Collection VF03824 - Kemper College, Vertical File


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Kemper College, Vertical File



0.02 Linear Feet

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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.

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The Vertical File Collection is open and accessible for research.

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

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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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See also Elias H. Merryman files; See also James B. Williams, files; See also Josephus W. Hall files; See also St. Louis Obstetrical and Gynecological Society files; See also St. Louis, Missouri, files.

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

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© Copyright 2019 Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives. All rights reserved.

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