Highlights of the University Archives & Special Collections
When cataloging or inventorying collections, an archivist will often save the oddball or unique items for last, listing them under "miscellany." At year’s end we present a Jefferson Miscellany of archival interests and oddities.
- Hike up the interior stairwell of the Washington Monument in D.C. and at around step number 650 you will see a marble tablet inserted in the interior wall with the Jefferson Medical College logo and an inscription identifying the Class of 1853-54. This tablet, which marks the 240 foot level of the vertical ascent, was installed during the construction (1848-1884) of the world’s most famous obelisk.
A few unusual book titles in our extensive Special Collections:
- A TREATISE OF THE USE OF FLOGGING IN VENEREAL AFFAIRS. ALSO OF THE OFFICE OF THE LOINS AND REINS. John Henry Meibomius, MD, London, 1761.
- VENUS IN FURS, Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Boston, The Uranian Society, 1925. (First? American translation of the work of the eponymous novelist; the original "masochist.")
- FUZ-BUZ THE FLY AND MOTHER GRABEM THE SPIDER, [S. Weir Mitchell, MD], Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1867.
- HYPNOTISM, MESMERISM AND THE NEW WITCHCRAFT, Ernest Hart, MD, London, Smith, Elder, & Co.,1896.
- A COURSE OF SIX LECTURES ON THE CHEMICAL HISTORY OF A CANDLE, Michael Faraday, London, Griffin, Bohn, and Company, 1861.
- ON LEPROSY AND FISH-EATING, Jonathan Hutchinson, London, Archibald Constable & Co., 1906.
- The only recorded "royals" to graduate from Jefferson were "Prince Nasib Mishir Janblatte, Amir Nasib Mizhir Janblatte Almoktara" whose hometown was recorded as "Mount Lebanon, Syria" according to the JMC yearbook for 1906 and his son, Albert Faud Jumblatt, who graduated in the Class of 1924.