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RG M-CL02, Series 00096b

Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine Interiors. Images, ca. 1962-1998: Finding Aid.

Countway Library of Medicine


Countway Library of Medicine

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: RG M-CL02, Series 00096b
Repository: Countway Library of Medicine
Title: Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine Interiors. Images,
Date(s): 1962-1998.
Quantity: 314 images
Language of materials: English
Abstract: This finding aid describes photographs, negatives, drawings, photomechanical prints, and slides depicting interior views of the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Images from this series are 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, July 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 in. or less), medium (M = greater than 8 x 10 in. and less than 11 x 14 in.), large (L = greater than 11 x 14 inches and less than 16 x 20 inches), extra large (XL = greater than 16 x 20 inches), or color slides (CS = 35 mm.). 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.

Historical Note

The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine holds the collections of the Harvard Medical Library and the Boston Medical Library. The union of these two institutions was formed in 1958 as the result of a substantial gift of Sanda Countway in memory of her brother, Francis A. Countway, the former president of Lever Brothers, Inc. The agreement between the two libraries combined each of their staffs, services, and collections into one modern biomedical library facility. The Library was completed in 1965 and since then has served as a resource of modern and historical information in clinical medicine, the biomedical sciences, dentistry, and public health to students and faculty of the Harvard Medical School, School of Dental Medicine, and School of Public Health, affiliated institutions, members and fellows of the Boston Medical Library and Massachusetts Medical Society, and the scholarly community around the world.


Images are organized into three subseries. Within each subseries, similar photographs are organized into image groups. Subseries are arranged chronologically; image groups are arranged alphabetically within each subseries, and individual images are arranged chronologically within image groups. N.B.: Image display may be affected by your choice of browser.

Series and Subseries Overview

Scope and Contents

This finding aid describes photographs, negatives, drawings, photomechanical prints, and slides depicting interior views of the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Subjects include architectural drawings, building construction, and interior views of the building. Unless noted all images are black and white. Described in other finding aids are images depicting construction of the building, the cornerstone-laying ceremony, the library dedication exercises, library administrators and staff, exterior views of the building, and the Countway Library Associates.

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 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 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

Architecture -- Designs and plans.
Harvard Medical School -- Buildings.
Harvard Medical School -- Faculty.
Harvard Medical School -- Photograph collections.
Medical education.
Medical instruments and apparatus.
Medical librarians.
Medical libraries.
Medical literature.
Physicians -- Portraits.
Photomechanical prints.
Slides (photography)
Aesculapius (Greek deity)
Ballard, James F. (James Francis), 1878-
Bigelow, Henry Jacob, 1818-1890.
Bloomquist, Harold.
Cattani, Antonio.
Colby, Charles Clifton.
Drinker, Philip, 1893-
Ebert, Robert H.
Esterquest, Ralph Theodore.
Hawes, Lloyd E., 1912-
Hinckley, Robert C.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894.
Lahey, Frank Howard, 1880-1953.
Little, Bertram K., 1899-
Mayer, Jean, 1920-
Mendelsohn, Everett.
Minot, James Jackson, 1852-1938.
Smith, Franklin D.
Sosman, Merrill Clary, 1890-1959.
Spurzheim, J. G. (Johann Gaspar), 1776-1832.
Viets, Henry R. (Henry Rouse), 1890-
Wolfe, Richard J.
Aesculapian Club.
Boston Medical Library.
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine.
Stubbins Associates.
Countway Library of Medicine