Atlanta School of Medicine records, 1905-1912

Emory University

Health Sciences Archives

Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library

1462 Clifton Road, NE

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Atlanta School of Medicine.
Title: Atlanta School of Medicine records, 1905-1912
Call Number:Series No. 004
Extent: 1.5 linear ft. (3 boxes + 2 bound volumes)
Abstract:Consists of administrative and financial records, correspondence and clippings.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Related Materials in This Repository

Atlanta College of Physicians and Surgeons Records, HS RG 003; Atlanta Medical College Records, HS RG 005; Emory School of Medicine Records, RG HS 13.




[after identification of item(s)], Atlanta School of Medicine Records, Health Sciences Archives, Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library, Emory University.


Processed by Nancy Hall Watkins, 2003.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

The resolution for the founding of the Atlanta School of Medicine was formalized on September 19, 1905, six days after Dr. W. S. Kendrick resigned as dean of the Atlanta College of Physicians and Surgeons. Four weeks later the school was in operation with an enrollment of 220. Kendrick became dean of the school, which arranged to share the facilities of the Atlanta Dental School.

By the start of the second session a new four-story building and a hospital annex were ready for occupancy. Term lengths were increased from six to seven months with four years of work required for the degree. Primary emphasis was placed on the high quality of instruction and equipment. The school prided itself on being able to provide daily bedside instruction for its students, something that its rival institution, the Atlanta College of Physicians and Surgeons, could not offer. The opening of an obstetrical ward in 1909 presented an even greater opportunity for practical training.

Despite advances in training and equipment, the school had great difficulty meeting the standards of the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges.These standards were placing extreme pressure on proprietary schools such as the Atlanta School of Medicine who often found that they must lower admission standards in order to attract enough students to make a profit. In 1913 the school accepted the Atlanta College of Physicians and Surgeon’s proposition that the two schools unite as the Atlanta Medical College.

Scope and Content Note

The records of the Atlanta School of Medicine consist of an assortment of administrative and financial records, correspondence and clippings. The administrative records contain complete series of bulletins and faculty meeting minutes. Other items of particular interest include documentation of a controversy involving Grady hospital and proctor’s reports (1907-1912). Financial records are comprised of dispensary account ledgers (1908-1910), student accounts (1911-1915); cadaver tickets (1910-1911) and other miscellaneous items. The bulk of the correspondence pertains to beneficiary scholarships granted to one student from each Georgia congressional district.

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Administrative Records
Box Folder Content
1 1 Bulletin-Announcement issue, 1906-1908
1 2 Bulletin-Announcement issue, 1908-1910
1 3 Bulletin-Announcement issue, 1910-1913
1 4 Bulletin-Clinical issue, 1907
1 5 Bulletin-Extra edition, 1908
1 6 Commencement programs, 1910-1911
1 7 Examination reports, 1908-1909
1 8 Faculty minutes, 1905-1913
1 9 Grady hospital controversy, 1909
1 10 Lecture schedules and tickets, 1909
1 11 Library list, 1908
2 1 Opening of school, 1905-1906
2 2 Proctor’s reports, 1907-1912
2 3 Report to hospital board, 1907
2 4 Sample record charts, undated
2 5 Trustees minutes and clinic record
Financial Records
3 1 Cadaver tickets, 1910-1911
3 2 Dispensary account ledger, 1908-1910
3 3 Dispensary account ledger, 1908-1910
BV 1 Ledger, 1911-1915
3 4-9 Miscellany, undated
3 10 Hospital dismissal receipts, undated
BV 2 Student accounts, 1911-1915
2 5 General, 1908-1909
2 6 Beneficiary scholarship-originals, 1906
2 7 Beneficiary scholarship-photocopies, 1906
2 8 Beneficiary scholarship-originals, 1908
2 9 Beneficiary scholarship-photocopies, 1908
2 10 Beneficiary scholarship-originals, 1909
2 11 Beneficiary scholarship-photocopies, 1909
2 12 Beneficiary scholarship-original (fragile), undated
2 13 Southern College Association membership, 1909
2 14 1905-1906