New York Society for Medical History Records, 1938-1955

New York Society for Medical History Records

Historical Note

The New York Society for Medical History was founded in 1939, the year its forerunner, the Innominate Club, disbanded. While the Innominate Club was a small, private group, the New York Society for Medical History was open to anyone, medically trained or not, interested in the history of medicine. Many prominent figures in the field were officers and members. Until 1952, the Society was a constituent member of the American Association of the History of Medicine. Scholarship was at the forefront of the organization, which organized presentations of papers and programs on the history of medicine.

Collection Description

Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence, constitution and by-laws, minutes, programs, member lists, photographs, and other materials. The majority of the collection pertains to the New York Society for Medical History, but Innominate Club materials can be found in a folder of correspondence, as well as bound with the first volume of New York Society for Medical History documents.

Arrangement of Collection

Records bound chronologically into 6 volumes, with loose items arranged in folders.

Correspondence of the Innominate Club, found in Box 2 Folder 1, was originally kept as a discrete collection. In 2008, the Innominate Club correspondence was integrated into the records of the New York Society for Medical History.

Administrative Info

Collection processed and described by Rebecca Pou

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

Preferred Citation

New York Society for Medical History Records. The Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading Room, New York Academy of Medicine Library.


Donated by Mrs. Walter R. Bett in 1968.

Collection Contents

Box 1    Records, - July 1938 to June 1940.
Box 1    Records, - July 1940 to June 1941.

This volume is missing.

Box 1    Records, - July 1941 to June 1942.
Box 1    Records, - July 1942 to June 1943.
Box 1    Records, - July 1943 to June 1944.
Box 2    Folder    Records, - 1943 - 1955.
Box 2    Folder 1    Innominate Club Correspondence, - 1939.
Box 2    Folder 2    Constitution and By-laws.
Box 2    Folder 3    Correspondence and Miscellaneous Documents, - undated; 1939-1947.