Medical History at the University of Pennsylvania
Medical Education - Faculty

Prepared by Joseph - James Ahern
February 2013

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


Archives General Collection 1740 – 1820

The Archives General Collection contains material from the dean’s records which consist of faculty minutes and correspondence 1765 through to 1820.


Archives General Collection, 1820 – 1930
UPA 3, 40 Cu Ft.

The Archives General material contains material from the dean’s records related to the Medical School faculty from the mid-nineteenth century through to the early twentieth century. The collection is arranged chronologically.


Herman Beerman Papers, 1923 – 1981
UPT 50 B415, 0.5 Cu Ft.

Herman Beerman received his B.A. in 1923, his M.D. in 1927, and his Sc.D. in 1935 all from the University of Pennsylvania. He served an internship at the Mt. Sinai Hospital and his residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Beerman continued his career at the University of Pennsylvania in the School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Medicine in the Departments of Dermatology. The papers of Herman Beerman consist of correspondence, 1923, 1965-1978; copies of his curriculum vitae; information on the dinner held in his honor by the History of Dermatology Society in 1981; clippings; photographic prints; and other miscellaneous papers.


Lester W. Burket Papers, 1936 – 1978
UPT 50 B959, 6 Cu Ft.

Lester W. Burket received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry in 1932. He taught at Penn from 1937 – 1977, serving as Dean of the School of Dental Medicine from 1951 to 1972. The original material in the collection mainly consists of honorary degrees, award plaques, and membership certificates.


David Lion Drabkin Papers, 1925 – 1963
UPT 50 D756, 2 Cu Ft.

David Lion Drabkin began his career at the University of Pennsylvania as Instructor of Physiological Chemistry and of Biochemistry in the School of Medicine, 1926. He served as Assistant Professor, 1930-1942; Associate Professor, 1942-1946; Chairman of the Department of Biochemistry, Graduate School of Medicine, 1946-1968; and as Professor Emeritus at the School of Dental Medicine, 1968-1981. These papers include lecture notes while teaching for the Graduate School of Medicine, 1946-1968 and for the Walter Reed Medical Center, 1950. Also included are his research notes; correspondence with students, publishers, and friends; design plans for equipment; typescript drafts of manuscripts; and miscellaneous personal reference material. In addition, instrumentation manuals, operating instructions, and product literature may also be found among his papers.


William Benson Harer Papers, 1915 – 1963
UPT 50 H328, 1 Cu Ft.

Dr. William Benson Harer dedicated a lifetime to the practice and teaching of medicine in the field of obstetrics and gynecology, most of which was done while he served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania.  He was educated at the University of Pennsylvania where he received an undergraduate degree (1919) and a medical degree (1921). Dr. Harer served both his internship (1921-1923) and residency (1924-1927) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). Dr. Harer was on the School of Medicine faculty as an instructor 1927-41 and later as Associate Professor (1941-1955) and Professor (1955-1963) of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was honored as an Emeritus Professor of Medicine in 1965. The William Benson Harer Papers document his career as a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania, his involvement with the Medical Society of the State of Pennsylvania, and his time as a student at the University of Pennsylvania.


Harry E. Morton Papers, 1931 – 1966
UPT 50 M889, 0.25 Cu Ft.

Dr. Harry E. Morton started his academic career at the University of Pennsylvania in 1931 as an Instructor in Bacteriology. He would spend his 44 year career teaching at Penn's School of Medicine, rising to the rank of Professor of Bacteriology specializing in microbiology. The Harry E. Morton Papers consists of six class register books (1931-1947), and 36 class rolls (1931-1966) for Microbiology courses he taught in the School of Medicine.


Richard Hodgson Nones Papers, 1898 – 1971
UPT 50 N799, 0.25 Cu ft.

In 1898 Nones was appointed dean of the dentistry department at Medico-Chirugical College, and in 1900 he organized the dental department at Philadelphia General Hospital where he was head oral surgeon. The Robert Hodgson Nones Papers contain material from his tenure as dean of Medico-Chirugical College's dental department - principally an address to the 1903 graduating class, and list of professors and instructors. The collection also contains a few papers given by Nones at professional meetings, and his membership certificates.


William Osler Publications, 1904 – 1921
UPT 50 O81, 9 Items

From 1884 to 1888 William Osler was a professor of clinical medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, he continued his clinical investigations, spending many hours in the postmortem rooms performing autopsies. He maintained his earlier emphasis on superior patient care, conducting famous ward walks in Old Blockley, a unit of Philadelphia Hospital. This collection consists primarily of published works by William Osler, many inscribed with the name “Alexander Randall” inside the front cover. The other item is a published memoir, by Arthur Ames Bliss, of his experience as a resident physician at Blockely Hospital (later Philadelphia General Hospital) in 1883 and 1884.


