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CPP 7/0004-01

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Creator:
Mütter Museum.
Title:
Mütter Museum records
Date [inclusive]:
1887-2006
Call Number:
CPP 7/0004-01
Extent:
37 containers
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Mütter Museum was founded in 1856 when Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter bequeathed his personal medical museum to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. From Thomas Mütter’s collection, the museum grew as a noted repository for unique collections of medical specimens across the world. The Mütter Museum records document the history of this noted institution from 1887 until 2006. Included in the collection are catalogs of item acquisitions, visitor records, event records, and the papers of several museum curators. Researchers interested in the acquisition policies of the museum, as well as records of events and exhibits held at the Mutter should consult this collection. Additionally, the papers of Gretchen Worden are housed in this collection. The "Gretchen Worden" series contains many of her lectures, administrative material, and date books while serving as Curator and Director from 1982 until 2004. Also of note in the collection is the “Index of Collection,” that lists many of the Mütter Museum's acquisitions during the 1950s and 1960s, as well as a “Journal of Giants,” containing the records of known American cases of gigantism in the 1930s compiled by the Mütter Museum.
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Biography/History

In 1849, Dr. Isaac Parrish suggested that the College of Physicians of Philadelphia start a museum of pathological anatomy to preserve valuable material that might otherwise be lost to science. The collection grew rapidly until 1852, when Dr. Parrish died and the collection entered a period of inactivity.

On May 20, 1856, Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter wrote to the College that he was retiring from teaching because of ill health and wished to offer the guardianship of his personal museum to the College of Physicians as the "body best qualified by the character of its members and the nature of its pursuits for undertaking the trust." A popular professor of surgery at Jefferson Medical College, Mütter had amassed a unique and valuable collection of anatomical and pathological materials for use in his classes. Accompanying the collection would be an endowment of $30,000, the income from which was to pay for the salaries of a curator, a lecturer, and for the care and enlargement of the museum. At the time, the College was holding its meetings in rented quarters; Mütter specified that the College must erect a suitable fire-proof building within five years of signing the agreement.

Having long felt the need for its own facilities in order to accommodate its growing library, and acknowledging that Mütter's museum would be a worthy and appropriate addition, the College signed the agreement with Dr. Mütter in 1859, two months before he died at age 48. It then renewed its efforts to raise building funds and, in 1863, moved into its first real home at 13th and Locust Streets.

Dr. Mütter's collection of bones, wet specimens, plaster casts, wax and papier-mache models, dried preparations, and medical illustrations - over 1700 items in all - joined the 92 specimens from the College's earlier collection in the new quarters. Many of the items which today`s visitors find most memorable date from that time: the bladder stones removed from Chief Justice John Marshall by Dr. Philip Syng Physick; and the skeleton of a woman whose rib-cage was compressed by tight lacing.

Around this nucleus, the museum grew rapidly, as desirable collections were purchased in Europe with funds from Mütter's endowment, and as other Fellows contributed interesting surgical and post-mortem specimens acquired from their hospital and private practices. In 1874, the museum made several noteworthy additions to its collections. The autopsy of the 63-year-old Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng, was performed in the museum. Their bodies were returned to their home in North Carolina, but the College was allowed to keep their connected livers and a plaster cast of their torsos showing the band of skin and cartilage that joined them at the chest. That same year saw the culmination of the Museum Committee's negotiations with Professor Joseph Hyrtl of Vienna, resulting in the purchase of 139 skulls from Central and Eastern Europe.

In 1871, the College decided that the museum should begin collecting obsolete medical instruments as well. These now constitute the major part of the museum's acquisitions - items reflecting changes in the technology of medicine and memorabilia of present and past practitioners. Outstanding among them are Dr. Benjamin Rush's medicine chest; a wooden stethoscope said to have been made by the inventor, Rene Laennec, in 1916; Florence Nightingale's sewing kit; Marie Curie's quartz-piezo electrometer (personally presented to the College by Madame Curie in 1921); and a full-scale model of the first successful heart-lung machine, designed and used in Philadelphia by Dr. John H. Gibbon Jr. in 1953.

Many of the collections reflect the interest and involvement of Philadelphia physicians in national and international affairs. In 1893, Philadelphia surgeon Dr. William W. Keen assisted in a secret operation on President Grover Cleveland for a cancerous growth on his left upper jaw. Unlike today's well-publicized presidential procedures, this took place on a private yacht steaming up Long Island Sound, supposedly taking the president on vacation. The full story of the operation was not revealed until Keen published it in the 1917 Saturday Evening Post, at which time he also presented the tumor and a laryngeal mirror and cheek retractor used during the operation to the College.

The Civil War brought specimens and photographs of battle injuries, sent from the Army Medical Museum in Washington D.C. (now the National Museum of Health and Medicine) in exchange for duplicate material from the Mütter to be used for the training of army surgeons. In 1865, a messenger from the Surgeon General conveyed to the museum a specimen connected with one of the nation's most tragic events: a "piece of the thorax of J. Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Lincoln." It had been removed at the autopsy conducted by Philadelphia surgeon Joseph Janvier Woodward.

