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School of Veterinary Medicine. Centennial, 1984, Records


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One of the oldest of its kind in North America, the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania is the only veterinary school in the United States that was a direct outgrowth of the University's School of Medicine. In 1807, Benjamin Rush, one of the three original professors of the medical school, proposed that instruction in veterinary medicine be given at the University of Pennsylvania. It was not until 1882, however, that Joshua Ballinger Lippincott, one of the University Trustees, donated $10,000 for the purpose of establishing a veterinary school within the University. The Board of Trustees appointed a special committee with Lippincott as Chairman to consider plans for inaugurating such a school.

In October 1884 the School of Veterinary Medicine was opened with Dr. Rush Shippen Huidekoper serving as Dean. Funds for the construction and equipment of the first buildings were contributed by Mr. Joshua Ballinger Lippincott, Mr. J. E. Gillingham, and Mr. Fairman Rogers. Beginning a century-long tradition of support, the state of Pennsylvania appropriated $25,000 for the School in 1889. This was only the first step of many that have contributed to the rapid growth of the School.

In order to make way for the present medical laboratories, the School of Veterinary Medicine moved from 36th and Pine Street to 39th and Woodland Avenue in 1901. In 1905, Dean Leonard Pearson presented plans for a combination of new veterinary school and hospital. Generous contributions, a gift of $100,000 from Mrs. James J. Goodwin (daughter of Joshua Ballinger Lippincott), a bequest of $50,000 from Mr. Joseph E. Gillingham, and more state appropriations totaling $380,000 from 1906 to 1911, allowed for the completion of a new building by 1913. The school has since resided in this building.

The Faculty voted to admit women to the course in veterinary medicine in 1933 provided "that no concessions be made in regard to the work required." Within two years, the school was offering courses for advanced work in veterinary pathology leading to master and doctoral degrees. The school has been offering graduate courses in cooperation with the Graduate School of Medicine ever since. A gift by the heirs of Effingham B. Morris of Bolton Farm in 1937 led to the establishment of an ambulatory clinic to aid the clinical instruction in veterinary medicine.

In 1945, the faculty reorganized the ambulatory clinic and established the Media Field Station, which served as the School's clinical center until 1952. In 1947, a third floor was added to the north wing of the school building to provide quarters for pathology and microbiology.

The University acquired a tract of land at London Grove, Pennsylvania, 32 miles southwest of the University campus, for use by the Veterinary School in 1952. Named New Bolton Center, it has been a major base for teaching, research and clinical services in veterinary medicine.

In recent decades, the School of Veterinary Medicine, in cooperation with the faculty of the School of Medicine, further specialized the discipline and thus strengthened its status as one of the nation's leading veterinary schools.

