The Medical Center Archives of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell is pleased to present selected institutional publications online at http://archive.org/details/newyorkpresbyterianweillcornell. A digitization micro-grant from the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) funded the digitization of historical annual reports from both the New York Hospital (1834-1962) and the Lying-in Hospital of the City of New York (1890-1932), as well as announcements from the Weill Cornell Medical College (1898-1960), and the Cornell University-New York Hospital School of Nursing (1896-1979).
The New York Hospital Annual Reports are a resource for studying the history of health care, as well as social history, treatment of immigrants and the poor, and the development of the city. One can trace the prevalence and decline of specific diseases over time, as well as changes in health care administration. Reports of the Lying-in Hospital illustrate the history of women’s health care, and document practices surrounding labor and delivery. They are also a resource for demographic studies, as the reports present aggregate data on fascinating details such as the national origins of patients and occupations of the husbands/fathers.
The Medical College Announcements document developments in medical education throughout the 20th century, such as those brought on by the Flexner Report of 1910, and the post-war expansion of bio-medical research. The School of Nursing announcements are a resource for studying the history of health care, the role of nurses, nursing education, and women’s history.
The Medical Center Archives materials are part of the Medical Heritage Library (http://archive.org/details/medicalheritagelibrary), a body of curated digital materials focusing on the history of medicine, from libraries and archives around the world, hosted on the Internet Archive.