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Germantown Hospital records


Held at: Germantown Historical Society [Contact Us]5501 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19144

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Germantown Historical Society. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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On September 23, 1863, twelve prominent gentlemen of the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia met for the purpose of establishing a medical dispensary. During the Civil War, the Germantown Hospital Association contributed to the Women's Pennsylvania Branch of the Sanitary Commission, an organization that helped coordinate medical care for the Union Army (Merritt). Germantown Hospital opened its doors in 1870. The doctors there maintained their own practices, but also provided free medical care to the needy (Callard 86). In 1997 Germantown Hospital was acquired by Einstein medical group, and it was merged into Albert Einstein Medical Center in 1999.


Callard, Judith. Images of America: Germantown, Mount Airy, and Chestnut Hill. Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia, 2000.

Merritt, Jen. "Wisters and Fishers in the Civil War." Belfield & Wakefield: A Link to LaSalle's Past. 1994. Accessed February 29, 2012.

The collection consists of meeting minutes spanning from 1863 to 1997, as well as correspondence, legal documents, forms, contracts, staff applications, pamphlets, and other miscellaneous documents, circa 1960-1994.

In addition to Germantown Hospital minute books (1863-1991), this collection also contains minutes from the Women's Board of the Germantown Hospital (1920-1997), and from various committees.

Most of the other materials in this collection are organized into files by subject. The subjects relate to hospital administration, construction projects, personnel, legal issues, and other topics.

There is a small amount of material separate from the subject files. Several newspaper clippings scrapbooks (1961-1969) are devoted to the Rose Carnival, an annual fundraiser organized by the Women's Board. There are also annual reports spanning the years 1949 to 1973. Finally, there is a set of files belonging to Earle Barber, the hospital's attorney. The files primarily contain legal documents and materials relating to merger with Einstein Hospital, circa 1997-1999.

Gift of Germantown Hospital, 2009.

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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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