The Resource Presidential papers of Katharine R. Sturgis

Presidential papers of Katharine R. Sturgis

Label
Presidential papers of Katharine R. Sturgis, 1925-1986 (span),
Title
Presidential papers of Katharine R. Sturgis
Inclusive dates
1925-1986 (span),
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Language
eng
Summary
  • The presidential papers of Katharine R. Sturgis span 1925 to 1986; the bulk of the collection dates from 1970 to 1974. The papers reflect the activities of the College during Sturgis' presidential term; included are records of committee meetings, lectureship administration, donations and bequests, and amendments to ordinances and by-laws. Also present is a series of correspondence with the legal counsel of the College.
  • Series 4 provides information on lectureships and lectureship administration. Present is correspondence with lecturers, announcements, and historical notes. Also included are transcripts of lectures by Gonzalo E. Aponte, Bruno Bettelheim, Sidney Cohen, Donald B. Effler, Frank R. Ervin, Richard J. Herrnstein, Paul Kotin, Hugh L'Etang, Donald M. Small, and Stephen P. Strickland. Included in the lectureship administration records are schedules of lectures, financial statements, and membership lists of lecture committees. Records of various College committees, including the Committee on Bequests, the Greater Philadelphia Committee for Medical-Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Bicentennial Committee, the Committee on Planning, the Search Committee, and the Development Committee, are contained in Series 5. The records of the Bicentennial Committee include transcripts of lectures by Paul R. Ehrlich and René J. Dubos. Also of note are the records of the Search Committee; documented in these records is the College's 1972 search for a new executive director. Vice President John P. Hubbard is a significant correspondent. Series 6 contains miscellaneous material, including correspondence on the 1972 re-establishment of the Section on General Medicine (which had been discontinued in 1966), schedules of College meetings and events, and miscellaneous printed materials
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  • The Office of the President of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia is first described in the 1787 constitution. The constitution states that the President "shall have power to call extraordinary Meetings whenever important, or unexpected Business shall require, of which he shall be the Judge". The constitution also states that the president was authorized to call a special session when requested by at least six Fellows. According to the 1834 by-laws, the president was responsible for presiding at College meetings and signing orders from the treasurer. In 1882, the president was given "general supervision of the affairs of the College" and was required to present an annual address.
  • Additional changes in the Office of the President did not occur until 1972. The by-laws of this year state that the president must publish his annual address, submit a yearly summary of the activities of the College, and "appoint all standing committees and designate the Chairmen", with the exception of the Nominating Committee. The president's term was again restricted in the 1984 by-laws, which state that the president is limited to one two-year term. As of 1991, the president presides at meetings, appoints committees and defines their duties, serves as an ex-officio member of all committees, and has "all other duties and powers usually pertaining to the office".
  • Katharine Rosenbaum Guest Boucot Sturgis was born in Philadelphia on 3 Sept. 1903. She received her undergraduate degree from Penn State University and entered Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1935. She was forced to leave school when she contracted tuberculosis, but she later resumed her studies and earned her medical degree in 1940. After her internship at the Woman's Medical College Hospital and a residency at Herman Kiefer Hopital in Detroit, Sturgis returned to Philadelphia to teach at the Woman's Medical College. Throughout her career she conducted research in the early detection of lung cancer and tuberculosis, and later in life, she waged a vigorous campaign to inform the public of the hazards of smoking. Sturgis became a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia in 1951 and was elected its first woman president in 1972. She was forced to retire one year later due to health problems. During her distinguished career, Sturgis also served as the first woman president of the Philadelphia County Medical Society and president of the American College of Preventive Medicine. Katharine R. Sturgis died in Philadelphia on 28 Mar. 1987.
Cataloging source
PPC
Summary expansion
Series 1, spanning 1925 to 1974, includes records of donations and bequests made to the College. Present is correspondence with the S. Weir Mitchell Associates, lists of the journals they selected, and financial statements. Also contained in Series 1 is correspondence with donors who contributed chairs to the Samual D. Gross Library or donated to a fund in memory of David A. Cooper. Included in Series 2 are records of amendments of the ordinances and by-laws of the College. Also present are Sturgis' own copies of the 1959 and 1972 Ordinances and By-Laws, heavily marked with her holograph notes. Correspondence with legal counsel, spanning 1935 to 1976, is present in Series 3. Included are letters from Joseph Carson, Eric A. McCouch, and Richard K. Stevens, all of whom represented the College in legal matters over the years. Topics discussed in the correspondence include investments, trust funds, insurance, and the status of the College as a tax-exempt, non-profit institution
Label
Presidential papers of Katharine R. Sturgis
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Control code
000145092
Cumulative index finding aids
Finding aid available in repository.
Extent
  • 5
  • (2
Immediate source of acquisition
Tiffany, May
Organization method
Organized in six series: I. Donations and Bequests, 1925-1974. II. Ordinances and By-Laws, [ca. 1935-1972]. III. Legal Counsel, 1935-1976. IV. Lectureships, 1956-1984. V. Committees, 1960-1977. VI. Miscellaneous, 1932-1986.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 145092
  • 146034
  • (CStRLIN)PACV91-A67
Type of unit
  • boxes
  • linear ft.)
Label
Presidential papers of Katharine R. Sturgis
Control code
000145092
Cumulative index finding aids
Finding aid available in repository.
Extent
  • 5
  • (2
Immediate source of acquisition
Tiffany, May
Organization method
Organized in six series: I. Donations and Bequests, 1925-1974. II. Ordinances and By-Laws, [ca. 1935-1972]. III. Legal Counsel, 1935-1976. IV. Lectureships, 1956-1984. V. Committees, 1960-1977. VI. Miscellaneous, 1932-1986.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 145092
  • 146034
  • (CStRLIN)PACV91-A67
Type of unit
  • boxes
  • linear ft.)

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