Drexel University

Drexel University College of Medicine Legacy Center

2900 West Queen Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19129
215-991-8340 voice
215-991-8172 fax
Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30-4:30 by appointment
Joanne Murray, Director

Margaret Graham, Managing Archivist

Matt Herbison, Archivist

Karen Ernst, Administrative Assistant

Melissa Mandell, Project Manager, Education and Interpretation



The Legacy Center: Archives and Special Collections on Women in Medicine and Homeopathy is the repository for records documenting the history of the College and its predecessor institutions including Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania and Hahnemann University. 

Woman's Medical College/Medical College of Pennsylvania and the Archives & Special Collections on Women in Medicine

The WMC/MCP collections are composed of the institution's Archives and the Special Collections on Women in Medicine, collectively reflecting the history of the college and women in medicine. As the record of the first regular medical school educating women, the archives are integral to the history of women in medicine. The Special Collections reach beyond the records of the College to include primary and secondary materials on the history of all women physicians, internationally.

The Guide to the Collections lists and describes the materials in the collection and finding aids provide further description to collections. Some finding aids are available online and some only on-site.

Materials include

  • Papers and correspondence of alumnae, pioneer medical women and other women physicians
  • Records and correspondence of the presidents, deans and faculty
  • Early medical student theses
  • Obstetrical and medical case books
  • Oral histories of women in medicine
  • 19th century photographs of women performing dissections and surgery
  • Records of women's hospitals throughout the United States
  • Records of international, national and local medical women's organizations, including the American Women's Hospital Service, the American Medical Women's Association and the Medical Women's International Association.

The Hahnemann Collection reflects the history of the institution and its mission. The University, founded in 1848 as the Homoeopathic Medical College of Pennsylvania and later known as Hahnemann Medical College, initially educated physicians in homeopathy before gaining national prominence as an academic medical center.

The materials date from the 16th Century to the present, with an emphasis on institutional records. The collection houses records of the College and Hospital from the earliest times, including the North American Academy at Allentown (1835) and related organizations such as the Hahnemann Alumni Association, Nurses' Alumnae Association, Hahnemann Hospital Association, various affiliated institutes and hospitals and several early homeopathic societies.

Because of the formative role played by the school in teaching the system of homeopathic medicine, the early records in particular reflect the history of homeopathy in the United States.

The Hahnemann collections include:

  • Records of the college and hospital from their founding
  • Early medical student theses, class notes and yearbooks
  • Papers and memorabilia of founder Constantine Hering Finding Aid
  • Hering's renowned collection on Paracelsus
  • Works of homeopathic historian Thomas Bradford, including his 35-volume biographical scrapbooks on American homeopaths Finding Aid
  • Medical instruments and early homeopathic medicine cases
  • Papers of modern pioneers in heart surgery and cardiology such as Charles Bailey and William Likoff
  • Historical reference collection on homeopathy
  • Primary and secondary sources in the history of medicine including, for example, William Hunter's Anatomy of the Human Gravid Uterus (1774), and Jenner's Inquiry on... the Cow Pox (1800), and a 1632 edition of Vesalius' Epitome.
  • Irena Koprowska collection on American Cancer Society-Veterans Administration lung cancer screening study, (1958-1964) Finding Aid