The Records of the Medical School Dean, Arthur R. Edwards, consist of one box, spanning the years 1905 to 1912. The bulk of the records consists of correspondence to and from Dean Edwards. Also included are documents relating to faculty appointments and correspondence from the Junior Dean, W.S. Hall, a physiologist who was the first professor to hold the Nathan Smith Davis Professorship. The records are divided into two subseries, Correspondence and Faculty.
Correspondence files, which span the years 1905 to 1912, include both incoming and outgoing correspondence on a variety of topics. Some of these topics, such as a lengthy controversy with the University of Kansas over transfer policies, are unique, but much of the correspondence deals with routine matters. These include prospective students, the cost of running departments, the needs of professors and departments, professors taking leave, the availability of internships and situations involving particular students. Documents are arranged chronologically within the folders. Correspondence from Junior Dean W.S. Hall is foldered separately. Hall's correspondence includes answers to inquiries on medical topics, recommendations and responses to notices of internships and employment for seniors, letters to graduates who had not repaid their loans, and considerable discussion of individual professional interests and activities.
Faculty files, all dating from the year 1911, relate to both old and new faculty. These files contain basic background information on nominees for faculty positions, documents indicating which nominees were given appointments, and also slips indicating the reappointment of faculty members and their positions. Both the folders and documents within the folders in this subseries are arranged alphabetically.