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University of Virginia School of Medicine Student Notebook collection

Identifier: MS-37

Scope and Contents

The notebooks range from 1836-1943 and include notes taken in classes for anatomy, surgery, physiology, gynecology, midwifery, chemistry, materia medica, preventive medicine, practice of medicine, ENT, bacteriology, jurisprudence, pharmacy, organic chemistry, pathology, psychobiology, internal medicine, toxicology, clinical diagnosis, histology, biology, syphilology, embryology, heart disease, urology, physical diagnosis, dermatology, pediatrics, orthopedics, Roentgenology, edpidemiology, nervous system, case teaching, and insanity.


  • Creation: 1839 - 1954

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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

The student notebooks contain the notes that medical students took in their classes or laboratories at the University of Virginia. Some of the notebooks belonged to men who would become faculty members at UVa. Those include Armistead Page Booker who was Clinical Instructor in Pediatrics in 1947 and retired from his position of Associate Professor in 1985; William Beverly Towles who became an instructor in anatomy in the 1872-73 session and became Professor of Anatomy and Materia Medica, serving in that position until his death in 1893; Charles Bruce Morton who is listed as the Professor of Clinical Surgery and Gynecology in the "University of Virginia Record" for 1944-45 and was last listed in the "University of Virginia School of Medicine Record" for 1969-70; and Oscar Swineford was listed as an instructor in Medicine in the "University of Virginia Record" of March 15, 1928 and was last listed as a Professor of Internal Medicine in the 1966-67 "University of Virginia Record."

Many of the students included the names of their professors and instructors and those include John Staige Davis, James L. Cabell, John P. Emmet, Henry Howard, Socrates Maupin, Albert H. Tuttle, Stephen Hurt Watts, John Henry Neff, William Hall Goodwin, Lawrence T. Royster, Allen F. Voshell, E. Wood, John Campbell Hortenstine, Henry Bearden Mulholland, Edwin Partridge Lehman, William Henry Parker, William Roland Hill, Charles Bruce Morton, William Edward Bray, Kenneth Boyd Grim, Samuel Alexander Vest, Edgar Wilson Kirby, Bruno Barelare, Tiffany Johns Williams, John McIntire Nokes, William Wirt Waddell, McLemore Birdsong, William Gayle Crutchfield, Everett Cato Drash, Edwin Webster Shearburn, Byrd Stuart Leavell, William Maryon Moir, David Cole Wilson, Thomas Shepherd Englar, Byrd Stuart Leavell, Oscar Swineford, Staige Davis Blackford, John Osborne McNeel, James Alexander Waddell, Dudley Crofford Smith, Fletcher Drummond Woodward, Vincent William Archer, George Cooper, Eugene Markley Landis, George McLean Lawson, Claude C. Coleman, Theodore Hough, William Douglas Macon, William Edward Brown, and Leroy Adelbert Calkins.

In our rare book collection there are other items of interest related to the student notebooks. These include theSyllabus of the Lectures on Medical Jurisprudence and on the Treatment of Poisoning and Suspended Animation, Delivered in the University of Virginia, by Robley Dunglison and printed in 1827 as well as volumes related to anatomy by William Beverley Towles. Towles' works areNotes on Anatomyprinted in 1886,Anatomy Notespublished in 1890,Notes on Anatomypublished in 1893, andDescriptive Anatomypublished in 1898 and 1904.


7.08 Linear Feet


The first 13 boxes and Box 14 through folder 5 are arranged chronologically. From Box 14, folder 6 the arrangement is in the order received.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The notebooks were donated by various people including Dr. Malcolm Foote Sher, Dr. Porter B. Echols, Jr., the Dr. Armistead P. Booker family, Dr. Weaver, Ms. Roberta Senechal, Jethro Meriwether Hurt, III, Mr. James Skalnik, and James D. Webb. Several notebooks were purchased.

Physical Description

17 boxes, 5" x 10.5" x 15.5," 7.2 feet, 121 items


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Historical Collections Staff
A Guide to the University of Virginia School of Medicine Student Notebook Collection, 1836-1943
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library Repository

Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
1300 Jefferson Park Avenue
P.O. Box 800722
Charlottesville Virginia 22908-0722 United States