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Newark Public Health Collection (ca. 1850 - 2005)
RepositoryNewark Public Library, Charles F. Cummings New Jersey Information Center
Collection IDMG Nwk Health
Size1.25 linear ft. (3 boxes)
Collection Description
The collection contains documents and materials relating to hospitals, public health, and individual healthcare practitioners in Newark.
Collection Contents
Box 1 contains the following folders:

"Medical Practice and Hospital Development in Newark, 1850-1887, as reported in the Newark Daily Advertiser" (3 folders): extracts of articles compiled by Samuel Berg, MD (ca. 1940)

"Beth Israel Hospital": includes the terms of the merger between Beth Israel and the Newark Maternity Hospital (1931), the hospital's 6th annual report (1937), a program of dedication (1908), and "Born at the Beth," a membership appeal that includes a history of Beth Israel (ca. 1995)

"Coit": includes reprints of articles and circulars by Henry L. Coit, MD (1854-1817), President of the New Jersey State Pediatric Society and medical director of the Babies Hospital in Newark. The material is mostly related to Medical Milk Commissions and the prevention of infant and child mortality (1893-1916).

"Newark City Hospital" (2 folders): 1.) contains "Letters Relating to Newark City Hospital," written to Samuel Berg, MD by Harry Moran (1877-1947, an orderly who worked closely with Harrison Martland, MD) regarding interns, staff, and incidents at the City Hospital; "Memoirs of Newark City Hospital, 1895-1896 Internship," by Robert F. Ives, MD, includes a letter to Samuel Berg, MD, lists of ingredients for various prescriptions, and brief reminiscences of doctors and staff (1941); and "Organization and Rules of the Medical Board, and of the House Staff of City Hospital" (ca. 1924). 2.) contains drafts of a paper by Samuel Berg, MD, with consists of descriptions of various Newark hospital buildings (1978)

"Department of Health": contains circulars, forms, questionnaires, and directives regarding vaccines, the milk supply, and contagious diseases, including scarlet fever, typhoid fever, tuberculosis, and pertussis; some of the material is in Italian, German, and Yiddish, (1894-ca. 1910s)

"College Hospital": contains a program from the dedication of the hospital; and a newsletter, "Welcome to College Hospital" (1979)

"Newark Health Committee Report": contains three reports to the Common Council from G. Doremus, and G. Grant, health commissioners, regarding a cholera epidemic, and two lists of victims of the epidemic. The reports cite streets and properties where outbreaks have occurred, and measures taken by the City to contain the epidemic (September 1854); the lists include the name, date of death, gender, age, marital status, residence, and country of origin of 40 cholera victims (August 16-22, 1854)

NOTE: "Beth Israel" folder was not found.

Box 2 contains the following folders and scrapbook:

Three folders of prescriptions, many issued by Newark doctors or Newark pharmacies (ca. 1850s-1900)

1 scrapbook containing photocopies of articles and photographs relating to the history of Bethany Presbyterian Hospital (ca. 1909-1980)

1 folder of material relating to the histories of Newark hospitals including articles regarding Babies Hospital (ca. 1939-1983) and Beth Israel Hospital (1943); two annual reports and a history of Community Hospital (1943-1953); and a program celebrating the legacy of the Kenney Hospital (2005)

A folder entitled "Manuscripts" includes a survey of medical library services in Newark (1954), and an outline of Stuart Galishoff's PhD dissertation on Newark public health

"Miscellaneous" (3 folders): include, among other materials: examination questions for nurses graduating from the Newark City Hospital (1902-1904); a brochure entitled "The Care of the Baby," distributed by Babies Hospital and attributed to Henry L. Coit, MD (ca. 1894); Martland Medical Center anniversary pamphlet (1978) and dedication program (1954); St. Michael's annual ball invitation (1978), and building campaign donor list (ca. 1941); a flyer for an AIDs memorial service (1990); reprints, articles, advertisements, and clippings relating to various remedies, medicines, and cures (ca. 1880s-1890s)

Box 3 contains 3 ledgers and 1 folder, as follows:

1 ledger of prescriptions for various ailments, with detailed formulas for the prescriptions

1 ledger [of Dr. Haring?], with index, lists patients alphabetically and includes names, addresses, conditions treated, dates of treatment, fees, and notes for each patient, all of whom are women and many of whom are from Newark, (ca.1871-1882)

1 ledger relating to nurses includes signed pledges to remain in the Newark City Hospital for two years; service list of nurses employed on private cases, including the name of the supervising physician, the name and address of the patient or employer, dates of employment, and the amount paid; and lists of supplies received by nurses by date (ca. 1885-1904)

1 folder of miscellaneous receipts, formulas for prescriptions, and notes on diseases, especially diseases of the lungs (1880s-1890s)
SubjectLGBTQ History
Time Periods19th Century; 20th Century
Access policyOpen for research
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