The Aesculapian: More Than Just Mug Shots

It may not be a surprise to learn that the Archives collects copies of the School of Medicine yearbook, the Aesculapian. Less well known is that our copies are among our most frequently used reference tools. These volumes are invaluable for verifying names of former students and faculty, as well as years they were at Duke. They also offer a wealth of images of people, events, and buildings. 

In 1950, the predecessor to the Aesculapian, The Stethoscope, was published as the first yearbook of the School of Medicine. The Aesculapian was published by the class of 1956 as a tribute to Mrs. Mary Swett and to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the School of Medicine. After a brief hiatus, yearly publication began in 1959. In 1969, the newly created Davison Society took responsibility for the yearbook. There are years when no yearbook was produced, however, such as 1970, due to lack of funding. The most notable yearbook is the 1980 Aesculapian which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the School of Medicine. This volume features a comprehensive look at the School of Medicine from its beginnings and includes features on important faculty, staff and students. To learn more or see original copies, please contact us at





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