Guide to the Medical Technology Program Student Transcripts and Certificates

Collection Title: Medical Technology Program Student Transcripts and Certificates
Dates: 1923-1980
Identification: 18/2/5
Creator: Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Medical School
Extent: 2 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: This series of Medical Technology Training Program student records fills two boxes and spans the years from 1923 to 1980.  The series contains both transcripts and certificates of completion.
Acquisition Information: Jack Snarr, Associate Dean, Medical School Student Administration, transferred these records to the University Archives on April 2, 1985 (Accession #85-62).
Processing Information: Joshua Lazerson; July 19, 1985.
Conditions Governing Access: The records may be used only with the permission of the University Archivist.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

The Northwestern University Medical School began as the medical department of Lind University (later Lake Forest University) in 1859, located at Randolph and Market Streets in Chicago. In 1864, the medical department became an independent school, the Chicago Medical College, housed in a building at 22nd and State Streets. The founder of the College, Nathan Smith Davis, was an innovator in medical education who wanted to establish a three-year program that went beyond the traditional lecture-and-apprenticeship program. In 1870, the medical school affiliated with Northwestern, becoming the first professional school to be added to the liberal arts college in fulfillment of the founders' goal of creating a university. The school moved to a building at 26th Street and Prairie Avenue, where it remained until 1893. The Chicago Medical College became the Northwestern University Medical School in 1891. The Medical School moved again in 1893, to a Northwestern University plot of land on the twenty-four hundred block of South Dearborn, where it remained until Northwestern opened its Near North Side Chicago Campus in 1926.

Chicago Medical College founder Nathan Smith Davis served as the school's first dean from 1870, after its union with Northwestern, until 1898. Davis was followed by Franklin Seward Johnson (1898-1901). The third dean was Davis' son, Nathan Smith Davis, Jr. (1901-1907). The younger Davis' tenure as Dean was followed by those of Arthur Robin Edwards (1907-1916), Arthur Isaac Kendall (1916-1924), and Irving Samuel Cutler (1925-1941).

The medical school went through a number of changes in admission and graduation requirements during the first two decades of the twentieth century. In 1908 requirements for admission were raised to include one year of college, rather than just a high school diploma. In 1911, applicants were required to have completed two years of college. The American Medical Association itself did not require this level of education until 1918. Nathan Smith Davis, Jr., who favored more stringent requirements, clashed with his more traditional faculty over this issue and resigned his deanship in 1907.

In 1915, the medical school became one of six schools nationwide to require a fifth-year internship to earn the M.D. degree. These changes caused a drop in enrollment over the next few years, from 470 students in the 1909-1910 academic year to a low of 181 students in 1913-1914. Registration was up again to 413 students in 1919-1920 and, in the long run, the changes served to enhance the medical school's reputation.

For more information on the history of the Northwestern University Medical School, see Leslie B. Arey, Northwestern University Medical School, 1859-1979 (Evanston and Chicago: Northwestern University Medical School, 1979).

Scope and Content

This series of Medical Technology Training Program student records fills two boxes and spans the years from 1923 to 1980.

These records are comprised of individual students' transcripts or certificates of completion from both the bachelor's degree and certificate programs in Medical Technology. Transcripts are either full or partial. The full transcripts note student's name, social security number, date of entrance, program followed and type of date of degree granted as well as the title, quarter units, and grades awarded for all courses completed. The partial transcript records only student name, course titles and grades, and the date that the Program certificate was granted, if at all. The certificate of completion notes student name and states that the course of study in Medical Technology was completed.

The addition includes photocopies of students' official transcripts and certificates of completion of the Medical Technology Training Program.  The earlier transcripts list the student's name and grades for courses taken.  The later transcripts provide information on the date of entry into the program, the length of the program and transfer credits from other institutions. One folder provides an explanation of the transcript concerning the various programs in Medical Technology offered by the school. A significant number of these photocopies duplicate originals found in the main series.  The photocopies are often annotated by hand.

These records appear to be scattered and date largely from the

Arrangement of Materials

Transcripts and certificates of completion are arranged into folders alphabetically according to student surname, but separated between the main body of the series and the addition.  Within the addition, Box 2, Folders 2-5 cover years 1923-1973; Folders 6-7 cover years 1973-1980.


Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Medical School--Students


Medical students--Illinois--Chicago

Container List / Contents

  • Addition
    • Transcript explanations, 1973-1978Box 2, Folder 1
    • Transcripts, A-G, 1923-1973Box 2, Folder 2
    • Transcripts, G-M, 1923-1973Box 2, Folder 3
    • Transcripts, M-S, 1923-1973Box 2, Folder 4
    • Transcripts, S-Z, 1923-1973Box 2, Folder 5
    • Transcripts, A-M, 1973-1980Box 2, Folder 6
    • Transcripts, M-Z, 1973-1980Box 2, Folder 7
  • A, 1932-1979Box 1, Folder 1
  • B, 1932-1979Box 1, Folder 2
  • C, 1932-1979Box 1, Folder 3
  • D, 1932-1979Box 1, Folder 4
  • E-F, 1932-1979Box 1, Folder 5
  • G, 1932-1979Box 1, Folder 6
  • H, 1932-1979Box 1, Folder 7
  • I-J, 1932-1979Box 1, Folder 8
  • K, 1932-1979Box 1, Folder 9
  • L, 1932-1979Box 1, Folder 10
  • M, 1932-1979Box 1, Folder 11
  • N-O, 1932-1979Box 1, Folder 12
  • P, 1932-1979Box 1, Folder 13
  • Q-R, 1932-1979Box 1, Folder 14
  • S, 1932-1979Box 1, Folder 15
  • T-U, 1932-1979Box 1, Folder 16
  • V-W, 1932-1979Box 1, Folder 17
  • X-Z, 1932-1979Box 1, Folder 18