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AMA Deceased Physicians Masterfile

Identifier: MS C 556


Biographical sketches on note cards for AMA-member physicians that died between 1906-1969.


  • 1906-1969


87.5 Linear Feet (295 boxes)



Biographical sketches on note cards for AMA-member physicians that died between 1906-1969.

Physical Location

Materials stored onsite. History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine


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Collection Summary

Collection consists of biographical sketches on note cards for AMA-member physicians that died between 1906-1969. File cards were generated by the AMA when they started collecting information in 1906, until they converted to a computerized system in 1969. Information was gathered from licensing bureaus, medical schools, AMA Membership records, and medical societies, in reference to the physician. No family or detailed health information is available. A few cards were created for Canadian and international physicians based on their obituaries. Licensing cards show the state and year of licensing, based on the name given when examined, and were submitted by each state's medical examiner boards.Graduation cards show only the school the doctor was attending at the time of graduation. Physician cards have the most information. Earlier cards include information about early education, childhood locations, and include licensing information. On later cards, the early education information is rarely given, but a copy of the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) obituary is often included, as well as other information related to the physician's death. All licensing notifications (or revocations) are noted by date and location. In a few cases thumbnail pictures or obituaries are attached to the cards. Medical Societies sometimes reported the death of a member of their society, and cards were typed up containing what little information was available (usually, name, date and place of death.)

Custodial History

Originally produced by American Medical Association. Donated by AMA to National Genealogical Society (Alexandria Va.) in 1969.


Gift, National Genealogical Society, 2004, Acc. #2004-069.


Processed by
Anne Rothfeld
Processing Completed
Feb. 2006
Encoded by
John P. Rees

Language of Materials


Finding Aid to the AMA Deceased Physicians Masterfile, 1906-1969
Unverified Partial Draft
Anne Rothfeld
Feb. 2006
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English
Edition statement

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Archives and Modern Manuscripts Collection Collecting Area

8600 Rockville Pike
Bldg 38/1E-21, MSC 3819
Bethesda MD 20894 US
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