The College continued to purchase collections and accept donations for both its library and museum. This created a persistent need for more space, and in 1908 the College began construction on a new home on 22nd Street, between Chestnut and Market Streets. This handsome building epitomized in its marble halls and carved oak detailing the prestige and dignity of the medical profession. Portrait-lined rooms housed the lectures and social receptions of the College and of the other medical groups who rented the facilities for their monthly meetings. The museum as it was first installed in the new space was in marked contrast to the elegant materials and furnishings of the rest of the building. It retained in its appearance a strong connection to the utilitarian medical museums typical of 19th century hospitals and medical schools. The 19th century cases, some of them eight feet tall, had redwood shelving on which the specimens and instruments were placed as close together as they could fit. They illustrated the fact that the museum's purpose lay not in the decorative display of selected artifacts, but in the organized assemblage of teaching materials which were to be available to the student or researcher as were books on a library shelf.

A major renovation of the exhibit areas took place in 1986. When the project was completed, the museum was fully air-conditioned, all of the exhibit cases had been refinished and reinstalled in the newly carpeted and painted galleries, and glass shelving replaced the redwood in track-lighted cases.

Recent curators of the Mütter Museum guided the museum administration, exhibits, and promotion. Ella N. Wade was born on December 25, 1892 in Vineland, New Jersey. In 1939, she became the Curator of the Mütter Museum, the first woman and non-medical professional to hold that position. During her time as curator, she was asked by Francis C. Wood to write a history of the Mütter. She retired in 1957.

Elizabeth M. Moyer was born in Lehighton, Pennsylvania in 1917. She was educated at Ursinus College, graduating in 1939. In 1942, she married William Moyer, a clergyman in Pennsylvania. In 1970, Elizabeth Moyer was appointed the Curator of the Mütter Museum, a position she held until her retirement in 1982.

Gretchen Worden (1947-2004) served as the Director of the Mütter Museum from 1988 until her death in 2004. She began working with the Mütter Museum in 1975 as a curatorial assistant, became curator in 1982, and director in 1988. According to NPR, Worden “turned the little-known medical museum into a museum with a worldwide reputation,” (NPR).

Worden was born in Shanghai, China in 1947, the daughter of a California-Texas (Cal-Tex) Oil Company geologist. She was educated at Penncrest High School, graduating in 1965, and Temple University, earning a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology in 1970. Worden “devoted her entire professional career to revitalizing the Mütter Museum,” (Sims). She increased the museum’s public profile and visitorship, instituted an annual calendar and wrote a book about the museum entitled, Mütter Museum.

Worden died, at the age of 56, in 2004.

Bibliography:

This historical note was taken largely from the existing “Detailed Museum History,” available on the Mütter Museum website: http://www.collphyphil.org/ERICS/Mutthist.htm (accessed March 22, 2010)

“Gretchen Worden, Mütter Museum Director, Dies,” NPR, August 6, 2004: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=3823240 (accessed February 1, 2010).

Sims, Galey Ronan. “Gretchen Worden, Mütter Museum Chief,” Philadelphia Inquirer: http://www.mum.org/gretchen.html (accessed February 1, 2010).

Scope and Contents

The Mütter Museum records (1887 to 2006) is a collection comprised of sixteen series. This collection contains material relating to the Mütter Museum’s operations and history such as correspondence, activity and visitor records, reports, photographs, catalogues of the collection, and event programs and flyers. The sixteen series are the following: “Activity and Accession Records,” “Catalogue of the Mütter Museum,” “Correspondence,” “Curator Reports,” “Education,” “Elizabeth Moyer,” “Ella N. Wade,” “Events,” “Exhibitions,” “Index of Collection,” “Journal on Giants,” “Staff Newsletters,” “Thomas Dent Mütter Lecture,” “Visitor and Group Records,” Miscellaneous,” and “Gretchen Worden.” The Mütter Museum records is an excellent collection for those studying the impressive and fascinating history of the medical museum, as well as the history of medicine, and specifically, medical deformities and oddities. Also of note in the collection, is the “Gretchen Worden records” series. For researchers studying Worden, this series illustrates her life, work, and great passion for the Mütter Museum and its mission.

The first series is “Activity and Accession Records.” This series includes bound records of the museum from 1884, and 1939 to 1970. There are records of inventory, events, presentations, and tour groups.

The second series in the collection is “Catalogue of the Mütter Museum.” Contained in a bound volume are the catalogue records from 1940, and 1947 to 1949. This catalogue documents the items within the Mütter Museum, such as skulls, human deformities, and medical instruments.

“Correspondence” is the third series in the Mütter Museum records, dating from 1973 to 1981. It includes the correspondence of directors, curators, and other staff of the museum at that time. Topics discussed include operating procedures, upcoming events, and internal affairs.

The fourth series is “Curator Reports,” which documents the activity of both the museum and the curator from 1977 to 1979. Documented in the reports are the collections of the museum, projects, workshops, acquisitions, speakers, and events.

