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Medical School (University of Michigan) records: 1850-2014
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Correspondence Series 1915-1959, 1990-2008 [series]

The Correspondence Series served as the Medical School's general file from 1915 until 1959. It includes correspondence, committee records, and reports. Generally it is arranged alphabetically by calendar year, although variant filing schemes were used prior to 1921. Inconsistent rules for alphabetizing were used. For example, correspondence with university president Alexander Ruthven was filed under "P" in 1948, but "R" in 1950. Similar confusion over filing rules exist elsewhere in the correspondence series, although the years just after World War II is where this most often occurs. While filing generally was done by name of title of correspondent, or by the name of the internal committee, a few subject headings do exist. Most frequent are "Budget," "Promotions" (sometimes filed as "Promotions and Appointments" or simply "Appointments") and "Doctor Locations." Promotions is valuable for tracing the careers of individual faculty members. "Doctor Location" is an unusual file used for letters written to the Medical School by physicians wishing to sell their practice or seeking an assistant, or communities seeking to attract a doctor to their location.

The Dean's Correspondence Series, 1915-1959, was appraised at the item level. A written set of criteria was established to determine which material should be retained, and which eliminated. In general, all substantive correspondence, all minutes and reports, and re-occurring folders such as Budget and Promotions were retained. Material eliminated included requests for general information or specific forms, requests for interpretations of the admissions criteria, requests regarding the availability of particular courses (particularly during the summer session), announcements of available internships, non-substantive alumni correspondence particularly in regards to the mechanics of reunions, notices (of staff vacations, temporary vacancies, etc.), referral and consultation letters, invitations, regrets and acknowledgments, letters regarding travel information, particularly hotel reservations, train and plane schedules, and non-Michigan doctor location letters. In general non-substantive documents, including routine correspondence, as well as minor financial documentation or authorizations, were eliminated. Student records were separated from the collection at the request of the Medical School, and returned to them for inclusion in student files. Because the correspondence is arranged alphabetically, in general, there are no separate file folder headings by name of individual or title. Exceptions to this rule were made if the quantity of material was sufficient to justify a folder. All such folders are noted in the finding aid, but the absence of such a folder should not be taken to mean the absence of correspondence by a person.

An addition the Correspondence series (2.5 linear feet) was received as part of the 2002 accession of Medical School records. Covering the years 1990-1997, it is a chronological file of incoming and outgoing correspondence of dean Giles Bole (acting dean July-December, 1990, dean 1991-1996) and interim dean A. Lorris Betz (1996-1998). As it includes everything that required the dean's signature, including sensitive student and personnel matters, this series falls under those extended restrictions.

 
1915-1959 [subseries]
Box   32  
L, by month January 1915-November 1916
Box   33  
November 1916 May 1917 by month 1916-1917
 
1917-1921
 
A-N including
Box   33  
American Public Health Association
Box   33  
Army Medical Enlisted Reserve Corp.
Box   33  
Burton, M. L.
Box   33  
Base Hospital
Box   33  
Church, James R., Association of Military Surgeons
Box   33  
Colwell, N. P., American Medical Association
Box   33  
Council of National Defense
Box   33  
Embree, Edwin R., Rockefeller Foundation
Box   33  
Essential Teachers, Report to War Department 1918
Box   33  
Flexner, Abraham, General Education Board
Box   33  
Harison, D. B., Michigan State Board of Registration in Medicine
Box   33  
Hatfield, Charles J., National Tuberculosis Association
Box   33  
Health Services (UM) Reports
Box   33  
Hutchins, H. B., UM President
Box   33  
Jacobs, Philip P., National Tuberculosis Association
Box   33  
MacCracken, W. H., Dean, Detroit College of Medicine and Surgery
Box   33  
Medical Veterans of the World War
Box   33  
Medical Reserve Corps Officers
Box   33  
Mullen, Lt., ROTC
Box   34  
N-Z, including
Box   34  
National Research Council
Box   34  
Public Health Service
Box   34  
Smith, Shirley, UM Secretary
Box   34  
Student Army Training Corps
Box   34  
Vaughan, Victor C., (includes. bibliography)
Box   34  
Vaughan Family Letters
 
