Resources Available at Thomas Jefferson University
Since the University
Archives holds records dating from the establishment of Jefferson Medical
College in 1824 to the present, the Department contains several collections
useful for genealogical research. At the very least, we can determine
whether your ancestor graduated from Jefferson, the years he attended,
and place(s) of residence. Other information which MAY be available includes:
- the title of his thesis (a requirement until 1885);
- the name of his preceptor (a physician with whom the individual studied);
- education prior to attendance at Jefferson;
- activities while at Jefferson;
- place of internship;
- professional activities after graduation; or
- an obituary notice.
Contact the University Archives for Assistance
Archives can provide a quick reference check of our resources for information
about your ancestor. To submit a reference question, please use the
Reference Request Form and be sure to provide complete contact information
for yourself and any information you already have regarding your ancestor.
Again, this is only a cursory search.
For the non-Jefferson community we can provide more in-depth reference
research as outlined in the Absentee
Reference Fee Service Policy under Policies
about the history of Jefferson Medical College and Thomas Jefferson University,
see the list of published
histories under Research Sources. Visit the historical section of the Jefferson Digital Commons for access to digitized materials.
Collections within the University Archives useful for genealogical research include:
- Matriculation registers, 1828-1838 and 1849-1900
- The registers
contain an entry for each student that matriculated at Jefferson. Entries
include the student’s name; place of residence by city, county, and state;
and the name of the student's preceptor (a physician with who the individual
studied). Some entries may include other colleges the student attended.
- Student Record Books, 1894-1948
- These are alphabetical
listings, by graduation year, of each class of students and often include
where the individual graduated from high school or college.
- Catalogs and Announcements, 1825-present, with gaps
- These publication
contain a list of matriculated students including their place of residence,
a list of graduates for the year including the title of their thesis (a
requirement until 1885) as well as general information about Jefferson's
curriculum, requirements for graduation, suggested or required books,
and a list of faculty and facilities at the College.
Some catalogs are available online.
- The Clinic (student yearbooks), 1899-present.
Also reunion issues for the classes
of 1908, 1910, 1912-1917, 1922, 1923, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1944S,
1944J, 1945, 1949, 1959, 1964, 1967, 1979, and 1984
- Information on
each student varies from volume to volume but MAY include the graduate's
age, previous education, membership in societies while at Jefferson, place
of internship, as well as a photograph. The yearbooks only list this information
for that year’s graduates.
Some Jefferson Medical College yearbooks are available online.
- Alumni Association Necrology Files for the classes of 1851-present (Strongest after 1880)
Obituary files from the College and Clinical Record, 1880-1899
Obituary files from the Jeffersonian, 1901-1907
- At the very least,
these files contain a date of death and may also contain an obituary
or other clippings pertaining to the graduate and their medical career.