UT Health Science Center San Antonio

Guide to the West Texas Medical Association Records



Descriptive Summary and Abstract

Creator West Texas Medical Association
Title: West Texas Medical Association Records
Inclusive dates: 1876-1902
Abstract: Chartered in 1902, the West Texas Medical Association renewed the charter of the Western Texas Medical Association. It was short lived, replaced by the Bexar County Medical Association in 1903.
Identification: AR 74
Extent: 1 box containing 1 folder
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

Medical meetings in Texas ceased during the Civil War, and meetings in San Antonio did not resume until 1876. The Western Texas Medical Association was chartered on December 29, 1876, for a period of 25 years in lieu of the former Bexar Medical Society. George Cupples, Ferdinand Herff, and others were the primary creators of the association, which met in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas with the purpose of “cultivating the science of Medicine, of elevating the status of the members of the Medical Profession, and of promoting professional and social intercourse among them.” Its charter expired in 1902 and was renewed with the creation of the West Texas Medical Association, chartered on February 24, 1902, with the same purpose for another 50 years. Trustees included Drs. B. F. Kingsley, F. Herff, C. E. R. King, Wm. Luter and W. B. Russ. This new association was short-lived, however, 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.

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 West Texas Medical Association Records contain the photographic copies of the incorporation papers for the West Texas Medical Association and the Stenographer’s Report of the Proceedings of the 25th Annual Meeting of the West Texas Medical Association, dated October 23, 1902.


 

Arrangement of Collection

The papers are organized in 1 folder in 1 box.

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.

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
Cupples, George, 1815-1895
Kingsley, B. F.
Luter, Wm. E.
Russ, W. B.
Von Herff, Ferdinand Ludwig, 1820-1912
Organizations
Western Texas Medical Association
West Texas Medical Association
Subjects
History of Medicine – Texas
Societies, Medical – Texas

Related Material

Bexar County Medical Society Records. University Archives, UTHSC Libraries, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Box AR 61


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], in the West Texas Medical Association Records, AR 74, University Archives, UTHSC Libraries, The University of Texas 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 a donation of manuscripts and historical books from the Bexar County Medical Society Library in 1970.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by: Anne Comeaux, October 2011.


Detailed Description of Collection

 

West Texas Medical Association

Folder Item
Box 74*1 - Folder 1 1 Charter for West Texas Medical Association dated 24th day of Feb., A.D. 1902. Photographic reproduction.
2 Notary instrument dated 24th day of Feb., A.D. 1902. Signed by W. B. Russ M.D. and H. B. Henyan, Notary Public for Bexar County. Photographic reproduction.
3 Charter of the “Western Texas Medical Association” with notary instrument dated 17th day of January, A.D. 1877. Signed by Sam S. Smith, County Clerk of Bexar County. Endorsed by L.(?) G. Sarcy, Secretary of State, upon filing in the Texas Department of State on February 28th, 1877. Photographic copy. Includes note by L. G. Searcy dated 6th day of March, A.D. 1877, certifying the foregoing document as a true and correct copy of the original charter of the Western Texas Medical Association.
4 Stenographer’s Report of the Proceedings of the 26th Annual Meeting of the West Texas Medical Assn, San Antonio, Bexar Co., Tex, J. G. Smith, Stenographer. Oct. 23, 1902.