UT Health Science Center San Antonio

Guide to Bexar County Medical Society Records



Descriptive Summary and Abstract

Creator Bexar County Medical Society
Title: Bexar County Medical Society Records
Inclusive dates: 1853 - 1986
Abstract: Chartered in 1853 as the Bexar Medical Society, membership included physicians in Bexar and Medina Counties. It was thus the first county medical society in the State of Texas. Its founders included Drs. George Cupples, J.H. Lyons, Ferdinand Herff, and F.M. Giddings. In 1903 the Society was reorganized as the Bexar County Medical Society. In 1970, the Bexar County Medical Library donated its book collection and historical records to the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library of the Dolph Briscoe, Jr. Library at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Identification: AR 61
Extent: 52 boxes, 9 linear feet
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, UTHSC Libraries, University Archives, San Antonio, TX 78229-3900

Administrative History Note

On September 22, 1853, the Texas State Medical Association issued a charter to the Bexar Medical Society, located in San Antonio, Texas. It was the first county medical society in the State of Texas and included as members physicians in Bexar and Medina Counties. Its founders included Drs. George Cupples, J.H. Lyons, Ferdinand Herff, and F.M. Giddings. The first officers were Dr. George Cupples, President; Dr. E. G. A. Schaffter, Secretary; Dr. J. H. Lyons, Treasurer; and Dr. F. M. Giddings, Librarian.

Organized medical meetings were disrupted by the advent of the Civil War and practically nothing was heard of the county medical society. While the State Medical Association was reorganized after the Civil War and annual meetings were resumed in 1869, organized medicine in San Antonio was slow to recover until 1876 when the Western Texas Medical Association was incorporated by George Cupples, Ferdinand Herff, and others, with meetings held in San Antonio. Its charter expired in 1902 with the creation of the West Texas Medical Association. This new association was short-lived as the plan of organization by counties sponsored by the American Medical Association was accepted by the State Association on April 27, 1903. At a meeting of the physicians of Bexar County on July 9, 1903, the Bexar County Medical Society was organized. The first permanent home for the society was purchased in 1919 at 123 Lexington Avenue.

The Bexar County Medical Society is now the 8th largest county medical society in the United States. The mission of the BCMS is to support activities that result in the best medical care to patients served by Bexar County physicians operating in the optimal physician practice environment. It acts on behalf of medicine in general, acting in the best interests of physicians, patients, and the public.

Sources:

Nixon, Pat Ireland. A Century of Medicine in San Antonio : the Story of Medicine in Bexar County, Texas. San Antonio, Tex: Privately published by the author, 1936.


Scope and Contents

The Bexar County Medical Society Records contain membership directories, membership registrations, member photographs, committee reports, newsletters and other serial publications, reports, obituaries, physicians' case books and ledgers, and historical photographs relating to medicine and hospitals in Bexar County and to the Bexar County Medical Society and the Western Texas Medical Association. The records also contain inventories of various book collections previously owned by the Bexar County Medical Society.


 

Arrangement of Collection

The papers are organized in 52 boxes in 8 series as follows
Series 1: Publications
Series 2: Committees and Reports
Series 3: Bexar County Medical Library Association
Series 4: Physicians - Malpractice Cases
Series 5: Membership Applications
Series 6: Physicians - Casebooks, Day Books, etc.
Series 7: Physicians - Photographs
Series 8: Students - Notebooks, Clinic Rounds, etc.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use. Materials may be viewed in the reading room of the P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, located on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Access to patient records is restricted.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Physical Access

Some materials are very brittle or torn on the edges and may require an electronic copy or photocopy for use.


Index Terms

Persons
Paschal, Frank, 1849-1925
Cupples, George, 1815-1895
Watts, George Graham, 1851-1945
Jackson, T. T., 1868-1919
Von Herff, Ferdinand Ludwig, 1820-1912
Nixon, Pat Ireland, 1883-1965
Organizations
Bexar County Medical Library.
Bexar County Medical Society. Legislative Committee.
Bexar County Medical Society. Medical Milk Commission.
Bexar County Medical Society. Committee for Investigation of Offenders Against the Medical Practice Act
Bexar County Medical Society. Texas Physicians Crisis Committee.
Western Texas Medical Association
Subjects
Societies, Medical – Texas
Physicians – Texas – Directory
Libraries, Medical - Texas
History of Medicine – Texas
Document Types
Photographs
Journals
Reports
Membership Records
Directories
newsletters

Related Material

The Bexar County Medical Society – Its Past, Present and Future. Frank Paschal Collection, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, UTHSC Libraries, University Archives. Box MS 8*1.

