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NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center rises 26 stories high along the East River on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The medical center (formerly called New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center) originated from an affiliation agreement between The Society of the New York Hospital (chartered in 1771) and Cornell University Medical College (founded in 1898). The medical center first opened its doors to patients and medical students in the fall of 1932.

The medical center's current name recognizes and incorporates two recent changes. On December 31, 1997, The New York Hospital merged with Presbyterian Hospital to form NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Later, on April 23, 1998, the medical college was renamed in honor of its longtime benefactors, Joan and Sanford I. Weill.

Medical Center Archives of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell was established in 1972 to preserve, protect, and make available for public research the records of its parent institutions, as well as the records of other institutions that merged to form the current medical center. Major funding for the establishment of the archives was received from the National Institutes of Health and from the Josiah Macy, Jr., Foundation.

In addition to the institutional records, Medical Center Archives holds approximately 150 collections of papers and manuscripts from noted individuals who have been associated with the institutions of the medical center. Also held by the archives are certain patient medical records. In total, the archives contains nearly 6000 linear feet of papers and records that represent a continuous chronicle of health care, scientific research, and medical education dating back to 1771.

Medical Center Archives is open for public research by appointment only from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

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