John Finch Barnhill

John F. Barnhill
March 1943
1 folder

Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Finding Aid by: Edythe Huffman, Feb. 2013


Biographical Note

John Finch Barnhill was born Jan. 2, 1865 and died on Mar. 10, 1943.  He was a native of Flora, Indiana and received his M.S. degree from the Central College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1888.  He did postgraduate work at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and in London, Vienna, and Paris.

Barnhill played a important role in the negotiations that led to the establishment of the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1908 and served as the first chairman of the Otolaryngology department at the school until his retirement.  He created a course in anatomy of the head and neck that is still taught to physicians in the U.S.  He helped create a teaching hospital in Indianapolis, now the site of the Indiana University Medical Center at IUPUI.

He wrote numerous medical textbooks, was an officer, and founded several major national organizations in his field, serving as president of both the American Laryngological Association and the American Board of Otolaryngology.


Indiana Biography Index.
Irwin, Glenn W., Jr., M.D. “Barnhill, John F.” Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. 1994,

Scope and Content:

The collection consists of one letter, written by Abraham Kamber to the Indianapolis Historical Society, mentioning that he had seen a deal notice for Dr. John Finch Barnhill.  The letter is undated, but a handwritten note says, “sent card, 3/16/43.”

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Collection Inventory

Item and Folder Listing:

Folder 1.  John F. Barnhill

Mar.1943? Letter from Abraham Kamber to Indianapolis Historical Society

Collection Information:

Size of Collection: 1 folder.
Collection Dates: Mar. 1943?
Provenance:  Unknown
Access: The Collection is Open for Research Use
Restrictions:  None
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in: English
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