Transferred from the School of Veterinary Medicine, July 7, 1989

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Prescription book kept by Dr. Martin, 19th century.
Box 1 Folder 1
Planning documents for celebration -- originals.
Box 1 Folder 2
Centennial Committee.
Box 1 Folder 3
Documentation Committee.
Box 1 Folder 4
general file.
Box 1 Folder 5
Minutes, 1982-1983.
Box 1 Folder 6
Minutes, 1984.
Box 1 Folder 7
Correspondence, 1982.
Box 1 Folder 8
Correspondence, 1983.
Box 1 Folder 9
Correspondence, 1984.
Box 1 Folder 10
Box 1 Folder 11
Award Citations.
Box 1 Folder 12
Designing and funding, 1983-1984.
Box 1 Folder 13
Box 1 Folder 14
Nominations, 1983.
Box 1 Folder 15
Notifications and invitations to recipients, 1984.
Box 1 Folder 16
Press Releases.
Box 1 Folder 17
Program for Centennial Award of Merit, 1984.
Box 1 Folder 18
Recipient correspondence, 1984.
Box 1 Folder 19
Box 1 Folder 20
Award Citations.
Box 1 Folder 21
Dinner lists, RSVP, etc.
Box 1 Folder 22
Press Releases.
Box 1 Folder 23
program of awarding, 1984.
Box 1 Folder 24
Correspondence, 1982-1985.
Box 1 Folder 25
Address by Robert R. Marshak, 1984.
Box 1 Folder 26
Brochure, [1984].
Box 1 Folder 27
Honorary degree, 1984.
Box 1 Folder 28
Honorary Degree Citations.
Box 1 Folder 29
Background information on recipients.
Box 1 Folder 30
Box 1 Folder 31
Press releases.
Box 1 Folder 32
Box 1 Folder 33
Program information.
Box 1 Folder 34
Dinner lists, RSVP, arrangements.
Box 1 Folder 35
Guest registration book.
Box 1 Folder 36
Minority Dinner, Program, 1984.
Box 1 Folder 37
Bills / Receipts, 1983-1984.
Box 1 Folder 38
Alumni lists.
Box 1 Folder 39
Alumni lists by class (front of roster book).
Box 1 Folder 40
Student rosters -- class of 1887-1931 (pp. 1-44).
Box 1 Folder 41
Student rosters -- class of 1932-1959 (pp. 45-87).
Box 1 Folder 42
Student rosters -- class of 1960-1976 (pp. 89-122).
Box 1 Folder 43
Cardiovascular Conference.
Box 1 Folder 44
Conference of the School of Veterinary Medicine and School of Social Work.
Box 1 Folder 45
Conference of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Box 1 Folder 46
Conference of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons -- lists.
Box 1 Folder 47
Radiologists Meeting.
Box 1 Folder 48
Map of the original school site.
Box 1 Folder 49
Box 1 Folder 50
American College of Veterinary Medicine -- programs.
Box 1 Folder 51
Box 1 Folder 52
Department of Veterinary Medicine: fifteen views.
Box 2 Folder 1
Veterinary School buildings, 1909.
Box 2 Folder 2
Pharmacy lab / Hospital Pharmacy, 1909.
Box 2 Folder 3
Large Animal Examination Room, 1909.
Box 2 Folder 4
Operating Room for Small Animals, 1909.
Box 2 Folder 5
Ambulances, 1909.
Box 2 Folder 6
Anatomy / Dissecting Rooms.
Box 2 Folder 7
Animal Clinic.
Box 2 Folder 8
Class shots.
Box 2 Folder 9
Student groups.
Box 2 Folder 10
Alumni Day.
Box 2 Folder 11
Dr. J. Jenny.
Box 2 Folder 12
Dr. Marshak's trip to California.
Box 2 Folder 13
Box 2 Folder 14
Second Centennial Fund.
Box 2 Folder 15
Centennial Convocation -- Honorary Degree Recipients.
Box 2 Folder 16
Special Convocation.
Box 2 Folder 17
Centennial Medal Winners (I).
Box 2 Folder 18
Centennial Medal Winners (II).
Box 2 Folder 19
Centennial Award of Merit.
Box 2 Folder 20
Founder's Day.
Box 2 Folder 21
1984 Birthday Party.
Box 2 Folder 22
Friend's Tour.
Box 2 Folder 23
AKC Party.
Box 2 Folder 24
Centennial Celebration Speakers.
Box 2 Folder 25
Campus scenes / Academy of Music.
Box 2 Folder 26
Box 2 Folder 27
Box 2 Folder 28
Box 2 Folder 29
Printed -- Flyers, programs, etc.
Box 2 Folder 30
Videos -- correspondence.
Box 2 Folder 31
Videos -- clippings.
Box 2 Folder 32
Man and Animals -- clippings.
Box 2 Folder 33
Era of the Pet -- clippings.
Box 2 Folder 34
Ice Sculpture Contest.
Box 2 Folder 35
Artifacts: Trial Casts, Centennial Medal (Obverse: Rush Shippen Huidekoper; reverse: Vet School).
Box 2 Folder 36

John William Adams, 1862-1926, portrait.
Box OS 1
Veterinary Medical Society, University of Pennsylvania, 1932.
Box OS 1
School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 50th Anniversary Banquet, 1935.
Box OS 1
Class of (unidentified).
Box OS 1
Class of (unidentified).
Box OS 1
Class of 1918, banquet, Hotel Bingham, Philadelphia, February 9, 1917, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.
Box OS 1
Class of 1916, Senior Class, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.
Box OS 1
Alumni Day, Classes of 1926-1929, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.
Box OS 1

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