University of Minnesota. Medical School

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The 1851 territorial legislative act establishing the University of Minnesota provided for a Department of Medicine. This department, as originally instituted, was not an educational department but rather a credentialing board that provided examinations and conferred degrees upon physicians who had learned to practice medicine by studying with a preceptor. In April 1887, Percy Millard, Charles Hewitt, D. Hand, and President Cyrus Northrop petitioned the Board of Regents to abolish the existing department and replace it with a new department that would consist of the College of Medicine and Surgery, the College of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery, and the College of Dentistry all reporting to a single dean. The Regents approved their proposal for a new Department of Medicine in February 1888, establishing what would become the University of Minnesota Medical School. The first class of medical students entered in October 1888.

In 1892, the three separate colleges of the Department of Medicine, the College of Medicine and Surgery, the College of Dentistry, and the College of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery, were restructured to each have its own dean, faculty, and curriculum. The College of Pharmacy was added as the fourth college organized under the Department of Medicine. By 1909 the College of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery had closed and the remaining colleges no longer resided under the administrative structure of the Department of Medicine. In 1913, the College of Medicine and Surgery was renamed the Medical School after a reorganization of the clinical and laboratory faculty under then President George Vincent. In 1931 a new position was created for a dean of Medical Sciences. This position oversaw the dean of the School of Medicine and the directorships for Nursing and the Hospitals. Beginning in 1936, the deanships for Medical Sciences and the School of Medicine were held by the same person, the dean of the College of Medical Sciences. In 1943, the Medical School's Department of Preventative Medicine became the School of Public Health with an administrative director who reported to the dean of the College of Medical Sciences along with the directors of the School of Nursing and the University Hospitals.

In 1970, after the completion of an external review of the health sciences, the Board of Regents adopted a new mission statement for the health sciences and proposed a new structure and governance. The Medical School became one of six schools and colleges to report to a newly formed administrative office, the Vice President for Health Sciences. These schools and colleges, the Medical School, the School of Nursing, The School of Public Health, the College of Pharmacy, the School of Dentistry, and the College of Veterinary Medicine, comprised the Health Sciences Center, and later, the Academic Health Center. Each dean of the six schools and colleges, including the dean of the Medical School, reported to the Vice President. In 2009, the duties of the dean of the Medical School were incorporated into the role of the Vice President, who took on both titles of Dean of the Medical School and Vice President for Health Sciences.

Medical School Deans:

Percy H. Millard, 1892-1897 H. M. Bracken, Acting Director, 1896-1897 Parks Ritchie, 1897-1906 Frank W. Wesbrook, 1906-1913 Elias P. Lyon, 1913-1936 Richard E. Scammon, Dean of Medical Sciences, 1931-1935 Harold S. Diehl, 1935-1958 Robert B. Howard, 1958-1970 Neal L. Gault, Jr., 1971-1985 David M. Brown, 1985-1993 Shelley N. Chou, Interim Dean, 1993-1995 Frank Cerra, 1995-1996 Alfred Michael, Interim Dean, 1996-1997 Alfred Michael, 1997-2002 Deborah Powell, 2002-2009 Frank Cerra, Dean and Senior Vice President for Health Sciences, 2009-2010 Aaron Friedman, Dean and Vice President for Health Sciences, 2011-

From the guide to the Medical School records, 1883-2000, (University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives [uarc])

