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The Francis Clark Wood Institute for the History of Medicine was established in 1976 to promote to the scholarly community the rich historical resources of the College's historical library and the Mütter Museum. The Institute sponsors conferences, occasional seminars, and short-term travel grants to researchers who require the resources of the museum and library. According to the History of Science Society, “the Wood Institute is the historical programming arm of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and serves to promote use of the collections of the College Library and the Mutter Museum,” (History of Science Society). One of the many programs of the Francis Clark Wood Institute for the History of Medicine includes the F.C. Wood Institute Short Term Fellowships which offer travel grants to “bona fide researchers who wish to study any component of the College’s collections, ” (America Association for the History of Medicine). While recipients of the grant may work within the library, other options include texts, specimens, images, and artifacts. Other programs include seminars, lectures, and conferences.

Today, “the Wood Institute for the History of Medicine embraces all collections at the College and fosters a scholarly and public dialogue on medical history,” (Philadelphia Area Center for the History of Science).

Bibliography: American Association for the History of Medicine (accessed February 1, 2010). http://www.histmed.org/fellowships.htm

College of Physicians of Philadelphia (accessed February 1, 2010). http://www.collphyphil.org/library_wood_institute.htm

History of Science Society (accessed February 1, 2010). http://www.hssonline.org/guide/institution_detail.lasso?-Search=Action&-Table=Institutions%20web&-Database=hssguides&-KeyValue=76

Philadelphia Area Center for the History of Science (accessed February 1, 2010). http://www.pachs.net/members/archive/college_of_physicians_of_philadelphia/

From the guide to the Francis Clark Wood Institute for the History of Medicine records, 1968-2005, (College of Physicians Historical Medical Library)

The Office of the Executive Director is the lead office in the general administration of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. The College of Physicians is not an academic organization, as the name suggests, but a not-for-profit educational and cultural institution dedicated to advancing the cause of health and upholding the ideals and heritage of medicine. It was founded in 1787 by twenty-four prominent Philadelphians, including John Redman (1722-1808), elected first president of the College; John Morgan (1735-1789), founder of America's first medical school; and Benjamin Rush (1745-1813), a signer of the Declaration of Independence and vigorous advocate of many humanitarian and social causes. The current administration of the College stems from Benjamin Rush’s original proposed method of governance, which consisted of the Council, President and the Board of Trustees. It is the goals and mission set forth by this governing body that the Executive Director is expected to achieve.

Governance of the College is facilitated by a number of committees, the council (or board of trustees), and a board of advisors that are composed of fellows of the college and nominated into their positions. The Office of the Executive Director oversees the general mission of the College, as well as its staff, the College’s strategic plan, and budget. It also evaluates all of the College of Physicians’ activities, ensuring that the policies established by the College of Physicians’ governing board are upheld.

The Executive Director oversees the Historical Medical Library, the Mütter Museum, and the Francis Clark Wood Institute. The Historical Medical Library at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia collects books and information regarding medical history and related topics. The Mütter Museum collects items relating to the history of medicine and medical anomalies. The Francis Clark Wood Institute for the History of Medicine’s goal is to promote the historical resources of the College of Physicians to the academic community. It provides funds for memberships and a scholar in residence program, and sponsors conferences, seminars, and travel grants to researchers. The Executive Director also oversees the institutional advancement, the finance department, communications, and membership of the College.

More specifically, the Executive Director builds and maintains relationships with donors, potential donors, and fellows of the College. The Executive Director’s responsibility is to foresee that the College and staff are operating to achieve the strategic plan as well as facilitate the creation of educational programs and services that fulfill the College’s mission statement. The Executive Director also oversees the creation of successful programs and events at the College, such as lectures, discussions, and seminars. Past Executive Directors include William F. Chaveas, John M. O’Donnell and Marc Micozzi.

William F. Chaveas was Executive Director at the College of Physicians from 1975 to 1985. Prior to his position at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Chaveas was an Associate Professor and Dean of Administration at the Burlington County College in Pemberton, New Jersey. He also worked a variety of positions at Radio Corporation of America, including manufacturing management, management systems, and administration.

