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Finding Aid for the Joseph Alfred Andrews Papers 1880-1899
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Joseph Alfred Andrews Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1880-1899
    Collection number: 189
    Creator: Andrews, Joseph Alfred 1858-1928
    Extent: 1.0 linear feet (2 document boxes)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections Division
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: Joseph Alfred Andrews was born in 1858 and died in 1928. He received an M.D. degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1876 and subsequently specialized in ophthalmology and otolaryngology. Dr. Andrews had medical offices in New York City from the early 1890s until 1896 and was active, there, in professional affairs, serving on the staffs of several hospitals, publishing in local medical journals, and fulfilling assignments in ophthalmological societies. In 1897 he visited Santa Barbara, California for medical reasons and subsequently moved there permanently, becoming a well-respected physician in the community. The papers span twenty years and cover aspects of his professional life (notes, correspondence, committee affairs) and of his social life (correspondence, invitations), but almost totally missing are any personal aspects. The collection does afford some interesting glimpses of the problems and internal politics facing those concerned with the administration of New York's public charity hospitals of the time.
    Physical location: History and Special Collections Division, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, University of California, Los Angeles
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English

    Access

    The collection is open for research. Contact the History and Special Collections Division, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, UCLA, for information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Joseph Alfred Andrews Papers, 189, Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library History and Special Collections Division, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of the Los Angeles Country Medical Association (LACMA) to the UCLA Biomedical Library, ca. 1994.

    Biography

    Joseph Alfred Andrews was born in 1858 and died in 1928. He received an M.D. degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1876 and specialized in ophthalmology and otolaryngology. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the American Ophthalmological Society, the American Otological Society, and the Medical Society of the State of New York. A number of his papers were published in New York medical journals, as listed in the "Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon-General's Office". [Dr. Andrews' obituary appeared in the "Journal of the American Medical Association," 90:1888, 1928, and he is listed in the AMA's "Directory of Deceased Physicians".]
    Dr. Andrews traveled (and probably studied) in Europe; the papers contain letters from friends and a few mementos from London, Paris, correspondence from several German cities, and Dr. Andrews' notes in German. He was also, at some time, in Hong Kong and visited Canton; his handwritten and signed (but not dated) short "Medical impression of China" verifies this fact.
    Dr. Andrews' medical office was located at 9 West 22nd Street, New York at least from the early 1890's until 1896. In 1896 he visited Hot Springs, Virginia for health reasons; in 1897 he tried the climate in Santa Barbara, California temporarily; but the papers give no indication exactly when he definitely made that city his permanent home. While in New York Dr. Andrews was active in professional affairs, serving especially on the staff and Medical Board of City Hospital, other hospitals of the Department of Public Charities, and fulfilling committee assignments in local ophthalmological societies. There is also correspondence from his private patients in New York and Santa Barbara.
    Socially, Dr. Andrews was well liked and sought after, to judge by the number of invitations and social notes among his papers. He never married during the time spanned by these papers. He seems to have been a gifted amateur artist, judging by the comments on and few examples of his sketches. [An interesting snapshot of Dr. Andrews' life after 1899 emerged from another collection (Ms. Coll. #188, the papers of Orville Harry Brown, Folder 5): in 1908 Dr. Andrews was invited, and accepted, to become a member of the Local Advisory Committee of the American Health League for Santa Barbara, CA. Five letters from the League to JAA are included in Coll. # 188.]

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Andrews, Joseph Alfred (1858-1928) Archives
    Physicians--United States--Archival resources.