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Guide to the Brooklyn hospitals and health services organizations collection ARC.141

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Collection processed by Nicholas Pavlik

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on March 13, 2017
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Last updated by John Zarrillo  , March 2017

Scope and Contents

The Brooklyn hospitals and health services organizations collection spans the period 1829 to 1998, with the bulk of the material dating between 1861 and 1939, and contains records of various Brooklyn hospitals and health services organizations, many of which were affiliated with charitable organizations or religious denominations and provided care to Brooklyn's disadvantaged and underserved citizenry.

Many types of institutions are represented in the collection, including general hospitals and dispensaries; women and children's hospitals; hospitals and dispensaries serving a specific religious denomination or ethnic group; specialized hospitals and dispensaries; mental institutions; terminal care facilities; rehabilitation centers; homeopathic hospitals and dispensaries; medical societies and preventive health organizations; and medical colleges and nurse training schools.

Materials in the collection consist mainly of annual reports and yearbooks containing essential summary information on an organization, including historical sketches; lists of board members, officers, and medical staff; constitutions, bylaws, and articles of incorporation; reports of various officers; financial statements; medical and surgical statistics and reports; lists of subscribers, members, and contributors; details regarding monetary donations; and rules for the admission of patients. While the annual reports and yearbooks do contain general information on individuals who received care from a particular organization, specific names are withheld.

Additional materials in the collection include constitutions and bylaws, rules of procedure, progress reports, medical manuals, catalogs, member and alumnae lists, newsletters and bulletins, brochures, and various ephemeral literature.

The following organizations are represented in the collection, listed by institution type:

General Hospitals and Dispensaries:

Bedford Dispensary and Hospital (also represented under its previous names, including the Bedford Dispensary Association and the Bedford Dispensary)

Bethany Deaconess Hospital Society

Brooklyn Central Dispensary

Brooklyn City Dispensary

Brooklyn Eclectic Dispensary

Brooklyn State Hospital (also represented under its previous name, the Long Island State Hospital)

Bushwick Hospital

People's Medical and Surgical Dispensary

Prospect Heights Hospital (also represented under its previous names, including the Brooklyn Homeopathic Lying-In Asylum; the Brooklyn Homeopathic Maternity; the Brooklyn Maternity; and the Prospect Heights Hospital and Brooklyn Maternity)

Samaritan Hospital of Brooklyn

St. Catherine's Hospital (materials partly written in German)

St. Martha's Sanitarium and Dispensary

St. Mary's General Hospital

St. Peter's Hospital

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center

Triboro Hospital

U.S. Base Hospital No. 37, A.E.F. (a unit of the Kings County Hospital that was active during World War I)

Women and Children's Hospitals:

House of St. Giles the Cripple

Memorial Hospital for Women and Children

St. Charles Hospital (also known as the Brooklyn Home for Blind, Crippled, and Defective Children)

St. Christopher's Hospital for Babies

Salvation Army Brooklyn Nursery and Infants' Hospital

Denominational and Ethnic Hospitals and Dispensaries:

German Hospital Society (materials mostly in German)

Jewish Hospital of Brooklyn

Lutheran Hospital Association of the City of New York and Vicinity (materials mostly in German)

Maimonides Hospital of Brooklyn (Jewish)

Swedish Hospital

Specialized Hospitals and Dispensaries:

Brooklyn Diet Dispensary

Central Throat Hospital and Polyclinic Dispensary

Long Island Throat and Lung Hospital and People's Dispensary Association

Mental Institutions:

Kings County Lunatic Asylum

Terminal Care Facilities:

Faith Home for Incurables

Rehabilitation Centers:

Inebriates' Home for Kings County

Homeopathic Hospitals and Dispensaries:

Brooklyn Eastern District Homeopathic Dispensary

Brooklyn Homeopathic Dispensary

Brooklyn Homeopathic Hospital

Brooklyn Homeopathic Lying-In Asylum (also represented under its subsequent names, including the Brooklyn Homeopathic Maternity; the Brooklyn Maternity; the Prospect Heights Hospital and Brooklyn Maternity; and the Prospect Heights Hospital)

Central Homeopathic Dispensary

Gates Avenue Homeopathic Dispensary

Medical Societies and Preventive Health Organizations:

Brooklyn Association for Mental Health

Brooklyn Temperance Society

Brooklyn Tuberculosis and Health Association (also represented under its subsequent names, including the Brooklyn Tuberculosis and Respiratory Disease Association and the Brooklyn Tuberculosis and Lung Association)

Committee on Prevention of Tuberculosis (a unit of the Brooklyn Bureau of Charities)

Homeopathic Medical Society of the County of Kings

Hospital Saturday and Sunday Association of the City of Brooklyn

Jeri Finesilver Cancer Foundation (affiliated with the Brookdale Hospital Medical Center)

Kings County Pharmaceutical Society

Sons of Temperance of North America's Grand Division of Eastern New York

Visiting Nurse Association of Brooklyn

Woman's Temperance Society of Brooklyn

Women's Health Protective Association of Brooklyn

Medical Colleges and Nurse Training Schools:

Associated Alumnae of Brooklyn Training Schools for Nurses (an organization comprised of alumnae from Brooklyn's several nurse training schools)

Brooklyn Homeopathic Hospital Training School for Nurses

Medical College of the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center

Memorial Hospital for Women and Children Training School for Nurses

New York State School for Training Nurses (also represented under its subsequent names, the New York State School for Nurses and the Prospect Heights Hospital School of Nursing)