John M. O’Donnell replaced William F. Chaveas as Executive Director in 1986 and ended his own term as Executive Director in 1995. Prior to his position at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, John M. O’Donnell was the Director of the Office of Alumni Relations at the University of Delaware and the Director of Development and Public Relations at the Delaware American Heart Association. He also served as a Development Associate for the College of Physician's 150th Anniversary Capital Campaign. O’Donnell earned a M.A. degree in American History from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Pennsylvania.

Marc Micozzi was the Executive Director of the College of Physicians from 1995 to 2002. He was a former member of the College of Physicians Board of Advisors. Micozzi was both a physician and an anthropologist and received his M.D., M.Sc., and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. His past experience included serving as the Director of the National Museum of Health and Medicine and as a Senior Investigator for the National Cancer Institute in Maryland. His career focus was on advancing the use of complementary and alternative medicine.

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Portions of this Historical Note are taken directly from the College of Physicians of Philadelphia website: http://www.collphyphil.org/ERICS/cpphistory.htm (accessed July 15, 2010).

From the guide to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia Office of the Executive Director records, Bulk, 1977-2002, 1951-2003, (College of Physicians Historical Medical Library)

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referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Office of the Secretary. Correspondence, 1890-1926. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn Mitchell, S. Weir (Silas Weir), 1829-1914. Autograph letter signed : Philadelphia, Pa., to [the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa.?], 1911 Mar. 26. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Office of the Librarian. Letters received, 1875-1942 (span), 1884-1934 (bulk). College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn Papers, 1853-2005 (inclusive), 1939-2003 (bulk). Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Hall Committee. Records, 1864-1968. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn Morgan, John, 1735-1789. Correspondence, 1763-1788. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Barton, Benjamin Smith, 1766-1815. Papers on medicine, 1792-1810. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Office of the Secretary. Manuscript archives of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 1787-1847. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Office of the Secretary. Letters acknowledging associate fellowship, 1839-1850. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
creatorOf College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Correspondence with Henry Charles Lea, 1882-1909. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Jarcho, Saul. Saul Jarcho papers, 1917-1989. National Library of Medicine
referencedIn Coates family. Coates and Reynell Family Papers, 1677-1930 bulk 1730-1850. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Record of the Fellows of the College of physicians who participated in the World War, 1914-1918., 1918-20, compiled by John H. Girvin, secretary. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Committee on Contributions to the Building Fund. Records, 1850-1862. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
creatorOf Francis Clark Wood Institute for the History of Medicine. Office of the Director. Records, 1879-1987 (span), 1977-1985 (bulk). College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Trustees of the Building Fund. Records, 1850-1861. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Trustees of the Building Fund. Records, 1849-1863. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Office of the Secretary. Failed fellowship applications, 1900-1937. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
creatorOf College of Physicians of Philadelphia. [Oral history files]. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Committee on an Amendment to the Charter. Records, 1854 and 1855. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Office of the President. Letters, papers, etc. concerning the business of the College, 1909-1913 (span), 1910-1912 (bulk). College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn Abbe, Robert, 1851-1928. [Collected papers on therapeutic use of radium and surgery]. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Penn, Thomas, 1702-1775. Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1765-1768. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Office of the President. Correspondence of William J. Taylor concerning the visit of Marie Curie to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 1920-1923. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Committee on By-Laws and Ordinances. Records of the chairman, 1970-1990. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
creatorOf College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Records of the College of Physicians [of Philadelphia]. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn Abbe, Robert, 1851-1928,. Memoranda of Dr. Benjamin Rush : scrapbook, 1781-1927. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn Wurts family. Papers, 1847-1952, 1900-1919 (bulk). Winterthur Library