1921
Box   34  
A-M
Box   35  
N-Z
 
1922
 
A-Z
Box   35  
Registration in Medicine
 
1923
 
A-Z
Box   35  
Burton, M. L.
Box   35  
Regents Communications
 
1924
 
A-R
Box   35  
Budget
Box   36  
1924
Box   36  
S-Z
 
1925
 
A-Z
Box   36  
Administrative Board 1921-1926
Box   36  
Carnegie Foundation
Box   36  
Connor Guy, Michigan State Board of Registration in Medicine
Box   36  
Curtis, Arthur, Report on Medical School Grades 1921-1925
Box   36  
Health Service (UM) Reports
Box   36  
Committee on Pre-medical Education
Box   36  
Joint Committee on Public Health
Box   36  
President's (UM) Office
Box   36  
Student Honor Pledges 1914-1925
 
1926
 
A-J
Box   36  
Association of American Medical Colleges
Box   36  
Pre-medical Curriculum Committee
Box   36  
Commission on Medical Education
Box   37  
K-Z
Box   37  
Smith, Shirley
 
1927
 
A-Z
Box   37  
Undergraduate Teaching
 
1928
 
A-Z
Box   37  
Admission Standards
Box   37  
Association of American Medical Colleges
Box   37  
Barbour Scholarship Committee
Box   38  
Little, C. C.
Box   38  
Promotions
Box   38  
Smith, Shirley
 
1929
 
A-Z
Box   38  
Hospital Earnings and Salaries
Box   38  
Medical Apprenticeship
Box   38  
Promotions and Appointments
 
1931
 
A-Z
Box   38  
Promotions and Appointments
Box   39  
S-Z
Box   39  
State Board of Registration
 
1932
 
A-Z
Box   39  
Elective Courses for Junior
Box   39  
Promotions and Appointments
 
1933
 
A-Z
Box   39  
Promotions and Appointments
 
1934
 
A-W
Box   39  
Appointments
Box   40  
V-Z
 
1935
 
A-Z
Box   40  
Curriculum Revision Committee
Box   40  
Entrance Requirements (changes in)
Box   40  
Health Service
 
1936
 
A-P
Box   40  
Medical School Report, replies to
Box   40  
Promotions and Appointments
Box   40  
Psychopathic Hospital
Box   41  
Q-Z
Box   41  
Rockefeller Foundation
Box   41  
Ruthven, A. G.
 
1937
 
A-Z
Box   41  
Promotions and Appointments
 
1938
Box   41  
A-B
Box   42  
B (cont.)-Z
Box   42  
Smith, Ira
Box   42  
A-S
Box   42  
Bacteriology
Box   42  
Dormitory (Victor C. Vaughan House)
Box   43  
T-Z
 
1940
 
A-Z
Box   43  
Association of American Medical Colleges (Ann Arbor Convention)
Box   43  
By-laws
 
1941
 
A-B
Box   43  
Budget
Box   44  
B (cont.)-Z
Box   44  
Budget (cont.)
Box   44  
Promotions and Appointments
Box   44  
Selective Service
 
1942
 
A-Z
Box   44  
Budget
Box   45  
Budget (cont.)
Box   45  
Dean's Conference
Box   45  
Essential Men
Box   45  
General Hospital
Box   45  
Kellogg (W. K.) Foundation
Box   45  
Lewis, Howard B.
Box   45  
Promotions and Appointments
Box   45  
Ruthven, A. G.
Box   45  
Roentgenology, selection of a professor of
Box   45  
War Board
Box   45  
War Department
 
1943
Box   46  
A-Z
Box   46  
Army
Box   46  
Association of American Medical Colleges
Box   46  
Essential and Necessary Men
Box   46  
Progress Reports
 
