Alexander E. Macdonald Papers, 1865-1906

 
Alexander E. Macdonald Papers and Photographs

Biographical Note

Alexander E. Macdonald (1845-1906), LL.B., M.D., was a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and a prominent New York psychiatrist. Born in Toronto, Dr. Macdonald was educated at the Toronto Model Grammar School and at Upper Canada College. Although he began his medical studies at the University of Toronto, Dr. Macdonald moved to New York and ultimately received degrees in both medicine (M.D.) and law (LL. B.) from the University of the City of New York (now New York University) in 1870 and 1881, respectively.

Upon graduation from medical school, Dr. Macdonald was appointed assistant physician (and, later, resident physician) at the Hospital for Epileptics and Paralytics, Blackwell's Island, in 1870. The next year he became chief of staff of the Charity and Allied Hospitals, Blackwell's Island. In 1874, Dr. Macdonald began his long tenure at the New York City Asylum for the Insane, Ward's Island (later renamed the Manhattan State Hospital East), first as resident physician and then, from 1875 to 1904, as medical superintendent. In 1886, Dr. Macdonald became general superintendent of the New York City Asylums. This position brought with it responsibility for the administration not only of the New York City Asylum, Ward's Island (with its branches on Randall's Island and in Central Islip, Long Island), but also of the Reception Pavilion of the Insane, Bellevue and the New York City Lunatic Asylum, Blackwell's Island (with branches on Ward's and Hart's Island).

Notable achievements during Dr. Macdonald's career include his frequent consultation as an expert witness in important trials including the Guiteau, Rhinelander and Stokes cases as well as his work in the care of the tubercular insane, and the introduction of tent life for their treatment. Dr. Macdonald published widely and was a member of a number of medical organizations including not only the New York Academy of Medicine but also the American Medical Association, the Medical Society of the State of New York, the Medical Society of the County of New York, and the New York Psychiatrical Society. He was an honorary member of both the American Medico-Psychological Association (for which he served as President in 1904) and the British Medico-Psychological Association. Dr. Macdonald was routinely sent as a delegate of these organizations to various congresses and association meetings. In addition to his professional affiliations, Dr. Macdonald was a member of the Lotus Club and a Mason of Holland Lodge, New York City.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Macdonald held a number of academic posts. In 1874, he was appointed lecturer on Medical Jurisprudence at New York University. Subsequently, he became Professor of Psychological Medicine and Medical Jurisprudence, and was Emeritus Professor at NYU at the time of his death.

Alexander E. Macdonald was married to Elizabeth Woodbury Barrett (of Portland, Maine) on July 10, 1883. Together they had two children -- a son, Charles, and a daughter, Evelyn. Dr. Macdonald died on December 7, 1906.

Collection Description

Scope and Content

The Alexander E. Macdonald Papers and Photographs, a collection that spans thirty-seven years, has been arranged into seven series: (I) Business Records, (II) Printed Material, (III) Professional Material, (IV) Biographical and Personal Material, (V) Manuscripts, (VI) Newspaper Clippings, and (VII) Photographs.

Series I

Business Records contains material generated during Dr. Macdonald's tenure as medical superintendent at the New York City Asylum for the Insane, Ward's Island, and general superintendent of the New York City Asylums. The series is divided into four subseries including: (a) Correspondence covering a wide range of institutional issues including, but not limited to, the purchase of goods and services; billing and account disputes; salary, wage and labor issues; construction and upkeep of building facilities; asylum conditions, practices and policies; inmate concerns; association and committee work; conference attendance; and legal issues; (b) Memoranda generated during the course of business on various topics including supplies; salaries and wages; and building facilities; (c) Asset Inventories for both the hospital and superintendent's residence; (d) Purchasing Records relating to the institutional acquisition of various goods and services; and (e) Other documentation including an architectural drawing and blueprint of building plans from Ward's Island.

Series II

Printed Material includes (a) Annual Reports from the Department of Public Charities and Correction, the Manhattan State Hospital and the State Commissioner in Lunacy; (b) Journal Reprints, including among other items a number of articles authored by Dr. Macdonald that appeared in the American Journal of Insanity; (c) Minutes of meetings of the Commissioners of Public Charities and Correction, the Medical Society of the County of New York and the State Commission in Lunacy; and (d) Other publications including articles; lectures; reports; asylum rules, regulations and directories.

Series III

Professional Material is comprised of three subseries: (a) Legal Documents which include briefs, transcripts of testimony and arguments, court orders and correspondence in a number of cases including, most notably, the Guiteau, Rhinelander and Stokes Will cases as well as the Investigation into the Management and Affairs of the New York City Insane Asylum, Ward's Island; (b) Memberships and Medical Conferences which include documentation pertaining to Dr. Macdonald's membership in various professional medical organizations and a range of correspondence, programs, newspaper clippings and ephemera related to his attendance of various medical conferences, including the 12th International Medical Congress in Moscow (1897), the British Medical Association Session in Edinburgh (1898), the 14th International Medical Congress in Madrid, Spain (1903) and the 15th International Medical Congress in Lisbon, Portugal (1906) ; and (c) Other material pertaining to Dr. Macdonald's professional endeavors including a collection of course tickets and curriculum announcements from the University of the City of New York.

Series IV

Biographical and Personal Material contains material relating to Dr. Macdonald's personal life, including correspondence with family and friends; financial information; marriage and citizenship papers; diplomas; membership information for social clubs to which Dr. Macdonald belonged and a host of ephemera, including menus, invitations, and business cards.

Series V

The Manuscripts series contains (a) Dr. Macdonald's Bound Diaries and Writings, which are, for the most part, daily diaries as well as some student notes and notes on various medical subjects, case records, and patient property logs; (b) his Writings, which include both handwritten manuscripts and typescripts ofpapers, speeches, lectures, and presentations on a host of medical topics including rape, identity, malpractice, medical jurisprudence, homicide, and pregnancy, to name a few; and (c) Miscellaneous Notes which include a sizable number of lists, calculations and other scraps (many of which are not legible).

