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Section II, Series 2. Superintendent / Physician Records, 1826-1995 + [n.d.].

This record group consists of the papers of many prominent doctors who were associated with the Institute, a few of whom also served as the facility's superintendent. Papers associated with many of the physicians represented in this group may also be found in the administrative files. However, unlike items found in the administrative files, papers belonging to the physicians' files often had much to do with the physician's external life outside of his service to the Institute.

In addition, physician files are representative of the work done by a physician throughout his career, whereas the physician associated files found in the administrative records usually concern only his association with the Institute.

The physician files have been broken down into eight subseries by individual doctor, and further subdivided into categories, where necessary, for ease of use.

Subseries A: Thomas Story Kirkbride Material, 1826-1893, 1933-1968 + [n.d.]
The largest and oldest group of papers in the series was generated by the Institute's first superintendent, Thomas Story Kirkbride. With well over 1000 individual items, Kirkbride's papers, which consist mainly of correspondence and expository writings concerning Institute-related business, psychiatric care, and even personal items, are extremely informative in terms of the early history of mental institutions. Kirkbride was very much the heart of the Institute, and remained so for many years after his death. His dedication is revealed throughout this collection.

Subseries B: John Chapin Materials, 1870-1918
Following Kirkbride's death in 1883, Dr. John Chapin became the superintendent of the Institute. A small collection of his papers exist, though they are not comprehensive, nor are they overwhelmingly informative.

Subseries C: Edward Strecker Materials, 1915-1960
Dr. Strecker, a pioneer in the psychological treatment of alcoholism, as well as an advocate for child psychology, was an influential physician at the Institute. His collection of papers consists of a great deal of correspondence that details his work in the field of psychiatry and his years of service for the United States Armed Forces, as well as some of his personal life. In addition to his correspondence, there is a fairly comprehensive collection of his published professional works.

The four subseries below contain the papers of other influential physicians who worked at the Institute during the 20th Century. In each of these subseries, the written works of the men are collected, as is some of their professional correspondence.

Subseries D: Earl Bond Material, 1913-1970 + [n.d.]

Subseries E: Kenneth Appel Material, 1927-1979 + [n.d.]

Subseries F: Francis Braceland Material, 1931, (1937-1941) + [n.d.]

Subseries G: Manuel Pearson Material, 1937-1981 + [n.d.]

Subseries H: Residents' Papers, 1961-1995 + [n.d.], Boxes 192-198
The final subseries consists of thesis papers written by resident physicians in the field of psychiatry who completed their residencies at the Institute. The papers are of varying subject matter, and date between 1961 and 1995.

For more information concerning individual physicians at the Pennsylvania Hospital, see also the physician files of the Department of Sick and Injured.


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