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- Charles Loomis Dana Papers
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- Call Number
- Dana, Charles L. (Charles Loomis), 1852-1935
- Collection Size
- 5.5 linear feet
Dr. Charles Loomis Dana was a New York physician specializing in neurology. He was born in Woodstock, Vermont, in 1852. He got his BA at Dartmouth in 1872. He then served as secretary for Senator Morrill of Vermont in Washington, DC. While there, he studied medicine and received his MD from the National Medical College (Columbian University) in 1876. For a year, he also worked as the private secretary of Spencer F. Baird, head of the Smithsonian. He continued his medical studies at the New York College of Physicians and Surgeons, receiving another MD in 1877, and spent 2 years at Bellevue Hospital training with Austin Flint and Edward Janeway.
He then established a private practice in New York City. His connections with the neurologists Drs. Édouard Séquin, William Alexander Hammond, and George M. Beard sparked his interest in neurology; Dr. Dana maintained Dr. Beard’s practice for two summers. He remained involved with Bellevue throughout his life, developing the neurological service there.
He began his teaching career as the Professor of Physiology at the New York Women’s Medical College. From 1884-1895, he was the Professor of Diseases of the Mind and Nervous System at the Post Graduate Hospital. In 1898, he became the Professor of Diseases of the Nervous System at the Cornell University Medical College, a post he had until his retirement. He contributed to periodicals and wrote the “Text Book of Nervous Diseases,” which was first published in 1892 and went through ten editions.
Dr. Dana was very active in professional organizations, serving as president for the New York Academy of Medicine, New York Neurological Society, and American Neurological Association. He was also a founding member of the Charaka Club, a group of doctors formed to explore the historical, literary and artistic aspects of medicine. He had a deep interest in the history of medicine and wrote the “Peaks of Medical History,” published in 1926.
Dr. Dana died on December 12, 1935.
Note: Reference sources differ on many of the dates associated with Dr. Dana.
Denny-Brown, D., Rose, A. S., and Sahs, A. L. (Eds.) (1975). Centennial anniversary volume of the American Neurological Association: 1875-1975. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.
Peterson, F. (1936). Obituary of Dr. Charles Loomis Dana. Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 12(1), 27–30.
Scope and Content
This collection documents Dr. Charles Loomis Dana’s medical career and professional life. His professional papers include published articles and reprints, manuscripts for speeches and books, handwritten notes, and research materials. Topics documented include: handwriting, telepathy, insanity, psychiatry, alcohol, medical history, early physicians, and printing. These records include reproductions of anatomical illustrations, frontispieces, etc., many taken from sources such as bookseller’s catalogs, as well as photographs. There are also preservation photocopies of some materials; these copies were made before the collection was acquired by the Academy and the original documents are not present.
The case records and correspondence document Dr. Dana’s medical practice from 1918-1929. They include patient histories, along with correspondence and other records related to his patients. Some of the more common conditions found in Dana's cases include depression, anxiety, paranoia, insomnia, dementia praecox, migraines, neurasthenia, psychasthenia, epilepsy, lateral sclerosis, tinnitus, encephalitis, and encephalitis lethargica.
Additional DescriptionNorth, Michael. (1997). Charles Loomis Dana: A guide to the Academy's holdings. The Watermark, XXI (1), 1-5.
Administrative InfoFinding aid written by Rebecca Pou, 2015, and based on a guide written by Marie McAndrew-Taylor, Woodstock Historical Society, 1996. The case records and correspondence were processed by Doris Strauss, 2015.
Requests for permission to quote from or publish any materials should be directed to the reference librarian or curator in writing.
Charles Loomis Dana Papers, 1876-1932. The Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading Room, New York Academy of Medicine.
The professional papers were donated by the Woodstock Historical Society in 1996. They previously formed Series II of the Woodstock Historical Society's Charles Loomis Dana Papers. The case reports were a gift of Dr. Dana's estate.
|Box 1 Folder 1||Case of M. Frederick Minott - 1905-1924|
|Box 1 Folder 2||Narcotic data - 1912-1915|
|Box 1 Folder 3||Partial listing of published articles|
|Box 1 Folder 4||Published medical papers
Dana and others
|Box 1 Folder 5||Published medical papers
Dana and others
|Box 1 Folder 6||Published medical papers
Dana and others
|Box 1 Folder 7a-c||Manuscript of book
|Box 1 Folder 8a-b||Insanity
- c. 1903|
|Box 1 Folder 9||Notes on value of recreation and leisure - c. 1918|
|Box 1 Folder 10||Anatomical notes, localization, ataxia lecture notes - n.d.|
|Box 1 Folder 11||Notes and papers on aphasia - 1898, 1907, 1920|
|Box 1 Folder 12||Handwriting examples with disorders - n.d.|
|Box 1 Folder 13||Handwriting and nervous diseases - 1924|
|Box 1 Folder 14||Medical papers - prohibition, Neurological Institute - 1929-1931|
|Box 1 Folder 15a-b||Relation of psychiatry to other sciences and other
- c. 1904-1929|
|Box 1 Folder 16||Medical speeches - 1925-1926|
|Box 1 Folder 17||Readings from classics|
|Box 1 Folder 18||4 lectures on the peaks of medical history - 1925-1926|
|Box 1 Folder 19||Lectures on babies and letter to Colwell Pharm Corp - 1930|
|Box 1 Folder 20a-b||Speeches - medical and non-medical
|Box 1 Folder 21||Public letters on alcohol, euthanasia material - n.d.|
|Box 1 Folder 22||Newspaper interviews - medical and non-medical - 1913-1930|
|Box 1 Folder 23||Telepathy - 1926|
|Box 1 Folder 24||New York State Commission on Mental Hygiene - 1932|
|Box 1 Folder 25a-b||Profiles on early medical persons|
|Box 2 Folder 1a-d||Medical personalities|
|Box 2 Folder 2||Handwriting and miscellaneous|
|Box 2 Folder 3a-e||Plates, bindings, typestyles|
|Box 2 Folder 4||Nicander|
|Box 2 Folder 5||Antonius Musa|
|Box 2 Folder 6a-b||Notes and correspondence for book on medical men
- c. 1908-1922|
|Box 2 Folder 7||The Monroes, prepared on Scotland trip - 1927|
|Box 2 Folder 8||Illustrations of medical life|
|Box 2 Folder 9a-c||Medical history illustrations|
|Box 2 Folder 10||Published articles - 1880s|
|Box 2 Folder 11||Published articles - 1890-1894|
|Box 2 Folder 12a-b||Published articles
|Box 2 Folder 13||Published articles - 1900-1904|
|Box 2 Folder 14||Published articles - 1905-1909|
|Box 2 Folder 15||Published articles - 1910-1919|
|Box 2 Folder 16||Published articles - 1920-1926|
|Box 2 Folder 17||Psychological and suffrage articles - n.d.|
|Box 3 Folder 1||Germ theory of disease, microscopic notes - 1876|
|Box 3 Folder 2||Thesis - 1877|
|Box 3 Folder 3||Medical records and charts - 1885, 1890, 1893-1896|
|Box 3 Folder 4||Notes on articles, reviews - n.d.|
|Box 3 Folder 5||Notes and drafts for articles - n.d.|
|Box 3 Folder 6||Respiratory neuroses - n.d.|
|Box 3 Folder 7||Professional thank you note - 1918|
|Box 3 Folder 8||"Medicine and the humanities" - 1922|
|Box 3 Folder 9||Newspaper articles - 1929|
|Box 3 Folder 10||"Religious healing," by Alice Paulson , bibliography on hypnotism - 1926|
|Box 3 Folder 11||Medical history illustrations|
|Box 4||Printed medical articles and pamphlets
|Box 5||Printed medical articles and pamphlets
Case ReportsA name index to the patients is available.
|Box 6||Case reports and correspondence - 1918-1919|
|Box 7||Case reports and correspondence - 1919-1920|
|Box 8||Case reports and correspondence - 1920-1921|
|Box 9||Case reports and correspondence - 1921-1923|
|Box 10||Case reports and correspondence - 1923-1925|
|Box 11||Case reports and correspondence - 1925-1929|
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The Woodstock Historical Society has a collection of Dr. Dana's papers, which includes personal papers and materials related to his non-medical writing.
Dana materials can be found in some of the Academy's other archival collections, including its own institutional archives and the Charaka Club Records. The Academy also has an oil portrait of Dr. Dana.
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