Medical History at the University of Pennsylvania
Medical Research

Prepared by Joseph - James Ahern
February 2013

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


David Y. Cooper Papers, 1821 – 1999
UPT 50 C776, 7.5 Cu Ft.

Dr. Cooper's most notable contributions in the medical field include the discovery of the role of cytochrome P-450, which is a series of enzymes found in the body, and the introduction of mouth-to-mouth artificial respiration. The collection reflects his interest. It consists of Dr. Cooper's professional papers from 1950 to the 1990s. There are six bound volumes of published papers from 1950 to 1985 and three unbound volumes of papers including letters, manuscripts and photographs from 1978 to 1990s. In addition to his personal papers, the collection consists of several books from his personal library.


Federated Medical Resources Records, 1966 – 1990
UPC 57, 2.5 Cu Ft.

The Federated Medical Resources was founded in 1966 as a non-profit corporate group by five universities and colleges in the Philadelphia area--the Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, the Thomas Jefferson University, Temple University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania. The mission of the corporation was to provide its members with laboratory animals for use in their research and training programs. The collection documents the administration of the Federated Medical Resources throughout the twenty-three years of its existence. It consists of administrative files, financial records and animal health records.


Esmond R. Long Papers, 1917 – 1965
UPT 50 L849, 2 Cu Ft.

Long joined the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 1932 as a professor of pathology and director of the Henry Phipps Institute for the Study, Treatment, and Prevention of Tuberculosis. He devoted his life to the study of tuberculosis, after having contracted it as a young man, and became known as one of the foremost leaders in the control of the disease. During World War II he served in the Army as chief consultant on the disease. The papers largely consist of scrapbooks, certificates, and medals awarded during the war and after in recognition for his fight against tuberculosis.


Benjamin F. Miller Papers, 1929 – 1989
UPT 50 M647, 11 Cu Ft.

Benjamin F. Miller graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering in 1928 and from Harvard Medical School, M.D., in 1933. After interning at the Cornell Medical Center and the New York Hospital, he started a three-year National Research Council Fellowship in Medicine at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research in 1934. In 1937 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago and held that position until 1947. From 1947 to 1950, he was concurrently Research Associate in Medicine at the National Research Council and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the George Washington Medical School, and from 1950 to 1954, Senior Associate Physician at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Lecturer on Medicine at the Harvard Medical School (1952-1954). Miller spent the next ten years, 1954-1963, at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, serving as Director of the May Institute for Medical Research as well as Associate Professor of Experimental Medicine. He was appointed Associate Professor of Surgical Research at the University of Pennsylvania in 1963 and stayed in that position until his death in 1971. For many years Miller focused his research on two subjects, cardiovascular diseases and the transplantation of the kidney. The Correspondence and General Files document all major activities, academic or social, research or publishing, in which Benjamin F. Miller was engaged in various periods of his fruitful career.


Mudd Family Papers, 1935 – 1985
UPT 50 M944, 1 Cu Ft.

A world-renowned microbiologist hailed for his work in freeze-drying blood plasma and combating patient infections in hospitals, Dr. Stuart Mudd served the Medical School's Pathology Department, as Chairman of the Bacteriology Department, Chairman of the Microbiology Department, and Chief of the Microbiologic Research Program at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Hospital. His research accomplishments are chronicled in some 200 papers and several books which he edited. This collection contains assorted published articles by both Stuart and Emily Mudd largely in the form of journal articles or offprints of journal articles.


Richard Bunker Singer papers, 1920 – 2012
UPT 50 S617R, 24 Cu Ft.

Richard Bunker Singer entered the University of Pennsylvania, where over the next eight and one half years he earned three degrees: the A.B. in 1934, an A.M. in Physics in 1935, and the M.D. in 1939. He followed his graduation from Medical School by serving a two-year rotating internship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1941 the National Research Council awarded Singer one of its prestigious fellowships. He used it to conduct research at Harvard University in acid-base balance in human blood. At Harvard, Singer worked under the direction of Dr. A. Baird Hastings. His research was eventually interrupted by World War II. During World War II Singer served as a United States Navy flight surgeon in the Pacific Theater. In 1947 he completed his National Research Council Fellowship at Harvard University, and accepted a teaching position at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. Singer opted for a career change in 1952 when he accepted a position in life insurance underwriting at New England Mutual Life Insurance Company in Boston, MA. He remained with the firm until his retirement in 1979. It was at New England Mutual Life that Singer began his studies on the analysis of excess mortality follow-up studies – which he would continue after his retirement. The Richard Bunker Singer Papers document the family life and professional career of Dr. Singer. Dr. Singer’s career as an executive with the New England Life Insurance Company, his teaching material, and items related to his medical career are documented in the Professional Series.


Luther L. Terry Papers, 1926 – 1982
UPT 50 T329, 5 Cu Ft.

Luther Terry was appointed Surgeon General in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. It was during his term that the first United States Public Health Service report on the correlation between smoking and lung cancer was issued. He chose to endorse the report and to champion the anti-smoking cause. Even after he left the post of Surgeon General in 1965, Dr. Terry continued to remain active in the anti-smoking campaign, particularly in the efforts to ban cigarette advertising on radio and television. The collections reflects his major research interest of the effects of smoking and health, particularly through his participation in groups such as the National Interagency Council on Smoking and Health, National Society for Medical Research, and the Nutrition Foundation.


Wistar Institute Records, 1824 – 1954
UPC 40.1, 2 Cu Ft.

The Wistar Institute was founded in 1882 as he nation’s first independent biomedical research facility, named after Caspar Wistar. This collection has not been fully processed, but a preliminary inventory is available. The bulk of the collection relates to publications created by and sent to the Wistar Institute.



  • Publications of the Department of Surgery and the Harrison Department of Surgical Research, 1967
    UPL 1010.93 1967

  • Report of the Harrison Department of Surgical Research
    UPI 491.3 
    1937 – 1972 (with gaps)

  • Research Programs Department of Medicine School of Medicine. HUP
    UPI 491.6
    1904 – 1908, 1988-1989

  • Research Programs Department of Medicine University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
    UPI 491.62  3
    1988 – 1989

  • Medical Image Processing Group Report No. MIPG60
    UPI 493.5
    1981, 1988