Portsmouth Hospital Collection – MS066

Portsmouth Hospital Collection – MS066

Provenance: Gift in 1990

Citation: Portsmouth Hospital Collection (MS066), Manuscript Collections, Portsmouth Athenaeum

Size: 3.5 Hollinger Boxes (21 linear inches), one separate bound volume

Access: No restrictions

Processed by: Susan Stowe Kindstedt in 2010

Scope and Content

The collection is mainly related to research leading to the publication of a history of Portsmouth Hospital in the early 1980s. Box 1 contains notes and correspondence related to the research project. Box 2 contains photocopies of published articles related to the history of the hospital as well as some more general medical history. The second part of the collection contains hospital records including: staff meeting records (with monthly hospital statistics for the early twentieth century) and ledgers recording hospital finances and investments.

Folder List

Box 1

Folder 1 Research Committee Notes, includes committee member meetings, survey of hospital departments, basic outline of research, timeline for book publication, and summary of known archival materials

Folder 2 Research Correspondence, includes memos and correspondence regarding research inquiries and requests for information

Folder 3 Research Notes, includes outlines and notes regarding physicians and history of medicine

Folder 4 Research Note Cards, miscellaneous facts about medicine and the hospital’s history

Folder 5 Research – Lizzie Wood’s Diary. Lizzie Woods was a nurse at the Cottage Hospital and kept a diary of daily activities and reflections from 1888-1891. Folder includes a transcription of the diary. Lizzie mentions the names of patients she is treating, conditions in the hospital, doctors such as Dr. Parsons of Rye.

Folder 6 Drafts

Folder 7 Drafts

Folder 8 Scrapbook 1915-1943 and Scrapbook 1944-1948, newspaper clippings related to the hospital and the Guild

Folder 9 Scrapbook 1947-1957, newspaper clippings related to the hospital and the Guild


Box 2

Folder 1 Clippings 19 th century and earlier

Folder 2 Clippings 1900-1910

Folder 3 Clippings 1920s

Folder 4 Clippings 1930s

Folder 5 Clippings 1940s

Folder 6 Clippings 1950s

Folder 7 Clippings 1958-1962

Folder 8 Clippings 1960s

Folder 9 Clippings 1970s

Folder 10 Clippings 1980s

Folder 11 Hospital Guild Clippings and Minutes


Box 3

Folder 1 Account Book 1922-1948, financial records related to investments

Folder 2 Staff Meeting Ledger, 1919-1938, includes monthly hospital statistics for the early twentieth century

Folder 3 Staff Meeting Ledger, 1936-1948

Folder 4 Staff Meeting Ledger, 1958-1962


Box 4

Folder 1 1981 Published Annual Hospital Report, contains history

Folder 2 Miscellaneous collections, correspondence, flyers, etc.


Separate Bound Volume

Account Book, 1925-1951