Guide to the Cooper Medical College Collection SC0923

Finding aid prepared by Daniel Hartwig
Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives
Stanford University Libraries.
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, California, 94305
Repository email:
May 2011

Title: Cooper Medical College collection
Identifier/Call Number: SC0923
Contributing Institution: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.75 Linear feet
Date (bulk): Bulk, 1857-1894
Date (inclusive): 1857-1974

Cite As

[identification of item], Cooper Medical College Collection (SC0923). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biographical/Historical note

The Medical Department of the University of the Pacific was the first medical school on the West Coast, founded in San Francisco in 1858 by Dr. Elias Samuel Cooper. Following the death of Dr. Cooper in 1862, the program was suspended. In 1864, Dr. Hugh Huger Toland founded Toland Medical College in San Francisco, which later became the medical department of the University of California. By 1872 the Medical Department of the University of the Pacific was reorganized as the Medical College of the Pacific in affiliation with University (City) College. In 1882 Dr. Levi Cooper Lane generously donated a state of the art building to the medical school and the name of the school was subsequently changed from the Medical College of the Pacific to Cooper Medical College in honor of Dr. Lane's uncle, Dr. Elias Samuel Cooper. In 1908, Dr. Lane granted permission for the equipment and properties of Cooper Medical College to be transferred to Stanford University. Instruction by Stanford University began in 1909 and continued in San Francisco until 1959, at which time the Stanford School of Medicine opened on the Stanford campus.

Scope and Contents note

The Cooper Medical College collection consists primarily of ephemeral material such as commencement invitations, programs, and addresses from Cooper Medical College and its predecessors, the Medical College of the Pacific, and Toland Medical College. Also included are several printed lectures from the Medical College of the Pacific, 1861-1879, annual reports, medical publications, faculty handbooks, clippings, and an alumni directory.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Cooper Medical College..
Cooper Medical College.
Cooper, Elias Samuel, 1820-1862.
Cooper, Elias Samuel,, 1822-1862.
Lane, Levi Cooper, 1833-1902.
Lane, Levi Cooper,, 1833-1902.
Medical College of the Pacific (San Francisco, Calif.)
Toland Medical College..
Toland Medical College.
University of the Pacific. Medical Dept.
University of the Pacific.. Medical Dept..


Collection items

Box 1, Folder 1

Toland Medical College-Opening Address 1866

Box 1, Folder 2

Toland Medical College-Valedictory Address 1869

Box 1, Folder 3

Toland Medical College-Annual Announcement of Lectures 1871

Box 1, Folder 4

Toland Medical College-History from: Thompson, William Benbow. The Story of the Professorship of Obstetrics at the University of California. Reprinted from: Portland, Or: Western Journal of Surgery Pub. Co 1950

Box 1, Folder 5

Medical College of the Pacific-Lectures 1861-1879

Box 1, Folder 6

Medical College of the Pacific-Annual Announcements 1872-1882

Box 1, Folder 7

Medical College of the Pacific-Commencement Programs, 1871-1879

Box 1, Folder 8

Elias Samuel Cooper-publications, addresses, biographical, 1857-1938

Box 1, Folder 9

Levi Cooper Lane-dissertation, publications, 1876-1891, undated

Box 1, Folder 10

W. S. Thorne-"Report on Surgery," 1885

Box 1, Folder 11

Cooper Medical College-Annual Announcement, 1885

Box 1, Folder 12

Cooper Medical College-Annual Report (Morse Dispensary), 1884-1890

Box 1, Folder 13

Cooper Medical College-Annual Report (Dispensary), 1891-1893

Box 1, Folder 14

Cooper Medical College-Annual Report of Clinics, 1894

Box 1, Folder 15

Cooper Medical College-Commencement Invitations and Programs 1883-1912

Box 1, Folder 16

Cooper Medical College-Commencement Addresses 1884-1888

Box 1, Folder 17

Cooper Medical College-Commencement Addresses 1889

Box 1, Folder 18

Cooper Medical College-Commencement Addresses, 1890

Box 1, Folder 19

Cooper Medical College-Commencement Addresses 1890

Box 2, Folder 1

Cooper Medical College-Building-Dedication 1882

Box 2, Folder 2

Cooper Medical College-Building: Shuman, Ronald. Portraits: The Cooper Medical Building, the Lane Hospital Building. San Francisco: Pacific Medical Center 1974

Box 2, Folder 3

Cooper Medical College-Rules for the Government of the Faculty of Cooper Medical College 1891

Box 2, Folder 4

Cooper Medical College-Stanford University, and J. H. Wythe. Faculty of the Cooper Medical College, Successor to the Medical College of the Pacific, San Francisco, 1882-1912. [Palo Alto]: Stanford University, School of Medicine 1969

Box 2, Folder 5

Cooper Medical College-Letter to Alumni 1911

Box 2, Folder 6

Cooper Medical College-Alumni Directory, 1859-1912. San Francisco, CA: Cooper Medical College 1916

Box 2, Folder 7

Cooper Medical College-Barkan, Hans. Cooper Medical College, Founded by Levi Cooper Lane; an Historical Sketch. San Francisco, Ca: Stanford Medical Bulletin 1954

Box 2, Folder 8

Cooper Medical College-Clippings 1973