Series VI

Newspaper Clippings contains clippings from 1865 to 1906 on a host of issues ranging from the treatment of the insane; management of the New York institutions and investigations thereof; prominent legal cases relating to Dr. Macdonald, the asylums and/or patients; lunacy laws; as well as reports and reviews of Dr. Macdonald's speaking engagements at various dinners, receptions, and banquets.

Series VII

The Photographs series includes both original photographs and reproductions of images of Dr. Macdonald and the tuberculosis tent city he designed at Ward’s Island, as well as photographs of his son, Charles, and other unidentified places and groups of individuals.

Administrative Info

Collection processed and described by Erin Albritton

Requests for permission to quote from or publish any materials should be directed to the reference librarian or curator in writing.

Preferred Citation

Alexander E. Macdonald Papers and Photographs. The Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading Room, New York Academy of Medicine Library.

Provenance

Archive purchased by NYAM from Peter Keyes/Oxbow Books in 2005, with additional gifts of related items from same.

Collection Contents

Series I: Business Records

Subseries A: Correspondence

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

ContainerDescription
Box 1    Folder 1    Correspondence, - 1868-1894

includes a letter to A.E. Macdonald from the family physician of William Magear "Boss" Tweed, 1873, on Tweed stationary

Box 1    Folder 2    Correspondence, - Jan-Dec, 1895
Box 1    Folder 3    Correspondence, - Jan-Dec, 1896
Box 1    Folder 4    Correspondence, - Jan-Apr, 1897
Box 1    Folder 5    Correspondence, - May-Nov, 1897
Box 1    Folder 6    Correspondence, - Dec 1897
Box 1    Folder 7    Correspondence, - Jan-June, 1898
Box 1    Folder 8    Correspondence, - July-Dec, 1898
Box 1    Folder 9    Correspondence, - Jan-Mar, 1899
Box 1    Folder 10    Correspondence, - Apr-Jun, 1899
Box 1    Folder 11    Correspondence, - Jul 1899
Box 1    Folder 12    Correspondence, - Aug-Sep, 1899
Box 1    Folder 13    Correspondence, - Oct-Dec, 1899
Box 1    Folder 14    Correspondence, - Jan-Jun, 1900
Box 1    Folder 15    Correspondence, - Jul-Dec, 1900
Box 1    Folder 16    Correspondence, - Jan-Dec, 1901
Box 1    Folder 17    Correspondence, - Jan-Dec, 1902
Box 1    Folder 18    Correspondence, - Jan-Jun, 1903
Box 1    Folder 19    Correspondence, - Jul-Dec, 1903
Box 1    Folder 20    Correspondence, - Jan-Jun, 1904
Box 1    Folder 21    Correspondence, - Jul-Dec, 1904
Box 1    Folder 22    Correspondence, - Jan-Jun, 1905
Box 1    Folder 23    Correspondence, - Jul-Dec, 1905
Box 1    Folder 24    Correspondence, - Jan-Dec, 1906
Box 1    Folder 25    Correspondence, - Jan-Dec, 1907
Box 1    Folder 26    Correspondence, - undated

Subseries B: Memoranda

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

ContainerDescription
Box 2    Folder 1    State of New York - Manhattan State Hospital. Momoranda for Board meeting, or meeting of the Finance Committee . . . , - 1896
Box 2    Folder 1    State of New York - State Commission in Lunacy. Coffee memorandum, - [1897?]
Box 2    Folder 1    State of New York - Manhattan State Hospital, Central Islip. Memorandum. In the matter of the "Trojan" gravity heaters: -- . . . , - 1899
Box 2    Folder 1    State of New York - Manhattan State Hospital. Memorandum: -- from Dr. Smith. Mr. Heins visited the farm Sunday forenoon, . . . , - 1899
Box 2    Folder 1    Manhattan State Hospital, Central Islip. Memorandum. We had canned corn and succotash . . . , - 1899
Box 2    Folder 1    State of New York - Manhattan State Hospital, Central Islip. Memorandum. Comments on notes of the official visit of the State Commission in Lunacy . . . , - 1899
Box 2    Folder 1    State of New York - Manhattan State Hospital, Central Islip. Memorandum. In the matter of reduction in salaries and wages . . . , - 1899
Box 2    Folder 1    State of New York - State Commission in Lunacy. Memoranda of conference between General Superintendent of Manhattan State Hospital and the State Commission in Lunacy . . . , - 1899
Box 2    Folder 1    Memorandum for Mr. Dodge to report to the Board . . . , - 1901
Box 2    Folder 1    State of New York - Manhattan State Hospital, East. Ward's Island, New York City. Memorandum: Dr. Pettit will please mark on the history of the patient Morawaki . . . , - 1903
Box 2    Folder 1    State of New York - Manhattan State Hospital, East. Ward's Island, New York City. Memorandum: The Resident Steward will please report in writing . . . , - 1903
Box 2    Folder 1    Memorandum of Mr. Sussdorff's visit, - 1904
Box 2    Folder 1    State of New York - State Commission in Lunacy. Manhattan State Hospital. Memorandum. Names of firms to whom proposals may be sent inviting bids for supplies: . . . , - undated
Box 2    Folder 1    Memorandum. Mr. Cole: Railroad tickets . . . , - undated
Box 2    Folder 1    State of New York - State Commission in Lunacy. Tea memorandum, - undated
Box 2    Folder 1    Memoranda as a result of Commission's visit, - undated
Box 2    Folder 1    Memoranda. Estimate regarding the cost of the use of hard, soft, and pea coal, - undated
Box 2    Folder 1    Central Islip. Data regarding soft coal, - undated
Box 2    Folder 1    Memorandum: Cost of erecting and twice renewing 27" smoke stack . . . , - undated

