Joseph C. Hinsey Collection


Reference code


Level of description



Joseph C. Hinsey Collection


  • 1979-1981 (Creation)


0.25 Linear Feet

Name of creator


Biographical history

Dr. Joseph Clarence Hinsey (1901-1981) was born in Ottumwa, Iowa. Hinsey attended Northwestern University, receiving a B.S. (1922) and an M.S. (1923) in biology. He then studied neuroanatomy at Washington University from 1924-1927. At Washington University, the chairman of his committee was Stephen Walter Ranson, with Nobel Laureates Herbert Gasser and Joseph Erlanger representing his minors in physiology and pharmacology. After receiving his Ph.D. in 1927, Hinsey spent one year teaching at Washington University before moving to other academic and administrative posts at Northwestern and Stanford University.

In 1936, Hinsey served as Professor of Physiology and Chairman of the Department at Cornell University Medical College. He would later serve as Dean of the medical school from 1941-1953. Hinsey was then Director of the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center from 1953-1966. Among his many accomplishments was his work on improving medical education. He helped to found the Association of American Medical Colleges and served as its president in 1950.

Scope and content

The collection contains letters from Joseph C. Hinsey to Mr. and Mrs. Carlton Hunt, William Dock, and others. Hinsey’s address at Joseph Erlanger’s memorial service is included.

System of arrangement

Conditions governing access

The collection is open and accessible for research.

Technical access

Conditions governing reproduction

Users of the collection should read and abide by the Rights and Permissions guidelines at the Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives.

Users of the collection who wish to cite items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication must request, sign, and return a Statement of Use form to the Archives.

For detailed information regarding use of this collection, contact the Archives and Rare Book Department of the Becker Library (

Preferred Citation:

Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

Languages of the material

  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

Language and script notes

Finding aids

Custodial history

Collection given by Harriet K. Switzer, the secretary to the Board of Trustees of Washington University.

Immediate source of acquisition

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information


Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related archival materials

The Joseph C. Hinsey Papers, 1914-1980 (65 feet) are in the Medical Center Archives of New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell, New York, NY.

Specialized notes

Alternative identifier(s)

Rules or conventions

"Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Second Edition (DACS), 2013."

Sources used

Archivist's note

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Place access points

Accession area