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Diagnostic Hospital of Philadelphia Records


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Charity Hospital was first incorporated in 1861, with the goal of providing medical assistance to the industrial and manufacturing workers of Philadelphia. The founders hoped to locate the facility in either the north central part of the city. Charity Hospital's first location was in rented space on Buttonwood Street, east of Broad Street; sequently moving to 1832 Hamilton Street, until finally purchasing the location at 1731 Vine Street.

In 1920 the Board of Trustees petitioned the state to amend the Hospital's Charter by changing the name to Diagnostic Hospital. It was under the name of Diagnostic Hospital that it merged with the Graduate School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania in 1926.

The Diagnostic Hospital Records detail the administrative and financial aspects of Charity Hospital in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Of particular note are the Board of Trustees Minutes from 1861-1898, and the Treasurer's account books from 1870-1906.

The Records are organized by the name the Hospital was under the time of their creation (Charity or Diagnostic) and are arranged alphabetically by folder title.

University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center
Finding Aid Author
Joseph-James Ahern
Finding Aid Date
December 2008
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Audit, 1920.
Box 1 Folder 1
Charter of the Charity Hospital of the City of Philadelphia - Altered and Amended, 1870.
Box 1 Folder 2
Estate correspondence, 1903-1904.
Box 1 Folder 3
Investments of Charity Hospital, 191.
Box 1 Folder 4
Minutes of Board of Trustees, 1861-1880.
Box 1 Folder 5
Minutes of Board of Trustees, 1880-1989.
Box 1 Folder 6
Mortgage Property correspondence, 1911.
Box 1 Folder 7
Notes, n.d.
Box 1 Folder 8
Petition for Amendment to Charter, 1905.
Box 1 Folder 9
Report of Committee to verify Investments held by the Merchants Union Trust Company as Agent for Charity Hospital of Philadelphia, PA, 1918.
Box 1 Folder 10
Report of the Finance Committee, 1907.
Box 1 Folder 11
Treasurer's Account, 1870-1899.
Box 1 Folder 12
Treasurer's Account, 1899-1906.
Box 1 Folder 13
Treasurer's correspondence (originals DO NO USE), 1911.
Box 1 Folder 14
Treasurer's correspondence (research copies), 1911.
Box 1 Folder 15

Petition of the Diagnostic Hospital of Philadelphia and the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania for Leave to Merge and The Court's Decree Effecting the Merger, 1926.
Box 1 Folder 16

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