Subseries C: Assett Inventories

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

ContainerDescription
Box 2    Folder 1    Inventory, Manhattan State Hospital, East. September 30, 1903. Superintendent's Residence, - 1903
Box 2    Folder 1    List of articles donated to the M. S. H. East, by Dr. A.E. Macdonald . . . , - 1903

2 copies

Box 2    Folder 1    Inventory, Manhattan State Hospital, East. September 30, 1904. Superintendent's Residence, - 1904

Subseries D: Purchasing Records (Goods and Services)

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

ContainerDescription
Box 2    Folder 1    Documents pertaining to the purchase of goods (including clothing, food, office, cleaning and medical supplies, kitchen equipment, furniture, fuel, etcetera) and services (including wages, salaries and other labor) for several institutions (some unidentified and undated), - 1897-1906

Subseries E: Other

ContainerDescription
Box 2    Folder 1    Miscellaneous business records, - 1890-1904
Box 2    Folder 2    Items pertaining to Manhattan State Hospital Exhibit at the Universal Exposition, St. Louis, - 1904
Box 2    Folder 3    Miscellaneous business records, - undated
Box 2    Folder 4    Miscellaneous business records, - undated
Box 8    Blueprint of Ward's Island Coffee Roasting Plant, - 1897
Box 8    Architectural drawing on sized linen depicting grounds and administrative building of unidentified institution, - undated

Series II: Printed Material

Subseries A: Annual Reports

Arrangement

Arranged in subseries by author.

Subseries 1: Department of Public Charities and Correction

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically

ContainerDescription
Box 3    Envelope 1    Annual report of the Medical Superintendent of the N.Y. City Asylum for Insane, Ward;s Island, N.Y., for the year 1875, - 1875
Box 3    Envelope 2    Annual report of the Resident Physician of the New York City Lunatic Asylum, Blackwell's Island, N.Y., for the year 1874, - 1875
Box 3    Envelope 3    Annual report of the Chief of Staff of the Charity, Fever, Epileptic, Penitentiary, Alms House and Work House Hospitals, and Hospital for Incurables, Blackwell's Island, N.Y. for the year endind December 31, 1875, - 1876
Box 3    Envelope 4    Annual report of the Medical Superintendent of the 1879 N.Y. City Asylum for Insane, Ward's Island, N.Y., for the year 1878, - 1879
Box 3    Envelope 5    Annual report of the Medical Superintendent of the N.Y. City Asylum for Insane, Ward's Island, N.Y., for the year 1880, - 1880
Box 3    Envelope 6    Annual report of the Medical Superintendent of the New York City Asylum for the Insane, for the year 1881, - 1882
Box 3    Envelope 7    same, for the year 1882, - 1885
Box 3    Envelope 8    same, for the year 1883, -
Box 3    Envelope 9    Annual report of the General Superintendent of the New York City Asylums for the Insane, for the year 1886, - 1887
Box 3    Envelope 10    Annual report of the New York City Asylums for the Insane, for the year 1887, - 1891
Box 3    Envelope 11    The New York City Asylums for the Insane. Extract from the Annual Report for 1890, "Overcrowding", - 1891
Box 3    Envelope 12    Annual report of the General Superintendent of the New York City Asylums for the Insane, for the year 1892, - 1895
Box 3    Wrapper 1    Twenty-fourth annual report of the Commissioners of Public Charities and Correction, of the City of New York, for the year 1883, - 1887
Box 3    Wrapper 1    Twenty-fifth annual report of the Commissioner's of Public Charities and Correction, of the City of New York, for the year 1884, - [1887?]
Box 3    Wrapper 2    Twenty-seventh annual report of the Commissioners of Public Charities and Correction, of the City of New York, for the year 1886, - 1887
Box 3    Wrapper 3    Thirthieth annual report of the Commissioners of Public Charities and Correction of the City of New York, for the year 1889, - 1892
Box 3    Wrapper 4    Annual report of the New York City Asylums for the Insane, for the year 1889, - 1894
Box 3    Wrapper 5    Annual report of the New York City Asylums for the Insane, for the year 1893, - 1895
Box 3    Wrapper 6    Annual report of the New York City Asylums for the Insane, for the year 1894, - 1898

Subseries 2: Manhattan State Hospital

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically

ContainerDescription
Box 3    Envelope 1    Second annual report of the Managers of the Manhattan State Hospital at New York to the State Commission in lunacy for the year ending September 30, 1897, - 1898
Box 3    Envelope 2    Third annual report of same for the year ending September 30, 1898, - 1899
Box 3    Envelope 3    Fourth annual report of same for the year ending September 30, 1899, - 1900
Box 3    Envelope 4    Fifth annual report of same for the year ending September 30, 1900, - 1901
Box 3    Envelope 5    Sixth annual report of same for the year ending September 30, 1902, - 1902
Box 3    Envelope 6    Eighth annual report of the Manhattan State Hospital at New Yorkto the State Commission in Lunacy for the year ending September 30, 1903, - 1904
Box 3    Envelope 7    Ninth annual report of same for the year ending September 30, 1904, - 1907

