Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
Register of the Cooper Medical College Collection, 1872-1908
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (57.01 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Cooper Medical College Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1872-1908
    Collection number: Mss94
    Creator: Albert Shumate
    Extent: 1.3 linear ft.
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
    Stockton, CA 95211
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Cooper Medical College Collection, Mss94, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library


    The Cooper Medical College of San Francisco was founded in 1882 by Levi Cooper Lane. He named the school for his uncle, Dr. Samuel E. Cooper, who had founded the first medical school in California--the University of the Pacific School of Medicine--in 1858.
    The University of the Pacific operated their medical school in San Francisco until 1865. In that year, Dr. Toland opened a competing medical school in the city and the Methodist Church decided that they would be unable to compete. Some of the Pacific faculty worked at Toland's school for awhile, but in 1870 Dr. Levi Cooper Lane decided to revive the University of Pacific Medical School. Two years later, however, the Methodists permanently severed their connection with Dr. Lane's school. Holt Atherton Special Collections holds material on the University of the Pacific Medical School in the University of Pacific Archives.
    From 1872 through 1882 Dr. Lane operated his school in association with the Presbyterian University (City) College. The school was officially known as the Medical College of the Pacific. In 1882 Dr. Lane severed the connection with University College and operated an independent Cooper Medical College until his death in 1902. In 1908 Cooper Medical College affiliated with Stanford University.

    Scope and Content

    The period 1872-1882 is represented in this collection by annual catalogs,valedictory addresses and scattered issues of the Pacific Medical Journal. The decades 1882-1902 are represented by annual catalogs, valedictory addresses, scattered issues of the Pacific Medical Journal and a copy of Hans Barkan's 1954 history of the school.