Synopsis: Founded in 1766: Celebrating the Archives of the Medical Society of New Jersey is on display at George F. Smith Library now through the end of 2018.
Start Time: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 12:00 AM
End Time: Monday, December 31, 2018
Location: George F. Smith Library
Address: 30 Twelfth Avenue
Campus: Newark
City, State, Country: Newark, NJ US
Fee: N/A
Sponsor: Rutgers University Libraries
Category: Other
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Contact Name: Bob Vietrogoski
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Contact Phone: (973) 972-7830
Additional Information: In 2016, Rutgers University was not the only major New Jersey institution celebrating its 250th anniversary. On July 23, 1766, at Duff’s Tavern in New Brunswick, a group of physicians met and formed the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ). Today, the MSNJ is not just America’s oldest state medical society, but also the oldest professional society in the country. The MSNJ recently donated its 20th- and early 21st-century records to Smith Library’s Special Collections in the History of Medicine. The donation consists of 52 archival boxes of records and 85 volumes of MSNJ Board of Trustees minutes from 1931 to 2005. These valuable historical records will be preserved and made available to MSNJ administrators, members, and officers; Rutgers University students and faculty; historians of medicine; and local and family historians. Special Collections already holds a nearly complete run of MSNJ journal publications from 1848 to 2005, as well as substantial archival holdings of its constituent Bergen, Burlington, Essex, Hudson, Monmouth, Passaic, and Warren County Medical Societies, and the records of the Medical Society of New Jersey Alliance (formerly the Women’s Auxiliary). An exhibit of materials from this accession was curated by special collections librarian Bob Vietrogoski with the help of library specialist Nancy Blankenhorn, medical student Stephanie Yuen, and Tim Corlis, head of preservation for Special Collections and University Archives. On display are a selection of artifacts related to the 200th and 250th anniversaries of the MSNJ.
Target Audience: Current Students,  Faculty,  Staff