Subseries B: Journal Reprints

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

ContainerDescription
Box 3    Envelope 1    The practical working of the new lunacy statutes [reprinted from the Psychological and Medico-Legal Journal], - 1875Macdonald, A.E.
Box 3    Envelope 2    Proceedings of the Association of Medical Superintendents of American Institutions for the Insane, at its twenty-ninth annual meeting, held at Auburn, N.Y., May 1875 [reprinted from the American Journal of Insanity], - 1876
Box 3    Envelope 3    Macdonald, A.E. General paresis [reprinted from the American Journal of Insanity], - 1877
Box 3    Envelope 4    Haviland, F.C. Tent life for the tuberculous insane [reprinted from the American Journal of Insanity], - 1902
Box 3    Envelope 5    New York Conference of Charities, November 20 to 23, 1901. Report of Committee on the Mentally Defective [reprinted from the American Journal of Insanity], - 1902
Box 3    Envelope 6    Macdonald, A.E. The Fourteenth International Medical Congress at Madrid. Report as delegate of the American Medico-Psychological Association [reprinted from the American Journal of Insanity], - 1903
Box 3    Envelope 7    Macdonald, A.E. Presidential address [reprinted from the American Journal of Insanity], - 1905
Box 3    Envelope 8    Rowe, J.T.W. The prevention of insanity in its Incubation by the general practitioner [reprinted from the New York Medical Journal and Philadelphia Medical Journal], - 1905
Box 3    Envelope 9    Memorial Notice. Alexander E. Macdonald [reprinted from the Proceedings of the American Medico-Psychological Association], - 1907

2 copies

Box 3    Envelope 10    Obituary. Alexander E. Macdonald [reprinted from American Journal of Insanity], - 1907
Box 3    Envelope 11    Campbell, C.M. Untitled (memorial notice) with photo reproduction of Macdonald [reprinted from American Journal of Insanity], - 1907

2 copies

Subseries C: Minutes

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

ContainerDescription
Box 3    Envelope 1    Minutes. Meeting of the Commissioners of Public Charities and Correction, - 1870
Box 3    Envelope 2    Minutes. Meeting of the Commissioners of Public Charities and Correction, - 1872
Box 3    Envelope 3    Minutes of the Medical Society of the County of New York. Stated Meeting, May 27, 1878, - 1878
Box 3    Envelope 3    Minutes of the Medical Society of the County of New York. Special Meeting, Sept. 3, 1878, - 1878
Box 3    Envelope 4    Medico-Legal Society of New York. Meeting, April 10, 1889, - 1889
Box 3    Folder 1    State of New York - State Commission in Lunacy. State Hospitals -- December and January Estimates 1898-1899. Abstract of minutes and resolutions . . . , - 1898
Box 3    Folder 1    State of New York - State Commission in Lunacy. State Hospitals - April and May Estimates - 1899. Abstract of minutes and resolutions, - 1899
Box 3    Folder 1    State of New York - State Commission in Lunacy. State Hospitals - June and July Estimates - 1899. Abstract of minutes and resolutions, - 1899
Box 3    Folder 1    State of New York - State Commission in Lunacy. State Hospitals - August and September Estimates - 1899. Abstract of minutes and resolutions, - 1899
Box 3    Folder 1    State of New York - State Commission in Lunacy. Notes of Conference . . . , - 1905

Subseries D: Other

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

ContainerDescription
Box 3    Envelope 1    Macdonald, A.E. A lecture delivered before the pupils of the School for Nurses, Charity Hospital, N.Y., October 6, 1875, on the nursing of the insane, - 1875
Box 3    Envelope 2    The American Psychological Journal, Vol. 3, No. 3, - 1876
Box 3    Envelope 3    Fifth annual reunion dinner of the Alumni Medical Department of the University of the City of New York, - 1876
Box 3    Envelope 4    Report of the Committee on Public Health relative to lunatic asylums, - 1879
Box 3    Envelope 5    The answer of the New York Neurological Society to the Document known as the Report of the Committee on Public Health Relative to Lunatic Asylums, {Nr. 64, In Senate, May 22, 1879}, - 1880
Box 3    Envelope 6    Report of the proceedings for establishing a Board of Commissioners in Lunacy, for the State of New York. Supervision of our Asylums for the Insane, - 1880
Box 3    Envelope 7    Report on the insane and lunatic asylums of New York City, - 1883
Box 3    Envelope 8    State of New York. Report of the Senate Committee on Finance relative to the value of the land and buildings, - 1891
Box 3    Envelope 9    State Charities Aid Assn. of N.Y. Report of the Special Committee on the Division of the Department of Public Charities and Correction of New York City [reprinted from the Twenty-Third Annual Report of the State Charities Aid Association to the State Board of Charities], - 1895
Box 3    Envelope 10    Protestant Chapels. Order of Services, - 1897
Box 3    Envelope 11    Protestant Chapels. Selection of hymns and psalms, - 1897
Box 3    Envelope 12    State of New York, State Commission in Lunacy, official directory of state hospitals and private institutions for the insane, - 1903
Box 3    Envelope 13    Macdonald, A.E. Tent treatment for tuberculous insane, - 1904
Box 3    Envelope 14    State of New York. No. 416, 906, 2426. Int. 400. IN Assembly, January 26, 1899. An Act making appropriations for the support of government, - 1899
Box 3    Envelope 14    State of New York. No. 1745, 2454. Int. 1327. In Assembly, April 24, 1899. An Act making appropriations for certain expenses of government . . . . , - 1899
Box 3    Envelope 14    State of New York. No. 2455. Int. 1624. In Assembly, April 28, 1899. An Act making an appropriation of certain expenses of government . . . . , - 1899
Box 3    Envelope 14    State of New York. No. 544. Int. 496. In Assembly, February 9, 1905. An Act to amend the insanity law . . . . , - 1905
Box 3    Envelope 15    No. 82. State Charities Aid Association of New York. A consideration of the arguments contained in the memorandum filed by Governor Odell in approving the bill abolishing the Boards of Managers of the State Hospitals for the Insane, - 1902
Box 3    Envelope 16    Marro, A. Il trattamento degli alienate sotto tenda nel Manicomio governativo di Manhattan in America, - 1906
Box 3    Envelope 17    New York City Asylum for the Insane, Ward's Island. Description of the plan, arrangement and capacity, - undated
Box 3    Envelope 17    Duties of attendats at the New York City Asylum for the Insane, Ward's Island, - undated
Box 3    Envelope 17    Extracts from the Rules and Regulations of the Manhattan State Hospital, - undated
Box 3    Envelope 17    By-laws of the Congress of American Physicians and Surgeons, - undated
Box 3    Envelope 17    Kinney, A.C. Tuberculosis: History of teh cure of a desperate case with immunity treatment, - undated
Box 3    Envelope 17    Memorandum Filed by Governor Odell in Approving Assembly Bill Number 438 . . . . , - undated
Box 3    Folder 1    Collection of A.E. Macdonald's student course and hospital tickets, - various

