Many friends, colleagues, and institutions have generously supported this project and related website. Two institutions provided the primary research support and technical assistance: the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and the Maryland State Archives. I am indebted to the faculty of the Department of History, particulary Dr. Daniel Ritschel, Dr. Joseph Tatarewicz, Dr. John Jeffries, and Dr. James Grubb who approved the creation of this website as suitable for the fulfillment of the requirements for a M.A. project, and Dr. Joseph Arnold and Dr. Gary Browne, who served on the review committee.
The staff of the Maryland State Archives, particularly Lynne MacAdam, Betsy Bodziak, Greg Lepore, Emily Murphy, and R.J. Rockefeller, provided technical expertise and research assistance in the creation of this site. Particular thanks are due to Dr. Edward C. Papenfuse, State Archivist, who offered his time and expertise in the application of database and collections management to the Internet and permitted me to mount this website originally on the Archives’ server in order to make it accessible to a wider audience. Thanks are also due to Robert Barnes, Norman Konig, and Rick Johnson who not only shared their own research with me, but provided moral support and lighter moments during the more tedious tasks inherent in a project of this kind.
The practitioner database has been greatly enhanced by the research of Marjorie McGee who, for the past 20 years has been compiling a listing of druggists and drugstores in Baltimore City. Ms. McGee generously contributed her research to the project and her entries are currently being added to the database.
In addition, Henry C. Peden, Jr. gratiously volunteered to compile the remaining pre-Civil War Baltimore City Directory entries for the practitioner database so that this phase of the research would finally be complete. Mr. Peden is a genealogist and author of numerous books on Maryland history and genealogy, including Dr. John Archers First Medical Ledger, 1767-1769, Annotated Abstracts(Aberdeen, MD : Harford County Genealogical Society, 1997). His assistance on the project helps to ensure that timely updates and revisions to the practictioner database will continue and the contribution of his time and effort is greatly appreciated.
Project research was made possible by the help and cooperation of a number of colleagues who gave freely of their time and made records available for reference and scanning. Particular thanks are due to:
- Richard Behles, University of Maryland Health Sciences Library, Baltimore
- Margaret Burri, Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland, Baltimore
- Jeff Korman, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore
- Dean Krimmel, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore
- Michael Miller and the staff of the Maryland State Law Library, Annapolis
Thanks are also due to the park rangers of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine who shared their knowledge of the fort with me and made available photographs and other materials relating to the hospital located on the grounds during the first World War. I am particularly indebted to Scott Sheads, park ranger and historian, who through his shared interest in local history, hospitals, and “dead people” provided me with materials that I would not have otherwise found.