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UMDNJ - University Hospital

UMDNJ - University Hospital
Records, 1977 - 2013

June 1984

Revised September 2004
RG/M


History

CMDJ-College Hospital, Architects Rendering, ca1972

Until the 1860's, Newark had no hospitals and only one dispensary to serve its population of 60,000. To care for its indigent sick and injured, the city rented bed space from three church-affiliated hospitals that opened between 1865 and 1870.

On September 4, 1882, Newark City Hospital opened its doors. Housed in the north wing of the almshouse, it provided the city's poor with 25 beds. During its first year of operation, the annual report listed "302 cases treated at the hospital." The board of directors considered this small beginning inadequate and in the same report stated: "The increased number of beds available for treatment of patients have been constantly filled and already arrangements have been made for as many additional beds as can be utilized in the space at our disposal, and with the history of the past before us we feel sure they will only temporarily supply the demands made upon us for hospital treatment."

In 1884, the hospital moved to the former insane asylum. Before the end of the decade, the hospital occupied its third home, which also provided the space for the first bacteriological laboratory for the manufacture of diphtheria antitoxin in New Jersey.

The hospital ushered in the new century by moving to its forth home in less than 20 years, a building erected in 1900. It remained there for over half a century.

After World War II, the inadequacies of the hospital's building became more apparent. To cope with the rising demands of Newark's largely indigent influx of population, plans were laid for a new hospital. At the groundbreaking ceremonies in 1953, it was named the Harrison S. Martland Medical Center, after the famous pathologist who had worked there since 1909. The new building was completed in 1955. The 17-story, $13 million structure was the last ward style hospital built in the United States. Developed from plans drawn up in the 1930s, it was outdated before it was built. The Medical Center's history from 1955 to 1968 was one of deteriorating services. In 1963 it was renamed Newark City Hospital.

Agreements reached in 1968 between the New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry (NJCMD), the Newark community, and government negotiators on a Newark Campus of the College included the school's takeover and operation of Newark City Hospital. NJCMD spent $2.5 million on improving the hospital's facilities and services.

From the takeover of the hospital on July 1, 1968, renamed the Martland Medical Unit of NJCMD, came the concept of the hospital as "family physician" to the community. This innovative idea was of vital importance to the people of the city's Central Ward, with only 20 physicians to serve a population of a 125,000. Martland continued as the primary teaching hospital for the college until 1979, when the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey occupied its new teaching hospital. The opening of the 520-bed, $78 million College Hospital marked the completion of construction on the College's Newark campus.

On December 10, 1981, the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey became the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey by an act of the State Legislature. In July 1982, UMDNJ-College Hospital changed its name to UMDNJ-University Hospital.

Scope and Content Note

University Hospital records covers the period from 1977 to the merger of UMDNJ with Rutgers in 2013. For information on the hospital prior to 1979 see Record Group RG/K Newark City Hospital, RG/L NJCMD-Martland Hospital, and PC/2 Samuel Berg, MD Collection on Newark City Hospital.

University Hospital records comprise four series: Publications, Board of Trustees, Office of the Executive Director, and Chronological Subject Files. The records of the Office of the Executive Director include documentation on Administrative Minutes, the Board of Concerned Citizens, College Hospital Council, and Joint Conference/Planning Committee.

Processing Note

In 1984 when these records were received, they were processed as two separate record groups -- College Hospital and University Hospital, and assigned two record group designations, RG/M and RG/O, respectively. As they were not two separate record groups, only a name change occurred in 1982, a decision was made to reconstitute the records to reflect the office of origin. Although the Series Description indicates what is available in the record group, the Container List will point out that series are not necessarily in sequential order. This was the result of the inability to combine similar series of College Hospital records with University Hospital records.

Provenance: The material in the collection was transferred to the Archives from the office of the Executive Officer of University Hospital in June 1984.

Size of Collection: 20 linear feet.


Container List

Series 1: Publications, 1980 -

The series contains material published by College Hospital and after 1982 by University Hospital. The material is arranged in alphabetical order by title of publication.

Box Number Folder Number Contents
11College Hospital 1980.
 2College Hospital Facts and Figures, 1981.
 3College Hospital Is ... .
4  College Hospital. Publications
5  University Hospital. Brochures & Newsletters.
6  University Hospital. Publications A - L.
7  University Hospital. Publications M - Z.

Series 2: Board of Trustees, 1979 - 1982

The series contains the minutes of meetings of the Board of Trustees of the CMDNJ-College Hospital. The Board of Trustees is composed of members of the CMDNJ Board of Trustees. The material in the series is arranged in chronological order.

Box Number Folder Number Contents
14September 13, 1979
 4aSeptember 13, 1979
 5October 11, 1979
 5a5-fluorouracil gastric adjuvant study, 1962-1967.
 6November 8, 1979
 7December 13, 1979
 8January 10, 1980
 9February 12, 1980
 10March 13, 1980
 11April 10, 1980
 12May 8, 1980
 13June 12, 1980
 13a(Grants) - Army Contract, 1962-1968.
 13bJune 12, 1980
 14September 10, 1980
 14aSeptember 10, 1980
 15October 9, 1980 and November 12, 1980
 15aNovember 12, 1980
 16January 8, 1981
 16aJanuary 8, 1981
 17February 12, 1981
 18March 12, 1981 and April 9, 1981
 18aApril 8, 1981
 19November 12, 1981
21November 12, 1981
 2January 13, 1982
 3February 10, 1982

Series 2a: Board of Trustees, 1982 - 1989

The series contains the minutes of meetings of the Board of Trustees of the UMDNJ-University Hospital. The Board of Trustees is composed of members of the UMDNJ Board of Trustees. The material in the series is arranged in chronological order.