12 items

Box 3    Folder 2    Miscellaneous printed material including documents published by the State Commission in Lunacy, various printed ephemera, 1904 card-backed Calendar from Manhattan State Hospital, East, etc..., - various

Series III: Professional Material

Arrangement

Arranged in subsubseries by case name.

Subsubseries 1: Charles Guiteau Trial

ContainerDescription
Box 4    Folder 1    Ticket to trial, - 1881
Box 4    Folder 1    Signature of Charles Guiteau, - undated

Subsubseries 2: In the matter of the application of Mary W.B. Mariotte for sale real estate of infants

ContainerDescription
Box 4    Folder 1    Affidavit and Order for Discharge of Special Guardian (petitioner), - 1895
Box 4    Folder 1    Correspondence from M. Winslow (counsel for petitioner), - 1894-1895
Box 4    Folder 1    Correspondence from Barrett [illegible?], - 1894

Subsubseries 3: In the matter of the investigation of the New York City Asylums

ContainerDescription
Box 4    Folder 1    Correspondence to A.E. Macdonald from G.F. Britton, - 1894
Box 4    Folder 1    Correspondence to H. Porter from A.E. Macdonald, - 1894
Box 4    Folder 1    Correspondence to A.E. Macdonald from A. Phillips, - 1894
Box 4    Folder 1    Correspondence to H. Porter from unidentified (incomplete), - 1894
Box 4    Folder 1    Correspondence to Dent from "A Christian Endeavorer", - 1894
Box 4    Folder 1    Correspondence to A.E. Macdonald from illegible, - undated
Box 4    Folder 1    Transcript of testimony before State Commissioners in Lunacy, - undated
Box 4    Folder 1    Transcript of extracts of testimony of Commissioner Henry H. Porter,, - 1895

Subsubseries 4: In the matter of the inquiry into the sanity of William C. Rhinelander

ContainerDescription
Box 4    Folder 1    Closing Argument of John M. Bowers, - undated
Box 4    Folder 1    Closing Argument of Hon. George M. Curtis, - 1884

Subsubseries 5: The Stokes Will Case

ContainerDescription
Box 4    Folder 1    Argument for Contestant by Theron G. Strong, - 1884
Box 4    Folder 1    Selections from the Argument of Hon. William M. Evarts, on behalf of the Proponents and Brief upon the testimony relating to William E. Dodge Stokes, - undated

Subsubseries 6: Investigation into the Management and Affairs of the New York City Insane Asylum, on Ward's Island, by the Standing Committee on the Insane of the State Board of Charities

ContainerDescription
Box 4    Folder 1    Index, - undated
Box 4    Folder 1    Testimony June 29 (pp. 1-175), - 1887
Box 4    Folder 1    June 30 (pp. 176-284), - 1887
Box 4    Folder 1    July 1 (pp. 286-458), - 1887
Box 4    Folder 1    July 6 (pp. 459-687), - 1887
Box 4    Folder 1    July 7 (pp. 688-790), - 1887
Box 4    Folder 1    July 8 (pp. 791-1041), - 1887
Box 4    Folder 1    July 9 (pp. 1042-1225), - 1887

Subsubseries 7: Macdonald v. Mayor, Alderman and Commonality of the City of New York

ContainerDescription
Box 4    Folder 1    Plantiff's Points, - undated
Box 4    Folder 1    Opinion of the General Term Supreme Court, - undated

Subsubseries 8: In the matter of the application for the committment of Kate McEligot, an Alleged insane person

ContainerDescription
Box 4    Folder 1    Supreme Court order to show cause, - 1897
Box 4    Folder 1    Exhibits A - G,
Box 4    Folder 1    Patient History
Box 4    Folder 1    Deposition statement of Alexander E. Macdonald, - undated

Subsubseries 9: In the matter of the investigation by the Board of Managers of the Manhattan State Hospital of the Steward's and other departments of said hospitals

ContainerDescription
Box 4    Folder 1    Testimony of Mr. Kimball, - 1900

5 copies

Box 4    Folder 2    Testimony of General Superintendent (April 16), - 1900

2 copies

Box 4    Folder 2    Testimony of Dr. Macdonald (April 18), - 1900
Box 4    Folder 3    Testimony of Dr. Dent; miscellaneous related, - 1900
Box 4    Folder 4    Testimony of Dr. Smith, - [1900?]

2 copies

Box 4    Folder 5    Testimony of Dr. John T. W. Rowe, - 1900

4 copies

Box 4    Folder 6    Testimony of Thomas O'Keefe, - 1900

4 copies

Box 4    Folder 7    Testimony of Michael F. Bradley, - 1900

4 copies

Box 4    Folder 8    Testimony of John L. Widdler, Jr., - 1900

3 copies

Box 4    Folder 9    Testimony of Mr. Murray [Assistant Steward?], - [1900?]