The fifth series is “Education Department records.” Included in this series are the Mütter Museum Education Departments Teacher/Student Workbooks, for grades three through twelve, published by the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

Series six, “Elizabeth Moyer records,” houses materials produced during Moyer’s tenure as museum curator, which lasted from 1970 to 1982 when she retired. Included in this series are address file, calendar, clippings, correspondence, events, grant and fellowship material, magazines and journals, notes, pamphlets, programs, and newsletters, pay stubs, photographs, program books, publications by Elizabeth Moyer, publicity material, resumes (Elizabeth Moyer), reports and memorandums, stationary, travel, and writings by others. Also within the series are materials she collected while curator, including medical journals from 1898 and manuscripts and publications by her peers. Elizabeth Moyer’s curatorial reports are filed in series four, “Curator reports.”

“Ella N. Wade records” is the seventh series with the Mütter Museum records. Ella N. Wade was curator at the Mutter from 1939 to 1957. Included in this series are an autobiography; “Christmas Eve at the College,” an ode by Ella N. Wade; and correspondence. Wade’s autobiographical drafts include a thorough history of the Mütter Museum, which may be of value to researchers more generally interested in the history of the museum.

In the “Events” series, there are flyers, programs and notes for various events held at the Mütter from 1975 to 1997. Events include “Infant Feeding Through the Ages” (1980), “Final Diagnosis of President Cleveland’s Lesion” (1981), and “Hallow Eve Gala,” held in celebration of the reopening of the Mütter Museum in 1986.

The records found in the ninth series, “Exhibitions,” primarily relate to the Bicentennial exhibition of 1976 and the Lewis and Clark exhibition of 2001 and 2002. Both are documented with meeting minutes, correspondence, notes and other supporting materials.

The “Index of Collections” consists of a single bound volume, documenting the Mütter’s collection acquisitions from about the 1950s to the 1960s.

The eleventh series is “Journal on Giants.” This series is comprised of one volume, circa 1930’s, that contains news clippings, notes, and records of giants, including the Mütter giant, as well as documentation of other people with the condition of gigantism.

“Staff Newsletters” is the twelfth series, and included are the newsletters of the staff, such as “F.U.S.E” and “Sibi Non Toti,” from 1988 to 1995. The newsletters contain information regarding Mütter and local area events, as well as staff announcements.

Following “Staff Newsletters” is the thirteenth series “Thomas Dent Mütter Lecture Series.” This series contains announcements, notes, and transcripts for lectures named in Mütter’s honor given at the Mütter Museum from 1989 to 2003. Such lectures include “Management of Conjoined Twins,” by John M. Templeton, Jr., M.D. (1989), “Yellow Fever Revisted: Did the Mosquito Do It?” By Theodore Woodward, M.D. (1992), and “Exhumations of Human Remains: From Jesse James to John Wilkes Booth to Meriwether Lewis,” by James E. Starrs (2003).

“Visitor and Group Records” is the fourteenth series. This series contains visitor and group requests, registers, and records of guests from 1887 to 1985. It should be noted that not all years are documented.

The “Miscellaneous” series houses a wide assortment of documentation relating to museum history, especially news paper clippings, magazines and other documents.

The sixteenth and final series is “Gretchen Worden records,” which is the largest series in the collection. Worden began working at the Mütter Museum in 1975 and was appointed Head Curator 1982. She is best known for her role as Director, a position which she held from 1988 until her death in 2004. Worden’s records are divided into the following subseries: “Administrative Materials;” “Articles;” “Biographical Material;” “Date Books;” “Events;” “Lectures;” “Memos;” “Poems;” “Strong Museum;” “Symposiums (attended);”and “Miscellaneous.” Of note in this series are Worden’s poems about her staff, material from her appearances on Dave Letterman’s Late Show, and her lecture material. “Lectures” include those such as "Breeches of Impropriety: The Case of Dr. Mary Walker" given at the Society of Civil War Surgeons, in Louisville, KY (1992), "Of Science and Humanity: Treasures from the Mütter Museum" given at the Museum of Jurassic Technology, in California (1994), and "The Legible Physician" given at American Medical Writers Association (1996). Within her lectures are Worden’s own notes and transcripts.

Because this collection was created by an existing and active institution, it is likely that this collection will grow as additional records are located and generated.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Finding aid prepared by Leslie O'Neill and Forrest Wright

Sponsor

The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project. This collection was minimally processed to the folder level.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may apply. Please contact the College of Physicians of Philadelphia Historical Medical Library with requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote or reproduce the material.

Processing Information note

The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.

This collection was minimally processed in 2009-2011, as part of an experimental project conducted under the auspices of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries to help eliminate processing backlog in Philadelphia repositories. A minimally processed collection is one processed at a less intensive rate than traditionally thought necessary to make a collection ready for use by researchers. When citing sources from this collection, researchers are advised to defer to folder titles provided in the finding aid rather than those provided on the physical folder.