West Texas Medical Society Records. UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, UTHSC Libraries, University Archives. Box 74*1

Constitution Bylaws and Fee Schedule of the Bexar County Medical Society. May 1934 and May 1935. Patrick Ireland Nixon Collection, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, UTHSC Libraries, University Archives. Box MS 1*15.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], in the Bexar County Medical Society Records, AR 61, University Archives, UTHSC Libraries, The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Provenance

Materials in this collection were donated in 1970 to the library of the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio by the Bexar County Medical Society.

Collection History

Received as part of donation of manuscripts and historical books from Bexar County Medical Society Library in 1970.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by: Anne Comeaux, March 2011.


Detailed Description of Collection

 

Series 1. Publications
20 boxes

Box
61 A Constitution and By-Laws of the Bexar County Medical Society, November 1962.
(Includes directory of members with photographs.)
Bexar County Medical Society Constitution, ca. 1968.
(Includes directory of members with photographs.)
Box
61 AB*1 The Bulletin (Bexar County Medical Society), Vol. 1 1911-1912.
The Bulletin (Bexar County Medical Society), Vol. 2 1912-1913.
The Bulletin (Bexar County Medical Society), Vol. 3 1913-1914.
Box
61 AD*1 Bexar County Medical Society Directory 1981.
(Includes pictures of members.)
Bexar County Medical Society Directory 1982-1983.
(Includes pictures of members.)
Bexar County Medical Society Pictorial Directory 1984.
Bexar County Medical Society Directory 1985.
Bexar County Medical Society Directory 1986.
Bexar County Medical Society Pictorial Directory 1987.
Bexar County Medical Society Pictorial Directory 1989.
Box
61 AD*2 Bexar County Medical Society Pictorial Directory 1991.
Bexar County Medical Society Pictorial Directory 1992.
Bexar County Medical Society Pictorial Directory 1994.
Bexar County Medical Society Pictorial Directory 1995.
Box
61 AD*3 Bexar County Medical Society Pictorial Directory 1996.
Bexar County Medical Society Medical Directory 1997.
Bexar County Medical Society Medical Directory 1998.
Box
61 AD*4 Bexar County Medical Society Medical Directory 2000.
Bexar County Medical Society Medical Directory 2001.
Physicians' ReSource Guide and BCMS Official Membership Directory 2003
Physicians' ReSource Guide and BCMS Official Membership Directory 2004
Box
61 AD*5 Physicians' ReSource Guide and BCMS Official Membership Directory 2005
Physicians' ReSource Guide and BCMS Official Membership Directory 2006
Box
61 AM*1 Sixty-five Notable Milestones in the History of Medicine in the Bexar County Medical Library. Compiled by Henry Schuman with a short account of the Bexar County Medical Library by Pat Ireland Nixon, M.D., 1961.
Box
61 AN*1 The Medical News (Bexar County Medical Society), Vol. 19, No. 8 - Vol. 28, no. 2 August 1966 - December 1975.
Missing Vol. 21, No. 11, Nov, 1968 and Vol. 26, No. 5, May 1973.
Box
61 AN*2 The Medical News (Bexar County Medical Society), Vol. 29, No. 1, - Vol. 32, No. 12 January 1976 - December 1979.
Missing Vol. 32, No. 4, Apr 1979.
Box
61 AN*3 The Medical News (Bexar County Medical Society), Vol. 33, No. 1 - Vol. 33 No. 10 January 1980 - December 1980.
Bexar County Medical News, Vol. 34, No. 1 – Vol. 35, No. 11, January 1981 - December 1982.
Box
61 AN*4 Bexar County Medical News, Vol. 36, No. 1 – Vol. 36, No. 11, January 1983 - December 1983.
Box
61 AN*5 Bexar County Medical News, Vol. 37, No. 1 – Vol. 38, No. 10, January 1984 - November/December 1985.
Missing Vol. 37, No. 9, Oct. 1984
Box
61 AN*6 Bexar County Medical News, Vol. 39, No. 1 – Vol. 40, No. 12 January 1986 - December 1987.
Box
61 AN*7 Bexar County Medical News, Vol 41, No. 1 – Vol. 42, No. 12 January 1988 - December 1989.
Missing Vol. 41, No. 4, Apr 1988.
Box
61 AN*8 San Antonio Medicine, Vol 43, No. 1 – Vol. 45, No. 12 January 1990 - December 1992.
Box
61 AN*9 San Antonio Medicine, Vol 46, No. 1 – Vol. 48, No. 12 January 1993 - December 1995.
Box
61 AN*10 San Antonio Medicine, Vol. 49, No. 1 – Vol. 52, No. 12 January 1996 - December 1999.
Missing Vol. 49, No. 12, Dec 1996; Vol. 50, No. 1 Jan 1997 – Vol. 50, No. 4, Apr 1997; Vol. 51, No. 8 – Vol. 51, No. 9, Sept/Oct 1998.
Box
61 AN*11 San Antonio Medicine, Vol. 53, No. 1 – Vol. 56, No. 12 January 2000 - December 2003.
Missing Vol. 55, No. 6, Jun 2002; Vol. 56, No. 9, Sept 2003.
Box
61 AN*12 San Antonio Medicine, Vol. 57, No. 1 – Vol. 58, No. 12 January 2004 - December 2005.
Runnin' Bear, various issues from 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1988, and 1989.



