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Guide to the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics Collection 1924-1993

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Descriptive Summary


University of Chicago. Hospitals and Clinics. Collection




3 linear feet (5 boxes)


Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


The University of Chicago Medical Center was initially comprised of the Albert Merritt Billings Hospital and the Max Epstein Clinic in 1927, which were primarily research facilities. Over the many years it would eventually be comprised of 43 hospitals and clinics. The University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics Records contains publications by or about the University of Chicago Medical Center, pamphlets and program brochures, informational booklets, newspaper and magazine clippings, press releases, statements and correspondence related to the many hospitals and clinics within the University of Chicago Health Center.

Information on Use


The collection is open for research.


When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: University of Chicago. Hospitals and Clinics. Collection, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Historical Note

The University of Chicago Hospitals were dedicated in 1927, following the construction of the Albert Merritt Billings Hospital and the Max Epstein Clinic. Over the years it came to include the Bobs Roberts Memorial Hospital for Children (1930), the Chicago Lying-in Hospital (1931), the Home for Destitute and Crippled Children (1931), the Walter G. Zoller Dental Clinic (1936), the Nathan Goldblatt Memorial Hospital (1950), the Argonne Cancer Research Hospital (1953), the Charles Gilman Smith Hospital (1953), the Chronic Disease Hospital (1961), the Goldblatt Outpatient Pavilion (1961), the Philip D. Armour Clinical Research Building (1963), the Silvain and Arma Wyler Children’s Hospital (1967), the Bernard Mitchell Hospital (1983), and the Arthur Rubloff Intensive Care Tower (1983). The Hospitals were renamed the University of Chicago Medical Center in 2006. As of 2019, The University of Chicago Medical Center is comprised of 43 hospitals and clinics.

The Albert Merritt Billings Hospital, the first medical school building at the University of Chicago, opened in 1927, and included the Nathan Goldblatt Memorial unit. Initially this hospital focus was care for adult patients and general surgical and medical care. As of 2019, this hospital remains open.

The Argonne Cancer Research Hospital opened in 1953 and was operated by the University for the United States Atomic Energy Commission. The hospital was focused on research into radio isotypes and controlled radiation treatments for cancer. In 1973, the hospital was renamed the Franklin McLean Memorial Research Institute.

The Bobs Roberts Memorial Hospital for Children opened in 1930 and provided care for newborns and children through 15 years of age. The Home for Destitute and Crippled Children opened in 1931 and primarily focused on caring for children with bone and joint diseases.

The Silvain and Arma Wyler Children’s Hospital opened in 1967, replacing the Home for Destitute and Crippled Children and the Bobs Roberts Hospital as a center for pediatric care at the university. In 2005, the University renamed the hospital the Comer Children’s Hospital.

The Walter G. Zoller Memorial Dental Clinic was established in 1936 in order to address the gaps in dental sciences and research. Its goals were to provide dental services to low income patients, advance dental education and research, and further the understanding of oral disease. The University closed the clinic in 2009.

The Windermere Health Center opened in 1986 and aimed to primarily provide outpatient care for older adults. The center is located a block from the Museum of Science and Industry, in the Windermere House apartment building. As of 2019, this clinic remains open.

Scope Note

This collection is organized into three series:

Series I: Operations and Units includes materials about practices and policies regarding, employees, volunteers and patients, and about the individual hospitals and clinics that form the University of Chicago Hospitals.

Series II: Publications contains publications, press releases, and newsclippings about the Hospitals

Series III contains oversized material.

Related Resources

The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:

Browse finding aids by topic.

University of Chicago. Chicago Lying-In Hospital. Records

Wyler, Silvain and Arma. Collection

Subject Headings


Series I: Units and Operations

Box 1    Folder 1

Employees and Policies, 1930-1990

Box 1    Folder 2

Employees and Policies1953-1987

Box 1    Folder 3

Volunteers, undated

Box 1    Folder 4

Note Book for Patients, 1943-1958

Box 1    Folder 5

Patient Guides and Pamphlets, 1973

Box 1    Folder 6

Miscellaneous Pamphlets and Booklets, undated

Box 1    Folder 7

University Clinic and Hospital, 1930-1967

Box 1    Folder 8

University of Chicago Medical Center, undated

Box 2   Folder 1

Albert Merritt Billings Hospital, 1947-1949

Box 2   Folder 2

Bobs Roberts Hospital, 1956-1969

Box 2   Folder 3

Home for Destitute and Crippled Children, 1930-1964

Box 2   Folder 4

Windermere Health Center, 1986

Box 2   Folder 5

Wyler Children’s Hospital, 1978-1990

Box 2   Folder 6

Zoller Memorial Dental Clinic, 1936-1954

Box 2   Folder 7

The Council on Medical and Biological Research, 1951-1953

Box 2   Folder 8

Project AIMS, 1972-1973

Box 2   Folder 9

Proposed Cardiovascular Clinic, undated

Box 2   Folder 10

Renewal Campaign, undated:

Box 3   Folder 1

Conference on Radioiodine, 1956

Box 3   Folder 2

Atomic Energy Commission Meeting, 1961

Box 3   Folder 3

Advisory Committee Meeting, 1965

Box 3   Folder 4

Argonne Cancer Research Hospital, 1965

Box 3   Folder 5

The Consequences of Ingestion of Fallout, 1966

Box 3   Folder 6

Atomic Energy Commission Meeting, 1968

Box 3   Folder 7

Press Release Drafts, 1960

Series II: Publications

Box 4   Folder 1

Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, 1924-1967

Box 4   Folder 2

Press Releases and Statements, 1935-1986

Box 4   Folder 3

Invitations and Flyers, 1948-1989

Box 4   Folder 4

Race Relations, 1949

Box 4   Folder 5

50th Anniversary Celebration, 1977

Box 4   Folder 6

Program Brochures and Booklets, undated

Box 4   Folder 7

Consulting Services, 1982-1984

Box 5   Folder 1

Book Publications, 1932-1948

Box 5   Folder 2

Magazine Publications, 1951-1993

Box 5   Folder 3

Journal Publications, 1975-1980

Box 5   Folder 4

Miscellaneous Reports, 1967-1985

Box 5   Folder 5

Annual Reports and Reviews, 1987-1988

Box 5   Folder 6-8

Physical and Financial Feasibility Study, 1978

Series III: Oversized

Box 6   Folder 1

Committee on Racial Equality AVC Action Project, 1947-1983

Box 6   Folder 2

Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, 1950

Box 6   Folder 3

Press Releases and Statements, 1961-1964