Subsubseries 10: Miscellaneous Proceedings

ContainerDescription
Box 4    Folder 1    Incomplete transcript of testimony in unidentified case: pp. 161-217; 275-324; 275-324 (duplicate); 323-324 (duplicate); 891-906; 1463-1515; 1479-1515 (duplicate); 1737-1778, - undated
Box 4    Folder 2    Board of Estimate and Appointment, New York City. Community and Documents from the Commissioners of Public Charities and Correction, Relating to the Future Provision for the Insane, - 1882
Box 4    Folder 2    Reply of the Commissioners of Public Charities and Correction to the Charges Made by the Commissioners of Accounts with the Letter and Findings of His Honor, Thos. F. Gilroy, Mayor, - 1893
Box 4    Folder 2    Incomplete transcript of testimony in unidentified case: pp. 81-126, - undated
Box 4    Folder 2    Sworn statement of Alexander E. Macdonald re: mental and physical condition of Patrick Trenor, - 1887
Box 4    Folder 2    Notice of Execution of Commission. In the Matter of the Application for the Appointment of a Committee of the Person and Property of Joseph G. Creamer, an alleged insane person, - 1897

Subsubseries 11: Expert testimony of A.E. Macdonald in unidentified case

ContainerDescription
Box 4    Folder 1    "MSS" (direct examination by Mr. Peckham and cross examination by Mr. Brown, - 1876
Box 4    Folder 1    "Manuscript" (cross examination -- continued), - 1876
Box 4    Folder 1    "Manuscript No. 2" (cross examination resumed by Mr. Brown and redirected by Mr. Peckham), - 1876

Subseries B: Memberships and Medical Conferences

ContainerDescription
Box 4    Folder 1    12th International Medical Congress, Moscow: various materials, - 1897
Box 4    Folder 1    British Medical Association Session, Edinburgh: various materials, - 1898
Box 4    Folder 2    14th International Medical Congress, Madrid: Related correspondence, newspapers, - 1903
Box 4    Folder 3    14th International Medical Congress, Madrid: Mementos, receipts, writings, printed pamphlets, - 1903
Box 4    Folder 4    15th International Medical Congress, Lisbon: Related correspondence, newspaper articles, printed pamphlets, etc., - 1906
Box 4    Folder 5    Miscellaneous membership materials, - various
Box 4    Folder 6    Membership certificates - various
Medical Society of the City and County of New York, - 1878
New York Medico Legal Society, - 1882
The New York Academy of Medicine, - 1885
Boston Gynaecological Society, - 1885
Medico-Psychological Association, - 1898
Medical Association of the Greater City of New York, - 1902
Box 4    Folder 6    A.E. Macdonald's New York State physician's license -

Subseries C: Other

ContainerDescription
Box 4    Folder 1    University of the City of New York. Medical Department. Spring Session, - 1879
Box 4    Folder 1    University of the City of New York. Medical Deparment. Spring Session, - 1880
Box 4    Folder 1    University of the City of New York. Medical Department. Spring Session, - 1881
Box 4    Folder 1    University of the City of New York. Medical Department. Spring Session, - 1883
Box 4    Folder 1    Miscellaneous other course and lecture bulletins (photocopies), - 1875-87
Box 8    Bag 1    Vial of morphine sulphate, - undated
Box 4    Bag 1    Vial of ergot aseptic, - undated

Series IV: Biographical and Personal Material

ContainerDescription
Box 8    Folder 1    Various certificates including:
Second class certificate, School of Military Instruction, Canada, - 1864
First class certificate, School of Military Instruction, Canada, - 1865
US citizenship certificate, - 1871
US cititzenship certificate, duplicate, - 1871

oversized

LLD degree from the University of the City of New York, - 1881
Certificate of clerkship for admission to practice law in New York State, - 1881
Marriage certificate, Portland, Maine, - 1883
Box 4    Folder 2    Correspondence, - various

Including letters to A.E. Macdonald from his children and to Mrs. Macdonald from various individuals following the death of A.E. Macdonald.

Box 4    Folder 3    Memberships, - various

Various materials related to A.E. Macdonald's membership in social clubs including the Lotus Club, the Union of the Titans, the Masons, and the Alumni Association of the Medical Department of the University of the City of New York.

Box 4    Folder 4    Other

Printed, typescript, and manuscript ephemera, including menus, mementos, business cards, bank statements, personal account records, and poetry.

Series V: Manuscripts

Subseries A: Bound diaries and notebooks

Subsubseries 1: A.E. Macdonald Notebooks (leather bound)

