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RG M-CL02a, Series number 00137, 00138

Harvard Medical School Faculty and Staff Portrait Collection: A-C, 1861-1998: A Finding Aid.

Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)


Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Call No.: RG M-CL02a, Series number 00137, 00138
Repository: Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Creator: Harvard Medical School
Title: Harvard Medical School Faculty Portrait Collection: A-C, 1861-1998.
Date(s): 1861-1998.
Quantity: 323 images
Language of materials: English
Abstract: This finding aid describes photographs, prints and other images portraying faculty and staff members of Harvard Medical School.

Acquisition Information:

The Faculty and Staff Portrait Collection is an artificial collection assembled from the holdings of the Harvard Medical Library and the Boston Medical Library. The collection is now housed in the Rare Books and Special Collections Department of the Countway Library. Images were acquired individually, or removed from manuscript or archival collections and filed by name. Because of this practice, the provenance of many of the images has been lost.

Processing Information:

Processed by Peter Rawson, June 2004.

Conditions Governing Use:

The Harvard Medical Library and the Boston Medical Library may not hold copyright on all items in the collections. Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Reference Librarian. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Public Services Librarian are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

History of the Faculty and Staff Portraits Series

These images were selected from the Francis A. Countway Library Rare Books and Special Collections Department's collection of photographs and prints depicting physicians and important figures in the history of medicine, known as the "Portrait collection."


Photographs and images are organized by subseries arranged alphabetically by name of faculty or staff member portrayed, and then arranged chronologically by date of each image. Formal titles for photographs are used when supplied, otherwise, descriptive titles were created and are identified by brackets.

Series Overview

Scope and Content

This series is comprised of formal individual and group portraits, and candid photographs of faculty and staff members of Harvard Medical School. Image types include photographs, drawings and prints. Unless noted, individual images are black and white photographs.

Library Digital Initiative Project Description

This finding aid was produced as part of a Library Digital Initiative (LDI) grant project. To provide increased access to visual collections, the LDI project staff is describing approximately 4100 historical images of Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard School of Public Health, and the Boston Medical Library in a series of OASIS finding aids. Of the images described in these finding aids, 1600 will be digitized, stored in the Harvard Digital Repository (DRS), and viewable online. To provide historical context, the finding aids will also include links to digitized pages of Harvard annual reports in the Harvard-Radcliffe Online Historical Reference Shelf.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Education, Medical
Harvard Medical School--Faculty.
Industrial Hygienists.
Medical education.
Medicine, Study and teaching.
Harvard Medical School.