Missouri Medical College Records

Circular of the Medical Department of Kemper College, 1843-1844. Catalogue of the Faculty and Students of the Medical Department of the University of the State of... Fourth Annual Catalogue of the Officers and Students of the University of the State of Missouri, ... Periodical Annual Catalogue of the Medical Department of the University of the State of Missouri ... Catalogue and Circular of the Medical Department of the University of the State of Missouri, Sess... Annual Announcement of the Medical Department of the University of the State of Missouri, Session... Annual Announcement of the Medical Department of the University of the State of Missouri, Session... Annual Announcement of the Medical Department of the University of the State of Missouri, Session... Annual Announcement of the Medical Department of the University of the State of Missouri, Session... Annual Announcement of the Medical Department of the University of the State of Missouri, Session... Annual Announcement of the Missouri Medical College, Session 1857-1858. Annual Announcement of the Missouri Medical College, Session 1858-1859. Annual Announcement of the Missouri Medical College, Session 1859-1860. Graduates - Missouri Medical College, February 28, 1861. Graduates - Missouri Medical College, February 28, 1867. Annual Announcement and Catalogue of the Missouri Medical College, Session of 1868-1869. Graduates 1876. Annual Announcement and Catalogue of the Missouri Medical College, Session of 1869-1870. Annual Announcement and Catalogue of the Missouri Medical College, Session of 1870-1871. Annual Announcement and Catalogue of the Missouri Medical College, Session of 1871-1872.
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RG01H

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Missouri Medical College Records

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3.00 Linear Feet

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(1840-1899)

Administrative history

The Missouri Medical College originated as the Medical Department of Kemper College, an Episcopal institution founded in St. Louis in 1830. In 1840, Joseph Nash McDowell, M.D., organized a group of four other St. Louis physicians as a teaching faculty and thus established Kemper College's Medical Department. The lectures delivered by these physicians were the first medical courses taught west of the Mississippi River. The Medical Department was initially housed in a building at the corner of Ninth and Cerre Streets in St. Louis and was often referred to as McDowell's Medical College in tribute to its founder.

Kemper College closed in 1845 due to financial constraints and the Medical Department consequently transferred to the University of Missouri. At this time, the department constructed a new building in St. Louis, shaped like an octagonal fortress. The Medical Department remained affiliated with the University of Missouri for the next ten years, until it received an independent charter and officially became the Missouri Medical College.

The Missouri Medical College matriculated its first graduates in 1841 and continued to graduate students each year, except for the duration of the Civil War. Between 1862 and 1865, the institution's building in downtown St. Louis was converted into a military prison, named the Gratiot Street Prison. When the war ended, the building was returned to the college and medical courses resumed. The Missouri Medical College continued in operation until 1899, when it was absorbed into the Washington University School of Medicine.

Scope and content

This collection includes items relating to the Medical Department of Kemper College, the Medical Department of the University of the State of Missouri, and Missouri Medical College.  Of particular note are the annual announcements and catalogs in Series 1 which include course listings, faculty names, and student rosters.  There are 15 bound volumes in this collection that include incomplete years of faculty meeting minutes, matriculation registers, and student grades.

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The collection is open and accessible for research.

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

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  • English

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  • Latin

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