The Office of Medical History and Archives collects and preserves materials that document the history of the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). It also supports historical research, teaching, and other activities that highlight the history of UMMS and the history of American medicine and health care. We invite you to visit the Archives.
Finding aids and box lists are available for these collections:
Graduate School of Nursing Papers
This collection is composed of materials that document the establishment and development of the Graduate School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts from 1982 through 2009. The collection consists of correspondence, reports, planning documents, publications, news clippings, and photographs that chronicle the activities of the Graduate School of Nursing community.
H. Brownell Wheeler, M.D. Papers, 1962-2007
Founding Chair of the Department of Surgery, H. Brownell (Brownie) Wheeler, M.D., F.A.C.S., was a central figure in the founding and solidifying of UMMS throughout its first three decades. As the earliest appointed faculty member, chosen directly by Lamar Soutter, founding dean, Dr. Wheeler has amassed a collection rich in documentary significance for the history of UMMS. A secondary subject area of importance in the Wheeler papers is the development of end-of-life, palliative care, and medical humanities activities in Massachusetts and at UMMS. Finally, as a leading vascular surgeon, Dr. Wheeler's papers document many aspects of the development of this area of critical interest for the history of surgery. Also of interest is an oral history interview.
University of Massachusetts Medical School Publications Collection, 1976 - ongoing
The bulk of this collection consists of publications created by and for faculty and staff of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, UMass Memorial Health Care, and UMass Memorial Foundation. Some publications are also for audiences outside the institution. Most of the publications were created internally by staff of the institution or its affiliates; however there are also publications that were created externally by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The publications include annual reports, newsletters and magazines, school and department catalogs, brochures, and pamphlets. Some of the publications in this collection are ongoing. New issues of ongoing publications will be added to the collection periodically.
John F. Stockwell Papers, 1966-2006
This collection is composed primarily of materials related to John F. Stockwell's work as the first director of University Hospital, first Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs, and Associate Professor of Hospital Administration at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Budget materials, financial reports, and correspondence comprise a large portion of the collection. There are also materials that document the early planning and construction of the medical school and hospital, collectively known as the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
James P. Loughlin Papers, 1965-1979
This collection documents James P. Loughlin's career as a labor union leader in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and his association with the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In his position as Secretary-Treasurer of the Massachusetts State Labor Council, AFL-CIO Loughlin played an influential role in locating the UMass Medical School in Worcester. This is chronicled in the news clippings, correspondence, printed material, and other documents that comprise the bulk of the collection. Also included in the collection are printed versions of photographs and other material acquired and retained in digital form.
Robert E. Tranquada, M.D. Papers, 1979-2009
This collection is composed of materials that document Robert E. Tranquada, M.D.'s career as Chancellor and Dean of the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) from 1979 to 1986. While Chancellor and Dean of UMMS, Dr. Tranquada instituted the tradition of Fall Convocation and established fundraising initiatives by appointing the first Director of Development. Also during his tenure at UMMS, the MD/PhD program and the Graduate School of Nursing began. Speeches, administrative documents, and press clippings comprise the bulk of the collection. It also contains materials relating to the establishment of the Massachusetts Medical Society's Corporation for Medical Information Development as well as transcripts of an oral history interview with Dr. Tranquada.
Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research
The Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research, formerly the Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology, was founded in 1944. Established initially as an independent research institute by Clark University neurophysiologist Dr. Hudson Hoagland and reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Gregory Goodwin Pincus, the nonprofit institute became best known for its work in discovering and developing "the Pill" – the world's first oral contraceptive. Building upon that work, birth control pill co-discoverer Dr. Min-Chueh Chang completed pioneering research on in vitro fertilization techniques at the Worcester Foundation.
The Foundation merged with the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1997. The Office of Medical History and Archives is pleased to hold in its collections a substantial body of materials generously donated by former WFBR staff and by the UMass Memorial Foundation/Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research. These items include scientific reports, annual reports, annual collections of scientists' publications, glass lecture slides, lecture notes, oral history interviews, and photographs. Other items, particularly of Gregory Pincus, are held by the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC., and by Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts.
This collection is not yet processed; however, a box list reflecting the contents of the collection is available. (, 301 KB)