Employing processing strategies outlined in Mark Greene's and Dennis Meissner's 2005 article, More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Processing Approaches to Deal With Late 20th-Century Collections, the project team tested the limits of minimal processing on collections of all types and ages, in 23 Philadelphia area repositories. A primary goal of the project, the team processed at an average rate of 2-3 hours per linear foot of records, a fraction of the time ordinarily reserved for the arrangement and description of collections. Among other time saving strategies, the project team did not extensively review the content of the collections, replace acidic folders or complete any preservation work.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • American Association for the History of Medicine.
  • College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
  • Mütter Museum.
  • Strong National Museum of Play.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Appointment books
  • Brochures
  • Correspondence
  • Financial records
  • Lecture notes
  • Lectures
  • Museum records
  • Photographs
  • Poems
  • Publications
  • Reports
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Mütter, Thomas Dent, 1811-1859
  • O'Donnell, John
  • Wade, Ella N. (Ella Nora), 1892-1980
  • Worden, Gretchen
Subject(s)
  • Medical museums
  • Medicine--History
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Medical care
  • Yellow fever

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Collection Inventory

Series I. Activity and Accession records, 1884-1970.

Box Folder

1884.

1 1

1939-1970.

1 2-3

Series II. Catalogue of the Mütter Museum, 1940-1949.

Oversize Volume

Volume I, 1940.

1 1

Volume II, 1940.

2 2

Volume III, 1940.

3 3

Volume I, 1940.

4 4

Volume II, 1947-1949.

5 5

Series III. Correspondence, 1973-1981.

Box Folder

Education Department records, 1973-1978.

2 1

1975-1980.

2 2

1977-1981.

2 3

1979-1981.

2 4

1980-1981.

2 5

undated.

2 6

Series IV. Curator reports, 1977-1979.

Box Folder

1977-1979.

2 7

Series V. Education Department records, undated.

Box Folder

Museum Education Teacher/Student Workbooks, Grades 3-12, undated.

2 8-9

Series VI. Elizabeth Moyer records, Bulk, 1970-1982 1898-1982 (Bulk, 1970-1982) .

Box Folder

Address File, undated.

3 1

Calendar, 1981.

3 2

Clippings, undated.

3 3-4

Correspondence, 1970-1981.

3

4

5-7

1-2

Events-Sculpture Party, 1981.

4 3

Grant and Fellowship Material, 1975-1979.

4 4

Magazines and Journals, 1898-1981.

4 5-7

Notes, undated.

5 1-3

Pamphlets, Programs, and Newsletters, undated.

5 4-7

Pay stubs, 1970s.

6 1

Photographs, undated.

6 2

Program Books, undated.

6 3-4

Publications by Elizabeth Moyer, undated.

6 5

Publicity Material, undated.

6 6

Resumes (Elizabeth Moyer), undated.

6 7

Reports and Memorandums, 1974-1982.

6

7

8-12

1

Stationary, undated.

7 2

Travel.

7 3-4

Writings by Others.

7 5

Miscellaneous.

8 1

Series VII. Ella N. Wade records, circa 1970s.

Box Folder

Autobiography, undated.

8 2-8

"Christmas Eve at the College" ode by Ella N. Wade, undated.

8 9

Correspondence, 1970-1974.

8 10-11

Miscellaneous, undated.

8 12

Series VIII. Events, 1976-1995.

Box Folder

Holiday Party, 1976 December 29.

9 1

London/Edinburgh, 1978 October.

9 2

"Antique Medical Instruments" party, 1980 January 30.

9 3

"Lincoln and Kennedy Assassinations", 1980 March 21.

9 4

"Early American Portraiture" Tour, 1980 October 21.

9 5

Interferon Reception and Tour, 1980 November 14.

9 6

"Infant Feeding Through the Ages", 1980 December 16.

9 7

1980s.

9 8

"Sherlock Holmes and Medicine", 1981 February 17.

9 9

"Final Diagnosis of President Cleveland's Lesion", 1981 March 17.

9 10

"The Concept of Disease Eradication", 1981 April 21.

9 11

Museum Association Benefit Bus Trip, 1981 September 15.

9 12

"Sculpture Descendants Party", 1981 November 13.

9 13

Elizabeth Moyer Farewell Party, 1982 October 13.

9 14

Hallow Eve Gala (Reopening), 1986 October 31.

10 1-2

Photography in Medicine, 1988 December 19.

10 3-4

Serving the Cause of Science and Humanity: The Mutter Museum, 1997 November 4.

10 5

Address lists for events, undated.

10 6

Calendar of events, 1975-1991.

10 7-8

Series IX. Exhibitions, 1976-2003.

Subseries a. Bicentennial, 1976.

Box Folder

Bicentenninal, 1976.

11 1

Subseries b. Lewis and Clark, 2000-2003.

Box Folder

Budget, 2001-2002.

11 2

Clothing, 2002-2003.

11 3

Conference, 2002-2003.

11 4

Education Program, 2002.

11 5

Expenses, 2003.

11 6

Heritage Trail Foundation, 2000.

11 7

Indian Material, 2002-2003.