Box Number Folder Number Contents
31November 10, 1982
 2May 12, 1983
 3November 1983
 4May 10, 1984
 5November 8, 1984
 6November 14, 1985
 7May 8, 1986
 8November 13, 1986
 9November 12, 1987
 10May 12, 1988
 11November 10, 1988
 12May 18, 1989

Series 3: Office of the Executive Director, 1977 -

The series consists of four sub series: Administrative Minutes, Board of Concerned Citizens, College Hospital Council, and Joint Conference/Planning Committee. The sub series are arranged in alphabetical order according to their original titles. The materials were transferred to the Archives from the Office of the Executive Director.

Series 3-A: Administrative Minutes 1982

The material in the sub series was transferred to the Archives in a ringed binder and was divided into four sections. The contents of the sub series have been arranged alphabetically into four divisions according to the titles in the binder.

Box Number Folder Number Contents
121Correspondence (A-1)
 2Directives (A-2)
 3Evening Meetings (A-3)
 4Minutes (A-4)

Series 3-B: Board of Concerned Citizens. Minutes of Meetings, 1980 - 1983

The material in the sub series is arranged in chronological order.

Box Number Folder Number Contents
81March 25, 1980
 2April 22, 1980
 3May 27, 1980
 4June 24, 1980
 5July 22, 1980
 6September 23, 1980
 7October 28, 1980
 8November 18, 1980
 9December 9, 1980
 10January 27, 1981
 11February 24, 1981
 12April 28, 1981
 13May 26, 1981
 14June 23, 1981
 15July 28, 1981
 16September 22, 1981
 17November 17, 1981
 18December 8, 1981
 19January 26, 1981
 20February 23, 1982
 21March 23, 1982
 22April 22, 1982
 23May 25, 1982
 24June 22, 1982

Series 3-B: Board of Concerned Citizens. Minutes of Meetings

The material in the sub series is arranged in chronological order.

Box Number Folder Number Contents
125November 16, 1982
 6December 14, 1982
 7January 1983 Annual Report
 8February 22, 1983
 9April 26, 1983
 10June 28, 1983
 11September 27, 1983
 12October 25, 1983

Series 3-C: Chronological Subject Files, 1983 - 1984

The material in the sub series is arranged in chronological order.

Box Number Folder Number Contents
1213January 1983
 14February 1983
 15March 1983
 16April 1983
 17May 1983
 18June 1983
 19July 1983
 20August 1983
 21September 1983
 22October 1983
 23November 1983
 24December 1983
 25January 1984
 26February 1984

Series 3-D: College Hospital Council, 1977 - 1979

The material in the sub series is arranged in chronological order.

Box Number Folder Number Contents
825November 1977
 26December 1977
 27March 1978
 28April 1978
 29May 1978
 30June 1977
 31July 1978
 32August 1978
 33November 1978
 34December 1978
 35January 1979
 36February 1979
 37March 1979
 37aMarch 1979
 37bMarch 1979

Series 3-D: Joint Conference/Planning Committee Minutes of Meetings, 1980-

The material in the sub series is arranged in chronological order.

Box Number Folder Number Contents
91December 17, 1980
 2April 22, 1981
 3June 11, 1981
 4July 30, 1981
 5September 10, 1981
 6October 1, 1981
 7March 11, 1982
 8April 8, 1982
 9May 13, 1982
 10June 9, 1982
 10aJune 9, 1982
 10bJune 9, 1982
 11July 21, 1982
 12September 9, 1982
 13October 14, 1982
 14November 10, 1982
 15December 9, 1982
101January 4, 1983
 2January 12, 1983
 3February 19, 1983
 4March 9, 1983
 5April 13, 1983
 6June 22, 1983
 7July 27, 1983
 8September 12, 1983
 9December 5, 1983
 10February 1, 1984
 11February 29, 1983
 12April 3, 1984
 13May 2, 1984
 14June 6, 1984
 15July 18, 1984
 16September 12, 1984
 17October 21, 1984
 18December 5, 1984
 19January 9, 1985
 19aJanuary 9, 1985
 20April 3, 1985
 20aApril 3, 1985
 21May 1, 1985
 22June 4, 1985
 23September 4, 1985
 24October 2, 1985
 25December 4, 1985
111January 15, 1986
 2February 5, 1986
 3March 5, 1986
 4April 2, 1986
 5April 30, 1986
 6June 4, 1986
 7July 16, 1986
 8November 5, 1986
 9November 7, 1987
 10December 10, 1987
 11January 19, 1988
 12March 10, 1988
 13April 13, 1988
 14May 12, 1988
 15June 6, 1988
 16July 28, 1988
 17September 8, 1988
 18October 12, 1988
 19November 10, 1988
 20December 8, 1988
 21January 17, 1989
 22February 8, 1989
 23March 9, 1989
 24April 12, 1989
 25May 18, 1989
 26June 21, 1989
 27July 26, 1989
 28September 5, 1989
 29October 31, 1989
13  Executive Director Files, 1979-84, unprocessed (RG/M-3-E)

LRD-W;
11/3/04

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