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COLLECTION Identifier: RG M-CL02, Series 00097b

Harvard Medical School buildings and grounds, Longwood Avenue Quadrangle images


This finding aid describes photographs, drawings, lanterns slides, negatives, postcards, and prints depicting the Harvard Medical School Quadrange and the Longwood Medical Area.


  • Creation: 1863-1998:


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This finding aid describes photographs, drawings, lantern slides, negatives, postcards, and prints depicting exteriors and grounds of the buildings that make up Harvard Medical School's Longwood Avenue Quadrangle, architectual models and drawings of the buildings, the 1906 dedication ceremony of the Longwood campus and other events, construction and rehabilitation projects, and aerial photographs and maps of the Longwood Medical Area. Also included are views of the landscape before the quadrangle was constructed, residential neighborhoods adjacent to the Longwood Medical Area, and the Harvard Medical School flag. Unless noted all images are black and white. Described in other finding aids are images of earlier buildings in which Harvard Medical School classes were taught and images of Vanderbilt Hall and the Seeley G. Mudd building.


Images in this finding aid are organized into 19 subseries based on chronology, building, event, or image format. Within each subseries, similar images are organized into image groups. Subseries and image groups are arranged alphabetically. Within image groups individual images are arranged chronologically by the date of the original image represented.

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Series Overview
  1. Series: Harvard Medical School Buildings and Grounds. Images, ca. 1824-1998.
  2. ___Subseries A: Gordon Hall of Medicine (Building A). Images, ca. 1906-1998.
  3. ______Image Group 1. Building details. Photographs, ca. 1947-1990s.
  4. ______Image Group 2. Drawings and prints. Images, ca. 1973-1998.
  5. ______Image Group 3. Harvard Medical School flag. Images, ca. 1960-1963.
  6. ______Image Group 4. Entrance to Gordon Hall from Harvard Medical School Quadrangle. Images, ca. 1906-1964.
  7. ______Image Group 5. Entrance to Gordon Hall from Shattuck Street. Images, ca. 1906-1964.
  8. ___Subseries B: Buildings and Grounds Department. Images, 1960.
  9. ___Subseries C: Buildings B and D. Images, ca. 1906-1953.
  10. ___Subseries D: Harvard Medical School Quadrangle. Images, ca. 1906-1960.
  11. ______Image Group 1. Drawings and maps. Images, ca. 1906-1926.
  12. ______Image Group 2. General views. Images, ca. 1906-1929.
  13. ______Image Group 3. Buildings and details. Images, ca. 1906-1960.
  14. ___Subseries E: Harvard Medical School Quadrangle and building postcards, ca. 1906-1961.
  15. ______Image Group 1. Aerial views. Postcards, 1919.
  16. ______Image Group 2. Gordon Hall of Medicine (Building A). Postcards, ca. 1906-1911.
  17. ______Image Group 3. General views. Postcards, ca. 1906-1961.
  18. ______Image Group 4. Views from outside the quadrangle. Postcards, ca. 1906.
  19. ___Subseries F: Harvard Medical School Quadrangle, 1832-1975. Photographs, ca. 1863-1975.
  20. ______Image Group 1. 19th century views. Photographs, ca. 1863-1975.
  21. ______Image Group 2. Area maps. Photographs, ca. 1975.
  22. ______Image Group 3. Neighborhood buildings. Photographs, ca. 1970-1975.
  23. ___Subseries G: Harvard Medical School Quadrangle, 1903, Models and sketches. Images, ca. 1901-1903.
  24. ______Image Group 1. Architect's models. Photographs, ca. 1903.
  25. ______Image Group 2. Architect's sketches. Images, ca. 1901-1903.
  26. ___Subseries H: Harvard Medical School Quadrangle, 1903-1904, construction. Photographs, ca. 1903-1960.
  27. ___Subseries I: Harvard Medical School Quadrangle, 1906, dedication. Images, ca. 1906-1960.
  28. ______Image Group 1. Alumni chorus. Images, ca. 1906-1960.
  29. ______Image Group 2. Dedication audience. Images, ca. 1960.
  30. ______Image Group 3. Dedication speech by President Eliot. Images, ca. 1906-1960.
  31. ______Image Group 4. Dedication exercises. Photograph, 1906.
  32. ______Image Group 5. Receptions. Images, ca. 1906.
  33. ___Subseries J: Harvard Medical School Quadrangle, 1906-1907. Images, ca. 1906-1975.
  34. ___Subseries K: Harvard Medical School Quadrangle, 1908-1909. Images, ca. 1908-1960.
  35. ___Subseries L: Harvard Medical School Quadrangle, 1910-1919. Images, ca. 1910-1960.
  36. ______Image Group 1. Aerial and bird's-eye views. Images, ca. 1919-1960.
  37. ______Image Group 2. Block plans and prints. Images, ca. 1914.
  38. ______Image Group 3. Quadrangle and building views. Images, ca. 1910-1919.
  39. ___Subseries M: Harvard Medical School Quadrangle, 1920s. Images, ca. 1920-1970.
  40. ______Image Group 1. Gordon Hall of Medicine (Building A). Images, ca. 1928.
  41. ______Image Group 2. Plans and prints. Images, ca. 1920s.
  42. ______Image Group 3. Views with parapet wall. Images, ca. 1927-1970.
  43. ___Subseries N: Harvard Medical School Quadrangle, 1930s. Images, ca. 1930-1960.
  44. ______Image Group 1. Aerial views and maps. Images, ca. 1930s.
  45. ______Image Group 2. Quadrangle and building views. Images, ca. 1930-1960.
  46. ______Image Group 3. Harvard College tercentenary celebration. Photographs, ca. 1936-1939.
  47. ___Subseries O: Harvard Medical School Quadrangle, 1940s. Images, ca. 1940-1960.
  48. ______Image Group 1. Prints. Images, ca. 1940-1960.
  49. ______Image Group 2. U.S. Army. Photographs, 1944.
  50. ___Subseries P: Harvard Medical School Quadrangle, 1950s. Images, ca. 1956-1959.
  51. ______Image Group 1. Aerial views. Images, ca. 1956-1959.
  52. ______Image Group 2. Planning for Countway Library. Photographs, ca. 1958-1959.
  53. ___Subseries Q: Harvard Medical School Quadrangle, 1960s. Images, ca. 1960-1969.
  54. ______Image Group 1. Aerial views. Images, ca. 1960s.
  55. ______Image Group 2. Buildings. Photographs, ca. 1960-1969.
  56. ______Image Group 3. Maps. Images, ca. 1965.
  57. ___Subseries R: Harvard Medical School Quadrangle, 1970s. Photographs, 1973-1976.
  58. ___Subseries S: Harvard Medical School Quadrangle, 1990s. Images, ca. 1991-1992.
  59. ______Image Group 1. Aerial views. Images, ca. 1991-1992.
  60. ______Image Group 2. Construction of underground parking garage. Photographs, 1991.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Harvard Medical School Buildings and Grounds, Longwood Avenue Quadrangle. Images, ca. 1863-1998, 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.

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.

Processing Information

Processed by Judy Greene, October 2004. 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 = less than 8 x 10 inches), 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), and extra large (XL = greater than 16 x 20 inches). A few images have also been cataloged more fully in VIA, Harvard's on-line image database.

Harvard Medical School Buildings and Grounds, Longwood Avenue Quadrangle. Images, ca. 1863-1998: Finding Aid.
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Center for the History of Medicine.
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Repository Details

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