United States Marine Hospital records, 1879-1891
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Brief Description: The collection consists of three volumes of hospital records from the United States Marine Hospital at the Port of New Orleans covering the period between 1879 and 1891. Information includes patient histories by surgeons, admission and discharge dates, autopsy results, diagnosis, demographic information, disease or injury information, and other remarks.
Held at:
Louisiana Research Collection
202 Jones Hall
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: 504-865-5685
Email: larc [at] tulane.edu
Record Series Number: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 757
Created by: United States. Marine Hospital (New Orleans, La.)
Volume: 2.0 Boxes
Acquired: 05/02/1988.
Arrangement: The collection is arranged chronologically. The collection consists of two boxes.
Biographical Note for United States. Marine Hospital (New Orleans, La.) : The United States Marine Hospital of New Orleans was part of the Marine-Hospital Service, a group of Marine Hospitals dedicated to caring for ill and disabled seamen in the United States Merchant Marine, United States Coast Guard, and other federal beneficiaries. The Service was created by an act of the 5th United States Congress and signed into law by President John Adams in 1798. It was the first publicly-funded health care and disease prevention federal agency in the country. In New Orleans the federal government created a marine hospital before the United States officially assumed control of the Louisiana Purchase. A flood inundated the hospital's original building on the river's western shore near Algiers, so it was moved to the Jackson Barracks, where it stayed until 1858. A new location on Tchoupitoulas near Children's Hospital was eventually chosen. Improvements were made on the hospital grounds in 1931, when seven new buildings were constructed, as well as a stable, a laundry, and a service center. Over time, the scope of the hospital's duties expanded and it was renamed the Public Health and Marine Hospital Service and later the Public Health Service. By 1954 the facility became known simply as the United States Public Health Service Hospital. Eventually, federal funding was cut, and in 1981 the state acquired the property. The following year, the site became the State Drug Addiction Center and, in 1983, the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital.
Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.
Subject Index
Armstrong, S. T.
Austin, H. W.
Death -- Causes.
Diagnosis.
Hospitals -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Patients.
United States. Marine Hospital (New Orleans, La.)
Genres/Forms of Material
Hospital records.
Medical records.
Registers (lists)
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.
Acquisition Notes: I. Bruce Turner, University of Louisiana at Lafayette  Gift.
PreferredCitation: United States Marine Hospial records, Manuscripts Collection 757, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.
Finding Aid Revisions: Finding aid information entered in Archon by LAC Group in 2011.