Children's Hospital of Michigan Records

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44.5 linear feet (50 MB, 13 SB, 9 OS, 1 pkg.) and 2,158 Megabytes

Children's Hospital of Michigan was conceived and founded in 1886 as the Children's Free Hospital Association after a general practitioner, Dr. Charles Devandorf, realized that there were no facilities in the Detroit community which provided for the medical care of sick children of indigent parents. He sought the support of a group of socially prominent women whom he asked to provide funds to subsidize "free beds" for the care of such children. They began with just twelve beds at Harper Hospital in the Nancy Harper Ward. In keeping with Detroit’s industrial growth, however, the hospital has steadily increased in size and prominence as time went on. Today the hospital is a proud member of the Detroit Medical Center, with 228 beds; internationally renowned research and training facilities; and numerous outpatient, specialty and rehabilitation centers in the Metro Detroit area.

Material in this collection related to the history of Children's Hospital of Michigan.

The materials included in Part 3 of Children's Hospital of Michigan records document the activities of the hospitals’ Board of Trustees; its various administrative committees; and its fundraising efforts, with the bulk of the records dating from between 1970 and 2004. Materials include committee minutes; reports; correspondence; photographs of doctors, patients and special events; and marketing materials.

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