These records pertain to the merger of Cooper Medical College and Stanford University. They consist largely of correspondence,
with a few reports and financial documents. Most of the letters are addressed to David Starr Jordan, although some of the
correspondence is that of George A. Clark, the academic secretary of Stanford University. In addition to the details of the
merger, the letters address curriculum issues, faculty appointments, fees, facilities, financial matters, future needs and
plans, the medical school library, the possible association with the University of California, and the Lane Medical Lectures.
An index to the correspondents is included in this guide.
Cooper Medical College in San Francisco, which had antecedents in other medical schools in existence as early as 1858, was
formally established in 1882 under the leadership of Dr. Levi Cooper Lane. With the financial generosity of Dr. Lane, the
College was able to add laboratories and a hospital during the next two decades, but it was also becoming apparent that new
sources of support would be necessary for its continued success. In 1901 Cooper Medical College and Stanford University began
to talk about the possibility of a union. Between 1902 and 1907 the details of the merger were worked on and a final agreement
was reached by the University Board of Trustees on January 31, 1908.
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