Charter

Chapter 123
An Act to incorporate the New York Medical College for Women

Passed April 14, 1863

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

Section 1 - Maria Louisa Ewen, Nancy Fish, Maria L. Oscanyan, Elizabeth S. S. Eaton, Martha A. Elliott, Augusta T. C. Niven, A. Ensign Newman, of New York City; Matilda C. Perry, of Albany City; Maria S. Connolly, of New York City; Elizabeth Ransom, of Fort Hamilton, N.Y., Mary Ward, Sarah Ann Martin, Elvina A. Lane, Sarah A. King, Laura M. Ward, Anna C. Van Ness, Georgiana Gray, Frances S. Rugg, Mary A. Camerden, Harriet P. R. White, Catherine Buckley, Eliza A. King, Sarah Andrews, of New York City, Maria A. M. Fowle, of Brooklyn, N.Y., Lydia E. Rushby, Mary F. James, Charlotte Fowler Wells, Margaret Austin, of New York City, and S. S. Nivison, of Tompkins County, N.Y., and their associates, are hereby constituted a body corporate, by the name of the "New York Medical College for Women," to be located in the City of New York, for the purpose of instruction in the department of learning and medical science professed and taught by said College.

Sec. 2 - The said corporation may hold and possess real and personal estate to the amount of one hundred thousand dollars, and the funds or property thereof shall not be used for any other purpose than that declared in the preceding section. The said corporation may also hold such collections of books, and of the productions of mature and of art, as it may need for purposes of medical and clinical instruction.

Sec. 3 - The persons severally named in the first section of this act, are hereby appointed trustees of the said corporation, with power to fill any vacancy in their board.

Sec. 4 - The trustees, for the time being, shall have power to grant and confer the degree of doctor of medicine upon any person of the age of twenty-one years, of good moral character, upon the recommendation of the Board of Professors, who shall be appointed by the trustees of said College; but no person shall received a diploma, conferring such degree, unless said person have pursued the study of medical science for at least three years, after the age of sixteen, with some physician or surgeon, duly authorized by law to practice in the profession, and shall also, after that age, have attended two complete courses of all the lectures delivered in some incorporated medical college; the last of which course shall have been delivered by the professors of said college.

Sec. 5 - The said College shall be subject to the visitation of the Regents of the University, and shall annually report to them.

Sec. 6 - The corporation hereby created shall possess the powers, and be subject to the provisions and liabilities of title three, of chapter eighteen, of the first part of the Revised Statutes.

Sec. 7 - The Legislature may at any time alter, modify, or repeal this act.

Sec. 8 - This act shall take effect immediately.

State of New York,
Office of the Secretary of State

I have compared the preceding with the original law on file in this office, and do hereby certify that the same is a correct transcript therefrom and of the whole of said original law.

Given under my hand and seal of office, at the City of Albany, the 18th day of April, in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three.

J. Wesley Smith,
Secretary of State
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Laws of 1864, Chap. 230, p. 483

An Act to amend an act entitled an act to incorporate The New York Medical College for Women, passed April 14, 1863:

Passed April 19, 1864

The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assembly, do enact as follows:

Sec. 1 - Section two of "An Act entitled an act to incorporate the New York Medical College for Women, passed April 14, 1863," is hereby amended to read as follows:

Sec. 2 - The said corporation may hold and possess real and personal estate to the amount of one hundred thousand dollars, and the funds or property thereof shall not be used for any other purpose than that declared in the preceding section, except for hospital purposes. The said corporation may also hold such collection of books, and the productions of nature and art, as it may need for the purposes of medical and clinical instruction; and said corporation shall be known and designated as the New York Medical College for Women and Hospital for Women and Children.

Sec. 3 - This act shall take effect immediately.


Charter
of the
New York Medical College and Hospital for Women,
Amended June 12, 1866

University of the State of New York

By the Regents of the University of the State of New York: Whereas, in and by an act of the Legislature of the said State of New York, passed March 30th, 1866, it is enacted that the Regents of the University shall possess the same powers in respect to the charter or acts of incorporation of the New York Medical College for Women, and Hospital for Women and Children, as if the said charter had been granted by the Regents, and the said college had been incorporated by the said Regents subsequent to the first day of May, eighteen hundred and fifty-three:

And whereas application has been made in due form to the said Regents to amend the charter of the said Institution in several respects, and such application has been duly considered:

Now therefore be it known, That the said Regents, by virtue of the authority in them by law vested, do ordain, determine and declare

First. The name of the said corporation is hereby changed to "The New York Medical College and Hospital for Women," by which name it shall hereafter be called and known.

Second. Hereafter nine members of the Board of Trustees of the said institution shall form a quorum for the transaction of business; and no election shall be held to fill the place of any trustee whose seat shall become vacant, until after the number of trustees shall have been reduced to less than seventeen, and thereafter the number of trustees shall be seventeen. Neither the wife nor the husband of any professor in said college or hospital shall be a member of the Board of Trustees.

Third. The Trustees shall have power to grant and confer the degree of Doctor of Medicine upon any person of the age of twenty-one years, of good moral character, upon the recommendation of the Board of Professors and the approval of a Board of Censors composed of at least five reputable physicians to be appointed by the said Trustees, who shall certify that such person has creditably sustained, in their presence, a critical examination in all the related branches of medical science; but no person shall receive a diploma conferring such a degree unless such person shall have pursued the study of medical science for at least three years after the age of eighteen years with some physician or surgeon duly authorized by law to practice in the profession, and shall also after that age have attended two complete courses of all the lectures delivered in some incorporated medical college, the latter of which courses shall have been delivered by the professors of the said college.

Fourth. The officers of the said Board of Trustees, elected at the last election of such officers, shall continue to hold their offices until the next annual meeting of the Board, and they and their successors shall hold their offices until others shall be elected in their places; and in case of a failure to elect such officers or any of them at any annual meeting, such election may be held at any subsequent meeting of the trustees.

Fifth. This ordinance shall take effect immediately, and the said Regents may at any time alter, amend, or repeal the same.

In Witness whereof, the said Regents have caused their common Seal to be affixed, and their Chancellor and Secretary have hereto subscribed their names, this twelfth day of June, in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty-six.

[Seal]

John V. L. Pruyn,
Chancellor of the University

S.P. Woolworth, Secretary


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