1944
 
A-Z
Box   46  
Budget
Box   47  
Budget (cont.)
Box   47  
Dean's Conference
Box   47  
Essential Men
 
1945
 
A-C
Box   47  
Appointments and Budget
 
D-Z
Box   48  
Dean's Conference
Box   48  
Kellogg Foundation
Box   48  
National Research Council
Box   48  
Navy
Box   48  
Promotions and Appointments
Box   48  
Provost James P. Adams
Box   48  
Ruthven, A. G.
Box   48  
Scholarships
Box   48  
Secretary Herbert G. Watkins
Box   48  
Veterans
Box   48  
War Manpower Commission
 
1946
 
A-J
Box   48  
Association of American Medical Colleges
Box   48  
Dean's Conference
Box   49  
K-Z
Box   49  
Koch, Dr. William F., Trial
Box   49  
Ruthven, A. G.
Box   49  
University Hospital Board in Control
 
1947
 
A-O
Box   49  
President A. G. Ruthven
Box   50  
P-Z
Box   50  
Promotions and Appointments
Box   50  
University Hospital, Board in Control
 
1948
 
A-Z
Box   50  
Automatic System for Student Promotions
Box   50  
Dean's Conference
Box   50  
Faculty Non-University Activities
Box   50  
President A. G. Ruthven
Box   50  
Promotions and Appointments
Box   50  
Study for Proposed Medical Center
Box   51  
O-Z
 
1949
 
A-Z
Box   51  
Provost James P. Adams
Box   51  
Vice President Robert Briggs
 
1950
Box   52  
A-V
Box   52  
Camp, Dr. Carl D., Retirement
Box   52  
Honors Convocations 1944-1949
Box   52  
Kellogg Foundation
Box   52  
Michigan Board of Registration in Medicine
Box   52  
Provost James P. Adams
Box   52  
Ruthven, A. G., President
Box   53  
W-Z
 
1951
 
A-Z
Box   53  
Promotions and Appointments
 
1952
Box   54  
A-R
Box   54  
Cancer
Box   54  
Curriculum Committee
Box   54  
Hatcher, Harlan
Box   54  
Michigan Rural Health
Box   54  
Michigan State Medical Society
Box   55  
S-Z
Box   55  
Williams, Robert L.
 
1953
 
A-N
Box   55  
American Medical Association
Box   55  
Association of American Medical Colleges
Box   55  
Niehuss, Marvin L., Dean of Faculties
Box   56  
O-Z
 
1954
Box   56  
A-C
Box   57  
D-Z
Box   57  
Hatcher, Harlan
Box   57  
Kresge Medical Research Building
Box   57  
Nickerson, Mark (Loyalty Investigation)
 
1955
 
A-A
Box   57  
American Medical Association
Box   58  
A (cont.)-E
Box   58  
Association of American Medical Colleges
Box   58  
Deans Conference
Box   59  
F-M
Box   59  
Kellogg Foundation
Box   59  
Michigan Board of Registration in Medicine
Box   60  
N-U
Box   60  
National Board of Medical Examiners
Box   60  
Niehuss, Marvin L., Vice President UM
Box   60  
Promotions and Appointments
Box   60  
Regents Communications
Box   60  
UM Flint Medical Campus
Box   61  
V-Z
Box   61  
Watkins, Herbert G., Secretary
Box   61  
Williams, Robert L., Assistant Dean of Faculties
 
1956
 
A-C
Box   61  
American Medical Association
Box   62  
D-L
Box   62  
Dean's Conference
Box   62  
Hatcher, Harlan
Box   63  
M-R
Box   63  
Mental Health Research Unit
Box   63  
Michigan State Board of Registration in Medicine
Box   63  
National Board of Medical Examiners
Box   63  
National Fund for Medical Education
Box   63  
Niehuss, Marvin L., Vice President UM
Box   63  
Personnel Office
Box   63  
Promotions and Appointments
Box   63  
Regents Communications
Box   64  
S-Z
Box   64  
University Senate
Box   64  
Watkins, Herbert G., University Secretary
Box   64  
Williams, Robert L., Assistant Dean of Faculties
 
