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Guide to the Vassar College Infirmary Registers, circa 1880s-1931

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Vassar College--Infirmary
Title: Vassar College Infirmary Registers
Dates: circa 1880s-1931
Quantity: 3 cubic feet (11 boxes)
Abstract: Bound registers from the Vassar College Infirmary, containing logs of student and staff sick visits, symptoms, prescriptions, and treatments.
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Administrative History

In its early decades, Vassar College had a small infirmary and convalescents’ room located in the southeast corner of Main Building’s fourth floor, staffed by the resident physician, her assistant, and a few nurses. As the college expanded, in 1897 the physician, Dr. Elizabeth Thelberg, rented a nearby house for eight dollars a month to accommodate more patients. Two years later, the college began negotiations with the architectural firm York and Sawyer, the architects for the recently completed Rockefeller Hall, for a more permanent medical building, to be known as Swift Infirmary in memory of Charles W. Swift.

Swift Infirmary, or "Swift Recovery" opened in 1900. Vassar’s health facilities continued to expand after the construction of Swift: first with Metcalf House, the physician’s house, in 1915—also by York and Sawyer—and later, in 1940, with Baldwin Infirmary replacing Swift, which could no longer accommodate the needs of the larger and modern college.

Source: "Swift Hall," Vassar College Encyclopedia, 2014.

Chronology of Resident Physicians, 1865-1946
  • Alida C. Avery, 1865-1873
  • Helen Worthing Webster, 1873-1881
  • Mary E. Allen, 1881-1884
  • Lucy M. Hall, 1884-1887
  • Elizabeth B. Thelberg, 1887-1890, 1892-1930
  • Gertrude A. Farwell, 1890-1892
  • Jane North Baldwin, 1930-1946
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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of 12 bound registers and one accompanying index from the Vassar College Infirmary, containing logs of student and staff sick visits, symptoms, prescriptions, and treatments.

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Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to quote (publish) from unpublished or previously published material must be obtained as described in the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library .

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Subject Headings

Organizations:

  • Vassar College--Administration

Subjects:

  • Physical fitness for women
  • Therapeutics--Nineteenth century
  • Therapeutics--Twentieth century
  • Women in medicine--Nineteenth century
  • Women in medicine--Twentieth century
  • Women's colleges--New York (State)--Poughkeepsie
  • Women--Diseases--Treatment--Nineteenth century
  • Women--Diseases--Treatment--Twentieth century
  • Women--Education

Places:

  • Poughkeepsie (N.Y.)--History

Document Types:

  • Medical records
  • Registers (lists)

VCL Categories

  • Vassar College Administrative Offices and Functions
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Encoding Information

Encoded by Emma Gronbeck, January 2023.

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Preferred Citation

Vassar College Infirmary Registers, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Processed by Emma Gronbeck, January 2023.

Acquisition Information

Unknown.

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Container List

Box 1 Infirmary Register, circa 1880s (32 x 15 x 4 cm)
Box 2 Infirmary Register, 1881-1882 (25 x 21 x 4 cm)
Box 3 Infirmary Register, 1882-1883 (25 x 21 x 4 cm)
Box 4 Infirmary Register, 1883-1884 (25 x 21 x 4 cm)
Box 5 Infirmary Register, 1884-1887 (35 x 30 x 5 cm)
Box 6 Prescription Register, 1885 September - 1887 February (35 x 29 x 3 cm)
Box 7 Infirmary Register, 1892-1893 (36 x 24 x 5 cm)
Box 7 Infirmary Register Index, 1892-1893
Box 8 Infirmary Register, 1896-1897 (33 x 18 x 4 cm)
Box 2 Infirmary Register, 1897-1902 (26 x 20 x 2 cm)
Box 9 Infirmary Register, 1909-1915 (36 x 29 x 8 cm)
Box 10 Infirmary Register, 1916-1921 (36 x 29 x 8 cm)
Box 11 Infirmary Register, 1928-1931 (37 x 32 x 9 cm)

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