University of Pennsylvania in the Civil War
Medical School Administration

Prepared by Joseph-James Ahern
November 2010

Access to collections is granted in accordance with the Protocols for the University Archives and Records Center.


Medical Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania Records, 1844 -1904, UPP 80

Box 1, FF 1
Pamphlet published in 1904 giving an overview history of Medical School, with references to the Civil War.


Faculty Minutes, UPC 2.1

Box 1A, Volume 5, 1853-1873
The Faculty Minutes discuss matters related courses, when instruction should begin, financial matters, etc. While comments related to the Civil War are few, it does document the impact of specific events to the Medical school. For instance, an 1859 entry states that a true account of students who left should be determined to dispel rumors. An 1862 letter from Surgeon General Hammond is included asking that a professor of hygiene and military surgery be added. In 1863 the matter of graduating students early for service into the military arises.


Financial Records, UPC 2.5

Box 3, #2 Ledger, 1850-1876
The ledger gives a running account of the finances of the Medical School before, during, and after the Civil War. Shows diploma fees, expenses for upkeep and services (including advertising) incurred.


Student Records, UPC 2.7

The records for the Civil War period provide names of students, home states, and local addresses / boarding houses.


Medical Affairs, UPL 1010.915

Vol. 2, Nos. 1 and 2, 1961
Special issue of Medical School publication that featured stories on the Medical School alumni and the roles they played during the Civil War.


General Magazine, UPM 8115

Vol. 48, No. 4, 1946
“The Medical Tradition at Pennsylvania,” by William S. Middletown, pp. 224-236. Makes mention of medical school and Civil War impact.