College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Office of the Librarian.

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The Office of the Librarian of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia was established in 1854. Before 1851, the chairman of the Library Committee was responsible for the administration of the Library, and from 1851 to 1854, the Secretary of the College acted as librarian. In 1863, the Librarian became an officer of the College, and the by-laws of this year established his official duties: the "preservation, arrangement and cataloguing of the books belonging to the Library of the College".

A major change in the Library's administration occurred in 1882. At this time, two new positions, "Honorary Librarian" and "Assistant Librarian" were created. The Honorary Librarian served as an "ex officio" member of the Library Committee and was responsible for the Library's funds and employees. The Assistant Librarian, who worked full-time and did not have to be a Fellow of the College, was responsible for the daily administration of the Library. His other duties included acting as secretary of the Library Committee and keeping records of all books purchased or donated to the Library.

A new position, Curator of the Historical Collections of the Library, was added to the staff in 1953. In 1982, the title of "Librarian" was changed to "Director of the Library". In 1990, the responsibilities of the Director of the Library were divided between the Director of the Library for Public Services and the Director of the Library for Historical Services.

From the description of Letters received, 1875-1942 (span), 1884-1934 (bulk). (College of Physicians of Philadelphia). WorldCat record id: 122380211

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Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Abbe, Robert, 1851-1928. person
associatedWith Atlee, Walter F. 1828-1910. person
associatedWith Brigham, Edwin H. 1840-1926. person
associatedWith College of Physicians of Philadelphia. corporateBody
associatedWith Cushing, Harvey, 1869-1939. person
associatedWith Da Costa, J. M. 1833-1900. person
associatedWith Dorland, W. A. Newman 1864-1956. person
associatedWith Fisher, Charles Perry, 1857-1940. person
associatedWith Garrison, Fielding H. 1870-1935. person
associatedWith Gross, Samuel Weissell, 1837-1889. person
associatedWith Harte, Richard H. 1855-1925. person
associatedWith Henry, Frederick P. 1844-1919. person
associatedWith Hutchinson, James H. 1834-1889. person
associatedWith Mears, J. Ewing 1838-1918. person
associatedWith Packard, Francis R. 1870-1950. person
associatedWith Reeve, J. C. 1826-1920. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Medical libraries
Medical librarians

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Active 1875

Active 1942

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