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The Alan Mason Chesney Collection

  • Creator: Chesney, Alan Mason (1888 - 1964)

  • Collection Date: 1893 - 1976

  • Extent: 15 linear feet

  • An unpublished inventory for this collection is available at the Archives.
Alan Mason Chesney
by Ann Didusch Schuler
oil on canvas, 64 by 39.5 inches, 1975.


Alan Mason Chesney was born in Baltimore. He received his A.B. in 1908 from the Johns Hopkins University and his M.D. in 1912 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. After serving in the Medical Corps of the U. S. Army during World War I and working as head of the infectious disease division of the department of medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, Chesney returned to Johns Hopkins in 1921 to direct the newly formed syphilis division. His studies in syphilis have influenced all subsequent studies in the area. He became dean of the school of medicine in 1929, serving for twenty-four years. While dean, he began working on a three-volume history, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: A Chronicle. Chesney's efforts to preserve the early records that he located in his research resulted in the establishment in 1978 of the archives which bears his name.

Hopkins Affiliations

1921 - 1964 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Scope and Content

The Alan Mason Chesney Collection spans his entire life. Series include personal and professional correspondence, reprints, research notes from Chesney's history of Johns Hopkins, publication announcements, biographical information, records from the Committee on Research in Syphilis, and photographs. Additional Chesney material can be found in the records of the office of the Dean of the School of Medicine

Policy on Access and Use

This collection may contain some restricted records. Materials pertaining to patients, students, employees, and human research subjects, as well as unprocessed collections and recent administrative records, carry restrictions on access. For more information about the policies and procedures for access, see Policy on Access and Use.

Permissions and Credits

When citing material from this collection, credit The Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. For permission to reproduce images, contact the holder of the copyright.

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