ContainerDescription
Box 5    Wrapper 1    Vol. I [Daily diary], - June 1-Dec. 9, 1873
Box 5    Wrapper 2    Vol. II [The Life of A.E. Macdonald; Daily diary], - Dec. 10-June 19. 1874
Box 5    Wrapper 3    Vol. III [Daily diary], - June 20-Dec. 31, 1874
Box 5    Wrapper 4    Vol. IV [Recollections of a Busy Life; Daily diary]; flip side [Chief of Staff's Absence Book], - Jan. 1-May 31, 1875
Box 5    Wrapper 5    Vol. V [Lives of the Saints; Daily diary], - June 1-Dec. 15, 1875
Box 5    Wrapper 6    Vol. VI [Daily diary], - Dec. 16-June 24, 1876
Box 5    Wrapper 7    Vol. VII [Daily diary], - June 25-Dec. 31, 1876
Box 5    Wrapper 8    Vol. VIII [Daily diary], - Jan. 1-Apr. 22, 1877
Box 5    Wrapper 9    Vol. IX [Daily diary], - Apr. 23-Aug. 12, 1877
Box 5    Wrapper 10    Vol. X [Daily diary], - Aug. 13-Nov. 20, 1877
Box 5    Wrapper 11    Vol. XI [Daily diary], - Dec. 1-June 8, 1878
Box 5    Wrapper 12    Vol. XII [Daily diary], - June 9-Dec. 19, 1878
Box 5    Wrapper 13    Vol. XIII [Daily diary], - Dec. 20-June 30, 1878
Box 5    Wrapper 14    Vol. XIV [Daily diary], - July 1, 1879-Jan. 8, 1880
Box 5    Wrapper 15    Vol. XV [Daily diary], - Jan. 9-July 18, 1880
Box 5    Wrapper 16    Vol. XVI [Daily diary], - July 19-Jan. 30, 1881
Box 5    Wrapper 17    Vol. XVII [Daily diary], - Feb. 1-Nov. 16, 1881
Box 5    Wrapper 18    Vol. XVIII [Daily diary], - Nov. 17-Sept. 4, 1882
Box 5    Wrapper 19    Vol. XIX [Daily diary], - Sept. 20-May 31, 1883
Box 5    Wrapper 20    Vol. XX [Daily diary], - June 1-Feb. 29, 1884
Box 5    Wrapper 21    Vol. XXI [Daily diary], - March 1-Nov. 20, 1884
Box 5    Wrapper 22    Vol. XXII [Daily diary], - Dec. 1-Aug. 31, 1885
Box 5    Wrapper 23    [Daily diary], - April 7, 1893-Dec. 31, 1895
Box 5    Wrapper 24    [Daily diary], - Jan. 1, 1896-Dec. 31, 1899
Box 5    Wrapper 25    [Notes on Physiology], - July 28, 1868
Box 5    Wrapper 26    [Notebook No. 2, Practice of Medicine], - Nov. 15, 1869
Box 5    Wrapper 27    [Notebook No. 3, notes on various medical topics including "Muscles of Hand"; "Circulation"; "Fractures"; etc.], - Dec. 20, 1869
Box 5    Wrapper 28    Vol. I [Ward's Island], - Oct. 6, 1880
Box 5    Wrapper 29    Vol. II [miscellaneous notes], - Oct. 19, 1880
Box 5    Wrapper 30    Vol. III [miscellaneous notes], - Oct. 20, 1880
Box 5    Wrapper 31    Vol. IV [miscellaneous notes], - Nov. 7, 1880
Box 5    Wrapper 32    Vol. V [miscellaneous notes], - Nov. 30, 1880
Box 5    Wrapper 33    Vol. VI [Univ. of New York, Law Department; Part I, Chap. I], - undated
Box 5    Wrapper 34    Vol. VIII [Univ. of New York, Law Department; Exam], - undated
Box 5    Wrapper 35    Vol. IX [Univ. of New York, Law Department; Part II, Chap. IV], - undated
Box 5    Wrapper 36    Vol. X [Chap. V], - undated
Box 5    Wrapper 37    [Valuables of patients], - 1883-1887
Box 5    Wrapper 38    [Notes and Queries], - undated
Box 5    Wrapper 39    [Notes on Lead Posioning], - undated
Box 5    Wrapper 40    [Wm. F. Turner, Patient Notes], - undated
Box 5    Wrapper 41    [Diary], - Jan. 1, 1900-July 10, 1906
Box 5    Wrapper 42    Untitled, - undated

Subsubseries 2: Paper Cover Flip Notepads

ContainerDescription
Box 6    Wrapper 1    [Daily Notes], - undated
Box 6    Wrapper 1    [St. Louis], - undated
Box 6    Wrapper 1    [Commission [?]], - undated
Box 6    Wrapper 1    [Commission [?] Visit], - undated
Box 6    Wrapper 1    [Untitled], - undated
Box 6    Wrapper 1    [Untitled], - undated
Box 6    Wrapper 2    [Daily Notes], - 1903
Box 6    Wrapper 2    [Untitled], - undated
Box 6    Wrapper 2    [Untitled], - undated

Subsubseries 3: Half Leather/Marbled Paper Bound Ledgers

ContainerDescription
Box 6    Wrapper 1    [Patients' property], - 1876-1883
Box 6    Wrapper 2    [Notes on mania], - undated
Box 6    Wrapper 1    [Notes on dementia], - undated
Box 6    Wrapper 1    [Notes on abortion], - undated

Subsubseries 4: Miscellaneous Notebooks

ContainerDescription
Box 7    Envelope 1    [Miniature leather notebook], - undated
Box 7    Envelope 2    [Address Book], - undated
Box 7    Envelope 3    [Cloth diary: Exercises; letters sent/received], - 1863
Box 7    Envelope 4    [Cash Book], - 1869-1870
Box 7    Envelope 5    [Patients' property], - 1883-1887
Box 7    Wrapper 1    [Daily diary; expenses; class time table; rifle shooting scores; letters received and posted], - 1863-64
Box 7    Wrapper 2    [A.E. Macdonald, Fourth Class, Model Grammar School], - undated

Subseries B: Writings

ContainerDescription
Box 6    Folder 1    "Medical Jurisprudence, Lecture First - Univ. Med. Coll," - 1875
Box 6    Folder 2    G. A. Blumer, The Medical and Material Aspects of Industrial Employment for the Insane, - 1897
Box 6    Folder 3    "Announcements," with printed program "Manhattan State Hospital, East (Ward's Island), Programme of Sports by Patients and Employees, Independence Day, July 4, 1904, on the Grounds of the Hospital," - [1904?]
Box 6    Folder 4    A.E. Macdonald, "Tent treatment for the tuberculous insane," - undated

