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Genealogy and Biographical Resources for physicians and other health professionals (19th Century -20th Century) : A Guide: Louisiana & Local

Resources used by Matas Librarians for biographical information of physicians for public users.


The Matas Library has Historical Collections that contain printed materials, historic information on physicians, especially those practicing in Louisiana in the 18th-early 20th centuries.  Please call or email the Matas Library for more specific information.

Local History

Louisiana medical resources

Louisiana Biography

Louisiana Digital Archive

Tulane Resources 1834-

"1863 1864 1865 No Graduates War" from manuscript belonging to the Graduate Medical Education Department (No public access available)Medical School bulletins, catalogs, and yearbooks are the sources of biographical information for medical physicians, dentists and public health professionals that graduated from Tulane University. These materials are available in print and the Matas Library and also in University Archives. The "annual bulletins" list graduates for that academic year. Additional materials in the Matas Historical Collections are graduation announcements, composites and other publications relating to the academic program.  There is a card file of Matriculates based upon the Medical School bulletins with name and year.   Generally the searches of the print resources are hand searched by the Matas Library Staff.

University Archives and the Matas Library have ongoing scanning projects.  Here are some of the resources available online:

Tulane - Medicine and Medical History

Rudolph Matas

Historic New Orleans Newspapers

Background on Louisiana Medical Schools

Tulane University School of Medicine was founded in 1834 as the Medical College of Louisiana, in 1847 the Medical College of Louisiana became the Department of Medicine of the University of Louisiana.  it has been called Tulane University since 1884.

Medical College of New Orleans was granted a charter in 1835, however it failed to materialize.

New Orleans School of Medicine was founded in 1856 and closed in 1870.

Charity Hospital Medical College was organized in 1873 and extinct since 1877.

New Orleans University in 1889 opened a medical department for blacks, in 1901 it was renamed the Flint Medical College.  The College closed in 1911.

Medical Department of Straight University, also for blacks, was listed in The Medical and Surgical Directory of the United States, R. L. Polk, & Co, 1886.  There was not any history of the University listed

Shreveport Charity Hospital (1876), the hospital was renamed Confederate Memorial Medical Center (CMMC).

Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans was established in 1931.

Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport (1965) was established and became affiliated with the CMMC. CMMC was renamed Louisiana State University Medical Center Hospital and in 1999, the entire complex was renamed Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.


Names of people licensed in New Orleans

April 29, 1816 - August 14,1854

For additional information consult: Duffy, John. (1958) The Regulation of Medicine and Pharmacy in Louisiana, In The Rudolph Matas History of Medicine in Louisiana, Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, v.II., p. 103-121.

Physicians and surgeons of Louisiana, registered in 1885

Medical Directory of Louisiana (1894)

Transactions of the Louisiana State Medical Society, v.15 (1894)

AppendixG (p494-537)

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