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COLLECTION Identifier: RG M-CL02, Series 00096a

Harvard Medical School interior images


This finding aid describes photographs, lantern slides, negatives and photomechanical prints depicting the interiors of Harvard Medical School buildings.


  • Creation: 1880-1978.


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Collection is open for research. 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 Privacy, Terms of Use & Copyright Information page on the Harvard Library website.

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 Public Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The Harvard Medical Library and the Boston Medical Library do not hold copyright on all materials in the collection. Researchers are responsible for identifying and contacting any third-party copyright holders for permission to reproduce or publish. For more information on the Center's use, publication, and reproduction policies, view our Reproductions and Use Policy.


193 images

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.


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.

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Series Overview
  1. Series: Harvard Medical School Interiors. Images, ca. 1880-1978.
  2. ___Subseries A: 688 Boylston Street (1883-1906). Photographs, ca. 1884-1975.
  3. ______Image Group 1. Anatomy laboratories. Photographs, ca. 1900-1975.
  4. ______Image Group 2. Chemistry laboratories. Photographs, ca. 1900-1960.
  5. ______Image Group 3. Histology embryology laboratory. Photograph, ca. 1885.
  6. ______Image Group 4. Physiology laboratories. Photographs, ca. 1884-1960.
  7. ___Subseries B: 688 Boylston Street (1883-1906) 1960 and 1966 photos. Photographs, ca. 1960-1966.
  8. ______Image Group 1. Classrooms. Photographs, ca. 1960-1966.
  9. ______Image Group 2. Hallways. Photographs, ca. 1960-1966.
  10. ______Image Group 3. Laboratories. Photographs, ca. 1960-1966.
  11. ______Image Group 4. Lecture amphitheatre. Photographs, ca. 1960-1966.
  12. ______Image Group 5. Library. Photographs, ca. 1960-1966.
  13. ______Image Group 6. Miscellaneous interiors. Photographs, ca. 1960-1966.
  14. ______Image Group 7. Stairwell. Photographs, ca. 1960-1966.
  15. ___Subseries C: Armenise Medical Research Center (Building D). Image, ca. 1906.
  16. ___Subseries D: Building C - Bowditch Library. Images, ca. 1920-1965.
  17. ___Subseries E: Dean's Office. Photographs, ca. 1940-1968.
  18. ______Image Group 1. Dean George Packer Berry's office. Photographs, ca. 1960.
  19. ______Image Group 2. Faculty meetings. Photographs, ca. 1940-1968.
  20. ______Image Group 3. Dinners. Photographs, 1963-1964.
  21. ______Image Group 4. Harvard Medical School Christmas parties, 1950s. Photographs, 1955-1959.
  22. ______Image Group 5. Harvard Medical School Christmas parties, 1960s. Photographs, 1961-1962.
  23. ___Subseries F: Goldenson Biomedical Research Building (Building B). Images, ca. 1906-1915.
  24. ___Subseries G: Gordon Hall (Building A). Images, ca. 1933-1975.
  25. ______Image Group 1. Faculty Room. Photographs, ca. 1950-1975.
  26. ______Image Group 2. Interior details. Images, ca. 1933-1965.
  27. ___Subseries H: Gordon Hall (Building A) - Library. Photographs, ca. 1915-1964.
  28. ______Image Group 1. Harvard Medical School, Central Library, 1915-1929. Photographs, ca. 1915-1929.
  29. ______Image Group 2. Harvard Medical School, Central Library, 1940-1959. Photographs, ca. 1944-1958.
  30. ______Image Group 3. Harvard Medical School, Central Library, 1960s. Photographs, ca. 1962-1964.
  31. ___Subseries I: Laboratories. Photographs, ca. 1965.
  32. ___Subseries J: Power House. Images, ca. 1906.
  33. ___Subseries K: Quadrangle, 1970s. Photographs, 1976.
  34. ______Image Group 1. Building renovations. Photographs, 1976.
  35. ___Subseries L: Staff. Photographs, 1977-1978.
  36. ___Subseries M: Warren Anatomical Museum. Photographs, ca. 1880-1965.
  37. ______Image Group 1. Warren Anatomical Museum at North Grove Street. Photographs, ca. 1880s.
  38. ______Image Group 2. Warren Anatomical Museum in Gordon Hall. Photographs, ca. 1910-1965.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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.

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, 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.

Harvard Medical School Interiors. Images, ca. 1880-1978: Finding Aid.
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. Center for the History of Medicine.
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Repository Details

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