3 copies

Box 6    Folder 4    A.E. Macdonald, "Tent life for the tuberculous and other classes of insane," - undated
Box 6    Folder 4    "Notes on camp treatment for tuberculosis insane," - undated
Box 6    Folder 4    "Training school for nurses," - undated
Box 6    Folder 4    "Acknowledgments," - undated
Box 6    Folder 4    "Medical Staff," - undated
Box 6    Folder 4    "Overcrowding," - undated
Box 6    Folder 4    "Amusements," - undated
Box 6    Folder 4    "The punishment of the insane for criminal acts," - undated
Box 6    Folder 4    J.W. Putnam, "Paranoia as seen in criminals," - undated
Box 6    Folder 4    Discussion, Dr. Punton's paper, - undated
Box 6    Folder 4    "X rays in anthropometrical signalment," - undated
Box 6    Folder 5    "For Better For Worse in Egypt," - undated
Box 6    Folder 6    "Rape," pp. 1-51, - undated
Box 6    Folder 7    "Identity," pp. 1-27, - undated
Box 6    Folder 8    "Malpractice," pp. 1-16, - undated
Box 6    Folder 9    "Homicide" (incomplete), pp. 1-8, 10-50, A, C-I, - undated
Box 6    Folder 10    "Signs of Pregnancy," pp. 1-23, - undated
Box 6    Folder 11    "Ward," - undated
Box 6    Folder 12    "Signs of Delivery," pp. 1-6, - undated
Box 6    Folder 13    "Duration of Pregnancy," pp. 1-16, - undated
Box 6    Folder 14    "Responsibility" (incomplete), pp. 1-15, - undated
Box 6    Folder 15    Untitled, pp. 1-46, - undated
Box 6    Folder 16    Untitled, pp. 1-6, with two pages of correspondence (incomplete), - undated
Box 6    Folder 17    Untitled, p. 1-13, - undated
Box 6    Folder 18    Untitled, pp. 1-41, - undated
Box 6    Folder 19    Untitled, pp. 1-63, - undated
Box 6    Folder 20    Untitled (incomplete), pp. 1-55, - undated
Box 6    Folder 21    Untitled, pp. 1-30, - undated
Box 6    Folder 22    Untitled, pp. 1-47, - undated
Box 6    Folder 23    Untitled (incomplete), pp. 2-25, - undated
Box 6    Folder 24    Untitled (incomplete), pp. 1-6, 9-27, - undated
Box 6    Folder 25    Miscellaneous manuscripts
Box 6    Folder 26    Miscellaneous manuscripts

Subseries C: Miscellaneous Notes

ContainerDescription
Box 6    Folder 1    Handwritten notes, lists, calculations, receipts, ticket stubs, ink drawing, - various
Box 6    Envelope 1    Two envelopes of handwritten notes, lists, ticket stubs, and related items, - various
Box 6    Envelope 2    Handwritten notes, lists, calculations, receipts, - various

Series VI: Newspaper Clippings

Arranged chronologically.

ContainerDescription
Box 2    Folder 1    Newspaper Clippings, - 1865
Box 2    Folder 2    Newspaper Clippings, - 1872
Box 2    Folder 3    Newspaper Clippings, - 1873
Box 2    Folder 4    Newspaper Clippings, - 1874
Box 2    Folder 5    Newspaper Clippings, - 1875
Box 2    Folder 6    Newspaper Clippings, - 1876
Box 2    Folder 7    Newspaper Clippings, - 1877
Box 2    Folder 8    Newspaper Clippings, - 1878
Box 2    Folder 9    Newspaper Clippings, pt. 1, - 1879
Box 2    Folder 10    Newspaper Clippings, pt. 2, - 1879
Box 2    Folder 11    Newspaper Clippings, - 1880
Box 2    Folder 12    Newspaper Clippings, - 1881
Box 2    Folder 13    Newspaper Clippings, - 1882
Box 2    Folder 14    Newspaper Clippings, - 1883
Box 2    Folder 15    Newspaper Clippings, - 1884
Box 2    Folder 16    Newspaper Clippings, - 1885
Box 2    Folder 17    Newspaper Clippings, - 1886
Box 2    Folder 18    Newspaper Clippings, pt. 1, - 1887
Box 2    Folder 19    Newspaper Clippings, pt. 2, - 1887
Box 2    Folder 20    Newspaper Clippings, pt. 1, - 1888
Box 2    Folder 21    Newspaper Clippings, pt. 2, - 1888
Box 2    Folder 22    Newspaper Clippings, - 1889
Box 2    Folder 23    Newspaper Clippings, - 1890
Box 2    Folder 24    Newspaper Clippings, - 1891
Box 2    Folder 25    Newspaper Clippings, - 1892
Box 2    Folder 26    Newspaper Clippings, - 1893
Box 2    Folder 27    Newspaper Clippings, pt. 1, - 1894
Box 2    Folder 28    Newspaper Clippings, pt. 2, - 1894
Box 2    Folder 29    Newspaper Clippings, pt. 3, - 1894
Box 2    Folder 30    Newspaper Clippings, pt. 1, - 1895
Box 2    Folder 31    Newspaper Clippings, pt. 2, - 1895
Box 2    Folder 32    Newspaper Clippings, - 1896
Box 2    Folder 33    Newspaper Clippings, - 1897
Box 2    Folder 34    Newspaper Clippings, - 1898
Box 2    Folder 35    Newspaper Clippings, - 1899
Box 2    Folder 36    Newspaper Clippings, - 1900
Box 2    Folder 37    Newspaper Clippings, - 1901
Box 2    Folder 38    Newspaper Clippings, - 1902
Box 2    Folder 39    Newspaper Clippings, - 1903
Box 2    Folder 40    Newspaper Clippings, - 1904
Box 2    Folder 41    Newspaper Clippings, - 1905
Box 2    Folder 42    Newspaper Clippings, - 1906
Box 2    Folder 43    Newspaper Clippings, - undated

Series VII: Photographs

ContainerDescription
Box 8    Folder 1    16 card-mounted photographs (platinum prints?) and reproductions of the Tuberculosis tent city at the Manhattan State Hospital, East, - undated
Box 8    Folder 2    Original photographs (various processes) of subjects including Dr. Macdonald's son, Charles; the Medical Superintendents of American Insane Institutions, 1878; and other unidentified places as well as multiple reproductions of an image of Dr. Macdonald, - various