William Henry Welch (1850-1934) is a major figure in the history of medicine and public health. The collection of his personal and professional papers in the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives consist of approximately 200 boxes which include correspondence, diaries, manuscripts, photographs, and memorabilia. This online exhibit provides a glimpse of this important leader, his accomplishments, and the significant and extensive collection of papers he left behind.

The core of the Welch collection consists of material acquired and organized by Dr. Simon Flexner and his son James T. Flexner for their biography William Henry Welch and the Heroic Age of American Medicine. In 1979 the staff of the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives processed the Welch Collection, under the auspices of a grant funded by the National Library of Medicine. During the next twenty years, new records were acquired and added to the collection. This exhibit marks the completion of a new finding guide and inventory of the records prepared by Catherine Neill, M.D.

The new web-based Guide to the William H. Welch Collection is available within this site, as are significant examples from the collection. Researchers interested in further study are welcome to arrange a reading room appointment at the Medical Archives.

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