 

Series 2. Committees and Reports
1 box, 13 folders

Box Folder
61 C*1 1 Report on the Management and Organization Survey of the Bexar County Medical Society, May 24, 25, 1965.
2 Bexar County Medical Society Archives – list of records in UTHSCSA University Archives.
3 Bexar County Medical Society. Audit Report. Year Ended December 31, 1962.
4 Bexar County Medical Society. Committees. 1926.
5 Bexar County Medical Society. First Charter. 1853.
Photograph of original.
6 Bexar County Medical Society. Committee for the investigation of offenders against the Medical Practice Act. 1910-1911.
Correspondence – 5 letters and statement from Alamo Secret Service Agency.
7 Bexar County Medical Society. Library Administration Committee. Minutes. 1943 – 1980.
8 Bexar County Medical Society. Medical Milk Commission. Correspondence. 1914.
3 letters.
9 Bexar County Medical Society. Physician Referral Service. Correspondence. 1982 – 1986.
10 Bexar County Medical Society. Physician Referral Service Letter; Agreement.
11 Texas Physicians Crisis Committee, San Antonio, Texas. Medical Liability Crisis in Texas.
12 Bexar County Medical Society. Legislative Committee. Correspondence. 1904-1909.
8 letters.
13 Portfolio with miscellaneous brochures and other publications, newspaper clippings, directions for filing records, etc.



 

Series 3. Bexar County Medical Library Association
2 boxes with 41 reports plus 15 folders

Box Folder
61 L*1 1 Audit Reports: 1928, 1930-1950, 1953-1971.
2 Items Removed From Books, Bexar County Medical Society Gift.
Box Folder
61 L*2 1 BCMS Dedication Program building at 202 W. French Place. Brochures 1961,
2 Bexar County Medical Society. Medical Library Association. History of Medicine Department and Old Book Shelf. Annual Reports, 1945 - 1950.
3 Doctors’ Round Table
4 Guest Book. Opening of new building. 1933.
5 Early American Medicine Collection 1987.
6 Inventory, Bibliography Collection.
7 Inventory, E.W. Heusinger Collection.
8 Inventory, Folio Collection.
9 Inventory, Mexican Collection.
10 Inventory, Military Collection.
11 Inventory, Walter Stuck Collection.
12 Bexar Co. Medical Library Historical Collection. Short Title List.
13 Accession List, Books Bought Or Donated 1940-1954.
14 Accession List, Books Bought Or Donated 1955-1969.



 

Series 4. Physicians - Malpractice Cases
1 box, 6 folders

Box Folder
61 P1 1 Nin Hollander, M.D. Deposition (McKay Case).
2 Edwin D. McKay, M.D. Deposition for his malpractice case.
3 William J. Mangold, M.D. Deposition (McKay Case).
4 Hector Moreno Deposition (McKay Case).
5 William Roof M.D. Deposition (McKay Case).
6 Jesse Saldana Deposition (McKay Case).



 

Series 5. Membership Applications
17 boxes

Box
61 PA*1 Memo to Francis Edw. O’Neil, M.D., President Bexar County Medical Society from S. E. Cockrell, Jr., Executive Director re physicians whose applications for membership have been rejected. Date unknown.
Membership Applications- A
Multiple folders, all members (students, resident physicians, regular members) with last names starting with A.
Box
61 PA*2 Membership Applications – B
Box
61 PA*3 Membership Applications – C
Box
61 PA*4 Membership Applications – D-E
Box
61 PA*5 Membership Applications – F-G
Box
61 PA*6 Membership Applications – H-J
Box
61 PA*7 Membership Applications – K-L
Box
61 PA*8 Membership Applications – MA-MH
Box
61 PA*9 Membership Applications – MI-MZ
Box
61 PA*10 Membership Applications – N-O
Box
61 PA*11 Membership Applications – P-Q
Box
61 PA*12 Membership Applications – R
Box
61 PA*13 Membership Applications – SA-SO
Box
61 PA*14 Membership Applications – SP-SZ
Box
61 PA*15 Membership Applications – T
Box
61 PA*16 Membership Applications – U-WI
Box
61 PA*17 Membership Applications – WJ-Z