11 8

Loaned objects, 2001-2003.

11 9-11

Medicine Book, 2002-2003.

11 12

Meetings, 2001-2003.

11 13

Missouri Historical Society, 2000.

11 14

Montana Conference, 2001.

11 15

Opening Events, 2002-2003.

11 16

Patellen Correspondence, 2000.

11 17

Paul Sivitz, 2003.

11 18

Philadelphia History Exhibitions Initiative, 2002.

11 19

Public Relations, 2002-2003.

11 20

Randi Korn and Associates, Inc.: Case Study Evaluation, 2002.

12 1

Research by Elise Carpenter, 2002-2003.

12 2

Sextant/Octant Label, 2002-2003.

12 3

Trail, 2001-2003.

12 4

Miscellaneous, 2001-2003.

12 5-7

Series X. Index of Collection, 1950s-1960s.

Box Folder

1950s-1960s.

13 1

Series XI. Journal on Giants, circa 1930s.

Box Folder

circa 1930s.

13 2

Series XII. Staff Newsletters, 1988-1995.

Box Folder

1988-1995.

13 3

Series XIII. Thomas Dent Mütter Lecture series, 1989-2003.

Box Folder

"Management of Conjoined Twins," by John M. Templeton, Jr., M.D., 1989 February 1.

14 1

"Aerospace Pathology Revisited, Reconstruction by Injury Analysis," by Captain Glenn N. Wagner, D.O., 1990 February 7.

14 2

"Philip Syng Physick, M.D.: Father of American Surgery," by George F. Sheldon, M.D., 1991 February 6.

14 3

"The Human Genome Project and Clinical Medicine," by Victor A. McKusick, M.D., 1992 February 5.

14 4

"Yellow Fever Revisited: Did the Mosquito Do It?" by Theodore Woodward, M.D., 1992 November 11.

14 5

"Our Dead Bodies Must Tell the Tale." by William R. Maples, PhD, 1994 April 13.

14 6

"Clinical Paleopathology: A Medical Historical and Orthopedic Approach," by Thomas Boni, M.D., 1996 March 28.

14 7

"Young Physic: A Sesquicentennial Review," by Dale C. Smith, PhD, 1997 February 20.

14 8

"Forensic Medicine: Why did he die? He wasn't suppose to!" by Joseph H. Davis, M.D., 1997 December 2.

14 9

"Benjamin Franklin and the Hewson Anatomy School," by Dr. Brian Owen-Smith, 2000 April 26.

14 10

"The Crime Scene Story," by Raymond J. Carr, 2000 December 7.

14 11

"Exhumations of Human Remains: From Jesse James to John Wilkes Booth to Meriwether Lewis," by James E. Starrs, LLM, 2003 March 17.

14 12

"The Challenge of Heart Disease in Developing Countries," by Stephen R. Leeder, M.D., PhD, 2003 December 10.

14 13

Assorted Lectures, undated.

14 14-15

Series XIV. Visitor and Group Records, 1887-1985.

Subseries a. Group Records, 1951-1985.

Box Folder

1951-1968.

15 1

1969-1970.

15 2

1971-1972.

15 3

1972-1975.

15 4

1974.

15 5

1975.

15 6

1976.

16 1

1977.

16 2

1978.

16 3

1979.

16 4

1980.

16 5

1981.

17 1

1982.

17 2

1983.

17 3

1984.

17 4

1985.

17 5

undated.

38 1-2

Subseries b. Visitor Records, 1887-1985.

Box Folder

1887 January 3-1913 Oct 7.

18 1

1914 March 4-1935 March 11.

18 2

1935 March 14-1954 March 25.

18 3

1954 March 29-1965 November 15.

18 4

1965 November 15-1970 February 20.

18 5

1970 February 24-1971 December 28.

18 6

1971 December 29-1972 June 6.

19 1

1972 June 6-1972 November 14.

19 2

1972 November 14-1973 July 18.

19 3

1973 January.

19 4

1973 August 6-1974 March 16.

19 5

1974 March 19-1975 March 19.

19 6

1976.

20 1

1978.

20 2

1979-1980.

20 3

1981.

20 4

1982.

20 5

1983.

20 6

1984.

20 7

1985.

20 8

Series XV. Miscellaneous, undated.

Box Folder

undated.

20 9

Series XVI. Gretchen Worden records, 1950s-2005.

Gretchen Worden Series

This series has been placed out of alphabetical order because there are additional unprocessed papers that will be added to the series at a later date. If the researcher would like to consult these papers please contact a library staff member.

Subseries a. Administrative Materials, 1956-2004.

Box Folder

American Association for the History of Medicine, 1975.

21 1

American Association for the History of Medicine, 1987.

21 2

Archivists and Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences, 1995-2001.

21 3

American Medical Museum Organization, 1984-1995.

21 4

Balcony Cases, 1956-1988.

21 5

Bicentennial Exhibit, 1976.

21 6

Bicentennial Tours, 1976.

21 7

Bills and Quarterly reports, 1960s.

