papers of john romano
The papers of John Romano span the period 1928 to 1994. The collection includes
extensive personal correspondence files; chronological files recording a wide
variety of activities (e.g., societies, journals, conferences, lectures, etc.);
minutes, memoranda & reports of the various university committees on which
Dr. Romano served; files from his chairmanship of the Dept. of Psychiatry;
clinical rounds; research materials; scrapbooks; and a large collection of
personal and historical photographs and prints.
The transfer of materials from Dr. Romano's office was begun in May 1989
and continued through April of the following year. Processing of the collection
was completed in April 1990. In 1993 Dr. Romano began to transfer current
files from his office to the Miner Library archives. After his death, the
remainder of his current files were transferred. This latter group of materials
was processed as a separate series, and appended to the collection processed
in 1990. Processing of this second series was completed in December 1994.
The papers of John Romano are contained in 217 boxes, and occupy one hundred
and twenty linear feet.
The Romano Papers are divided into ten distinct series:
Personal (Boxes 1-34)
- This series combines two former files in Dr. Romano's office: Active Personal
and Deceased Personal. It is arranged alphabetically by surname, and includes
correspondence, newspaper clippings, obituaries, etc. Most of the individuals
represented in the PERSONAL series fall into two categories: American psychiatrists;
and University of Rochester faculty and administrators. Dr. Romano's correspondence
with many of these same individuals may be included in one or more of the
other series as well.
Chronological (Boxes 35-85)
- This series chronicles Dr. Romano's involvement in various societies,
organizations, psychiatric publications, conferences, consultancies, committees,
lectureships, etc. from 1928 to 1989. In addition, the series includes materials
from Dr. Romano's involvement with the Special Commission of Civilian Psychiatrists
during the Second World War; his activities as a Consultant in Psychiatry
to the Surgeon-General in Europe (1955); and his 1959- 60 sabbatical year
in Europe, the Middle East and the USSR.
University of Rochester Boards
& Committees (Boxes 86-103)
- Dr. Romano's membership on the Medical Center's Advisory Board and the
Executive Hospital Committee are represented in this series of minutes,
memoranda and reports spanning the period 1946-1971. The Advisory Board
was composed of members of the medical faculty, and acted in a consultive
capacity to the Dean of the Medical School. The Executive Hospital Committee
was established as a sub-committee of the Advisory Board, was made up of
members of the clinicaldepar tments, and was chaired by the Director of
Strong Memorial Hospital. The files of both committees in the Romano papers
are the most extensive collection of these materials outside the Dean's
office, and are indispensable to understanding the formulation of policies
within the Medical Center over the twenty-five year period of Dr. Romano's
membership. Also present in this series are the minutes, reports, etc. of
the Committee of Six, established in October 1960 by the Advisory Board
to reconsider the entire medical curriculum; the papers of the Curriculum
Committee, established in January 1963; and records of the University's
Faculty Senate, of which Dr. Romano was a founding member (1963).
Department of Psychiatry (Boxes
- Dr. Romano's files pertaining to his chairmanship of the Department of
Psychiatry from 1946 to 1971 include annual reports, minutes of departmental
meetings, and the record of a wide variety of other administrative and departmental
activity. It also includes files on the conference held to dedicate the
newly constructed R-Wing in 1949, and other department-sponsored meetings
(such as the Northeastern Professors Conference in 1966, and the Schizophrenia
Conferences of 1967 and 1971). In addition, this series includes all applications
for assistant residencies in the Dept. of Psychiatry from 1946 through 1971.
Because of the sensitive nature of much of the data in this sub- series,
the assistant resident applications are closed to researchers until the
Rounds (Boxes 139-149)
- Although there are patient materials in this series dating from Dr. Romano's
years at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, most of the records in this series
were generated at the University of Rochester and affiliated local hospitals
and clinics from 1946 to 1979. It includes Dr. Romano's rounds in the various
wards of R- Wing from 1946, his Thursday Rounds (1972-76), and teaching
rounds with medical students (1971-79). Because of the sensitive nature
of patient records, permission is required in order to gain access to this
Research (Boxes 150-161)
- The materials in this series represent Dr. Romano's research activities
from 1936 to 1977. The earlier materials deal primarily with Dr. Romano's
involvement with the CMR's Committee on Aviation Research and its studies
on decompression sickness (1942), and with his toxicology studies on F-12.
The greater part of this series, however, pertains to the Univ. of Rochester
Child and Family Study (1969-77), and the work of Dr. Romano and others
on schizophrenia and autism.
Bound Reprints, 1936-1985
Unpublished Manuscripts and
Lectures (Boxes 162-163)
- This collection of miscellaneous manuscripts and lectures describes a
wide variety of topics. It's arrangement is chronological.
Prints and Photographs (Boxes
This collection of illustrations was accumulated by Dr. & Mrs. Romano over
the years for the decoration of their home and Dr. Romano's office. Most of
the prints and photographs have been removed from their frames, except for
those which hang in the Special Collections Reading Room of the History of
The prints and photographs are arranged in four sub-series:
- Photographic Portraits: The portraits in this collection are inscribed
photographs of Dr. Romano's colleagues. It is perhaps unparalled as a collection
of original photographic portraits of the major figures in American psychiatry
from 1935 to 1970.
- Group Portraits: The earliest photograph in this collection is a group
portrait of Dr. Romano's fourth-year medical class at Marquette University
(1933), and includes staff photographs taken during Dr. Romano's appointments
at Milwaukee, Denver, Boston, Cincinnati and Rochester. Non-institutional
group portraits are also included (e.g., committees, conferences, etc.)
- Historical Prints: An interesting collection of 18th-19th century engravings,
lithographs, etc. depicting major figures and institutions in the history
- Historical Reproductions: A collection of photographic reproductions of
original prints, drawings, etc. illustrating the history of medicine and
Scrapbooks and Miscellanea
Twenty one more boxes of papers were added to the collection in December
1994. These are materials that had remained in Dr. Romano's office after the
transfer of his non-current papers in 1989. This appended series follows the
same arrangement as the materials processed earlier:
Personal (Boxes 175-183)
- Arranged alphabetically by personal name, these boxes contain correspondence.
Included in this PERSONAL series are more British and European psychiatrists
than appear in boxes 1-34. It may also be necessary to check both PERSONAL
series, as correspondence with individuals such as the Menningers appear
in both places.
Chronological (Boxes 184-202)
- This chronological series is not limited to Dr. Romano's activities for
the period spanning 1989-1994. It includes files dating as early as 1946
pertaining to activities in which Dr. Romano was involved until his death.
This second chronological series includes extensive files on Dr. Romano's
involvement in the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (1946-1957);
the Stagecoach Club (1952-1986); the Salmon Committee of the New York Academy
of Medicine (1970-1993); the Merck Manual (1977-1992), etc.
Rochester Psychiatric Center
- This series is closed to researchers until the year 2019. It consists
almost entirely of records of patients whom Dr. Romano saw in the RPC's
various units from 1971 through 1982.
Rochester Plan (Boxes 212-217)
- The Rochester Plan is an early admissions program allowing University
of Rochester undergraduates to integrate the medical curriculum into their
undergraduate studies, and resulting in a medical degree after six years.
Dr. Romano was involved in the Rochester Program from its inception in the
mid-1970s until his death.