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn White, Solon Marx, 1873-1966. S. Marx White papers, 1917-1965. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Senkler, George Easton, 1870-1956. George E. Senkler and family papers, 1844-1975. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Richard E. Scammon papers, circa 1920s-1950s University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
referencedIn Lyon, Elias Potter, 1867-1937. Elias Lyon papers, <192-?>, 1979. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn F.A. Bean Foundation (Minneapolis, Minn.). Foundation records, 1918-1989. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Samuel Schwartz papers, 1948-1985 University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives. [uarc]
referencedIn Robert A. Good papers, 1959-1970 University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
referencedIn Rea, Charles E. Inside looking inside : memoirs, [ca. 1976] / by Charles E. Rea. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Barron, Moses. Moses Barron papers 1911-1978. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Benjamin, John, 1823-1902. John Benjamin and family papers, 1840-1951. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Minnesota Trade Office. WorldMed '86 files, 1985-1987. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
referencedIn Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research papers, 1915-1954 University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
referencedIn University of Minnesota. Dept. of Surgery. Papers of the University of Minnesota Department of Surgery, 1927-1968. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Nelson D. Goldberg papers, 1960s-1990s University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives. [uarc]
referencedIn Visscher, Maurice B., 1901-1983. Maurice B. Visscher papers 1926-1981. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Barnum, Cyrus P., 1914-. Cyrus P. Barnum papers 1955-1965. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn William Watts Folwell Papers, 1856-1929 University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives. [uarc]
referencedIn University of Minnesota. Medical School. Student Council. Committee on Ethics. Annual report of Medical Student Council's Ethics Committee for the 1958-59 school year. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Wangensteen, Owen H. (Owen Harding), 1898-1981. Owen H. Wangensteen [sound recording] : an oral history / interviewed by Peter D. Olch, Oct. 21 and 22, 1971, and Mar. 5, 1972, and Jan. 28, 1972. National Library of Medicine
referencedIn Carl B. Heggestad papers, 1950s-1970s University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
referencedIn Wallace D. Armstrong papers, 1960s-1970s University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
creatorOf Medical Six O'Clock Club. [Constitution and membership lists]. University of Minnesota, Biomedical Library
referencedIn Richard A. Chilgren papers, 1970s University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
referencedIn Department of Pharmacology papers, 1923-1944 University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
referencedIn Folwell, William Watts, 1833-1929. William Watts Folwell papers, ca. 1856-1929. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Wesley W. Spink papers, 1922-1984 University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives. [uarc]
referencedIn Donald J. Cowling papers, 1940-1964 University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
referencedIn Spink, Wesley W. (Wesley William), 1904-1988. Wesley W. Spink papers 1922-1984. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Foundation records., 1918-1989. Minnesota Historical Society.
referencedIn Maurice B. Visscher papers, 1926-1981 University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives. [uarc]
referencedIn Children's Psychiatric Clinic papers, 1936-1947 University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
referencedIn Papers of the University of Minnesota Department of Surgery, 1927-1968 University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives. [uarc]
referencedIn Max Seham papers, 1950-1974 University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives. [uarc]
creatorOf Medical School records, 1883-2000 University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives. [uarc]
referencedIn Richard Olding Beard papers, 1906-1934 University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives. [uarc]
referencedIn Moses Barron papers, 1911-1978 University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives. [uarc]
referencedIn Cyrus P. Barnum papers, 1955-1965 University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives. [uarc]
referencedIn Jesse F. McClendon papers, 1910s-1960s University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
referencedIn Mildred E. Olson papers, 1970s University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
referencedIn Arnold Lazarow Papers, 1954?-1975 University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
referencedIn Leonard G. Wilson papers, 1888-1983 University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]
referencedIn Hughes, Benjamin Dwight, 1878-1947. Papers, 1899-1947. Minnesota State University, Mankato, Library Services, Library Services
Role Title Holding Repository
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associatedWith Armstrong, Wallace D. (Wallace David), 1905- person
associatedWith Barnum, Cyrus P., 1914- person
associatedWith Barnum, Cyrus P., 1914-1965 person
associatedWith Barron, Moses person
associatedWith Barron, Moses. person
associatedWith Beard, Richard Olding person
associatedWith Benjamin, John, 1823-1902. person
associatedWith Chilgren, Richard A. person
associatedWith Cowling, Donald J. (Donald John), 1880-1965 person
associatedWith F. A. Bean Foundation (Minneapolis, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith F.A. Bean Foundation (Minneapolis, Minn.). corporateBody
associatedWith Folwell, William Bainbridge, 1878-1938 person
associatedWith Folwell, William Watts, 1833-1929. person
associatedWith Goldberg, Nelson D. person
associatedWith Good, Robert A., 1922- person
associatedWith Heggestad, Carl B. person
associatedWith Hughes, Benjamin Dwight, 1878-1947. person
associatedWith Lazarow, Arnold, 1916- person
associatedWith Lyon, Elias Potter, 1867-1937. person
associatedWith Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research corporateBody
associatedWith McClendon, J. F. (Jesse Francis), b. 1880 person
associatedWith Medical Six O'Clock Club. corporateBody
associatedWith Minnesota Trade Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Olson, Mildred E. person
associatedWith Rea, Charles E. person
associatedWith Scammon, Richard E., 1883-1952 person
associatedWith Schwartz, Samuel person
associatedWith Seham, Max, 1888-1974 person
associatedWith Senkler, George Easton, 1870-1956. person
associatedWith Spink, Wesley W. (Wesley William), 1904-1988. person
associatedWith University of Minnesota. Children's Psychiatric Clinic corporateBody
associatedWith University of Minnesota. Dept. of Pharmacology corporateBody
associatedWith University of Minnesota. Dept. of Surgery. corporateBody
associatedWith University of Minnesota. Medical School. Student Council. Committee on Ethics. corporateBody
associatedWith Visscher, Maurice B., 1901-1983. person
associatedWith Wangensteen, Owen H. (Owen Harding), 1898-1981. person
associatedWith White, Solon Marx, 1873-1966. person
associatedWith Wilson, Leonard G. (Leonard Gilchrist), 1928- person
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