21 8

Collections Management Proposal, 1988-1992.

21 9

College Material, 1979-2001.

21 10

College of Physicians Charter and Bylaws, 1980-2000.

22 1

College Accession and Deaccession Policy, 1990s-2000s.

22 2

College General Material, 1997.

22 3

College of Physicians of Philadelphia Calendar, undated.

22 4

Computerization Project, 1990s-2000s.

22 5

Continuing Education-College of Physicians, undated.

22 6

Drexel University-Jack Cliggett Class, 1991.

22 7

Growing Healthy, 1991-1992.

22 8

Guides-Margie Smink, 1996-1997.

22 9

Guides, Slide Presentation, undated.

22 10

Invisible Philadelphia Project, 1989-1996.

22 11

Jane Arnold Lawsuit, 1985.

23 1

Library Space Planning, undated.

23 2

Outline of Routine-Map of Cases, 1969-1989.

23 3

Philadelphia School Board, 1992-1993.

23 4

Renovation Plans, 1971-1979.

23 5

Section on Bioethics, 1996-2000.

23 6

School District of Philadelphia in Service Program, 1988-1993.

23 7

Slidescript, 1996-2001.

23 8

Special Activities, 1977-1982.

23 9

Tours-VIP-of Museum/College, 1970s-1990s.

23 10

Trash to Steam Plant Health Commission, 1986.

23 11

VIP Tours, 1980s-2000s.

23 12

Wistar Cases-Moving, 1979.

23 13

Miscellaneous Info, undated.

23 14

Subseries b. Articles, 1989-1994.

Box Folder

"A Most Extraordinary Case: Theodore Scrivener the Man-Boy," published by Transactions and Studies of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 1993.

24 1

"Instruments as Medical History," published in Caduceus, 1993.

24 2

"Is it the Body of John Wilkes Booth?" published by Transactions and Studies of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 1994.

24 3

"Philadelphia Seen: Two Centuries of Ophthalmology," published by Transactions and Studies of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 1989.

24 4

"Max Models in Dermatology," published by Transactions and Studies of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 1991.

24 5

Subseries c. Biographical Material, 1970s-2004.

Box Folder

Book signings, 2002.

24 6

Business Cards (others), undated.

24 7

Clippings, 1970s-2004.

24 8-9

Identifications (college), undated.

24 10

Memorial service programs, 2004 September 12.

24 11

Memorial service programs, 2004 September 12.

25 1

Scrapbook of appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, undated.

25 2

Subseries d. Conferences, 1991 April 25-27.

Box Folder

13th Annual Conference on Historic Preservation, 1991 April 25-27.

25 3

Subseries e. Correspondence, 1952-2002.

Box Folder

Condon, Jerry, 1990s.

25 4

O'Donnell, John, 1980s-1990s.

25 5-6

Wade, Ella N., 1952-1972.

25 7

Thank you letters and Donations, 1982-2002.

25 8

1985-1989.

26 1

Subseries f. Date books, 1979-2004.

Box Folder

1979-1992.

26 2

1981-1984.

26 3

1984-1988.

26 4

1985.

26 5

1989-1992.

27 1

1987-1988.

27 2

1989-1992.

27 3

1992-1993.

27 4

1993-1995.

28 1

1994, 1996.

28 2

1995-1998.

28 3

1997.

28 4

1998, 2000.

28 5

1999-2000.

29 1

2001.

29 2

2001-2003.

29 3

2004.

29 4

undated.

29 5

Subseries g. Events, 1997-2005.

Box Folder

Philly Paws, Treasures on the Square, 1997-1998.

29 6

Museum Tickets, 2004.

29 7

Group Tours, 2003-2004.

30 1
Box Folder
Gretchen Worden Memorial Blood Drive, 2005 February 14.
Gretchen Worden Memorial Blood Drive

The oversized posters of this event are placed adjacent to the Gretchen Worden series.

1 30 2

Subseries h. Lectures, 1988-2004.

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"The History of the College Herb Garden," at the Women's Committee, 1988 June 7.

30 3

"Civil War Medicine and Surgery," slide lecture at West Jersey Medical Society, 1989 January 13.

30 4

"Managing a Cultural Institution," at the Building Owner's Management Association of Philadelphia, 1990 February 20.

30 5

"Walt Whitman and the Civil War," at the Grand Army of the Republic, 1990 March 19.

30 6

The 12th Annual Conference on Historic Preservation in Scranton, PA, 1990 April 26-28.

30 7

"Civil War Medicine and Surgery," at the Brandywine Valley Civil War Roundtable, 1990 November 7.

30 8

"Medical Instruments as Historical Documents," at the Society of American Archivists, 1991 September 29.

30 9

Banquet Speech at Medical Libraries Association Regional Conference, 1991 October 14.

30 10

"Joseph Leidy," at Academy of Natural Sciences, 1991 December 10.

30 11

"Connections: Philadelphia as the Center of Universe," at Jefferson Medical College, 1992 January 17.

30 12

"Transvestite Women Physicians: Breeches of Impropriety," at Fellows of American Studies, 1992 March 13.

