The history of New York Medical College dates back to its founding in 1860 under the leadership of poet and journalist William Cullen Bryant. This rich history is documented in the New York Medical College Archives. Housed in the Health Sciences Library under the management of the Archivist & Digital Preservation Librarian, the Archives collects publications, manuscripts, photographs and digital files which document the history of the College and its affiliated institutions. Its holdings include handwritten manuscripts dating back to the mid-nineteenth century, the annual bulletins of the College and several of its affiliated institutions, complete sets of College yearbooks and alumni newsletters, a wide range of publications and ephemera, and an extensive collection of historical photographs.
Pictured: New York Medical College, then known as “The Homeopathic Medical College of the State of New York in New York City,” at its first location in Manhattan circa 1865.
The Archivist & Digital Preservation Librarian, who joined the staff of the Health Sciences Library in June, is actively working to organize, catalog and preserve these collections and to make them accessible to the New York Medical College community. Over the coming months, interesting items from the Archives will be highlighted here on FYI…, and guides to the archival collections will be added to the Library’s website. The Archivist is always available to answer questions about the College and its history and can be reached via Ask a Librarian.