referencedIn Pepper, Oliver Hazard Perry, 1884-1962. Miscellaneous papers, 1918-1944. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn Otto, John C. (John Conrad), 1774-1844. Essay, [1833 Oct. 29?]. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn Reminiscences for his children, 1912, 1915, 1912-1915 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Notice, 4 Nov. 1869 [to] Dr. Owen J. Wister. Medical University of South Carolina Libraries
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Committee of Publication. Records, 1874-1890. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn George Bacon Wood Papers, Bulk, 1813-1870, 1793-1921 College of Physicians Historical Medical Library
referencedIn Rhoads, Jonathan E. Papers, 1802-2002 (bulk 1934-2002) University of Pennsylvania, Archives & Records Center
referencedIn Wood, Francis C. (Francis Clark), 1901-. Papers, 1925-1989. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn Mütter Museum records, 1887-2006 College of Physicians Historical Medical Library
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Office of the President. President's address, [1890 Dec. 3]. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Trustees of the Nathan Lewis Hatfield Prize and Lectureship. Deed of trust, 1914 Jan. 3. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
creatorOf College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Resolutions of the College of Physicians : August 6th, 1798 / College of Physicians [of Philadelphia]. Houston Academy of Medicine, Texas Medical Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Office of the Treasurer. Property records, 1795-1984. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn Mudd, Emily Hartshorne, 1898-. Papers: Series IV-VI, 1927-1990 (inclusive). Harvard University, Schlesinger Library
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Building Committee (1861-1864). Records, 1861-1864. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn Poupard, James A.,. Index to letters of Joseph Leidy, [ca. 1978]. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Papers, 1873-1990 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Office of the Treasurer. Ledgers, 1883-1908. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
creatorOf Francis Clark Wood Institute for the History of Medicine records, 1968-2005 College of Physicians Historical Medical Library
referencedIn Duffield, Benjamin, 1753-1799. List of physicians, [ca. 1797]. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn Ravdin, Isidore S. (Isidore Schwaner), 1894-. Papers, 1912-1972. University of Pennsylvania, Archives & Records Center
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Committee on Fellowship. Records, 1964-1990. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn Rosenberg, Charles E. Papers, 1956-2000. University of Pennsylvania, Archives & Records Center
referencedIn Wood, George B. (George Bacon), 1797-1879. Letters sent to Caroline H. Wood, 1856-1858. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia Library records, Bulk, 1953-2007, 1807-2007 College of Physicians Historical Medical Library
referencedIn Index to letters of Joseph Leidy, [ca. 1978], Circa 1978 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Wood, Francis C. (Francis Clark), 1901-. Papers, 1892-1989. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Office of Finance and Accounting. Records concerning special funds, bequests, and estates, 1858-1992. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn John Morgan correspondence, 1763-1788, 1763-1788 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Office of the President. Presidential papers of Katharine R. Sturgis, 1925-1986 (span), 1970-1974 (bulk). College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. William F. Jenks Prize Committee. Reports, 1890-1895. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Office of the Treasurer. Correspondence, 1877-1904. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Building Committee (1904-1914). Records, 1903-1915. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Trustees of the Nathan Lewis Hatfield Prize and Lectureship. Records, 1898-1930. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn Keen, William W. (William Williams), b. 1837. Reminiscences for his children, 1912, 1915. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Hewson, Thomas T. Observations on the treatment of varicose veins of the lower extremities : holograph, 1833 Oct. 29 / by Thos. T. Hewson. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Committee on the Nathan Lewis Hatfield Prize and Lectureship. Records, 1900-1935. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
creatorOf Academy of Medicine of Cleveland. [Medical societies collection of programs, etc.]. Stanford University, Lane Medical Library
referencedIn College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Trustees of the William F. Jenks Memorial Fund. Records, 1885-1901. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn Wood, George B. (George Bacon), 1797-1879. Papers, 1793-1921 (span), 1813-1870 (bulk). College of Physicians of Philadelphia
referencedIn Osler, William, Sir, 1849-1919. Letters, 1885-1919. College of Physicians of Philadelphia
creatorOf College of Physicians of Philadelphia Office of the Executive Director records, Bulk, 1977-2002, 1951-2003 College of Physicians Historical Medical Library
referencedIn E. B. Krumbhaar papers, Bulk, 1899-1992, 1825-1992 College of Physicians Historical Medical Library
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Oral History
Medical museums
Medicine--History
Committees
Yellow fever
Societies, Medical
Physicians--Biography
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