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RG M-CL02, Series number 00159

Harvard Medical School Affiliated Hospitals. Images, 1800 - 1980: 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 number 00159
Repository: Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Creator: Center for the History of Medicine (Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine)
Title: Harvard Medical School Affiliated Hospitals. Images, 1800-1980.
Date(s): 1800-1980.
Quantity: 120 images
Language of materials: English
Abstract: This finding aid describes photographs, prints and other images portraying the affiliated hospitals of Harvard Medical School.

Acquisition Information:

The Affiliated Hospitals 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 Center for the History of Medicine at 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 and Jenny Engstrom, April 2005.

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 Public Services Librarian. Researchers who obtain permission to publish from the Reference Librarian are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

History of the Affiliated Hospitals Series

These images were selected from the Francis A. Countway Library Center for the History of Medicine's collection of photographs and prints depicting buildings, facilities, physicians, and staff of Harvard Medical School's affiliated hospitals, known as the "Picture Collection."
Harvard Medical School has never designated a single hospital as its primary teaching facility. Instead, Harvard Medical School has made arrangements with hospitals in and around Boston over the years in order to take advantage of the many and varied specialized opportunities for clinical instruction. Since the early part of the twentieth century, major teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School have included Beth Israel Hospital, Boston City Hospital, Boston Hospital for Women, Boston Lying-in Hospital, Boston Sanitorium, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Cambridge Hospital, Children's Hospital, Collis P. Huntington Memorial Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Free Hospital for Women, House of the Good Samaritan, Infants' Hospital, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Massachusetts General Hospital Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Mount Auburn Hospital, New England Deaconess Hospital, Peter Brent Brigham Hospital, and Sharon Sanitarium.


Photographs and images are organized by subseries arranged alphabetically by name of hospital and then further arranged alphabetically into image groups where necessary. 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 images of Harvard Medical School affiliated hospitals. 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

Hospitals -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
Medical education.
Operating rooms.
Teaching hospitals.
Harvard Medical School.
Boston City Hospital.
Boston City Hospital. Neurological Unit.
Boston Lying-in Hospital.
Children's Hospital (Boston, Mass.)
Massachusetts General Hospital.
Peter Bent Brigham Hospital.