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Ophthalmology letters collection

Identifier: MS C 84


Collection of letters relating to ophthalmology.


  • 1861-1935


0.21 Linear Feet (1 box)


Physical Location

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

Language of Materials

Collection materials primarily in English


Collection is not restricted. Contact the Reference Staff for information regarding access.

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Biographical Note

Upon graduation from Johns Hopkins University in 1884, Harry Friedenwald studied medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeon in Baltimore. In 1886 he began study in Europe, specializing in ophthalmology. From 1890 to 1920 Dr. Friedenwald was professor of Ophthalmology and Otology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Baltimore. He retired in 1929 as emeritus professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, which had absorbed the College of Physicians and Surgeons. He served as president of the American Ophthalmological Society in 1937. Throughout his life, Friedenwald also established himself as a significant book collector and historian of medicine.

An ophthalmologist, Dr. Russell Murdock performed the first unassisted cataract extraction and conducted the first courses in diseases of the eye provided by Baltimore's College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1868.

Collection Summary

Collection of letters relating to ophthalmology. Correspondents include C.R. Agnew, Joseph Aub, Swan M. Burnett, Burton Chance, Fred Cheney, J.J. Chisholm, E. Treacher Collins, George M. Gould, John Green, Albert B. Hale, Howard F. Hansell, I. Nivins Hays, B. Jay Jeffries, Herman Knapp, J. A. Lippincott, N. W. Littell, E.G. Loring, W. D. Marmion, Horace G. Miller, William O. Moore, William F. Morris, Russell Murdock, B. Alexander Randall, J.M. Ray, S.O. Richey, D.B. St. John Roosa, Samuel Theobald, O.F. Wadsworth, Charles H. Williams, Elisha Williams, H.W. Williams, and Casey A. Wood.


Collection of letters relating to ophthalmology.

Physical Location

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




Processed by
HMD Staff
Processing Completed
Encoded by
Jim Labosier


Finding Aid to the Ophthalmology letters collection 1861-1935
Unverified Partial Draft
HMD Staff
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Finding aid is written in English
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Collecting Area Details

Part of the Archives and Modern Manuscripts Collection Collecting Area

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