1957
 
A-A
Box   64  
American Medical Association
Box   65  
A (cont.)-H
Box   65  
Dean's Conference
Box   65  
Doctors Location
Box   65  
Hatcher, Harlan, President UM
Box   65  
Health Service
Box   66  
H (cont.)-P
Box   66  
Joint Committee on Accreditation of Hospitals
Box   66  
National Board of Medical Examiners
Box   66  
Niehuss, Marvin L., Vice President
Box   67  
P-Z
Box   67  
University Senate
Box   67  
Watkins, Herbert G., University Secretary
Box   67  
Williams, Robert L., Assistant Dean of Faculties
Box   68  
1958
 
A-H
Box   68  
American Medical Association
Box   68  
Convocation
Box   68  
Difco Laboratories
Box   69  
I-P
Box   69  
Medical Illustration
Box   69  
Michigan State Board of Registration in Medicine
Box   69  
National Board of Medical Examiners
Box   69  
Part-time/Full-time Faculty Services
Box   69  
Promotions and Appointments
Box   70  
R-Z
Box   70  
Regents Communications
Box   70  
Shriners' Hospital for Children
Box   70  
Walter, Erich A., Secretary
Box   70  
Williams, Robert L., Assistant Dean of Faculties
 
1959
 
A-A
Box   70  
American Council on Education
Box   71  
A (cont.)-L
Box   71  
American Medical Association
Box   71  
Association of American Medical Colleges
Box   71  
Galens Medical Society Scholarship and Loan Fund
Box   71  
Gelston Fellowship
Box   71  
Honorary Degrees
Box   71  
Kellogg, W. K., Foundation
Box   72  
L (cont.)-R
Box   72  
Liss, Leopold
Box   72  
Medical Alumni Reunion
Box   72  
Medical School Special Fund
Box   72  
Michigan State Board of Registration in Medicine
Box   72  
Mimeograph Communications
Box   72  
Novy, Frederick G., Fellowship Fund
Box   72  
Part-time/Full-time Faculty
Box   72  
Promotions and Appointments
Box   72  
Regents Communications
Box   73  
R (cont.)-Z
Box   73  
Teaching Institute
Box   73  
University Senate
Box   73  
Walter, Erich A., University Secretary
Box   73  
Weller, Carl V.
Box   73  
Williams, Robert L., Dean of Faculties
 
Giles G. Bole Correspondence 1990-1996 [subseries]
Box   315  
January 1990-June 1993 (7 volumes)  [Student records restricted until July 01, 2078]
Box   316  
July 1993-July 1996 (6 volumes, 1 folder)  [Student records restricted until July 01, 2081]
 
Lorris Betz Correspondence 1996-1997 [subseries]
Box   317  
August 1996-June 1997 (2 volumes)  [Student records restricted until July 01, 2082]
 
James O. Woolliscroft Correspondence 2006-2008 [subseries]

The Correspondence subseries (1.3 linear feet) contains Dean Woolliscroft's communications with Medical School faculty and other University of Michigan administrators. These messages cover the financial situations of the Medical School, the various projects that are being implemented, as well as welcoming newly appointed professors. The material is arranged chronologically covering the years 2006-2008.

Other records from James Woolliscroft can be found in the James O. Woolliscroft, Dean series.

Box   348  
2006 [Executive records restricted until July 01, 2026]
Box   348  
March 2007-August 2007 [Executive records restricted until July 01, 2027]
Box   348  
September 2007-December 2007 [Executive records restricted until July 01, 2027]
Box   348  
January 2008-June 2008 [Executive records restricted until July 01, 2028]
Box   348  
July 2008-September 2008 [Executive records restricted until July 01, 2028]
Box   349  
October 2008-December 2008 [Executive records restricted until July 01, 2028]