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J. Henry Carstens, M.D. Papers

 Collection
Identifier: WSP000126

Scope and Content

The papers and scrapbooks of J. Henry Carstens, M.D. reflect an active life in community and medical affairs as well as the development of the Detroit Medical College.

Important Subjects covered in the collection are: City Transit Controversy Detroit College of Medicine and Surgery Detroit Education Board Detroit Health Board Detroit Medical College German Community in Detroit Harper Hospital Mayorial Election of 1902, 1906, 1908 Medical Theory Republican Politics

Among the correspondents: O'Reilly, R.M., U.S. Army, Surgeon General Pingree, Hazen

Contents: The major feature of the J. Henry Carstens, M.D. Collection are the five scrapbooks which consist primarily of newspaper clippings and occassional programs, reports, and certificates. Most of the clippings are in English although many are in German and several are in other languages. The remaining material in the collection includes lists and reprints of publications by Dr. Carstens, limited correspondence, and miscellaneous items.

Dates

  • 1868 - 1920
  • Majority of material found within 1902 - 1920

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

History

Dr. J. Henry Carstens, a faculty member of the Detroit Medical College and the Detroit College of Medicine and Surgery, was born in Kiel Germany, June 1848. He immigrated with his family to Detroit in 1850. Carstens' early education was at the Detroit German-American Seminary. From age 13 he continued his education as a chemist apprentice in Detroit drugstores. In November 1868, Carstens enrolled in the first class of the Detroit Medical College, receiving his degree in 1870.

As a practicing physician in Detroit for fifty years, Dr. Carstens served the community and the profession in a number of capacities including president of the Detroit Board of Health in 1877, chief of staff at Harper Hospital, 1895 to 1920, an organizer and director of the Detroit Life Insurance Company. J. Henry Carstens was a member of several local, state and national medical societies, serving as president of the Wayne County and Michigan Societies, and was a founding member and president of the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (organized in 1888).

Dr. Carstens maintained a close connection with his alma mater, the Detroit Medical College. He accepted a faculty position in 1871, teaching bandaging and the application of plaster of paris. Teaching and practicing in a number of medical specialties, Carstens predominate influence was in obstetrics and gynecology, as one of the more innovative and foremost authorities in abdominal surgery and disease. Carstens was appointed pro-fessor of obstetrics and gynecology in 1881. With the reorganization of the Medical College to form the Detroit College of Medicine and Surgery in 1913, Carstens served as president of the faculty until his death in 1920.

In addition to his medical career, Carstens was active in community political affairs as a school inspector, elected in 1875 and 1879, chairman of the Republican City Committee in 1879 and as a delegate to Republican State and National Conventions. Nominated mayor of Detroit by the Republicans, he was defeated by William Maybury in 1902 and was defeated for the Republican nomination in the Detroit Mayorial race of 1906 and 1908.

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet (3 MB)

Abstract

Dr. Carstens was a faculty member of both the Detroit Medical College and the Detroit College of Medicine and Surgery. In November 1868, he enrolled in the first class of the DMC, receiving his degree in 1870. He served Detroit as a physician for fifty years. He was president of the Detroit Board of Health in 1877, chief of staff at Harper Hospital from 1895-1920. He was a founding member and president of the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, organized in 1888. He also was an authority in abdominal surgery and disease.

Arrangement

Folders are arranged alphabetically, material in the scrapbooks is arranged chronologically.

Acquisition

The papers of J.H. Carstens, M.D. were deposited with the University Archives in June, 1972 by Dr. Henry R. Carstens.

Transfers

Two photographs and one postcard were transferred to the Archives' Audiovisual Collection. One photograph is of Dr. J.H. Carstens' father, John H. Carstens and his home, ca 1900. The second photograph is of the home and office of Dr. J. Henry Carstens and family ca. 1898. The postcard, ca. 1897-1902 is of Detroit looking north on Woodward in the neighborhood of the J. Henry Carstens home.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Title
Guide to the J. Henry Carstens, M.D. Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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