Richard A. F. Penrose Papers, 1884 – 1885
UPT 50 P417, 0.1 Cu Ft.

Richard A. F. Penrose received his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1849. He was appointed Professor of Obstetrics and Diseases of Women and Children at the Medical School from 1863-1888. The Collection consists of a class book, (1884-1885), in which Penrose recorded grades of students he examined on their course work.


George Arthur Piersol Papers, 1856 – 1917
UPT 50 P624, 1.5 Cu Ft.

George Arthur Piersol earned his MD at the University of Pennsylvania in 1877. He served on the faculty of the Medical School from 1877 – 1884 and from 1890 – 1921. He was professor of anatomy, histology and embryology; his most notable contributions relate to the histology, pathology and development of the sense organs; author of two standard medical textbooks Histology (1st ed., 1893) and Human Anatomy (1st ed., 1907). The contents of the collection include the original drawings and photographs of drawings from Piersol's portfolio used as illustrations for his published texts along with identifying manuscript notes; a calendar of lectures for his anatomy courses (1893-1903); medical lecture cards for his father, Jeremiah Morris Piersol, at Homeopathic Medical College (1855-1856) and for himself at U. of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine (1874-1877); copies of anatomy examinations (1908-[1917]); letters of introduction to European colleagues for Piersol from Joseph Leidy and Sir William Osler (1877); notes on medical works read by Piersol; his manuscript translation of Brain and Spinal Cord: a Manual for the Study of the Morphology and Fibre-tracts of the Central Nervous System by Emil Villigier prepared for publication (1912); a Copy of An Illustrated Synopsis of Normal Histology: Adapted to the Course of Practical Instruction in the University of Pennsylvania by Piersol (1885).


I. S. Ravdin Papers, 1912 – 1972
UPT 50 R252, 189 Cu ft.

I. S. Ravdin graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in 1918, and would spend the next fifty plus years of his career associated with Penn. During that period he rose to the posts of the John Rhea Barton Professor of Surgery, Director of the Harrison Department of Surgical Research, and Chief of Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He also made significant contributions to medical research, particularly in cancer studies. During World War II Ravdin was Commander of the 20th General Hospital. The Papers of I. S. Ravdin reflect the entire range of his personal and professional interest, including his work as a surgeon, hospital administrator, military career, and private practice.


Jonathan Rhoads Papers, 1802 – 2002
UPT 50 R474, 273 Cu Ft.

Jonathan Rhoads began his long career at the University of Pennsylvania with an internship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 1932. Upon the completion of the internship, he decided to continue at the University in a residency under I. S. Ravdin, the chief of surgery. In 1944 he was appointed an Assistant Professor of Surgical Research and, in 1945, as an Assistant Professor of Surgery. It was not long before Rhoads' extraordinary skill and knowledge propelled him to upper levels of the Medical School and Hospital. He was appointed a full professor of surgery and the J. William White Professor of Surgical Research in 1949. His rise did not stop at the Medical School, but continued into the University proper when he was appointed Provost of the University in 1956, a position he held until 1959. Upon stepping down from the provostship, Rhoads returned to the Medical School and Hospital as the chair of the Department of Surgery and the John Rhea Barton Professor of Surgery. He held these posts until he retired from his administrative positions in 1972. This massive collection documents the life and work of Jonathan Evans Rhoads in multiple dimensions and through all major periods of his long career. The Jonathan E. Rhoads Papers have been organized in seven series: I. Personal (1802-2001), II. Professional (1880-2002), III. Civic Organizations (1884-2001), IV. Awards, Gifts, Etc. (1971-1998), V. Photographs, Audio-Visual Tapes, Books And Memorabilia (1969-2002), VI. Architectural Drawings (1968-1973), and VII. Theresa Rhoads Papers (1932-1987). Series I and II have been further organized into sub-series. The material within each series is arranged alphabetically.


Alfred Newton Richards Papers, 1904 – 1969
UPT 50 R514, 38 Cu Ft.

Alfred Newton Richards arrived at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in 1910 to be chair of Pharmacology, a position which he occupied until 1946, when he became Professor Emeritus. The University series consists of Richards' class lectures, notes regarding his courses, and laboratory experiment work. The laboratory experiments include those carried out by colleagues and students and those carried out solely by Richards or in conjunction with colleagues and students. Kidney function is the general subject of most of the experiments, but many specific aspects of this subject are examined. Additional material related to Richards can be found in UPA 4, 1930 – 1950.