearson, Ovid
  • Folder 10: Pekarsky, Robert L.; Perrin, William; Pfeiffer, Leo W.; Phillips, Harry S.; Piccoli, Amos J.
  • Folder 11: Pinsky, Abram; Pommerenke, W. T.; Possom, Donald D.; Potter, J. Craig; Presberg, Max; Prince, Ralph W.
  • Folder 12: Pucci, Rose M.; Pulcino, Michael E.; Pulsifer, Libby; Quigley, Harold J.; Quigley, James K.
  • Folder 13: Radebaugh, John; Raines, Donald S.; Ramsey, George H.; Rapp, Milton V.; Rathbun, Margaret L.
  • Folder 14: Renzi, Vincent A.; Reynolds, E. R.; Reynolds, U. U.; Riffle, A. B.; Ripton, D. Tully; Ritz, Edward G.
  • Folder 15: Rizzolo, Erminio; Rock, Julius; Rogers, Charles A.; Rohrer, Henry D.; Romano, John; Romeo, Salvatore
  • Folder 16: Roodenburg, Andries I.; Rosbasch, Gustav; Rosenfeld, Henry; Rother, E. W.; Rowe, M. Laurens; Rumbold, Lynn

Box Six

  • Interior & exterior photographic views of the Academy buildings

 

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