The Health Sciences Library Acquires George Huntington’s Papers


Columbia University’s Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library has purchased an extensive archive of George Huntington (1850-1916), an 1871 graduate of the University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Huntington was 22 years old when he first published a paper describing a hereditary, degenerative nervous disease that became known as Huntington’s Disease.
The collection includes fourteen volumes of Huntington’s student notebooks from his time at the College of Physicians and Surgeons; thirteen daybooks and ledgers from his medical practice in Dutchess County, N.Y.; manuscripts of two talks he gave later in life; his medical school graduation thesis; numerous sketches – Huntington was a talented amateur artist; and dozens of photographs of him and other Huntington family members.
These papers add to a collection already in place, donated last year by the Lominska Family, resulting in the largest body of papers of George Huntington known to exist.