Adolf Meyer Web site

The Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of The John Hopkins Medical
Institutions is pleased to announce a new Web-based Guide to the Adolf Meyer
Collection.  The guide includes biographical information about Adolf Meyer, a
detailed inventory of the collection, and indices of personal and corporate
names.  A search feature will be added soon.

Adolf Meyer (1866-1950) was a preeminent figure in twentieth-century
psychiatry.  A pioneer in the field of psychobiology, Meyer encouraged study
of the biological basis of mental illness.  He trained two generations of
psychiatrists, elevated modes of diagnosis and treatment, and conducted
extensive research in neuroanatomy, neuropathology, and psychiatry. His major
contributions include standardizing case histories, reforming care in state
asylums, and co-founding the mental hygiene movement. 

The Adolf Meyer Collection is a vast resource (417 linear feet) for the study
of twentieth-century psychiatry and related fields.  The materials document
the rise of psychiatry in Europe and the United States, and at Johns Hopkins
in particular.  The collection includes extensive professional materials from
throughout Meyer's career, such as correspondence, and records of patient
care, teaching, and research.  There is significant correspondence with major
figures in psychiatry and other professions, and with those involved in key
movements such as mental hygiene, birth control, and social work.  Personal
correspondence and diaries are also included.

The Guide to the Adolf Meyer Collection is available in both HTML and
SGML/EAD.  It can be accessed directly at
or through the Medical Archives Personal Papers Catalog at

Lisa A. Mix
Coordinator for Processing and Research
The Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives
The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions