Archives & Special Collections in the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library collects, preserves, organizes, and makes available rare and unique materials documenting the history of the Columbia University Irving Medical Center along with the health sciences in general.
Material created and collected by Michael Merson, documenting his leadership at the World Health Organization's Global Programme on AIDS (GPA). The bulk consists of copies of WHO correspondence, reports, meeting minutes, speeches, press releases, publications and other printed material, in addition to interview transcripts and sound recordings conducted by Merson for the use in book, The AIDS pandemic: searching for a global response (2018), co-authored with Stephen Inrig.
Correspondence, alumni lists, invitations, programs, and other printed material documenting reunions and other alumni activities compiled into bound volumes by Henry Pelouze de Forest, 1890 class secretary for the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University.
Meeting minutes, correspondence (1947-1974) and one newsletter (2005) created by the William Jarvie Society, a student organization in the School of Dental and Oral Surgery--later known as the College of Dental Medicine.
Personal papers of U.S. pediatrician Annaliese Lotte Sitarz, an alumna (M.D. 1950) and faculty member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons. She had a distinguished career in pediatric oncology with much of her clinical work based at Babies Hospital, later known as New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, while also consulting at Overlook and Harlem Hospitals. She was a founding investigator of the Children’s Cancer Study Group, a cooperative group established by the National Institutes of Health to study childhood cancers. She was first appointed to the Department of Pediatrics in the College of Physicians & Surgeons in 1957 and received tenure as Assistant Professor in 1973.
Personal papers of Leonard Coleman Harbor, professor of dermatology at New York University and Columbia University, and served as chair of the Department of Dermatology in the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University.
Personal papers of U.S. physician, Dickinson W. Richards (1895-1973), alumnus (M.A. 1922; M.D. 1923) and faculty member (1925-1973) of Columbia University's College of Physicians & Surgeons. Richards served as Intern (1924) and Resident (1925-1927) at Presbyterian Hospital, with later positions there (1928-1961) and at Bellevue Hospital (1933-1961), and consulted for Merck & Co. Richards received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1956, along with André Cournand and Werner Forssmann for their work relating to heart catheterization.
Correspondence, court documents, pamphlets, prison diaries, parole records, oral history transcripts, interview transcripts, memoir drafts, poems, speeches, articles, awards, certificates, diplomas, photographs, clippings and digital video document the life and death of physician and political activist Alan Berkman (1945-2009), a physician from Middletown, New York who became radicalized as a medical student while attending Columbia University’s college of Physicians and Surgeons (MD 1971). He was later involved in two robberies. The first attributed to members of the May 19th Communist Organization and Black Liberation Army. His papers also contain records relating to the reinstatement of his medical license and career after his release from prison. He was Assistant Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Clinical Sociomedical Sciences in the Mailman School of Public Health.