30 13

Guest Speaker for "Archives Week in Pennsylvania," at Delaware Valley Archivist Group, 1992 May 17.

30 14

"Joseph Leidy," at American Society of Parasitology, 1992 August 7.

30 15

"Breeches of Impropriety: Transvestite Women Physicians," at College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 1992 September 23.

30 16

"Breeches of Impropriety: The Case of Dr. Mary Walker," at Society of Civil War Surgeons, Louisville, KY, 1992 November 7-8.

30 17

"Syphilis: Ancient Scourge/Modern Menace," at American Society of Microbiology, 1992 November 12.

31 1

"Edwardian Items in the Society's Collections," at Historical Society of Pennsylvania Celebrating the Councilors, 1992 December 7.

31 2

"JAN PLAN," at Jefferson Medical College, 1993 January 18.

31 3

An Evening with Gretchen Worden at Knights of Columbus, Merchantville, NJ, 1993 February 15.

31 4

"Medicine Then and Now," at Harrisburg Civic Club, 1993 April 5.

31 5

National Museum of Dentistry, Baltimore Symposium, 1993 April 6-8.

31 6

"History of Medicine Exhibits: Is there a Place for Historians?" at Rutgers University Colloquium, 1993 April 10.

31 7

"Philadelphia Medicine," at Elder House, 1994 April 11.

31 8

"Of Science and Humanity: Treasures from the Mütter Museum," at the Museum of Jurassic Technology, 1994 April 23.

31 9

American College of Psychoanalysts, 1994 May 21.

31 10

"One Vast Central Hospital," at University of Maryland, 1994 November 8.

31 11

"Of Science and Humanity: Treasures from the Mütter Museum," at College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 1994 November 30.

31 12

"Civil War Surgery," at W. L. Gore Associates, 1994 December 8th.

31 13

"Transvestite Women Physicians," at Burlington County Medical Society, 1995 January 18.

31 14

"Is it the Body of John Wilkes Booth", 1995 January 24.

31 15

"19th Century Female Physicians," at McGuire Air Force Base, 305th Medical Corps, 1995 March 15.

31 16

"The College of Physicians," at the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons, 1995 April 24.

31 17

"New Thoughts from Old Museums: Learning what the 19th Century Museum had to Teach," at the American Association of Museums, 1995 May 24.

31 18

"18th Century Medicine," at Independence National Historical Park, 1995 August 16th.

31 19

"Treasures of Infectious Diseases," at Temple University Hospital, 1995 October 26.

31 20

"Breeches of Impropriety: Transvestite Women Physicians," at Villanova University, 1995 December 12.

31 21

"Tri-City Obstetrical Society," at Pennsylvania Hospital, 1996 April 20.

32 1

"The Legible Physician," at American Medical Writers Association, 1996 May 21.

32 2

"Medical Museums," at the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections, 1996 June 13.

32 3

"Medical Museums," at the Exploratorium, 1996 June 30.

32 4

"Philadelphia Obstetrics," at Reading Hospital, 1996 July 8.

32 5

"History of the Woodlands," at University of Pennsylvania's Endowed Professor Lunch, 1996 September 26.

32 6

Keynote Address by Gretchen Worden at Body Parts Conference, 1997 April 19.

32 7

On the Mütter Museum at Cranbrook Academy, 1997 October 10.

32 8

"Victorian Medicine," at Elder Hostel, 1997 November 12.

32 9

Institute of Contemporary Art Gallery Tour, 1997 November 13.

32 10

Lecture Ideas, 1997-1998.

32 11

"Tuberculosis," at Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site, 1998 January 24.

32 12

"Photographs and The Mütter Museum," at Society for Photographic Education, 1998 March 27-28.

32 13

"Walt Whitman and Civil War Days," at the National Museum of Health and Medicine, 1998 October 4.

32 14

"The Soap Lady and Other Medical Marvels," at the Library Hour at Union League of Philadelphia, 1998 October 28.

32 15

"140th Anniversary of the Mütter Museum," at the Women's Committee, 1998 December 1.

32 16

"Transvestite Women Physicians," at Right Angle Club, 1999 January 22.

32 17

Guest Lecturer for Michael Blakeslee's class at University of the Arts, 1999 April 13.

32 18

"Catch the Bug," at the Philadelphia Insectarium, 1999 May 15.

32 19

"Curie in Philadelphia," at American Academy of Health Physics, 1999 June 29.

33 1-2

"Human Abnormalities," at Academy of Natural Sciences, 1999 October 1.

33 3

"Declining Museum Treasures: The Exhibit Itself," at American Association for State and Local History, 1999 October 2.

33 4

"What's New and Spooky at the Mütter Museum," at the American Medical Writes Association, 1999 October 27.

33 5

"The Mütter Museum," at the Cosmopolitan Club, 1999 October 28.

33 6

"Medical Museums," at the History of Science Society, Pittsburgh PA, 1999 November.

33 7

"300 Years of OB-GYN," at Pennsylvania Hospital, 2000 May 31.

