The Medical Center Archives at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine collects, organizes, and preserve the records of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine, as well as affiliated and predecessor institutions, and makes these materials available for use by students, faculty, staff and the public.
The Medical Center Archives were established in 1972, with major funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Josiah Macy, Jr., Foundation. Today they are supported jointly by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine.
In addition to institutional records, the medical center archives hold approximately 300 collections of papers and manuscripts from noted associates. The archives hold a collection of over 20,000 images of people, buildings, activities and events associated with the medical center. In total, the archives contain nearly 7,000 linear feet of papers, records and photographs - that represent a continuous chronicle of health care, scientific research and medical education dating back to 1771.
The NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center sits along the East River on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The medical center (formerly New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center) originated from an affiliation agreement between The Society of the New York Hospital (chartered in 1771) and Cornell University Medical College (founded in 1898). The medical center first opened its doors to patients and medical students in the fall of 1932.
On December 31, 1997, New York Hospital merged with Presbyterian Hospital to form NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. On April 23, 1998, the Medical College was renamed in honor of its longtime benefactors, Joan and Sanford I. Weill, and is now known as Weill Cornell Medical College.