 

Series 6. Physicians - Casebooks, Day Books, etc.
4 boxes, 21 items

Box
61 PC*1 Physicians Daily Memorandum, 1914.
Yearbook; S.B. Carr, Floresville, Texas. Patient and Appointment List. 1950
S. E. Prescription Ledger.
Warner's Calendar of Medical History, With Patient List. 1941.
Patient Ledger; Dr. Atkinson, Alice, Texas. (no date)
Ledger; Dr. G.W. Johnson, 1895.
Ledger of Patients and Fees; Dr. George Miller, Merkel, Texas, 1924. 1924.
Box
61 PC*2 Yearbook; Dr. T.A. Pressley (SP) Runge, TX. Patient List and Charges. 1929.
Yearbook; compliments S.B. Carr Judge. Property of Mrs. J.W. Oxford, Floresville, Texas. Patient and Appointment List. 1940.
Professional Diary. J.W. Oxford, M.D. 1944.
Professional Diary. J.W. Oxford, M.D. 1947.
Yearbook. Apt. and Rent House Repairs. Sam B. Carr, Floresville, Texas) [J.W. Oxford?] 1948.
(1949-50 inside cover)
Yearbook. Patient List and Charges. J.W. Oxford. 1952.
Warner's Calendar of Medical History; D.D. De Zeen, M.D. Karnes City. 1931.
Box
61 PC*3 Day Book; T. T. Jackson, M.D. 1882.
Ledger; T. T. Jackson, M.D. 1904.
Single Entry Ledger; T. T. Jackson, M.D. 1906.
Ledger; T. T. Jackson, M.D. 1907-1908.
Box
61 PC*4 Ledger; T. T. Jackson, M.D.(?) 1898.
Daybook; T. T. Jackson, M.D.(?) 1905.
Ledger, 1909-1911. T. T. Jackson, M.D. (?) 1909-1911.



 

Series 7. Physician - Photographs
2 boxes, 19 folders

Small photos are filed with some applications in Boxes 61 PA*1 – 17. Some directories in boxes 61 AD*1 - 5 include pictures of members.
Box Folder
61 PP*1 1 Photographs - A
2 Photographs - B
3 Photographs - C
4 Photographs - D
5 Photographs - E-F
6 Photographs - G
7 Photographs - H
Box Folder
61 PP*2 1 Photographs - I-J
2 Photographs - K
3 Photographs - L
4 Photographs - M (Folder 1)
5 Photographs - M (Folder 2)
6 Photographs - N
7 Photographs - O-Q
8 Photographs - R-S
9 Photographs - T
10 Photographs - U-V
11 Photographs - W
12 Photographs - Y-Z



 

Series 8. Students - Notebooks, Clinic Rounds, etc.
2 boxes, 12 items

Box
61 S*1 Notes for Bacteriology and Immunity. Strauch, James. 1939
Notes for Medicine I. Strauch, James. 1941
Notes for Psychiatry II. Strauch, James. 1940
Notes for Psychiatry III. Strauch, James. 1940
Role of the Kidney in Hypertension. Strauch, James.
The Bacteriological Properties of Certain Organic-Mercury-Salts. Lyle Alfred Weed. Ph.D dissertation for Department of Pathology, Western Reserve University, May 15, 1932.
Notes taken at International Assembly of the Inter-State Post Graduate Medical Association of North America, Atlanta Georgia, October, 1928.
Box
61 S*2 Pathology Note Book. Walter A. Coole. Compiled under direction of Dr. R.J.B. Hibbard. 1927-1928.
Clinical Notes of Dr. Yandell and Dr. Ouchurlony taken by Paul A. Ramsil.
Book 1: Notes for Deacum. Taken by F. P. Werff, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia,PA, 1904.
Book 2: Notes for Wilson. Taken by F. P. Werff, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, 1904.
Histology & Organology. Student: James (Jay) P. Gill, Jr., Dallas, TX. Instructors: H M Walkder, S Clark, and R B Burrus. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. 19--.
Bacteriology. Student: James (Jay) P. Gill, Jr., Dallas, TX. Instructors: Dr. Litterer, Dr. Keefe, and Dr. Evans. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. 19--.