The Oregon State Medical Society was originally organized in 1874. As time went on, reorganizations occurred and among them were the creation of the Medical History Committee and the Woman's Auxiliary, the first auxiliary in the Northwest. This collection contains a wide variety of material covering routine matters of the Society, as well as relevant major issues of the day, from the 1920s onward.
The Portland Academy of Medicine was established in 1906 and modeled after the New York Academy of Medicine. The Academy's goals focused on the investigation and promotion of the science and art of medicine, and the creation and maintenance of a public medical library located at the University of Oregon Medical School. This collection contains primarily correspondence and meeting minutes of the Portland Academy of Medicine relating to the closing years of the organization, but also includes the bylaws and constitution, membership lists, applications, and ephemera for meetings.