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RG M-CL02, Series 00096a

Harvard Medical School Interiors. Images, ca. 1880-1978: 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)

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: RG M-CL02, Series 00096a
Repository: Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Creator: Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Center for the History of Medicine.
Title: Harvard Medical School Interiors. Images,
Date(s): 1880-1978.
Quantity: 193 images
Abstract: This finding aid describes photographs, lantern slides, negatives and photomechanical prints depicting the interiors of Harvard Medical School buildings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The Harvard Medical School Interiors. Images, ca. 1880-1978, is a series from an artificial collection assembled in the 1960s from the holdings of the Harvard Medical Library and the Boston Medical Library. The photographs are now housed at the Center for the History of Medicine in Countway Library. Images were acquired individually or removed from manuscript or archival collections and filed by subject. Because of this practice, the provenance of many of the images has been lost.

Processing Information:

Processed by Judy Greene, April 2005. Selected information from the image collections management database at the Center for the History of Medicine in Countway Library was exported for inclusion in this finding aid. Formal titles for photographs are used when supplied, otherwise, descriptive titles were created and enclosed in brackets. When possible, images are described as groups rather than individually and representative images selected for viewing on-line. 'Identical' images may vary in condition and the presence or absence of inscriptions or mounts. Location number includes size. Images are small (S = 8 x 10 inches or less), medium (M = greater than 8 x 10 inches and less than 11 x 14 inches), large (L = greater than 11 x 14 inches and less than 16 x 20 inches), or glass plates (G = up to 4 x 5 inches). A few images have also been cataloged more fully in VIA, Harvard's on-line image database.

Conditions Governing Access:

Online access to larger views of some thumbnails is restricted by copyright and may be available only to Harvard ID holders. For more information please see the Copyright and Permissions Statement on the OASIS home page.
Original images are available for research use at the Center for the History of Medicine. Retrieval requires advance notice. There may be restrictions on access to some materials. Consult the Public Services Librarian for further information.

Conditions Governing Use:

The Harvard Medical Library and the Boston Medical Library may not hold copyright on all images. Requests for permission to publish images 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. Reference Services and Access Information.


Images are organized into 13 subseries based on location or subject. Within each subseries similar photographs are organized into image groups. Subseries and image groups are arranged alphabetically. Individual images are arranged chronologically within image groups. N.B.: Image display may be affected by your choice of browser.

Series Overview

Scope and Contents

This finding aid describes photographs, lantern slides, negatives and photomechanical prints depicting interiors of Harvard Medical School buildings at locations on North Grove Street (1847-1883), Boylston Street (1883-1906) and Longwood Avenue (1906-present). Included are images of Warren Anatomical Museum artifacts stored at the North Grove Street location; early images of laboratories at 688 Boylston Street; and later images of laboratories, classrooms, libraries, and other interior spaces in the Boylston Street building after it had become part of the Boston University campus. Images of the Longwood Avenue Quadrangle include classrooms, laboratories, meeting rooms, administrative offices, libraries, building details and renovations; the power house; and the Warren Anatomical Museum. Also included are images of students, faculty, deans, and alumni of the Medical School; library, curatorial, and administrative staff; as well as classes, faculty meetings, and social events sponsored by the Dean's Office.Unless noted all images are black and white. Described in other finding aids are images of building exteriors and grounds.

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 described approximately 4500 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 were digitized, stored in the Harvard Digital Repository (DRS), and are viewable online. To provide historical context, the finding aids also include links to digitized pages of Harvard annual reports in the Harvard-Radcliffe Online Historical Reference Shelf.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Auditoriums -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
Boston University -- Buildings.
Deans (Education) -- Massachusetts.
Harvard Medical School -- Alumni and alumnae.
Harvard Medical School -- Buildings.
Harvard Medical School -- Employees.
Harvard Medical School -- Faculty.
Harvard Medical School -- Photograph collections.
Harvard Medical School -- Students.
Harvard Medical School -- Study and teaching.
Harvard School of Dental Medicine -- Students.
Harvard University -- Employees.
Human dissection.
Medical education.
Medical librarians.
Medical libraries.
Medical scientists.
Medical students.
Medicine -- Study and teaching.
Physicians -- Portraits.
Portraits, Group.
Lantern slides.
Photomechanical prints.
Berry, George Packer, 1898-
Bloomquist, Harold.
Blumgart, Herrman Ludwig, 1895-
Bowditch, H. P. (Henry Pickering), 1840-1911.
Burwell, Charles Sidney, 1893-1967.
Chase, George Henry, 1874-1952.
Cobb, Stanley, 1887-1968.
Cohn, Edwin Joseph, 1892-1953.
Culver, Perry J., 1915-
Davis, Bernard D., 1916-
Dexter, Franklin, 1857-1927.
Dwight, Thomas, 1843-1911.
Ebert, Robert H.
Enders, John Franklin, 1897-
Ernst, Harold C. (Harold Clarence) 1856-1922.
Esterquest, Ralph Theodore.
Gage, Phineas.
Lee, Sidney S., 1921-
Hale, Worth, 1876-
Hawes, Lloyd E., 1912-
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894.
Holt, Anna C.
Krayer, Otto, 1899-1982.
Meadow, Henry Coe.
Means, James Howard, 1885-1967.
Minot, George Richards, 1885-1950.
Oncley, J. L. (John Lawrence)
Phippen, Walter G., 1876-
Porter, Charles Burnham, 1840-1909.
Shattuck, George Cheever, 1879-1972.
Southard, Elmer Ernest, 1876-1920.
Taft, Annie Elzina.
Talbot, Fritz Bradley, 1878-1964.
Thorn, George W. (George Widmer), 1906-
Trimble, Harry Clyde, 1889-1962.
Whitney, James Lyman, 1881-1935.
Whitney, William F.
Wolbach, Simeon Burt, 1880-1954.
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine.
Gordon Hall of Medicine (Boston, Mass.)
Harvard University. Division of Medical Sciences.
Vanderbilt Hall (Boston, Mass.)
Warren Anatomical Museum.