33 8

"The Mütter Museum," at South Jersey Hospital, 2000 October 27.

33 9

"Of Science and Humanity," at the University of Virginia Medical Center, 2000 October 31-November 1.

33 10

"Of Science and Humanity," at Crosslands, 2000 November 1.

33 11

"Of Science and Humanity," at the Owen H. Wangensteen Historical Library of Biology and Medicine, 2000 November 5.

33 12

Independent School Art Instructors Association, 2000 December 9.

33 13

Graduate Program in Museum Studies Guest Lecturer at the University of the Arts, 2001 March 20.

33 14

"Philadelphia Medica," at Mid Atlantic Regional Archives Conference, 2001 May 4.

33 15

"Of Science and Humanity: The Mutter Museum," at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, 2001 August 1.

33 16

Barnes and Noble Talk and Mutter Museum Walking Tour, 2001 August 22.

33 17

Novelists Inc. Conference, 2001 September 7.

33 18

Guest Lecturer at University of the Arts, 2001 September 18.

33 19

"Open Storage," at Mid Atlantic Association of Museums 2001 Annual Meeting, 2001 October 25-28.

33 20

"Of Science and Humanity," at Free Library of Philadelphia, Rodriguez Branch, 2001 October 31.

33 21

"The History of Medicine," at Philadelphia Club of Women in Medicine, 2002 May 1.

34 1

"College of Physicians of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania," at University of Pennsylvania Medical Alumni, 2002 May 11.

34 2

Mum Puppet Theater, 2002 May 23.

34 3

"Lewis and Clark," at Maryland History of Medicine Society, 2002 July 14.

34 4

"Body Double: Siamese Twins in Fact and Fiction," at Free Library of Philadelphia, Rodriguez Branch, 2002 October 23.

34 5

"Believe It or Not, You're Nuts!" at Maryland Institute, 2002 October 31.

34 6

"From Ruysch to von Hagens: Changing Representations of the Body," at the History of Science Society, Milwaukee, 2002 November 7.

34 7

"The Medical Museum," at College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 2002 November 13.

34 8

Guest Lecturer at University of the Arts, 2002 November 19.

34 9

Franklin Inn, 2003 January 23.

34 10

"Medical Museum," at Mensa Regional Meeting, 2003 March 1.

34 11

"Changing Representations of the Body," at New York Institute for the Humanities, 2003 March 7.

34 12

"Reinterpreting Medical Museums for the 21st Century," at American Association History Museums, 2003 May 3.

34 13

"From Ruysch to von Hagens: Changing Representations of the Body," at the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society, 2003 June 1.

34 14

"Medicine in the Past," at Roxborough-Manayunk Historical Society, 2003 June 25.

34 15

"Death of Poe," at The Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site, 2003 October 4.

34 16

"Seance," at Mum Puppet Theater, 2003 October 7.

34 17

Guest Lecturer at the University of the Arts, 2003 October 29.

34 18

"Why the Soap Lady Got Fat and Died--Was it Hershey Chocolates?" at Hershey Medical Historical Society, 2003 November 12.

34 19

Medical College of Philadelphia Lunchtime Lecture, 2003 November 14.

34 20

Columbia University Visiting Artist Lecture Series, 2004 January 19.

34 21

"Death of Poe," at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Rodriguez Branch, 2004 January 21.

34 22

Science and Women Night at the Franklin Institute, 2004 January 31.

34 23

Guest Lecturer at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, 2004 February 2.

34 24

"Breeches of Impropriety," at Mensa, 2004 March 6.

34 25

"Of Science and Humanity," at Springfield Library, 2004 March 15.

34 26

Franklin Inn Club, 2004 March 25.

34 27

"Changing Representations of the Body," at the Association of Medical Illustrators, Cleveland Ohio, 2004 July 30.

35 1

Assorted, 1988-2004.

35 2

Subseries i. Memorandums, 1971-2001.

Box Folder

Incoming, 1971-1982.

35 3

Outgoing, 1980-1984.

35 4

Incoming, 1983-1984.

35 5

To/From John O'Donnell, 1986-1988.

35 6

Incoming and Outgoing, 1987-1991.

36 1

Incoming, 1989-1990.

36 2

Outgoing, 1989-1990.

36 3

To/From John O'Donnell, 1990.

36 4

To/From John O'Donnell, 1991.

36 5

Incoming, 1991.

36 6

Outgoing, 1991.

36 7

Incoming and Outgoing, 1995-2001.

36 8

Subseries j. Poems, odes and salutes, 1984-2003.

Box Folder

1984-2003.

36 9

Subseries k. The Strong Museum, 1974-2001.

Box Folder

Collected Material, 1974-1995.

37 1

Correspondence, 1993.

37 2

Exhibits, 1995.

37 3

"Say Ah!: Examining America's Health", 1995.

37 4

Collected Material, 1996-2001.

37 5-7

Subseries l. Symposiums, 2004 April 12-24.

Box Folder

The Art of Medicine at Yale University, 2004 April 12-24.

37 8